21 Christmas Party Outfit Ideas (Worn By Regular Over 40 Women!)

21 Christmas Party Outfits for Over 40 Women

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.

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!



21 Christmas Party Outfits for Over 40 Women (Lots of colour and pattern from Catherine - Not Dressed As Lamb)
21 Christmas Party Outfits for Over 40 Women worn by regular 40+ women (Red lace midi dress and red pea coat - Catherine, Not Dressed As Lamb)

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 😉

Original posts (composite image): Left | Top right | Bottom right


21 Christmas Party Outfits for Over 40 Women (All out glitter and sparkles from Lisa - The Sequinist)

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).

Instagram: @thesequinist | Original posts: Left  Top right  Bottom right


21 Christmas Party Outfits for Over 40 Women (Elegant, ladylike chic for fans of black from Annette - Lady of Style)

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.

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Instagram: @theladyofstyle | Original posts: Left  Top right  Bottom right


21 Christmas Party Outfits for Over 40 Women (Vintage-style inspiration from Michelle Tyler)

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.

Instagram: @mt.sustainability | Original posts: Left  Top right  Bottom right


21 Christmas Party Outfits for Over 40 Women (Romantic, feminine styles in jewel tones from Liz, What Lizzy Loves)

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.

Instagram: @whatlizzylovesOriginal posts: Left  Top right  Bottom right


21 Christmas Party Outfits for Over 40 Women (Quirky, eclectic styles from Michelle, The Barefaced Chic)

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.


21 Christmas Party Outfits for Over 40 Women (Understated minimalist chic from Nikki, Midlifechic)

7. Understated, minimalist chic for fans of trousers

Nikki, Midlifechic

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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Disclosure: I was gifted some items I am wearing (marked c/o) but this post was not sponsored (click here for my full disclosure)This post contains some affiliate links which means if you click through and buy I may receive a small commission.


  1. 23 March 2018 / 7:48 am

    Thanks for sharing these awesome ideas. I loved the red one piece as red is my all time fav color. Also, I liked the vintage dressing style of yours especially the green outfit. It looks very fabulous I would love to try it. Keep sharing such wonderful ideas.

  2. 26 December 2017 / 3:37 pm

    Thank you so much for this fabulous Looks. The ladies are fabulous and their outsfits are perfect for Christmas time.
    XO Martina from Munich – Germany

  3. 17 December 2017 / 8:16 pm

    I used to love clothes shopping shopping before I had children, I now hate it…. but I still love clothes! The red dress and belt combo was a knockout on you. Couldn't believe it was M&Co it looked very expensive. To cut a long story short I completely stole your look and bought them both there and then upon seeing your blog to wear to a drinks event that was rapidly approaching and I had no idea what to wear to it. Lots and lots of compliments on it. I of course pointed out it was brilliant you that was to be credited and directed them to your blog. You are a bit like a fabulous hotel that you can't wait to tell people about but selfishly don't want to share! Got to be done though. Thanks so much Catherine, you saved the day!

  4. 16 December 2017 / 7:51 pm

    Fantastic post with great examples of women and their different styles. You look fabulous in red, by the way 🙂

  5. 16 December 2017 / 11:53 am

    What a great post, so many different styles! Love love love your red dress, and the sequined skirt and t shirt of Lisa is really fun too. I am partial to a bit of velvet this time of year, it's nice to see it in a clean modern style demonstrated by Nikki too, lots of lovely looks to get festive fashion inspo from, thanks Catherine! 🙂

  6. 15 December 2017 / 8:44 pm

    Everyone looks so glamorous and stunning. I love your red dress! x

  7. 14 December 2017 / 3:43 pm

    There are some gorgeous outfit ideas here, Catherine. My absolute favourite though has to be your midi lace dress in red…WOW!!
    Suzy xx

  8. 13 December 2017 / 11:49 pm

    I SO needed this inspiration! And you, look incredible! Truly radiant and so gorgeous. Happy holidays pretty lady!

    Heidi || Wishes & Reality

  9. 13 December 2017 / 9:32 pm

    Fabulous outfits!

  10. 13 December 2017 / 8:33 pm

    Good grief Catherine, you are hot like a firecracker with chilli pepper sauce inside a volcano! That dress was meant for you, which is a pity because now I totally want it for me :-D. I love those art deco looking swirls on it, and the coat and belt are just perfect. I think you should just wear that for the whole month of December. Oh, I'm so distracted I nearly forgot to say THANK YOU for featuring us! What a sneaky, lovely, supportive, darling (and hot!) friend you are. xxx

  11. 13 December 2017 / 7:04 pm

    I've gone for a black maxi pleated skirt with a black lace top, plum suede heels and a plum leather biker jacket on top. All of which I already had in my wardrobe! I just couldn't be bothered to look for something new – is that bad or good?

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