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Office (Party) Etiquette: Rules For Partying Like A Professional

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By Mia Bolaris-Forget

With the holiday season upon us, many women can look forward to long lines, lots or house work (decorating, card-writing, gift wrapping, etc) and probably lots of holiday parties.

Besides the bevy of nights in with friends and family and those glamorous nights out on the town, calling for those flirty femme fatals to put on the glitz, the office party remains that “awkward” blend between pulchritude and professionalism; and according to professionals the primary point to keep in mind that despite the clever “disguise” of a party, you are still (essentially) at work. In fact, they suggest that instead of looking at it as a social soiree, you should think of it as an “upscale” networking opportunity.

So, while you want to don your holiday best, your also want to dress to impress (your boss) that is. Here are a few no-fail fashion rules to abide by.

1. Give Yourself A “Glowing” Recommendation: The key here is moderation and balance. Chunky gold and silver sparkles may be eye-catching but they are not very professional. Instead look for products that offer a subtle shimmer (to eyes, cheeks or lips). Be especially cautious if applying sparkle to eye shadow, rouge or lipstick.

2. Turn Around Bright Eyes: Especially if you’re wearing glitter and sparkle on your lids, or anywhere else on your body. According to fashion aficionados, leave the disco diva dust for another place and time. When it comes to office party, it’s best to tone it down.

3. Brighten Up Your Smile: Choose a brighter shade of lipstick to dress up your overall look, or enhance your current shade by applying a more vivid tone on top.

4. Gloss Over The Gloss: According to experts matte lipsticks tend to last longer and are more suited for eating and drinking (with the corporate “suits”). Besides gloss winding up on your glass, sheer, shiny lips may be a bit too seductive for these “formal” festivities.

5. Be A Hands-On Type Of Gal: Don’t forget the manicure, especially since you want your hands and nails to be in tip-top condition for shaking hands. But, remember to keep nails neatly trimmed and polish soft and subtle. And, avoid shades like fire engine red, even at Christmas/holiday time; it’s still a red-hot (corporate) no-no.

6. Don’t Go Over The Top: Especially with your coif. Keep you look neat and natural. Your best look is a polished professional look that’s powerful and pulled-together.

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