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What to Wear for Your Investment Banking Christmas Party

Illuminated Christmas Tree and London Tower Bridge, UK, England

It goes without saying that this year didn’t quite turn out as any of us had planned and unfortunately the end of year festivities will be no exception. Whether your party takes place via video call or you’re lucky enough to be celebrating in person, IB Insider has the perfect outfits for you to commemorate the end of a year like no other.

lighted Christmas trees during nighttime

Investment banking Christmas parties are notoriously extravagant and although things may have changed over recent years, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make an effort.

Alexander McQueen Cold-shoulder pleated cotton-jersey and poplin top

Don’t let the prospect of a virtual celebration stop you from dressing up. Instead, focus on your top half. Dramatic sleeves were seen across fashion magazines in a big way earlier this year, a trend which continued on this season’s catwalks.

Look no further than this Alexander McQueen blouse, which for £620 (€690/$860) will bring a little runway style to your office party, whether in person or online.


If you’re of the opinion that less is more, for £168 (€197/$198) this plum blouse by eco-conscious brand Reformation is a chic alternative, and the colour is a sophisticated twist on traditional Christmas red.

We recommend pair either blouse with trousers, or perhaps something more comfortable if only your top half will be seen on a video call.

Loren Stewart + NET SUSTAIN 14-karat gold hoop earrings

Accessories will always elevate your outfit, and can be the finishing touch to a virtual ensemble. Statement earrings have been a favourite of celebrities dressing up for video interviews this year, and these hand-made Loren Stewart hoops (£425/€507/$455) are the perfect pairing to any festive outfit.

They’re also made from recycled 14-carat gold, so your new purchase will have a reduced environmental impact.,1.0,6.0&$cropN=0.1,0.1,0.8,0.8&defaultImage=NoImageAvailableInternal&&wid=1250&hei=1250

Pair them with a delicate gold necklace and you’ll be Christmas party ready! This timeless, understated piece from Tiffany & Co. is a must-have, retailing at £1,150 (€1,350/$1,200).

If you’re not sure what shoes to wear with your outfit, take a look at our article on dressing to impress in investment banking, which has great suggestions to take you from day to night.

Self-Portrait Ruched sequin-embellished polka-dot flocked tulle midi dress

This season’s catwalks also showcased plenty of metallic outfits from designers, so if you’re stuck in business attire all year, adding a little sparkle will get you into the festive spirit and keep you on-trend.

Perfect for a black tie event, this dress by Self-Portrait has just the right amount of sequins for a subtle shimmer, and retails for £350 (€420/$490).

Galvan Stargaze sequined tulle gown

Alternatively, for the fans of all-over sparkle, take inspiration from this rose gold dress (£1,675/€1,877/$2,450) by Galvan, which is glamourous without making you look like a Christmas decoration.


Invitations with cocktail or business casual dress codes require a suit, whereas tuxedos are the usual go-to outfit for black tie events. For the festive season, why not treat yourself to a new addition to your wardrobe?

As with suits, a tailored tux is the best for a good fit, but Tom Ford’s tuxedos are a classic choice for a reason. This one could be yours for £3,265 (€3,825/$4,800).

For elegant black tie affairs, you’ll need to pair the tuxedo with a dress shirt and bow tie. Armani’s range of suits and ties are synonymous with luxury, and this silk Giorgio Armani bow tie is a sophisticated addition to your outfit.

For £115 (€135/$185), it conveniently comes pre-tied to avoid any last-minute hitches.

Add this white Prada dress shirt, which retails at £695 (€750/$1,060), and you’ll be ready to go whether your celebrations are in person or online.

Whatever you choose to wear, use your Christmas party as a way to relax after working hard all year. If you’re new to investment banking, or have recently started at a new firm, festive parties are a great way to get to know your colleagues outside the business environment.

Things might be a little different this year, but the above suggestions will help you to celebrate in style.

All prices and hyperlinks are correct as of 17th December 2020.

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