Are you wondering what to wear for a Christmas party? Then you’ve definitely come to the right place. Below, you’ll find 11 beautiful Christmas party outfits to make sure you’re never stuck when it comes to ideas on how to dress for a Christmas party.

There are plenty of Christmas party outfits to choose from – whether you’re able to see friends and loved ones this year, or you just want to make a small occasion at home more special…

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 you need to adhere to?

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?

Sheree wears a red blazer and black pants | 40plusstyle.com

Sheree @shesheshow above shows off an outfit that would easily take you from office to party.

Check out this similar shirt, jacket, bootcut pants, pumps, handbag, necklace, earrings, sunglasses and brooch.

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 for the upcoming festive season.

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

Party dresses – outfit #1: Red

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.

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 2022 for some stylish scarlet red looks. If you’re leaning more towards fuchsia or pink, then that will work too.

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

Christmas party outfit 1: Red | 40plusstyle.com

Fraiche by J Wrap Front Long Sleeve DressDREAM PAIRS Nile Heeled SandalsLoeffler Randall Rayne Pleated ClutchNordstrom Satin Border Silk Chiffon ScarfPanacea Crystal Spike Drop Earrings

Nikki wears a red ruffle dress | 40plusstyle.com

Nikki @40notfrumpy above opts for a ruffle red dress and black pumps.

Recreate her outfit with this similar dress (another option here) and pumps.

For more ideas be sure to check out our article on stunning Christmas dresses.

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 for a bright or sequin jumpsuit, or 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

Apparis Fiona Faux Fur JacketTAHARI ASL Cross Neck Tie Waist Wide Leg JumpsuitTrary Kitten Heels Ankle Strap PumpRhinestone Evening Party BagPeaceful Plains Semiprecious Statement 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.

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. A statement necklace or earrings will add further glamour.

Christmas party outfit 3: A little black dress | 40plusstyle.com

Open Edit Relaxed Fit BlazerNordstrom Cap Sleeve Front Slit Knit DressJ. Reneé Jenvey Slingback SandalRebecca Minkoff Leo Envelope ClutchNordstrom Satin Border Silk Chiffon ScarfPanacea Crystal Spike Drop Earrings

Sylvia in a black dress and boots | 40plusstyle.com

Sylvia @sylviacolella above (read her style interview here) chooses an all-black outfit.

Check out these dress from Calvin Klein, Chaus and GRACE KARIN that you can wear with this similar pair of booties, clutch, necklace, earrings and sunglasses.

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. Or choose a skirt for a more formal look. You could opt for a crystal-embellished blazer to dress up your jeans.

Christmas party outfit 4: Embellishment | 40plusstyle.com

Cinq à Sept Crystal Ivy Kylie JacketWantschun Silk Satin CamisolePAIGE Manhattan High Waist Bootcut JeansBetsey Johnson Cady Ankle BootNina Kaidy Feather Trim Satin ClutchKarine Sultan Hoop Statement Drop Earrings

Christmas attire #5: 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.

Adding a lighter party skirt gives you contrast and makes statement. Pink and gray is a classic combination. You can add glamour with some silver.

Christmas party outfit 5: Pastels | 40plusstyle.com

& Other Stories Relaxed Alpaca Blend CoatMadewell Sadler Turtleneck Sweater Zadig & Voltaire Jamelia Burnout Stars Faux Wrap Midi SkirtDREAM PAIRS Nile Heeled SandalsLoeffler Randall Rayne Pleated ClutchKarine Sultan Hoop Statement Drop Earrings

Patricia combines red and purple | 40plusstyle.com

Patricia @madamechicbcn (read her style interview here) above wears an eyecatching outfit of red and purple.

Steal her look with this similar blouse, blazer (another option here), skirt, sandals, clutch, earrings, sunglasses and headband.

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, top, or velvet pants like those in the outfit idea below.

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

Christmas party outfit 6: Velvet | 40plusstyle.com

Eliza J Velvet BlazerVince Flutter Sleeve Drape Silk TopPAIGE Manhattan High Waist Bootcut JeansJon Josef Gatsby Embroidered Emblem FlatCARIEDO Evening Clutch BagJugalstar Tassel Earrings

Christmas party outfit #7: 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.

Go bold with a metallic dress or skirt. 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. Or, for a look that mixes casual and formal, you could wear a metallic skirt and sweater.

