Party season is fast approaching and you may have several holiday parties or Christmas parties to attend. So … how to dress for a Christmas party?

Here are 11 beautiful Christmas party outfits for you that you make you want the invitations to keep on coming.

What to wear to a Christmas party: What to consider

Before we get into lots of lovely Christmas party outfit inspiration, here are a few things to consider when choosing your party outfit this year.

How formal is your event?

What kind of party are you attending? Is it a laid back affair with friends and family, or a more formal event? Is there a dress code?

Will your outfit choice make you feel confident?

Does you outfit make you feel good?

A dress can be the most incredible designer creation, but if you don’t feel good in it, there’s no point in buying it.

Think about the parts of your body you are happy with and what you want to cover up.

For example, do you feel more confident in a dress with sleeves? Do you want a dress with ruching to hide your tummy? Are you happy to show off your legs, your shoulders or a little bit of your back?

choosing your outfit for holiday parties | 40plusstyle.com

Petra (above) looks stunning in a pair of red velvet pants perfect for the festive season.

Get her look with this similar blazer, velvet pants, scarf and pumps.

Do you want to stand out or fit in?

What kind of impression do you want to create when you walk into the party? Do you want to fit in or stand out.

For example, there are likely to be a lot of little black dresses at any party.

Do you want to wear your own version, or would you like to wear something different in a bright color, or opt for a tuxedo suit, for example.

Christmas outfits inspiration

Hopefully that’s got you thinking about what you want to wear.

Now, for some Christmas party outfit inspiration. Let me know in the comments what Christmas party outfit you will be wearing.

Party dresses – outfit #1: Red or pink

Red is a great color for women over 40. It is an especially popular option at holiday time, for obvious reasons.

When red is also a trend, as it is this season, it is even easier to find the right piece for the occasion.

Holiday party outfit idea: red knee length dress and high suede boots | 40plusstyle.com

Whatever type of coloring you have, there is a red that is right for you.

Check out this piece on the best color trends for fall 2019 for some stylish poppy red looks. If you’re leaning more towards fuchsia or pink, then that will work too.

Lizzie (above) teams her pleated dress with animal print and booties.

Check out these red dress options from Boden and Maggy London and pair them with these similar booties and clutch to recreate her look.

Christmas party outfit 1: Red or pink | 40plusstyle.com

Charles Henry midi dressKenneth Cole maxi coatNina embellished minaudièreNina embellished pumpLizzie Fortunato freshwater pearl earrings

Red looks beautiful when worn with crisp winter white and black. Add some festive flair to your outfit by with some crystal embellishments.

Christmas party jumpsuits – inspiration #2: Jumpsuits

I know, there’s always the obvious issue with jumpsuits. But, so long as you make sure you can easily unfasten your own jumpsuit without help, you should be fine even when nature calls.

You could opt to feature red with a bright jumpsuit, or go for a classic neutral shade such as navy, which would look lovely teamed with metallics.

Another option is to choose a little black jumpsuit instead of a little black dress, and combine with crisp winter white. Jumpsuits can be equally as glamorous as a long dress.

Christmas party outfit 2: Jumpsuits | 40plusstyle.com

Eliza J mesh sleeve jumpsuitHalogen faux fur jacketNina clutchJewel Badgley Mischka pumpKate Spade earrings

Party dresses for women – outfit #3: A little black dress

A little black dress really is one of the hardest working items in your closet and should definitely be one of the wardrobe essentials you invest in.

A great little black dress can literally take you anywhere, and the great thing about it is you can change up your accessories year after year to make it look completely different each party season.

Holiday party outfit idea: little black dress with wool coat | 40plusstyle.com

Erica (above) adds some edge to her little black dress by choosing a leather option and teaming with Valentino Garavani rockstud t-strap pumps.

Check out this similar sheath dress with a faux leather inset, wool coat, pendant necklace and clutch.

Christmas party outfit 9: A little black dress | 40plusstyle.com

All in Favor ribbed midi dressHalogen plaid coatTopshop panther clutchNaturalizer pumpNakamol Design pendant necklace

There is a reason black has remained a popular color for the evenings over the century. Darker colors are less memorable and so we can wear them much more frequently.

You can choose a dress which is flattering, yet understated and add interest with your outerwear, shoes and accessories.

Use your accessories to up your game with bright red shoes and a matching bag.

The statement necklace adds further glamour.

Adding your evening coat on top, with a little touch of winter-ready faux fur, means you make a statement from the time you ring the doorbell. Fabulous outside and in, like a pretty Christmas parcel.

Christmas party tops – outfit #4: Embellishment

A fun trend lately is pearls or crysals, embellishing everything from hats to gloves to shoes.

They’re also big on jeans. If you’re looking for a way to dress casually for a holiday event but still keep it festive, you could try pearl-embellished denim or a top with crystals worn with jeans or pants.

An outfit featuring a beautifully-embellished top and jeans or pants could get your ready for a more casual get-together.

Christmas party outfit 3: Embellishment | 40plusstyle.com

Ted Baker London embellished peplum sweaterTaryn Rose pumpSTS Blue skinny jeansShiraleah bow clutchLaffon stud earrings

Christmas party outfit 5: Metallics

Christmas is often associated with sparkling lights and shiny baubles.

To make sure you don’t look like Christmas tinsel, opt for sophisticated metallic pieces which will not only add some shine to your outfit, but also a touch of class.

Holiday party outfit idea: jumper, coat and pleated skirt | 40plusstyle.com

Karen (above) chooses a stunning, and very classy, pleated skirt.

