8 Winter Party Dresses For 40+ Women In Stores Now

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The countdown to Christmas has officially begun, and that means a host of dinners and parties is on the horizon. This time of year, you might cringe at the idea of wearing a party dress bearing arms–either because you chill easily or because you don’t like your arms. But don’t worry! This season has plenty of fashionable long-sleeve options available. Long sleeves disguise upper arms, they are effortlessly elegant, and they have range (from sheer to lace and more).  

We’ve taken the stress out of styling and rounded up a covetable collection of long-sleeved winter party dresses, available in stores and online right now.

Polka Dot Prom Dress

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Eliza J Dot Mesh Bodice Fit & Flare Dress, $158, Nordstrom

Navy is a timeless color that is flattering on all skintones. This pretty polka dot prom dress is easy to style up with metallic heels and a clutch bag. The sheer printed sleeves show off a hint of skin without revealing too much.

Black Sequin Party Dress

Mia Sequin Maxi Dress, $70, Boohoo

Mia Sequin Maxi Dress, $70, Boohoo

For show-stopping glamour, a sequin maxi is hard to beat. This glittery dress, complete with v-neck detail, may reveal little in terms of skin, but the slinky shape adds a dose of sexiness (in a good way!). The right undergarments are key to this look, so invest in great shapewear for a smooth silhouette.

Form-Fitting Pencil Dress

Alya Metallic Party Dress, $44, Boohoo

Alya Metallic Party Dress, $44, Boohoo

A form-fitting pencil dress will skim your figure, while still keeping your weaker areas under-wraps. Classic black and metallic styles won’t date and are easy to accessorize with black, gold or silver accessories.

Floral Midi Prom Dress

Mono Floral Jacquard Belted Midi Prom Dress, $153, ASOS

Mono Floral Jacquard Belted Midi Prom Dress, $153, ASOS

If you’re a fan of old-school vintage glamour, a classic midi prom dress should be your go-to. Elbow-length sleeves, a slash neck and belted waist all help to create the perfect hourglass shape. Team with killer heels for a classic party look.

Embellished Maxi

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Virgos Lounge Ariann Embellished Maxi Dress With Frill Wrap Skirt, $171, ASOS

Sure, you may wish to keep your upper arms covered up, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make them a feature. Embellished sleeves add interest to an otherwise plain dress and will command attention for all of the right reasons.

Red Lace Maxi Dress

Reeva Lace Maxi, $120, Coast

Reeva Lace Maxi, $120, Coast

Get festive with a floor-skimming red lace maxi dress this Christmas. A classic party color, this lace dress with red bodice is sexy and stylish. The sweetheart neckline and ruched waist-detailing make this a figure flattering option too.

The Sequin Mini Dress

Embellished Scoop Back Cocktail Dress , $229, Nordstrom

Embellished Scoop Back Cocktail Dress , $229, Nordstrom

For a party look that requires minimal accessories, a sequin mini dress is the ultimate in simple styling. Just add heels and a bag to look like you’ve made an effort — the sparkly dress will do all of the hard work for you.

Lace Prom Dress

Chi Chi London Premium Lace Midi Prom Dress, $144, ASOS

Chi Chi London Premium Lace Midi Prom Dress, $144, ASOS

Lace is a big trend this FW15/16, which means it’s easy to find a plethora of lace-sleeved dresses on the market. Timeless, elegant and super-feminine, this midi dress is an eye-catching option that looks much more expensive than its affordable price tag

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  • Sarah Mac

    Would have loved to see them modelled by women who are 40+ 🙂 given the article was meant for them ….Gorgeous dresses though…

  • To be a fashion critic is easy because you just say, ‘I love it, I hate it,’ but life is more than love and hate.

  • C

    I could only see the first one.
    I disagree…sleeveless and short does work for many women over 40 but not me (:
    BUT I would have loved to see the others!
    Very glad I came across this website. Women a little past their”prime” are beautiful and more sure of themselves. Making the change to fashion that compliments my figure without looking like a grump is sometimes a challenge. Grateful for your advice.

  • Absolutely perfect dresses ! loved that black sequin party dress so much 🙂

  • Wonderful party wear dresses you have shared in this blog. Love the lace prom dress and black sequin party dress.

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