Parties are very different affairs this year so you may want to consider more casual party outfits rather than your usual formal attire. Whereas in the past, you may have been looking forward to major events or gatherings for the festive season, it’s unlikely that big parties will be possible for 2020.

Depending on where you live, there are different restrictions in place, setting out how many people can get together at one time and whether you can mix with people from different households.

So, if you do manage to hold or attend a party this season, it’s likely to be low key. That’s why, you will probably be thinking about a more casual outfit than you may usually wear to your festive events.

This article has plenty of ideas to make sure your party outfits still make an impact, yet they also don’t look and feel out of place in a more casual setting or atmosphere.

Below are some easy formulas to put together a casual party outfit. But first, some thoughts on casual party attire:

Easy tips to put together casual party outfits

1. Combine casual and formal

Casual party outfits - Jona wearing jeans and a blazer | 40plusstyle.com

The key to the success of many outfits, no matter what the occasion, is combining formal elements with some casual clothes or accessories.

Jona (above) pairs a formal blazer with casual jeans and accessorizes with her Gucci handbag

Recreate her outfit with this similar top, blazer, jeans, booties, brooch and sunglasses.

2.Choose luxury fabrics for your casual party outfits

Casual party outfits - Ashley wearing a leather skirt and satin blouse | 40plusstyle.com

You can still wear your jeans for a party, but how about choosing a velvet pair, for example. You could also opt for a leather skirt and wear it with a cashmere, silk or satin top.

Ashley (above) wears her leather skirt with a satin shirt.

Check out this similar shirt, skirt, booties, tights, shoulder bag and necklace.

3. Wear flat or low heel shoes

Casual party outfits - Elena wearing jeans and low heels | 40plusstyle.com

There’s no need to wear high heels to a casual party. Choose flat or low heeled options to stay comfortable all night. Be sure to check our ideas for low heal party shoes.

Elena (above) wears low-heeled mules with her outfit. She adds interest with the puff sleeves of her sweater.

Steal her look with this similar puff sleeve top, pants, sandals, handbag and sunglasses.

Casual party outfits – 9 outfit ideas for you

Let’s take a look at some outfits you could put together for a house party of an informal gathering…

Party wear: Jeans and a nice top

You really can’t go wrong with jeans and a nice top for your party. You can add a more formal touch to your outfit by choosing a top with an interesting neckline, and wearing with small heels.

Casual party outfits - jeans and a nice top | 40plusstyle.com

COS sleeveless tunic topJoe’s bootcut jeansSam Edelman pumpBaubleBar huggie hoop earringsTed Baker London croc embossed leather clutch

Casual dress outfits: A sweater dress and boots

If you want to stay warm as well as making sure your outfit isn’t too formal, but you still want to wear a dress, a sweater dress could be a good choice. A wrap style is flattering for most figures and a v-neck will create nice lean lines.

Casual party outfits - sweater dress and boots | 40plusstyle.com

VERO MODA tie waist sweater dressZella high waist leggingsFranco Sarto knee high bootTed Baker London croc embossed leather clutchAJOA layered chain necklaceBaubleBar huggie hoop earrings

Dressy casual attire: Blazer, camisole and jeans

Adding a blazer to any outfit is always a great way to add a touch of elegance. Take a look at blazer styles to elevate any outfit for more inspiration.

Casual party outfits - a blazer with jeans | 40plusstyle.com

1901 blazerSocialite satin camisoleJag Jeans skinny jeansTory Burch block heel pumpMadewell snake embossed leather clutchKate Spade New York huggie hoop earrings

An off the shoulder sweater and wide legged pants

Wearing a sweater with a pair of palazzo pants is another good way to mix formal and informal. An off-the-shoulder sweater shows off a little bit of skin without being overly flashy.

Wide-legged pants with a sweater | 40plusstyle.com

Marks & Spencer knitted slash neck jumperChelsea28 pleated pantsCOS drawstring leather bagLinea Paolo pointed toe flatKarine Sultan layered chain necklaceKarine Sultan circle earrings

House party outfits: A sweater and satin pants

Satin pants are particularly on trend right now. Some of the most interesting version this season mix a casual pants style with a luxurious fabric.

