"The Skirt" is an ongoing series in which Four Pins' resident lady friend, Rachel Seville, becomes the most important woman in your life.

Last week, we explored the contours of surviving a fashion party. But there’s another party animal left to tame. This is a wilder beast, because while it can’t make or break your “dream job” of tweeting about pants from a fountain in Italy, it can affect your enjoyment of 40 hours of every week of your entire life. This is the company holiday party. As a person who has walked both past and into an office building, I am uniquely qualified to tell you how to survive one of these. So minimize Outlook, forward your calls to reception and let’s get to it!

Rachel Seville is a writer living in New York who believes in miracles. Read her blog, Pizza Rulez, here and follow her on Twitter here.