While the holiday season often presents a number of important social gatherings and events, there is nothing quite like the office holiday soiree to make us ponder: “what to wear, what not to wear.” Holiday office party styling sometimes gets tricky, as we attempt to strike balance between stylish and professional, without looking like you are going to an ugly sweater party.

The good news is that you can find a happy medium, that also doesn’t limit you to the standard (boring) little black dress.

Here are three key looks that master the art of “business-chic” that will leave you feeling festive and bright!

Lace and winter whites

Don’t be afraid to rock a little lace with your co-workers, as long as you are minimizing the sheer and being mindful of how much coverage you have underneath. The color combo of black or gray paired with white is classic and timeless. Pairing a lace top with a wide-leg, cropped gaucho pant and a metallic shoe is a great combination. Add a bold statement earring and you’re a stone-cold stunner.

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Lace and white pants

High-waisted gaucho pants, Forever 21, $25, and black lace top, Forever 21, $10

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Black lace top, Forever 21, $10

High-waisted gaucho pants, Forever 21, $25

Sweetest Pumps, Steve Madden, $99.95 (online)

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Steve Madden

Sweetest Pumps, Steve Madden, $99.95 (online)

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Velvet suiting

If you’re looking for more of a subdued-cool Christmas vibe, one of the hottest trends of the season is velvet suiting. A rich-hued velvet blazer like this one by Kensie, pairs beautifully with leather pants. A great statement shoe in black velvet offers the perfect finishing touch.

KENSIE velvet blazer, Macy’s, $39.99 (on sale)

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velvet blazer

KENSIE velvet blazer, Macy’s, $39.99 (on sale)

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Express faux leather leggings, Express, $24.95

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Leather faux leggings

Express faux leather leggings, Express, $24.95

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Tilley shoe in black velvet, Aldo, $45 (online)

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Aldo velvet shoe

Tilley shoe in black velvet, Aldo, $45 (online)

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Blazer dress

Nothing simultaneously says business, while hinting at party vibes, than one of the major dress trends of the year — the blazer dress. Trade in the same-old LBD (little black dress) for a fresh, modern take on business time, post-happy hour. The blazer dress is a show-stopping statement that still evokes elegance and class.

Blue velvet jacket dress, H&M, $99

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blue blazer dress

Blue velvet jacket dress, H&M, $99

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Black blazer dress, H&M, $30

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Black blazer dress, H&M, $30

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