Holiday Party Cocktail Dresses That Light Up The Room!

One of my worst fashion memories was searching for the perfect cocktail dress for a holiday party two days before the event. I’d left it too long, and I was desperate. As I combed through racks of dresses at the mall, not finding the right thing or, when I did, not finding it in my size, I promised myself I had learned my lesson, and I would never leave shopping for the right dress to the last-minute ever again.

Are you on the lookout for a new holiday party dress? Please don’t leave it to the last minute. Here are four classy cocktail dresses that will make you light up the room.


Elegant Off the Shoulder Party Dress

If you are going to wear gold, what better time than the holidays? I love this elegant, ladylike black and gold cocktail dress with the fit and flare styling that creates a shapely silhouette and highlights your waist. The shimmering gold against the black lining makes it perfect for special occasion dressing. Play up the gold and black in your accessories like I’ve done here with sparkly jewelry, a light gold clutch, and black shoes.


Xmas Dress - Red and Black


Christmas Floral Fantasy

If you like your cocktail dresses floaty and feminine, then this pretty floral fit and flare are for you!  Can I say that I love that this dress isn’t A solid color? Don’t get me wrong – I love solid colors- but it’s such a nice change to wear a pretty print this time of year.  Make the most of this dress by carrying a gorgeous clutch and wearing sexy party heels in chic black suede.

Holiday Party Cocktail Dress l Green mock turtleneck, satin skirt l styled by Fabulous After 40

Satin Sensation

Silky, shiny fabrics to make you glisten are always top of mind for holiday parties. This gorgeous green dress has a knit top with a satin skirt, making for a thoroughly modern mix. Add a pair of stunning evening shoes and a satin bag with fringe, and you have a glamorous Christmas look.


xmas dress - navy sequin

Glam Glitter

If you are looking for a dress with glitter and shine, this may be it! This simple V-neck style is relaxed but festive and can be made to look dressier if you pair it with sexy, strappy heels, a metallic bag, and expensive-looking bling.

Red Off the Shoulder Nude Clutch

Red-Hot Off the Shoulder

Red is not only perfect for the holidays, but it is also the ‘it’ color of the season. It’s an exciting and energetic color that makes whoever is wearing it seems powerful and just a little sexy, exactly what we over-40 gals are. This sophisticated off-the-shoulder dress gives you all that and more.  A dress like this doesn’t need any extra help. A gorgeous pair of dangly earrings, a bracelet, and a beautiful clutch are all you need.

Are you going to a holiday party soon? Have you got something to wear yet?

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  1. Those dresses are beautiful! I could never wait 2 days before as being petite alterations take awhile if things don’t fit. Ann Taylor seems to have a nice selection in my size . Hope you enjoyed the party – know you looked amazing!