In what will be my final Christmas party outfits post this year (maybe, don’t hate me if it’s not!), I thought I’d look to some regular over 40 women for inspiration on what to wear this festive season.
So rather than you having to endure me wearing All The Party Outfits, you can feast your eyes on 21 party outfits as worn by my good friends from the Over40Collective instead. What’s so great about featuring the members of the O40Co is that our styles are all so different, so there should be something to appeal to everyone in terms of style.
If you’re not fond of all the colour and pattern that I wear so much, there are sophisticated looks based around the colour black. If you’re a huge fan of sparkle and glitz, however, I’ve got you covered with all manner of sequins.
THE STYLES I’VE CHOSEN ARE ALL FESTIVE SEASON-APPROPRIATE – AND THEY GO FROM SIMPLE MINIMALISM TO FULL-ON ELEGANCE.
There are trousers, dresses, eclectic styles, vintage… it’s all here. Now while the styles I’ve featured may not all have been originally intended for a Christmas party, they are all festive season-appropriate – and they go from simple minimalism to full-on elegance.
So this is your final call for some last-minute Christmas party (or Christmas Day, or New Year’s Eve) outfit inspiration – I’ve added in links to each blogger’s original posts for you should you want to shop them. Most are reasonably recent so hopefully items might still be available.
So go forth and enjoy your outfit preparations, and as I said on Facebook yesterday: Whatever you’re wearing, remember it’s ONLY clothes… just enjoy yourself!
WHICH ARE YOUR FAVOURITE PARTY OUTFIT LOOKS HERE? AND WHAT ARE YOU WEARING ON CHRISTMAS DAY (OR NEW YEAR’S EVE)? TELL ME IN THE COMMENTS…
1. All the colour and pattern you could possibly want
Catherine (me of course!), Not Dressed As Lamb
I’ve thrown in an extra, as-yet-unseen outfit here: The red lace midi dress and red pea coat (with diamante clasp belt and glittery black clutch, all c/o) were styled for my M&Co InstaStories takeover at the end of last month. I’m intending to wear the dress on Christmas Day because I adore it so much… HOW flattering is this style when you have hips as I do? My other outfit ideas also feature copious amounts of colour and pattern… You want prints, pattern and explosions of colour? I’m your man 😉
2. Full-on glamour, glitter and sparkles
Lisa, The Sequinist
Lisa isn’t called The Sequinist for nothing – she doesn’t just wear them, she EXCELS at them. If it sparkles, she’s on it (I had trouble picking just three to feature here).
3. Elegant, ladylike chic for fans of black
Annette, Lady of Style
As I’m no expert at wearing black I’ll hand you over to the lady that is: Annette. Where I just can’t seem to get on with most people’s favourite colour [to wear], the Lady of Style mixes black with the odd rich colour, lots of texture and endless elegance.
4. Vintage-style inspiration
Michelle, Michelle Tyler
Formerly known as RetroChicMama, Michelle wears such creative dressy looks that it’s hard to tell if her outfits are vintage or not (best of both worlds) – she’d never turn up in the same outfit as someone else at a party.
5. Romantic, feminine styles in jewel tones
Liz, What Lizzy Loves
If you’re over 40 and have legs that you want to show off but you’re hesitating for some reason, take note from Liz and just DO IT…! Or do the exact opposite and wear a full-length, romantic maxi dress. Liz dresses up at every opportunity, as we all should.
6. Quirky, eclectic styles for those who think outside the box
Michelle, The Barefaced Chic
What I love about Michelle is that she doesn’t follow any style rules and isn’t a slave to trends. She’s creative, she takes risks, she wears what she feels great in. Christmas is THE time to follow those style “rules” for the first time.
7. Understated, minimalist chic for fans of trousers
For those of you who prefer wearing trousers, Nikki’s got a ton of no-dresses outfit ideas for you. Her aesthetic is streamlined and minimalist… perfect if you like block colour and understated looks, even at parties.
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