Steal her look with this similar sweater, metallic pleated skirt, coat, clutch, booties and belt.

Christmas party outfit 4: Metallics | 40plusstyle.com

Vince Camuto sheath dressDonna Rico sequin boleroReiss tassel clutchDavid Tate pump

Metallics could also provide you with the perfect way to update your little black dress. Simply pop a metallic bolero over the top and you are ready to go.

There is more inspiration in this piece on the best boleros and shrugs to wear over your party dress.

This is also the perfect way to cover your upper arms if you have sleeveless dresses in your closet that you don’t wear anymore.

Also take a look at the best dresses with sleeves.

Christmas party attire #6: Velvet

Velvet is a sure bet for almost any holiday event, and it is particularly big right now, so it’s fairly easy to find something in velvet that is right for you.

Velvet can be extremely versatile. You can choose a velvet dress, pants or top a velvet top such as the one in the outfit below.

Wearing velvet with jeans or wide-leg pants brings a luxe touch to a casual outfit.

Christmas party outfit 5: Velvet | 40plusstyle.com

Gibson tank topHalogen wide leg pantsHalogen long trench coatJ.Crew bootiePanacea statement necklace

Christmas party outfits #7: Sequins

Another shiny option for the festive season; anything with sequins always looks beautiful at Christmas time.

Sequin skirts and pants are particularly on trend, and can be dressed up even more with a camisole top or silk shirt, or given a more casual vibe with a sweater.

Shannon (above) opts for a beautiful sequin suit to really make an impact at a party.

Get her look with this sequin blazer and flared pants.

There are also some lovely options here if you’re looking for sequin dresses for your festive parties.

One of my favorite looks at the moment is to wear a sequin skirt with a cozy sweater. The boat neck and festive color of this sweater make it perfect for holiday-season parties.

Christmas party outfit 7: Sequins | 40plusstyle.com

Leith off the shoulder sweaterCourt & Rowe sequin pencil skirtPelle Moda sandalOlga Berg clutchVince Camuto drop earrings

Christmas attire #8: Pastels

Wearing light pastels is an unusual and eye-catching approach to holiday dressing and can definitely be a talking point.

This season, pale pinks and lilacs are particularly in style. Wear with blacks to keep your outfit seasonally appropriate.

Christmas party outfit 6: Pastels, especially blush | 40plusstyle.com

But your dark top doesn’t have to be black: consider deep plum, navy, chocolate brown or a classy charcoal?

Adding a lighter party skirt gives you contrast and makes statement.

BB Dakota moto jacketClub Monaco sweaterHalogen midi skirtSam Edelman knee high bootsNordstrom chiffon scarfPanacea hoop earrings

Christmas party outfit 9: Lace

Another fabric, like velvet, which screams party, lace can be worn in a formal or casual way.

You could choose a lace dress for a formal party or dinner, or a lace top to wear with pants or jeans if you want a more casual look for a family lunch.

Holiday party outfit idea: black lace dress | 40plusstyle.com

Emma (above) chooses a beautiful lace dress and wears with pops of read.

Check out this similar lace dress, belt, ballet flats and clutch.

You could wear an outfit in a similar color pathway but opt for pants with a lace top and a pair of red wide-leg pants which will make a statement.

Christmas party outfit 9: Lace | 40plusstyle.com

Judith & Charles lace blouseCinq à Sept high waisted belted pantsOlga Berg top handle bagTory Burch pumpPanacea drop earrings

A Chirstmas capsule wardrobe | 40plusstyle.com

Don’t forget

When it comes to putting together a party outfit, don’t forget that the little things can make a big difference.

Accessories to wear to your Christmas party

Now is a time to be brave with your accessories.

You can wear the same dress that you have worn to half a dozen parties and make it look totally different with the accessories you choose.

If you’re looking for inspiration take a look at the accessory trends this season.

BaubleBar pearl necklace | 40plusstyle.com

BaubleBar pearl necklace

How to dress for a Christmas party: 11 outfit ideas | 40plusstyle.com

Kim (above) opts for an on-trend box handbag with her outfit (and matches it to the car behind).

Recreate her look with this similar blazer, pencil skirt, handbag, fringe earrings, watch and pumps.

Your shoes

Just as with your jewelry and accessories, your shoes can make or break an outfit.

This could be time to wear heels, but if you find them uncomfortable, there are plenty of pretty flats to choose from.

Flats with a pointed toe or with embellishment will be particularly party-appropriate.

Linea Paolo loafer | 40plusstyle.com

Linea Paolo loafer

What will you wear over your party outfit

As well as your party dress, or outfit, you are likely to want to wear a coat, jacket or wrap.

You could opt for a warm coat, depending on the time or year, a wrap or bolero, a faux fur jacket or a pashmino.

BB Dakota faux fur jacket | 40plusstyle.com

BB Dakota faux fur jacket

Holiday party outfit idea: faux fur jacket over a dress | 40plusstyle.com

Marina (above) wears a warm faux fur over her print dress, and accessorizes with a Gucci belt and Malone Souliers double band mules.

Steal her look with this similar dress, fur jacket and hoop earrings.

Do you know how to dress for a Christmas party? Have you planned your holiday party and Christmas outfits yet? 

Continue reading:

  1. Shrugs And Boleros For Evening Dresses: 10 Stylish Party Cover Up Ideas
  2. How To Choose The Perfect Little Black Dress For Your Body Type
  3. The Best Cocktail Dresses In Stores Now

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