Office Party Etiquette: 5 Ways to Keep Your Decorum This Year
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Office Party Etiquette: 5 Ways to Keep Your Decorum This Year

[caption id="attachment_2260" align="aligncenter" width="1600"]Mario Testino for Vogue Espana, 2012. Mario Testino for Vogue Espana, 2012.[/caption] It's December, and if you work in any kind of office environment at all, you've probably already received an email about the forced merriment you are about to endure with your coworkers on a Friday night that should have been your own. And you might want to play fast and loose with those drink tickets. Word of advice: Don't. What happens at the office holiday party is going to be the main subject of gossip come Monday... So follow these rules for a stress-free, gossip-minimal start to the week! Go Slow Everybody loves a mulled wine (or five!), especially when they're on the company. But, whatever you do, don't drink too fast! No one wants their boss to see them throwing up in the corridor, no matter how relaxed he or she might be as a superior! But also: Don't leave early. Wait until everyone else gets so drunk they start messing up and steal their secrets. (That advice is an early Christmas gift from us to you.) Avoid Talking Work There is a time and a place for frank discussion of your companies failings; perhaps in a well contrived email or short PowerPoint presentation, but probably not as a hate-filled drunken speech in which you refer to your boss as something unutterable! Dress Right The only items of clothing you should be removing are your hat and coat. Exposure of any kind should be avoided. 'Nuff said. (Apart from that, we're always partial to something casual, something chic, something special – and something we can wear to other parties, too! Check out our beauties.) Make Your Secret Santa Gift a Good One The rules of this are tricky depending on if you have to reveal your identity at the end. However, if you get to remain anonymous, it’s a pot of Pringles and lottery tickets for Mark from Accounts Receivable. Plan Your Exit Above all, know when to bow out gracefully. As a simple equation to guide you – the last one left standing is the one least likely to be standing come January. Consider pre-booking a taxi.   Now you're all set! Go forth, look gorgeous, and have an absolute blast!
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