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Any suggestions as to what to wear to an office Christmas party? I'm a new employee and would like to make a good impression. E.B.

The fashion consultants at Casual Corner have put together these do's and don'ts regarding party attire:

Do wear red. It's the hottest color of the season, and it will brighten up everybody's spirits.Don't wear anything too tight or revealing. If it doesn't belong in the office meeting, it doesn't belong at the office party.

Do feminize your black suit with a beaded novelty or patterned vest. Wear the vest with a blouse during the day and without for the party.

Don't wear opaque tights with your silk crepe dinner suit. Opt for sheer hose and add a holiday pin for a touch of whimsey.

Do wear a holiday patterned Christmas sweater to add a festive touch to your solid trousers or long mock wrap skirt.

Don't over-accessorize. Add subtle touches of color with silk scarves, belts and handbags.

Do freshen up. Spritz a little water on a towel and blot your face before reapplying your makeup.

Don't wear red or green stockings with your red dress if you don't want to look like a Christmas tree.

Do bring an extra pair of pumps or sling backs to change into instead of your day shoes. On a snowy day, give your outfit the boot.

Don't carry your briefcase or tote. Take an evening bag just big enough for a few essentials and lock the rest in your office.

Do use your head. Sweep your hair back with a bow clip and change to more dramatic earrings.

Don't wear your fur coat or diamonds if you are looking for a raise.


After A Fashion appears each Wednesday in Life. If you have a fashion question - whether it's about the latest trends or where to find a size or style - write to After A Fashion, P.O. Box 20848, Greensboro, N.C. 27420. Doris Dale Paysour is After A Fashion editor.


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