The days are getting shorter and evenings are getting colder. That can only mean one thing: holiday party season is just around the corner. R.T. Clown Inc. has been planning and executing holiday parties for more than 30 years, from casual to black-tie formal. To help you plan and coordinate your wardrobe for any upcoming holiday party or event, R.T. Clown Inc. has put together a quick tip sheet and a few guidelines when planning to attend your next holiday event.

Casual Dress Guidelines:

The good news about a casual office party is that it provides guests a wide scope of dress options, especially here in California. However, remember casual doesn’t mean sandals and shorts either, so to help you kick “casual” up a notch, add a couple of these add-ons to your attire.

Suggestions for Men: Wear a pair of Khakis or dark jeans, with a button down shirt. A simple polo shirt or tennis sweater would also work well. For shoes, you can go with anything from leather loafers to a cool pair of Converse tennis shoes.

Suggestions for Women: A casually-dressed affair can be a great place to pull out your denim. Jeans are some of the most versatile and comfortable clothes, and are easy to dress up or dress down. A great way to add a little style to denim is to dress up your denim with a cropped for fitted blazer and your favorite pair of pumps.

Business Casual Dress Guidelines:

Business casual is basically the same as casual, except with a little bit more conservative flair and business-like attitude.

Suggestions for Men: Business casual calls for dress pants or khakis with a collared shirt and a jacket or even that classic blue blazer. Of course, you could always wear a necktie as well, some cool holiday themed socks.

Suggestions for Women: The business casual attire for women really calls for a pair of dress pants with a blouse or a skirt and top combination of some kind. Accessories should be simple like a conservative watch, classic bracelet and modest earrings. A simple handbag would also work.

Cocktail Event Dress Guidelines:

Remember, a cocktail party signals elegance and fun! Think dressed up but not formal.

Suggestions for Men: A nice collared shirt, dress pants, and sport coat or jacket is a solid bet for men. One of the ways to dress up this straight-forward style is to find a shirt with a bolder color than normal, or even a bright pattern. If you have a holiday themed tie or socks, go ahead and throw those into the mix as well.

Suggestions for Women: Go of ahead and pull out a nice pair dress pants with a blouse. You could also pull out that little black dress, with a pair of heels, and some sparkle or even fur. A great rule of thumb to follow is to not wear something you wouldn’t want your boss to see you in.

Semi-Formal Event Dress Guidelines: (Black Tie Optional):

The semi-formal event is somewhere between a black tie and business casual, depending on the event’s location or time of day.

Suggestions for Men: For any semi-formal event, men should wear a nice business suit with tie and dress shoes. To add a little class or even holiday theme, add a pocket square.

Suggestions for Women: Knee length dress or skirt, blouse and skirt combination, or that little black dress. Add a necklace or sparkly clutch to up the holiday ante.

Black Tie Event Guidelines:

This is the top of the line when it comes to events, so go all out with your most elegant evening attire.

Suggestions for Men: Tuxedo

For Women: Floor length evening gown, heels, and lots of shiny jewelry.