I love an excuse to get dressed up, so I think this outfit should consist of:
A printed, or bold dress
A long, dressy cardigan (because it's cold, and you're with your co-workers, let not get racy here)
A skinny belt around the outside of the cardigan
A statement necklace (my favorite of accessories)
A statement bracelet (get blingy, it's a party)
Thick Tights (as in, not "see-through")
HEELS (preferably metallic or patent leather)
Here are some examples: (note that the first option of each article of clothing will be for the budget-less, and then the second option will be for women who need to get more creative with the budget, and convincing their husbands into the necessity of holiday outfits! :)
Winter Rose Bustier Dress
for the girl with no budget! (or you could find something in the sale section of JCREW that is comparable to this... that's what I did!
Motel Another Rose Print Dress
for the girl on a budget :) this is a STEAL!
Cashmere Open Cardigan in Black from JCrew
Infinity Cardigan in Heather Carbon from JCrew
NOW ON SALE! :) and take an additional 30% off the sale price!
Joan & David Flipp in Black Patent via Piperlime
I cannot handle these shoes! I'm in love!
Franco Sarto Napoli in Black Patent via Piperlime
Really close to the other pair... and a great price! Plus, Franco Sarto's are normally very comfortable.
Black Double Studded Belt
Opaque Black Tights via Anthropologie
Crystal Bloom Necklace
All Sparks Necklace
Metal Wrapped Chain Cuff
FYI: All sale items at JCrew are currently an ADDITIONAL 30% off the sale price and all sale items and Anthropologie are currently an additional 25% off the sale price. HAPPY SHOPPING!