Clothes to Wear to a Semi-Formal Company Party

Wade and Chareta Smith look sharp and classy in semi-formal attire.
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Semi-formal is a cue to dress up, without going all out with tuxes and floor-length gowns. If you're headed to a company event, conservative is best. Women should skip clingy, sheer or short clothing. For men, a suit and tie is a must, even if it's not your usual look. Slip on your dressy best and your boss will certainly approve.

1 Men's Attire

A dark business suit with a dress shirt and simple tie -- think stripes or solid colors -- makes you look sharp, but not over-the-top. Accessorize with dark dress shoes and dark socks. Avoid kahkis, jeans, casual shoes, polo shirts and blazers. Looking business-like at a company event can help you score points with the higher-ups.

2 Women's Attire

You can't go wrong with a little black dress, even a sleeveless one, provided it isn't too tight or short. A knee-length cocktail dress in a solid color or conservative pattern is also appropriate. You can also opt for an evening skirt with a blouse or dressy separates -- think black pants and a silk or lace blazer. Pretty pumps or flats that complement your outfit are a good choice. Save the stilettos and spiky heels for the club.

Andrea Cespedes is a professionally trained chef who has focused studies in nutrition. With more than 20 years of experience in the fitness industry, she coaches cycling and running and teaches Pilates and yoga. She is an American Council on Exercise-certified personal trainer, RYT-200 and has degrees from Princeton and Columbia University.