Dangerous waters, these. The genial office party can quickly turn into a field day of repressed feuds and regrettable hookups once everyone gets a little liquid courage down the hatch. Pace yourself, don’t be the guy who orders shots and remember that anything you do or say here will be water-cooler fodder come Monday.
The Best Dressed Less Stressed Guest
The Office Party
DRESS THE PART
Here’s the thing about an office party: you want to remind everyone that your professional sartorial game is strong, but you also don’t want to be the guy who looks like he forgot to change out of his work clothes. Thus it is a prime opportunity to deploy the tricky maneuver of “triple separates” — that is, jacket, vest and pants of all different fabrics. First, hit ‘em with a jacket that’s got some personality. Anchor it with a solid dark vest and a crisp white shirt (no tie — it’s a party, after all). Lighter pant and chunky brogue down low. Would never play 9-to-5, but perfect for fiesta time.
GIFT LIKE A PRO
Good gift because: razzing any Trump supporters in your workplace is a great team-building exercise. Pairs well with the Scotch because: everyone knows Scotch makes you funnier.
SHOULD I GO HOME WITH MY CO-WORKER?