If there was ever a time to bask in the glory of a swinging social life, December is it. From work parties to family gatherings and Christmas dinners with your #girlsquad – Christmas is the time when at long last we all break out of our work cocoons and transform into snazzy social butterflies. Whether it’s a work function or a family function, remember the most important thing to bring is confidence. Here are 5 of our top tips for being confident at a holiday party!
Wear something that makes you feel amazing
This is not the time to experiment with your style and dip a toe in the latest trend pool (culottes… I’m looking at you). That story NEVER ends well. Whether it’s a dress, a fail proof hairstyle or a signature make-up trick you have up your sleeve, we all have that one thing that makes us feel incredible – and when you feel incredible – you automatially look incredible. You stand taller, walk with assurance and radiate confidence.
Smile more than you think you should
A smile is one of the simplest yet most effective gestures you can make. Not only does a big old toothy grin send a signal to your body that it’s happy (thus producing more feel good chemicals like endorphins) but it also signals to others that you’re happy, a contagious feeling that then makes them feel happy. Plus, who wouldn’t want to be remembered as the girl who always smiles?
Don’t drink too much
While tempting at times to pour yourself another glass, setting yourself a limit and capping yourself at a couple of drinks will ensure you stay cool, calm and in complete control. There’s nothing quite as confidence shattering as waking up to a haze of foggy memories – or worse yet vividly humiliating ones of yourself dancing on a table or engaging in a slurry conversation with your cousins new wife.
Be a conversationalist
Making friends as an adult is a lot harder than when you were a kid… why? Because you’re far less inclined to go out on a limb and chat to people. When you were young, you would have no qualms striking up a conversation with another kid in the sandpit – so treat a party the same. You never know how much you might have in common with someone unless you chat to them. Be brave and introduce yourself to people you don’t know. Ask questions, tell stories, pay compliments, and be engaging.
Leave your phone in your bag
The rudest and most antisocial thing you can do in a party setting is stand there tapping away at your phone. It may come as a shock to you, but believe it or not, emails, texting and even Instagram can all wait until you get home. As cliche as it sounds, being completely present in a situation is the easiest way to have fun and make friends – which means no refreshing your newsfeed…