It's the fashion dilemma we all face every year, what to wear to the office Christmas party?

Everyone wants to look great at the office Christmas party, but at the same time not looked like you have tried too hard. Should you play it safe or go all out for the festive season?

The fail-safe dress

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Festive = fun! Pay with textures and embellishment to be the belle of any Christmas ball. Plush velvet is ultra Christmassy and looks fab in a rich berry shade. This George at ASDA (£16) frock features draping to disguise any lumps and bumps. You can’t go wrong with a sequin dress. This navy Very (£38) number will look great worn with a smart blazer, opaque tights and heels. Bored of your standard LBD? Choose one with an interesting twist. Next‘s high necked version (£32) has multi coloured spots set against a black background, slimming and super cool. Wear with boot during the day then slip on your finest dancing shoes when it’s time to party.

The showstopper heels

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Haven’t had the time to trawl the high street for a brand new party look? Not to worry. A pair of glam heels will take a boring outfit from blah to wow in seconds. Whether is a glittery pair (Debut at Debenhams, £35), block heels in the richest shade (Topshop, £49) or pretty rose gold metallics (Miss Selfridge, £45), just make sure the heel is easy to dance in. Nobody likes to deal with achy soles on a night out!

The sequin skirt



Give your office pencil skirt a break and slip on a sparkly instead. We love these traditional Christmas gold (Per Una at M&S, £49.50) and silver (Littlewoods, £40) calf length pencils. If you’re after something a bit less look-at-me try a black version with large paillette sequins (Next, £38).

The dress alternative


Not a fan of girly dresses or sparkly separates? A party jumpsuit is the perfect frock alternative. Petites look great in cropped versions like this velvet green one-piece (New Look, £34.99). Wear with a glittering necklace and pointy courts. A simple black jumpsuit (Wallis, £48) will smooth the figure while sheer sleeves give less-than-toned upper arms subtle coverage. For something that could work through the season, try a pretty printed piece (Debenhams, £45). Add a slick of bright lippy and matchy heels to finish.