Officechic

Over at The Guardian yesterday, the wonderful Hadley Freeman emphasised the watchword for office parties: pretty but aloof. The last thing you want is to project come hither vibes to that young bloke from sales or the paunchy manager from accounts; add plenty of booze to that mix and you'll find yourself in A Very Bad Place. I've found this restrained dress from French Connection, that still manages to look hot whilst conveying your responsibility and good work ethic. You'll be well on your way to promotion in something like that, making the steep price tag of £90 well worth it! These gorgeous brown snakeskin shoes from Irregular Choice (£56) give a rich feel. Add a touch of interest/kook with this necklace from Accessorize (£9) and voila! Classy cool minus the drunken fool. And if you can't help yourself when faced with a free bar, the black will at least hide the vomit stains...

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