Cold-Weather Dresses for the Over-40 Party Girl

Champagne and glasses at New Years Eve Party

Ahh, New Year’s Eve. For a party girl, it’s the most anticipated “night out” of the year, even though it usually fails to live up to the hype. The morning after, you find yourself watching parades while nursing a headache and sore feet — and wondering what went wrong. You had the hair, the shoes and even the fake eyelashes. You were prepped for a magical evening of fun and glamour. So what happened?

For me, there are two factors that have historically led to a miserable night out: crowds of strangers and cold weather. That’s how I’ve learned to forgo the giant, street-party events in favor of smaller gatherings with close friends. And — maybe because I’m choosing my company more strategically — I’m making more mature, more weather-appropriate outfit decisions.

Gone are the days when I’ll accept the risk of frostbite to wear a tiny party dress. If that little number doesn’t offer coverage from the cold, I’m just not wearing it. Cute no longer trumps comfort. Because I know how hard it is to have fun while I’m shivering.

Besides, who says long sleeves aren’t sexy? I’ve got 10 options below to prove they are!

10 Long-Sleeved Party Dresses

1. Two is Better Than One

The beauty of a two-piece gown is in the fit — since the skirt sits at your natural waist, you shouldn’t have weird puckers and folds that can show up with a one-piece garment. If you have a straight figure, this bold blue dress will give you the illusion of curves.

If you’re a curvy girl, look out world. You may set off smoke alarms wearing this number.

2. Edgy Embroidery

I love the colors on this piece: the black-and-baby-blue combo is bright, but still dramatic. And, thanks to a sheer overlay, the garment wears like a tiny party dress while delivering a heavy dose of sophistication.  

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