Getting Dressed for the Holiday Office Party

As the holiday season approaches companies will start planning their festive parties. It’s often difficult to decipher the various dress codes listed on the invitation like “updated casual,” “festive attire,” or “dressy attire.” Follow these tips to look stylish and festive – and to ensure you are appropriately dressed at all business gatherings this holiday season.

Updated Casual

An invitation that states “updated casual” indicates a dress code somewhere between business formal and weekend casual. It is a little dressier than your business casual. You can definitely wear business formal dress (a suit), but here are a few of my other updated ideas:

o Women – Select a dressy style jacket like one made out of velveteen, jacquard, or a new modern jacket worn over a satin blouse or camisole. Wear this with a dressy style of satin or velveteen jeans, or casual dressy trousers. Finish off the look with some dressy sandals or a new shoe bootie to look stylish.

o Men – Choose a tweed or herringbone sport coat worn over a polo-style merino sweater or a solid sport shirt. Wear this with a pair of khakis or dress trousers. Another look is a v-neck sweater worn with a sport shirt paired with a pair of khakis and leather slip-on moccasins.

Festive Attire

This style of attire calls for colors and prints of the season. Remember though that a little color and print can go a long way when dressing in this holiday style.

o Men & Women – Wear beautiful colors like red, forest green, old gold, or platinum silver in your dresses, blouses, ties, shoes and handbags.

o Women – An elegant style dress in a deep rich color or a claret red silky blouse worn with winter white pants would look very festive. Add a pair of red or black patent shoes or evening sandals to complete the look.

o Men – A gentleman wearing a dark suit worn with a beautiful red satin power tie or a diagonal strip with colors like forest green and old gold looks festive and you can wear these items all year round with other dress shirts and suits. For dressy attire – wear a dress shirt made out of a dressier fabric to look appropriate at this level.

o Wearing Prints – If your personality wants to wear a festive print, select a great sweater from Ralph Lauren for women or Polo for men with a reindeer print on a classic pullover. You could also choose a holiday print tie or socks made out of a small print. Be sure to keep your prints to the small to medium range so that you don’t let them overwhelm you.

Dressy Attire
Dressy attire indicates that the occasion is not formal black tie, but one step below that level. When an invitation calls for this type of dress, it usually indicates that the setting and the environment will be a bit more formal than a casual affair.

o Men – A suit is always a good choice for this dress code. This is a great time to wear your French-cuffed shirt with your cufflinks. If you want to wear a sport coat, select a black jacket worn with a black dress shirt and no tie, or a black or gray turtleneck paired with charcoal dress pants and black dress shoes.

o Women – dressy attire calls for dressier fabrics, jewelry, shoes and accessories. This season it’s all about “shine.” You could wear a dressy suit made out of a more luxurious fabric or try a dressy, stylish dress made out of satin, silk or taffeta in a beautiful rich color. Try some new colors this season that match your skin tone. Everyone wears black and it’s all about color this fall/winter season. Choose some shiny metallic sandals or evening shoes and a great handbag that complement the shoes. This is the time to bring out those diamond and cubic zirconia necklace and earrings to sparkle and shine.

Childrenswear Options on a Budget

There are a lot of childrenswear options available in the retail market. If parents choose to do so, they can spend a small fortune clothing their child. Here are some ways to avoid spending so much money on childrenswear and still have a well dressed child.

Every child needs some basics in their wardrobe. Items such as jeans, t-shirts, sweaters, and jackets can be mixed and matched to create multiple looks and stretch a child’s wardrobe budget. Buy solid colors in most t-shirts and tops for easy matching. Two or three graphic prints or stripes will add a little interest, without too much cost.

Buy good quality jeans, preferably with a little growing room. It is usually easy to find good sales on jeans and buying better quality means they will last longer. An all weather jacket in a washable material with a hood is a great investment. To add some interest to your child’s wardrobe, a denim jacket is a great option that always looks stylish.

Most little girls love dresses. There are many options to choose from, with many dresses costing a large amount of money. Buying dresses that can be worn year round is a good option for stretching your childrenswear budget.

Add a cardigan in cooler weather for a different look. Buying a few skirts to match with tops and sweaters is also a good idea. Jumpers can also be made to look different by layering several different blouses or t-shirts under them. Buy jumpers in mid-weight materials such as denim and khaki to wear year round. Items such as sundresses or holiday dresses can be purchased at the end of the season for clearance prices. It is always a good idea to buy these items a size or so too large to make up for any growth spurts in the next year.

Pants and shorts for boys and girls should be made of durable materials in colors to mix and match. Khaki, olive green, black, and navy shorts and pants are always good options because they go with everything. Buy one or two fashion forward pieces per season; otherwise, stick to the basics. Many pants and shorts for children today are made with an adjustable waist. This is a great option to look for, as it allows the customer to buy the item in a larger size and adjust the waist as their child grows. This saves a lot of money in the long run.

