Amazing Lace! – 8 Pretty Lace Party Dresses

Red lace party dress

If you’re stuck on the outdated notion that wearing lace at 40, 50 and beyond will make you look like your grandma, then you need to re-think that.

Lace continues to be strong for the holiday season and the choices out there are modern and sexy. Take a peek at these fabulous, lace holiday party dresses that look nothing like Victorian lace doilies!



Red Lace – Ultimate Christmas Party Dress

Nothing says Happy Holidays like this beautiful red lace dress. The pretty scalloped neckline makes your shoulders look broad, which in turn tricks the eye into making your waist and hips look slimmer. In other words, this neckline has the same effect as wearing shoulder pads.

Peek a Boo Lace

A nude-colored underlay makes this black and nude lace dress look rich and alluring.  This dress gives you great coverage, but it is still very youthful and modern. Look at the pretty hemline.

This would be fabulous for a holiday cocktail party, or you could even wear it if you were the Mother of the Bride or Groom.

(Yes, you can wear black as MOB- read more here).


Black and nude lace dress
Navy Lace is Fresh and Flattering  

If you want to wear a dark color but black seems too harsh, then try navy. It’s just as powerful as black when it comes to making you look slim, but it’s a livelier color, so gives you more life. See how the peplum style lace dress makes your waist look tiny? .. and it is very feminine too!


blue peoplum lace dress

A Touch of Purple Lace

If you think less is more than this pretty purple dress is a good choice. This Empire Lace dress by Eliza J is easy for any woman to wear. It highlights your upper half and face, and the 3/4 length sleeves are a fantastic way to show some skin and look sexy, but still cover up any giggly bits.

Purple lace dress
Classic and Chic

Here’s a classic sheath that is sure to put a little Ho Ho Ho into your holidays. This lovely red lace dress with V back is simple and chic. Grab it now. I guarantee this will be a best seller.  It has everything a 40+ gal wants – class, coverage, and color!


Lovely red lace dress with V back



So Sexy in Black Lace

Talk about a sexy spin on the little black dress.  This Sequin Illusion Lace Dress is pure Glam. If you want to wow them, this dress is pure red carpet.


black illusion lace dress
Two tone Lace Sheath Dress

Neutrals always look elegant and that’s why this two-tone cream and taupe lace cocktail dress is such a winner. When you feel like making a softer statement this is the dress!

 two tone lace dress
Lace Sweater dress

If it’s time you refreshed you LBD, then this black lace sheath dress  is perfect.  It’s got a flattering boat neckline and delicate lace edging, both on the top and the bottom. Take 50% with code CELEBRATE. Steal this!

black lace dress ann taylor
 Will you be wearing lace this party season? Here are some of my readers in lace party dresses.  Have a look at how real women over 40 wear their lace dresses.
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  1. Beautiful, classy dresses that are on trend but fitting for our age group.

  2. All are so gorgeous! So nice to see more dresses this holiday!

    • Hi Kathryn, Yes, pants can get very boring, but a dress, well a dress can make you feel really feminine and uplifted. Lace has been around for a few seasons now and it’s still super popular. Love these styles. They make a statement but in a soft way. Cheers, Deborah

  3. Lisa Scott says:

    These dresses are very pretty. But so few with sleeves! It is winter here and I cant help but think this article and pictures are just for those in warmer climates. Why? What are we cold weather girls supposed to do? Plus, even if I was living in Fla year round, I would like some sleeves to cover the unattractive parts of my upper arms. And I have a feeling I am not alone in this.

    • Hi Lisa,
      These dresses can be worn all year, but you just have to have a good coat and shawl to add. However, you do have a good point about keeping the arms a little more covered and we will try to find more dresses with more fabric…. I do understand that many women have issues with their arms.
      Thanks for writing in.

  4. Oh I love the first dress especially. If only I had reason to wear then I might purchase.