Whether you love to wear dresses all year round or you save them for special occasions, Christmas is the perfect time to swap your jeans for a stylish dress. That’s why I’ve teamed with Nordstrom this season to bring you the most stunning Christmas party dresses no matter how casual or glamorous your festive season.

Take a look below at some of the best Christmas dress outfit ideas from the stylish Nordstrom dress collection – from casual sweater dresses you can wear every day to glamorous cocktail wear for more formal events (or just to dress up in your living room if you can’t go anywhere this year!)

How to choose the right Christmas dress for you

There are so many dresses to choose from. You’ll find more than 8,000 dress styles at Nordstrom. So how do you choose the right one for you?

Think about your figure when looking for the most stunning Christmas party dresses for you

The beauty of having so many choices is that there will be a dress to perfectly flatter you. Think about what looks best on your figure. For example, if you have an hourglass figure, you may like to emphasize your waist. If you have an apple shape, you might like to skim over your tummy area or if you are pear-shaped, you may like to choose a style which floats over your hips without clinging.

How will you be spending your Christmas?

Will you have a formal party to attend? Will you be spending the festive season at home? Do you want a dress for everyday or a special occasion dress? How you will spend your Christmas will determine the kind of dress you choose.

1. Asymmetrical mini dress

There are plenty of 40+ women with fantastic legs who look amazing in mini dresses. However, if you have consigned your mini dresses to the back of your closet, it may be time to think again.

When looking for stunning Christmas party dresses, don’t discount the mini dress as short hemlines can look very stylish worn as a long tunic top with leggings or slim pants. The Lavish Alice dress below features asymmetrical detailing and a statement buckle.

Asymmetrical mini dress | 40plusstyle.com

Lavish Alice half case minidressSPANX faux leather leggingsAmalfi by Rangoni slingback pumpNordstrom mini crystal flap clutchNashelle raindrop earrings

2. Mesh sleeve dress

If you prefer to cover up your arms, a trendy way to do so this season is with a mesh sleeve dress like the little black dress from Maggy London (below). A timeless classic, you could easily wear this for many years to come.

Mesh sleeve dress | 40plusstyle.com

Maggy London illusion lace long sleeve cocktail dressBadgley Mischka crystal embellished pumpNordstrom mini crystal flap clutchDean Davidson pavé drop earrings

3. Two-in-one dress

A big trend this season is to wear a sweater over a slip dress. All Saints have put the two together for you with the dress and sweater combination below.

But you don’t have to wear the two together. You could always wear the sweater over high-waisted jeans or pants, or you could pop a turtleneck sweater or classic white shirt or t-shirt under the slip dress.

Two-in-one dress | 40plusstyle.com

ALLSAINTS two-piece sweater and slipdressAerosoles knee high bootALLSAINTS leather crossbody bagBrixton wool fedoraAJOA bar frontal necklace

4. One shoulder Ted Baker dress

Stunning Christmas party dresses for every budget: From casual chic to super glam | 40plusstyle.com

Shoulders often age well and it can be a beautiful part to show off to the world. A one-shoulder dress is a perfect way to do that and is a beautiful option for the party season.

The one shoulder dress from Ted Baker (below) would look stylish worn on its own or with a wrap to cover-up your arms.

One shoulder Ted Baker dress | 40plusstyle.com

Ted Baker London one shoulder wrap dressNordstrom shimmer wrapBadgley Mischka crystal embellished pumpNordstrom mini crystal flap clutchDean Davidson pavé drop earrrings

5. Long sleeve plunge dress

Green is always a beautiful color for the festive season. The green and black wrap dress from Saylor below should be flattering for most figures and features on-trend bell sleeves.

The front has a deep V but if you don’t want to show too much cleavage, you could add a pretty lace camisole underneath. Or, if you want to dress it down a little, you could layer over a black turtleneck.

Long sleeve plunge dress | 40plusstyle.com

Saylor plunge neck midi dressBP.lace trim satin camisoleVaneli knee high bootVince Camuto lariat necklaceDean Davidon pavé teardrop stud earrings

6. Mixed material dress

Unusual, stylish and asymmetrical, the Tory Burch dress (below) is sure to be a conversation starter whether you wear it at a party or day-to-day.

Mixed material dress | 40plusstyle.com

Tory Burch mixed-material wrap dressHobo crossbody bagMatisse knee high bootgorjana drop earrings

7. Tulip hem dress

A good choice if you have a more formal occasion to attend, the navy tulip hem dress below has fantastic reviews from women who say it has a flattering fit and they got lots of compliments when they wore it.

You could wear for festive parties or you could style for summer events if you’re lucky enough to have a wedding or garden party to attend next year.

Tulip hem dress | 40plusstyle.com

Eliza J tulip hem lace cocktail dressEliza J faux fur crop jacketOscar de la Renta embroidered drop earringsNordstrom mini crystal flap clutchBadgley Mischka crystal embellished pump

8. Silver sweater dress

A sweater dress is always a good option to stay stylish AND warm during the cooler months. You could style the silver mock neck dress below for a party or for everyday wear.

Silver sweater dress | 40plusstyle.com

Vince drape wrap coatFraiche by J mock neck sweater dressVaneli knee high bootTory Burch crossbody walletDean Davidson pavé drop earrrings

9. Silver 20s dress

It’s incredible that the 1920s have never gone out of style. A century later and the styles of the decade made famous by the Great Gatsby are still just as on-trend now as they were then.

The silver Vince Camuto dress below would look very stylish worn with a blazer and heels.

Silver 20s dress | 40plusstyle.com

Vince Camuto sequin sheath dressVeronica Beard jacketWhiting & Davis mesh clutchPelle Moda sandalAkola drop earrings

Nordstrom Christmas dress capsule

Below, you can see all of the dress outfits featured in this article together in one capsule.

Christmas dresses capsule wardrobe | 40plusstyle.com

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