If you know you have to go straight from work to a nice dinner, it's easy to plan ahead so that you can look special without having to do a complete change of clothes.
First off - even if you wear jeans, a nice silk tee shirt can spend the day under a cardigan and a scarf, but then can stand on its own with a gorgeous necklace and festive, but still comfortable, shoes.
A beautiful blue blouse (that matches your eyes?) looks perfectly serious and businesslike under a cardigan during your business day. But lose the cardigan, pop on some dazzling earrings, and a slightly dressier shoe, and you're ready to go.
If you have any reason to believe that you're going to have to carry a drink around, shake hands, and maybe juggle an appetizer or two, a small cross-body bag is essential. As much as we love beautiful clutch bags for dressy events, sometimes you have to have your hands free!
As much as you might be tempted to put on some killer high-heels, think seriously before you put yourself at risk of being in pain, or of walking like a wading bird...
Even if you work in a suit, you can still chose a beautiful blouse that will stand on its own later in the day. Some silver jewelry that will show at the dinner table will make all of the difference to make your holiday-worthy!