The bells are ringing, your tree is adorned with baubles, your family is starting to plan the elaborate lunches and Mariah Carey’s voice is emanating from every loudspeaker in Westfield. December is well and truly upon us and Christmas party season about to begin.

It’s a chance for you and you work wife to get dressed to the nines, have a champers or two (or seven…) and pat yourself on the back for the year that was. Whether your workplace is like a tight-knit family or your colleagues have the personality of damp paper, the end of year work bash isn’t one to be missed.

There’s no denying that just like your Uncle Dave, work functions have a habit of getting a little bit outta control. A down-to-your-navel plunging number may work a treat on most Saturday nights, but it’s probably not going to cut it in front of your boss. These seven frocks are perfect for all your festive frivolities, no wardrobe malfunction in sight!

The Millennial LBD

If you’re a little in the dark about the dress code of your event, it’s straight up impossible to go wrong with a little black dress. Lacy trims and mesh sleeves will bring a number like this into the twenty-first century and have you looking like you just stepped out of fashion week, as opposed to being the boring chick who “chose the safe option”. Defined makeup and gold accessories will have you checking yourself out in the bathroom mirrors all night long.

Stevie May Complex Desires mini dress $320, Net-A-Porter Kotur Glitter Globe Perspex Box clutch $157, ASOS Statement Disc and Bar earring $24, Sass & Bide The Last Tango sandal $490

Stevie May Complex Desires mini dress $320, Kotur Glitter Globe Perspex Box clutch $157, ASOS Statement Disc and Bar earring $24, Sass & Bide The Last Tango sandal $490

The One-Shouldered Number

Shake off the white button-up and pencil skirt and be bold with a one-shouldered number. A singular bold sleeve will make a statement without going over the top, and the neckline not only G-rated, but it’s ultra flattering too. Whoever said the upper décolletage isn’t sexy was clearly mistaken (just kidding, of course no-one said that, shoulders are and always will be heavenly).

Mossman The Self Centred dress $189.95, Zimmermann Scallop Ghillie heel $550, Witchery Rosaline earring $59.95, The Daily Edited Taupe pouch with wrist strap $99.95

Mossman The Self Centred dress $189.95, Zimmermann Scallop Ghillie heel $550, Witchery Rosaline earring $59.95, The Daily Edited Taupe pouch with wrist strap $99.95

The Waterfall-Hem Gown

If your Xmas party takes the form of a sit-down dinner, you may want to step it up a notch. Forget the hassle of a train and opt for a waterfall-hem like this Jadore gown. Don’t feel like splurging on a new designer dress when your Christmas gifting list is still only half checked off? This little baby is available to hire from Dress for A Night, so you’ll still have plenty of dosh left over to treat your brother to that drone he’s had his eye all year. Either that or you could just buy some shoes to match. It’s completely up to you, but sometimes Christmas is a time to treat yo’ self and deal with the consequences later. After all, your brother is family and he’s genetically programmed to love you no matter what. Those Prada shoes however…

Image 3_The Waterfall Hem Gown

Dress For A Night Jadore Scandal gown $159 Rental, Mimco Parallel bracelet $49.95, Mimco Deliciosa Drop earring $59.99, Net-A-Porter Prada Scalloped suede sandals $1,110

The Floral Mini

A killer mini dress will always win you brownie points, no matter what the event. To at least try and stick to the dress-code Susan from HR has laid down, opt for a frock with an embellished mesh or lace layer covering the under slip.

Talulah Objective Flare mini dress $320, Myer Olga Berg Adley Evening clutch $99.95, Sheike Rose hoop earring $34.95

Talulah Objective Flare mini dress $320, Myer Olga Berg Adley Evening clutch $99.95, Sheike Rose hoop earring $34.95

The Metallic Show-Stopper

Now this little number is the dress you don if you’ve got a massive-ass crush on the new guy. Forget everything that was just mentioned about Susan from HR, cause this is your night to shine. Very rigorous scientific studies have shown that a strapless metallic mini is 127% guaranteed to get you noticed at the Christmas party. Add some loose curls, some killer (yet comfortable) shoes, grab a champers and rock up the cojones to ask that dude to dance.

ASOS Starlet embellished bandeau midi dress with split $297, Elms + King Bowery wallet $89.95, Tony Bianco Kalipso White Capretto heel $199.95, Witchery Picasso cuff $59.95

ASOS Starlet embellished bandeau midi dress with split $297, Elms + King Bowery wallet $89.95, Tony Bianco Kalipso White Capretto heel $199.95, Witchery Picasso cuff $59.95

The Textured Midi

If you’re keen on looking completely bomb, but also are genuinely concerned about Susan’s judgmental gaze, a textured midi is definitely a winner. Think ruffles, lace and paisley print and you’re on the right track. Find a dress with a neckline that compliments your shape and a hem that cuts a few inches below the knee to nail the midi length.

Dress For A Night Alice McCall We Could Be Friends dress $149 Rental, Manning Cartell Snap Shot heel $399, Zimmermann Petite Grand The Maiden earring $175, Sportsgirl Peyton embellished panel clutch $49.95

Dress For A Night Alice McCall We Could Be Friends dress $149 Rental, Manning Cartell Snap Shot heel $399, Zimmermann Petite Grand The Maiden earring $175, Sportsgirl Peyton embellished panel clutch $49.95

The Wrap Dress

Comfy, effortless to wear and silky to touch. Did I just describe the new line of PJ’s from Peter Alexander or sexy and stunning wrap dress? No-one knows (and that’s the entire point). For the dress that will carry you through not just your 2017 Christmas party, but every other event you need to attend ever, a silk wrap dress is the way to go.

Sheike Brooklyn dress $159.95, Manning Cartell Treasure Drop gold earring $149, Aje Anais canvas logo clutch $125, Manning Cartell New Ground Rules boote $549

Sheike Brooklyn dress $159.95, Manning Cartell Treasure Drop gold earring $149, Aje Anais canvas logo clutch $125, Manning Cartell New Ground Rules boote $549

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