Shoes are something that every child must have. The problem is that a lot of kid’s shoes are expensive and they don’t get much wear out of them because of growth spurts. Always look for good sales on kid’s shoes. Buy good quality in shoes that they wear day to day, such as athletic shoes. Shoes for special occasions, boots, and fashion items can be found for cheaper prices if you get them on sale or buy a brand that is a designer copy. A lot of stores have “Buy One Get One Half Off” promotions. This is a great way to pick up basic footwear and a pair of fashion forward footwear as well.

How Men Wear Their Accessories

Men like to add fashionable touches to their look. Depending on what their style is, this might mean a hat, drivers gloves, a pair of shades, or big headphones. Here are a few accessories adorned by men.

1. Neckwear:

Whether you’re a posh, middle-aged banker, or a young, punky graphic designer, trendy guys like sporting neckwear (scarves) with almost every outfit they own. In warmer months, the suit might wear a silk Hermes scarf, while the punk might wear a one that’s cotton, two-toned and plaid. In the winter, the suit might wear a cashmere coloured or Burberry scarf under his pecoat, while the punk sports an extremely long, charcoal grey wool scarf under his black, hooded Canada Goose.

2. Headwear:

Adding a toque to your look (even if it’s indoors) takes it down a few notches. When combined with a nice sweater and the collar of your polo sticking out, you’re making a statement which says ‘I know how to look good, but I am taking it easy.’ A papeboy hat looks great with a white v-neck and a pair of beat up jeans, it says ‘I am effortlessly cool’. A fedora is cool with certain looks, but can often look like you’re saying ‘I’m cooler than you’.

3. Waistwear:

Unlike women who usually wear belts to make a fashion statement, men wear them to keep their trousers up. Having said that, they can also make a fashion statement. Mr. suit is likely to wear a designer belt that is a solid black or deep brown leather. The punk or hipster however, might go for a distressed leather, or splash out with cool colours or a funky belt buckle. Some fun ones include, skull and crossbones, guns, or a boombox.

4. Bag:

While working men have carried around briefcases for years, and young students have carried their books around in backpacks, the emergence of the satchel for the young 20-30 year old is still relatively new. Nowadays guys like to have something to carry their laptops and other notes, books, and electronics in. Backpacks look too young and briefcases too old, the satchel though, in either leather or canvas, is the perfect medium. Often this look is complimented with a hoodie, a leather bomber, and a pair of big headphones around the neck.

5. Jewellery:

Men’s jewellery, much like women’s, is very personal. This has less to do with age and style and more to do with what you like, what’s appropriate for where you work and hang out, and of course what’s been passed down to you. A young man who receives his family ring on the day of his high school graduation might wear it throughout his life (as both the punky sport and the suit). A young man with no obligation to look sharp might just have a love for cufflinks which he will also carry with him throughout his life.

So you see, accessories are something men can take quite seriously. They represent their age, their stage and their style.

Some Tips on How to Make Teen Clothes Trendy


Walk down the corridors of a happening college and you are bound to see girls in their best ever outfits, chatting up with their friends or exchanging their notes. Bright blues, bandannas, cool jackets, buzzing cell phones and chips will be the scenario of a cool college where girls do meticulous planning and spending loads of money, time and energy to be in the hottest and happening looks.

These days looking good are of utmost importance. Making new friends and the urge to get acceptance in different work groups have forced the teens of this age to have a considerable amount of thinking on their clothing.

A lot of scrupulous planning is required for the teens that need to meet the latest trends. Nothing can be worse when the wardrobe contains things which are not fit to be worn. One thing which has to examined before the shopping is to have a glance at your wardrobe and if you have too many T-shirts filled than you could probably go for a jacket to break the monotony of your wardrobe.

Basics of Teen Clothing
A Jeans

A cool pair of jeans can add a great deal of difference to one’s wardrobe. A rugged pair of blue colored jeans can go along with any top be it a Kurti, a T shirt. The amazing advantage of a jeans in a wardrobe could be that it need not be crisp and new always and even an old pair would give a stone washed look giving its own look unlike other clothes because as they fade we need to stop wearing them.
However the denim jeans whether old or new makes the trendy look still enhance further.


Skirts be it long or short carries a great zeal of cuteness to any girl. A micro mini skirt could be a sure way to get a date a prom night. They provide a great personality boost to a girl and these are worn by girls who dare to be a little rebellious. They turn to be less adventurous when they are combined with a black legging .However a mini skirt with a black legging turns to be a trendier look. Long skirts with a good amount of flair these days are the spice of the day, a line of cut can accentuate your look.

Some tips to accentuate your look
If you are tired of your old jeans then probable you can peel it from the bottom and gently pull its threads so as to enhance its look. Care has to be exercised while peeling it from the bottom.

Get yourself a white shirt and start painting, some roses, and a photo of a rock star can transform a white shirt into a masterwork.

Trendy teen outfits have no limitations in terms of creativity. Be innovative, restrict your expenditure. Take care that your piggy bank doesn’t break. This is the time when you can enhance your creativity as well and your looks.