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5 Looks For The Office Christmas Party

Posted on November 07 2019

It's the most wonderful time of the year; with champagne glasses clinking, and everyone telling you "just one drink mo-oo-oore!", it's the most wonderful time of the year!

That's right, Christmas - or as we like to call it, Party Season - is just around the corner! It can be a stressful time for some, without the added pressure of finding that perfect outfit to wear to the office Christmas party.

Fear not, for Beyond Retro has you covered!

Read on for our Party season trend-forecast, where we've recommended an outfit for every work-do occasion. 

The Jumpsuit

Perhaps the most iconic moment of Fleabag, in its short-but-sweet two season run on the BBC, was the jumpsuit

The jumpsuit

You know exactly what I mean when I say that. 

Season 2 of the show opens with Fleabag, played by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, wearing a black jumpsuit with a deep neckline, clean lines and long wide-legged trousers. It was just perfect. 

She’s cleaning blood off her face but nobody took any notice of that, because all eyes were transfixed on the jumpsuit. 

If you’re the dark horse of the office, the enigma who takes frequent cigarette breaks, the mirage who never has lunch with everyone else, then this is the jumpsuit for you. 

Ok, not that jumpsuit. But a vintage jumpsuit will suit you even better. 

Phoebe Waller-Bridge as Fleabag. 

Label Jumpsuit, £32. 

The Velvet Dress

If 90s style was embodied in a person, it would be Winonna Ryder.

And, if Winonna Ryder were dis-embodied in an item, it would be the velvet dress.

The velvet dress, then, was the 90s joie de vivre. 

Winonna Ryder employed her trademark goth aesthetic by wearing a velvet dress in a deep, rich purple; to make the look more festive, go red or green, and pair your velvet slip dress with a pair of statement earrings.


Chefs kiss!

Winonna Ryder on the Red Carpet. 

The Silk Blouse

    Let’s face it, jeans and a nice top is still the going-out outfit, and there’s no nicer top than a silk blouse.

    Paired best with a pair of jeans or simple trousers in nude colours of blacks, greys and blues the silk blouse is a party season staple.

    Seen below on Kate Moss, but Madonna and Sylvie Vartan wore very similar-looking blouses, proving the versatility of the silk blouse. The below silk blouse is in on-trend lime green, an update on a classic.

    Kate Moss for Gucci, 1995.

    The Suit

    There's nothing that will make you feel quite so put together as the suit.

    There's nothing that will make you feel quite so special as the mismatched suit.

    If you're lucky enough to find a vintage two-piece that has, against all odds, manage to remain together then it's God's wishes that you purchase it on the spot immediately.

    For Party season, however, the two-piece suit is somewhat predictable.

    The mismatched suit, however, is the perfect way to be the coolest person in the room.

    Blake Lively in mismatched velvet suit.

    Red Velvet Blazer.

     

     

    The Full On, OTT, Christmas Outfit

      We’re spoilt for choice on this one.

      If there’s one thing vintage shopping is known for, it’s drama, and you can always count on Beyond Retro to bring it to the ball.

      Our options for you are: dress like a Christmas present and/or dress like a Christmas tree.

      If you want to lean into the Christmas present idea, we recommend red tarans and heavy textures, like velvet, wool and corduroy.

      If you want to dress like a Christmas tree, go full-on sparkle. Shine like a Christmas tree, darling, shine! 

      How the Grinch Stole Christmas, 2000. 

      Tartan Coat Dress, £35.

      We don't mean to alarm you, but Christmas is just around the corner. Don't worry, we've got your back. Read our Christmas Gift Guide and our Vintage Guide to Party Season, also don't forget to follow us on Pinterest for lots of vintage inspiration