December is synonymous with holidays … and Christmas, which also means that all kinds of events will take place. reunions and meetings. It is time to give gifts and, why not, receive the odd whim and it is also time to give the dressing room a facelift to prepare the looks for Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. These two festivities are not the only ones to be celebrated in the coming weeks, as most calendars are packed with Christmas lunches and dinners with friends. Not to mention that this year more than ever the agendas are overflowing to make up for lost time after the pandemic.
Of all of them and the one that is the subject of this article is the company, since in most cases workers have not seen each other since mid-2020.
An occasion that usually brings many headaches in terms of style for two reasons. On the one hand, determine the outfit with which to hit and on the other loss of practice when choosing since most dressing rooms have become accustomed to the most comfortable looks in which it is difficult to find garments other than tracksuits, leggings or sweaters.
Although the chosen style should reflect the personality of the wearer, in this case not everything goes. Well, it is very easy to overcome the fine line that separates good taste from vulgarity. Whether it is a meal or a dinner, it is convenient to sin by default and not by excess and to clear up doubts ABC Style has consulted the stylist Jesús Reyes, CEO of CoolHunting Madrid Comunicación and an expert in fashion and protocol, so that from his expert point of view he shares the essential keys to configure a set of ten.
“Company lunches and dinners are the perfect occasion to strengthen working relationships with the team and, above all, with the executives. But a small mistake in protocol or styling can ruin any employee’s professional reputation and brilliant CV. There are some essential points that must be followed and respected in order to be successful in an ‘informal’ meeting with co-workers ”, he begins by saying and explains three points that cannot be lost sight of.
It is important go to neutral and elegant colors when choosing ‘outfit’. Necklines or short dresses are not recommended, not during the day and much less at night, for them. «Better to opt for a tuxedo, blouse or turtleneck with elegant court shoes if it is for the night. Or for a daytime meal, use a lantern sleeve blouse or a turtleneck sweater and a pencil skirt, for example, or elephant leg pants. In no case, short dresses, lingerie, low-cut, excessively shiny… This is not the time! ».
Some easy-to-wear outfits that fit all styles and never fail could be aA pencil skirt with a satin shirt and stilettos; a elephant leg trousers and a T-shirt with an embroidery or some detail that makes a difference; a midi flared dress with ankle boots… Always trying to find the balance and without forgetting to add an accessory with which it looks modern and elegant.
Also add advice for them, opt for a light blue suit by day and dark gray or pinstripes by night, with a white shirt or turtleneck. He recommends not resorting to ties and not wearing reindeer sweaters, Christmas prints or the like.
«You cannot forget that you are still in a work environment. For this reason, it is preferable not to drink more than one glass of wine or alcohol, but it is allowed to be able to toast with alcohol ». He also advises breaking the office issues barrier and resorting to conversations more related to leisure activities such as travel, culture, music … «Never about sex and, better, and in my opinion; not tell much about each private life that may compromise us in the future.
He ends his speech with what he calls the ‘magisterial tip’: Wait for a colleague to leave first so that they don’t call you boring, but don’t stay the last of the meeting either. The impression and image in a social evening of this caliber can help us improve our position or spoil our professional goals.