What to wear to Work Christmas Party in 2023

work christmas party outfits

The silly season is just around the corner! This also means the end of school, the start of Summer, New Year and a ton of deadlines for most people. Thrown into the calendar will undoubtedly be the much anticipated work Christmas party. An excuse to dress up and celebrate with colleagues. Here’s some inspo on what to wear to a work Christmas party with our fave accessories. 

Outfit ideas for work Christmas party

When it comes to the office or work party for the Holiday season there are a number of different things to consider to make sure you’re on trend and don’t commit any faux pas. 

Here’s some things to think about when you’re deciding what to wear: 

  • Theme 

Is your workplace having a themed party? Perhaps it’s a colour theme (black and white is a popular one for example), or maybe it’s fancy dress. Whatever the theme, make sure to pay attention to it even if you have a really cool new dress you wanted to wear in your wardrobe - there will be plenty of other occasions to pull that one out! 

  • Day or night event

Depending on whether your party is happening during the daytime or evening will impact what you wear. Day time events tend to be a little more casual and if they’re being hosted outdoors then you’re going to want to accessorize with a big beautiful sun hat. However, if the party is on when the lights go down, you can often dress up a little more formally and pull your heels out. 

  • Formality

Take note of the dress code (obvi but just in case you miss it on the invite or it’s not mentioned!). The last thing you want to feel is overdressed if it’s a casual work Christmas party, or underdressed if you missed the memo that it was a black tie function. Consider your shoes too - if you’re outdoors, it’s best to go for a wedge heel rather than stilettos.  If you don’t want to splash out on a new dress, a more affordable (and fun) way is to glam up your outfit with accessories like fascinators and party clutches. 

  • Comfort factor 

You know we’re all about glam at Olga Berg, but that doesn’t mean we want you to compromise on feeling comfortable. If your work Christmas party is a sit down affair, then you can go ahead with your biggest, most fun pair of stilettos since you’ll be seated for most of the time. However, if it’s a standing room only style event then you want to carefully consider your footwear. Likewise if a four course feast ensues, perhaps the floaty dress option is better than a bodycon dress. 

What to wear to your Work Christmas Party in 2023

Here’s our top Christmas party outfits for different style work parties to try in 2023.

1. The ladies who lunch (in the gardens) 

marlo bag

A classic Christmas office party is of course a long lunch to make the most of the weather. Perhaps your workplace is having a lavish affair in the gardens or a rooftop terrace, or somewhere by the water? We recommend a casual work Christmas party outfit is best for lunch. Glam it up and make it feel that little bit special with some choice accessories. We love our Marlo bag for a daytime event. Choose a pastel pop of colour to instantly bring to life your summer dress. 

Features of the Marlo Bag: 
  • Choose from pastel blue, pink, yellow or white
  • Ball Mesh Body
  • Natural wood frame
  • Vegan leather trim
  • Gold tone hardware
  • Magnetic closure
  • Fits a large smartphone

2. The Afternoon High Tea 

anika boater

An afternoon high tea is a wonderful way to enjoy a sophisticated Christmas work party. Perhaps it’s in a fabulous location like the Botanical Gardens, or a 5 star hotel in the city centre. High tea calls for a little formality when it comes to your outfit, we’d recommend a beautiful flowy, floral dress and of course a stunning hat to complement it. Try our Anika Boater Hat. Easy to dress up, or down, Anika is embellished with lace and matching beads which add a touch of texture and interest.

Features of the Boater Hat:

  • Natural Straw Boater
  • Adjustable
  • Cotton Lace Trim
  • Hand beaded

3. The Boat Party 

sasha bag

There’s no party quite like a boat party! Depending on your workplace, these can range from casual to elaborate affairs. A classic outfit to wear to a boat party is of course a play on the nautical theme. Wearing navy and white striped dresses or skirts is an easy and fun nod to the location. Or, why not try something a little more modern with a clutch bag that speaks to being on the water. Try our Sasha Top Handle Bag in bright blue to evoke ocean vibes. This stunningly minimal bag has plenty of room inside for a large smartphone, sunglasses and makeup essentials and includes a removable shoulder chain so you can switch to hands free at a moments' notice.

Features of the Sasha Bag:

  • Gold tone hardware
  • Magnetic closure
  • Removable shoulder chain
  • Fits a large smart phone

4. The Evening Cocktail party 

sylvie bag

For the creme de la creme of office Christmas parties- the evening cocktail party. This calls for formal evening wear, your best gown and heels of course. But don’t forget the finishing touches like a gorgeous clutch bag to finish your look. Try our Sylvie Crystal Pouch for a bit of extra glam. Sylvie features hundreds of tiny stones with a long silky tassel making it the perfect addition to any evening look. Carry in the palm of your hand or use the optional shoulder chain to go hands free.

Features of the Sylvie Pouch:

  • Chain Handle
  • Removable Shoulder Chain
  • Shoulder chain drop length 55cm
  • Black Crystal Mesh
  • Gunmetal Tone Hardware
  • Fits a large smartphone

5. The End of Year Disco Party

pedro bag

Whether you work at a school and they're throwing an end of year 'dance' or your colleagues want to keep dancing after official festivities at the office party have ended, our fave bag to wear is the Pedro Sequin Pouch

Features of the Pedro Pouch: 

  • Shoulder chain drop length 55cm
  • Handle drop length approx 15cm
  • Pink Multi Coloured Sequins
  • Gold Tone Hardware
  • Removable Shoulder Chain

Discover our complete collection of party bags now at Olga Berg. When you shop for your Christmas outfits online, you can enjoy a free delivery on orders $50 and over Australia-wide. 

Liked this? If you’re interested in accessories for the Holiday season, take a read of our article on 5 best Christmas outfits in 2022,  5 IT bags to gift and your party season style guide now.