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? Don’t leave it to the last-minute. Here are four classy cocktail dresses that will make you light up the room.
A Modern Take on the Little Black Dress
Like a lot of women, I’m a sucker for a little black dress but they can sometimes look frumpy if you choose one that’s too plain, or you don’t accessorize it just right. If you want something simple and classic, but not dull, this little black dress is a great choice. It has a classic sheath style which is always chic, but the curvy corner of sequins at the top of the dress makes it very artsy and modern.
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 nice clutch is all you need.
Elegant Gold and Black 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.
She Wore Blue Velvet
If you like your cocktail dresses with a touch of va-va-va-voom, then this blue velvet halter has your name all over it. It’s made from a lush velvet, one of this fall’s key trends and a timeless holiday party classic.
Can I just say that I love that this dress isn’t black? Don’t get me wrong – I love a little black dress – but it’s such a nice change to wear a little color. Make the most of this lovely lapis blue by wearing a bag, shoes, and jewelry in chic black.
Thoroughly Modern Midi
After seasons of dresses that seemed to be short, short and shorter, midi-length dresses are finally staging a comeback, and for many of us over-40 gals, it isn’t a minute too soon. Take advantage of the return of the midi this holiday season with this stunning velvet midi. This dress has plenty going for it. The cold shoulder detail is a great way to show a little skin without going overboard. The red wine color is flattering and easy on mature skin, and the high low hemline looks modern and feminine. This is one wow dress!
If you are looking for a dress that’s with a more casual feel that you can wear as is or dress up with accessories, 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 some sexy, strappy heels, a metallic bag, and expensive looking bling.
Are you going to a holiday party soon? Have you got something to wear yet?
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