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10 Holiday Party Attire Atrocities

Remember, this is Christmas, not Halloween, and this is a company event, not Vegas. What happens at the company party does not stay at the company party.
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The ElfWith all due respect to Will Ferrell's epic performance in the comedy classic Elf, dressing like this for a company holiday party is overkill personified. We like your spirit, but this is a Christmas party, not a costume party. After the nervous chuckles subside, strange looks and palpable awkwardness are sure to follow, with possibly an arrest. 
Atrocity: Too costume-y. Way too costume-y.
(Source: Flickr)

The Elf
With all due respect to Will Ferrell's epic performance in the comedy classic Elf, dressing like this for a company holiday party is overkill personified. We like your spirit, but this is a Christmas party, not a costume party. After the nervous chuckles subside, strange looks and palpable awkwardness are sure to follow, with possibly an arrest.

Atrocity: Too costume-y. Way too costume-y.

(Source: Flickr)

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Nemos
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Nemos,
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11/30/2014 | 5:23:34 AM
Like an nightmare
I enjoyed your post so much ,I am still laughing actually.

" but you don't want to end up chatting with the CIO about digital disruption and data analytics while wearing a snowman sweater adorned with flashing lights. "

It sounds like a nightmare to be honest, not only because of the description, but to discuss about data analytics with your boss instead of chatting with a nice girl, it is surprising. 
asksqn
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asksqn,
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11/29/2014 | 1:33:04 PM
Move Over, Mr. Blackwell
LOL Mr. Blackwell has got absolutely nothing over on Shane O'Neill.  I think I've met every single one of these fashion faux pas'd perps at every company Christmas party I've ever attended.  The writer really ought to market this column as an e-book.  I bet you'd have a fair amount of success.  
Alison_Diana
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11/25/2014 | 11:47:16 AM
Re: You (rightfully) jest, but ...
There is a benefit to being in IT or the arts. I recall attending business parties with an artist colleague. She got away with sporting black jeans, motorcycle boots, spiked hair, and various funky shirts, while I wore typical business attire -- blouse and skirt or suit and pumps... boring but safe. 
Alison_Diana
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Alison_Diana,
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11/25/2014 | 11:43:50 AM
Re: Bonus tip
And nix the Axe!
Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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11/24/2014 | 3:29:48 PM
holiday party dangers
A former colleague told me she has been invited to a "roaring 20's" theme holiday party. That just sounds fraught with danger with regard to outfits. Flappers, gangsters, oh my. Are theme holiday parties a new thing?
freespiritny25
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11/22/2014 | 4:19:17 PM
Re: 10 Holiday Party Attire Atrocities
Okay, I got it. No wooly christmas sweaters, antlers, clothes or accessories with bells or batteries. And I can't go in a diaper like baby new year. No hipster jeans. What to wear, what to wear!
jagibbons
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11/21/2014 | 7:21:38 PM
Re: You (rightfully) jest, but ...
Can't personally speak to slacks versus a sparkly dress, but I'd almost always prefer to be slightly underdressed when compared to the CEO. If someone doesn't like it, after all, I'm just the IT guy.
Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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11/21/2014 | 3:11:19 PM
Bonus tip
Shane can dress for success with the best of them. Bonus tip, guys: Do not put so much "product" in your hair that you are likely to catch fire when standing by the fireplace. Nuff said.
Susan Fogarty
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11/21/2014 | 11:25:06 AM
Re: You (rightfully) jest, but ...
You go, girl! In my book, it is far better to be remembered for something interesting you said than for the interesting way you looked :)
Lorna Garey
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11/21/2014 | 10:46:58 AM
Re: You (rightfully) jest, but ...
True, Susan. There were several extremely small dresses paired with extremely high shoes. Plus I got points for talking to a customer who tagged along -- his company makes a very interesting app and peripheral for 3D printing, and I knew what these items were. So bonus.
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