This is the beginning of the holiday season. Read your invitation before you embarrass yourself at these various events. What you are to wear is usually specified on the invitations. To dress otherwise is impolite, inappropriate, and shows a lack of taste. This is the hosts’ event not yours, and their wishes should be considered. If the instruction are not clear call or write them for clarification. Some people put a lot of time and emphasis on proper apparel. If you feel you don’t wish to adhere to the host standards Don’t Go.
Beware of your behavior at company events, because you do intend to return to that job. You always must be aware that your behavior will be scrutinized for good or bad wherever you are. More is at stake than just a party. You are representing yourself as well as your company. A smart person will keep this in perspective and yet still enjoy themselves.