Satin pants and a sweater | 40plusstyle.com

Halogen cashmere sweaterLeith satin cargo joggersChinese Laundry sandalNordstrom crystal flap clutchBaubleBar huggie hoop earrings

Smart casual attire for a party: Silk shirt and leather pants

Another beautiful option for winter parties is to team leather and silk.

Leather pants and a silk shirt | 40plusstyle.com

Vince slim silk blouseMadewell faux leather wide leg pantsTory Burch ballet flatNordstrom crystal flap clutchKendra Scott pendant necklaceKate Spade New York stud earrings

A skirt and sweater

Wearing a more casual sweater with a formal skirt has been a trend for a number of seasons and it is a look which is definitely still in style for winter.

A formal skirt worn with a sweater | 40plusstyle.com

VERO MODA turtleneck sweaterVince painted rose silk satin midi skirtSam Edelman bootieNordstrom crystal flap clutchBaubleBar huggie hoop earrings

Casual party dresses: Dress and sneakers

Another look which has been on trend for the past few seasons is to team your dress or skirt with a pair of sneakers rather than more formal shoes or boots. You could elevate the look by opting for a metallic pair of sneakers.

Wearing a dress with sneakers | 40plusstyle.com

Ilse Jacobsen floral wrap dressSam Edelman sneakerNordstrom crystal flap clutchKendra Scott pendant necklaceKate Spade New York huggie hoop earrings

Statement shoes

The shoes you wear can make a huge difference to your outfit. A simple white shirt and pair of jeans can be party ready with the addition of a fabulous pair of shoes.

Statement shoes with jeans | 40plusstyle.com

Grayson shirtBLANKNYC high waist crop straight leg jeansKurt Geiger London muleCOS drawstring leather bagNordstrom hoop earringsRebecca Minkoff square scarf

Your casual party wardrobe together in one capsule

Now, let’s put all of the 9 looks from above together in one capsule. You can see these looks could easily take you through so many occasions for winter.

For example, if you have a more formal party, you could team the camisole and blazer with the floral skirt and heels. Or, for casual days, you could wear the jeans, sweater and sneakers.

Casual party capsule wardrobe | 40plusstyle.com

More casual party outfit inspiration

Let’s take a look at more fabulous 40+ women wearing outfits you could choose for a casual party. They all expertly mix casual and formal elements as well as beautiful textures to create successful, stylish outfits you may wish to draw on for your own outfits…

The best casual party outfits that still make an impact | 40plusstyle.com

Bev (above) wears a lovely monochrome midi dress with her Gucci bag. If you want to create a more casual look for winter, you could always add tights and boots along with a moto jacket.

Check out these printed dress options from Sam Edelman and ASOS, and wear with this similar pair of sandals.

Mo wears a blazer with jeans | 40plusstyle.com

Mo (above) adds a blazer and on-trend loafers to her jeans and turtleneck look.

Get her look with this similar turtleneck top, blazer, jeans, mules, clutch, sunglasses, necklace and hoop earrings.

Casual party outfits - Jean wears a moto jacket and dress | 40plusstyle.com

Jean (above) shows how you can style a summer slip dress for winter. She adds a turtleneck top under her dress and teams with a studded moto jacket as well as boots and a floppy hat.

Recreate her outfit with this similar slip dress, turtleneck top, moto jacket, boots, earrings and floppy hat.

Abi wearing leather pants and a cardigan | 40plusstyle.com

Abi (above) teams her leather pants and camisole with a cozy cardigan and her Gucci handbag.

Check out this similar top, cardigan, leather pants, sandals, necklace and earrings.

Oxana wears a leather skirt and sweater | 40plusstyle.com

Oxana (above) mixes the formality of a leather skirt and scarf along with a warm sweater.

Steal her look with this similar sweaterskirtflatshandbagscarfearrings and sunglasses.

Melinda wearing a maxi dress and blazer | 40plusstyle.com

Melinda (above) adds a blazer to her maxi dress and wears with sneakers. You could always add leggings or tights and boots if you feel you might get chilly.

Recreate her outfit with with this similar dress, blazer, sneakers, handbag and necklace.

Continue reading:

  1. How To Dress For A Christmas Party: 11 Outfit Ideas!
  2. Shrugs And Boleros For Evening Dresses: 10 Stylish Party Cover Up Ideas
  3. The Best Low Heel Party Shoes That Look Even Better Than Stilettos

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