Christmas party outfit 7: Metallics | 40plusstyle.com

& Other Stories Relaxed Alpaca Blend CoatZAFUL Cropped Turtleneck SweaterAnne Klein Pleated Satin Crepe Midi SkirtFranco Sarto Katherine Knee High BootKate Spade New York Medium Anna Leather Envelope ClutchJugalstar Tassel Earrings

Boma wears a black top and gold pants | 40plusstyle.com

Boma @mrs.gaf above chooses wide leg gold pants and a ruffle top.

Recreate her outfit with this similar off the shoulder top, pants (another option here), sandals, handbag (another option here) and earrings.

Christmas party outfit #8: 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.

You could wear a lace cover-up over your sleeveless dress. Or wear a top or dress with lace sleeves – perfect if you prefer to cover your upper arms.

Christmas party outfit 8: Lace | 40plusstyle.com

Open Edit Relaxed Fit BlazerAnne Klein Sequin Lace Sleeve Mock Neck TopTed Baker London Eliziie Wide Leg TrousersTrary Kitten Heels Ankle Strap PumpRhinestone Evening Party BagPeaceful Plains Semiprecious Statement Earrings

Christmas party outfits #9: 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.

One of my favorite looks at the moment is to wear a sequin skirt with a cozy sweater. Or, you could opt for full-on sequins with a sequin suit that you can also wear as separates or a sequin jumpsuit.

Christmas party outfit 9: Sequins | 40plusstyle.com

Eliza J Sequin Wrap Front Long Sleeve JumpsuitDREAM PAIRS Nile Heeled SandalsNina Kaidy Feather Trim Satin ClutchJugalstar Tassel Earrings

How to dress for a Christmas party | 40plusstyle.com

Jona @the50plusgirl above mixes textures with her sequin and faux fur outfit.

Get her look with this similar sequin top (other options here and here), skirt (another option here), coat (another option here) and handbag. You can also check out this sequin dress from Amazon.

Christmas party outfit #10: A menswear-inspired suit

You don’t have to wear a dress for the party season. A tuxedo or two-piece suit can make you stand out from the crowd. Opt for feminine accessories to combine masculine and feminine.

Christmas party outfit #10: A menswear inspired suit | 40plusstyle.com

Alice + Olivia Breann Roll Cuff Stretch Satin BlazerThe Drop Christy Cowl Neck Cami – Alice + Olivia Satin Flare PantsLoeffler Randall Rayne Pleated ClutchKarine Sultan Hoop Statement Drop Earrings

Party dresses for women – outfit #11: A LONG DRESS

Of course, if you want to up the glamour, then a long dress or gown will always make an extra-special statement. Perfect if your invitation says black tie.

Party dresses for women - outfit #11: A floor length maxi | 40plusstyle.com

Xscape Beaded GownDREAM PAIRS Nile Heeled SandalsNina Kaidy Feather Trim Satin ClutchJugalstar Tassel Earrings

Kim wears a long metallic dress | 40plusstyle.com

Kim @kimair above (read her style interview here) chooses a long shimmering dress to create a stylish impact.

Check out these formal dresses from Alex Evenings, Karen Millen and Adrianna Papell that you can pair with this similar clutch and drop earrings.

capsule wardrobe

Below, you can see some of the party outfit options from above together in one capsule. You can see you could mix and match the items to create lots of different looks during the festive season so you should never be short of inspiration when thinking about how to dress for a Christmas party.

For example, you could wear the lace top or any of the other bottoms featured. You could wear the silver top or embellished blazer with the green pants, or the green shoes with the gold jumpsuit.

Christmas party outfits | 40plusstyle.com

shop some of the items above here:

More how to dress for a Christmas party outfit inspiration for you

Below are past season party outfit capsules. But you can see that the looks are timeless and you could still take inspiration from this to put your outfits together this season.

A Chirstmas capsule wardrobe | 40plusstyle.com
A Chirstmas capsule wardrobe | 40plusstyle.com
A Chirstmas capsule wardrobe | 40plusstyle.com

Read our ultimate guide to creating a capsule wardrobe that works best for you.

Don’t forget

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

New Year is just around the corner so you may want to check out our outfit ideas for NYE!

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.

How to dress for a Christmas party: The shoes you choose

Just as with your jewelry and accessories, your shoes can make or break an outfit when you are thinking about how to dress for a Christmas party.

This could be the 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.

Take a look at our top picks of the best low heeled party shoes in stores now.

How to dress for a Christmas party: 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 pashmina.

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

Continue reading:

  1. The best office (Christmas) party outfits
  2. The best outfits for the holidays
  3. The Best Casual Party Outfits That Still Make An Impact
  4. How To Choose The Perfect Little Black Dress For Your Body Type

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