Cold-Weather Dresses for the Over-40 party woman






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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 discover yourself watching parades while nursing a headache as well as sore feet — as well as wondering what went wrong. You had the hair, the shoes as well as even the fake eyelashes. You were prepped for a magical evening of fun as well as glamour. So what happened?

For me, there are two factors that have historically led to a miserable night out: crowds of strangers as well as chilly weather. That’s how I’ve learned to forgo the giant, street-party events in favor of smaller gatherings with close friends. as well as — maybe since I’m choosing my business 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 protection from the cold, I’m just not wearing it. Cute no longer trumps comfort. since I know how difficult 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 much better Than One

Issue new York, Two-Piece Long Sleeve Gown, $150, Bluefly

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 as well as folds that can show up with a one-piece garment. If you have a straight figure, this bold blue gown will provide 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

SB by Long Sleeve Embroidered Dress, $149, Macy’s

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

3. Cranberry Delight

Sweater gown with Cowl Neck in Cranberry, $79, Modcloth

A slightly snug sweater gown hugs the body in all the right places. This version is offered in a bold cranberry color — a nice modification of pace from the black as well as silver all the other girls will be wearing.

4. shift Magic

Chiffon Crepe Dress, $128, Tahari ASL

If you prefer something less revealing than a sweater dress, try a shift gown made of a medium-weight fabric. This Tahari ASL shift gown features a well-placed ruffle detail as well as tulip sleeves for the perfect amount of feminine charm.

5. statement Sleeves

Cascading Ruffle Sleeve Dress, $129, Ann Taylor

And here’s a similar option in a more subdued color from Ann Taylor. The sleeve detail takes whatever from blah to beautiful.

6. Gorgeous in Georgette

Ruffled Georgette Jersey Sheath Dress, $155, Lord & Taylor

The sheath gown is like a grown-up version of bodycon. These silhouettes are designed to fit snugly as well as show off your curves. 

7. Sassy Cutouts

Finders Long Sleeved Dress, $170, Lord & Taylor

You can step up your sheath gown game by choosing one with cutouts at the waist. I love this option since the cutouts are subtle as well as the gentle wrap detail in front adds a touch of class.

8. Bodycon Done Right

Bailey44 Edamame Dress, $198, Shopbop

When you must wear bodycon, go for a heavier-weight material so you don’t feel like every bump on your body is on display. This piece features a mummy-style wrap style that’s surprisingly forgiving, considering how tight the gown is.

9. Navy & Lace

Lace Long Sleeve Midi Pencil Dress, $110, ASOS

A midi length pencil gown gives you the possibility to sneak in a pair of thermal capris or shorts underneath! I’m just saying…

10. Peekaboo Shoulder

Long Sleeve solid Midi party Dress, $18, Novashe

So, I’ve never shopped at Novashe, however this one-shoulder midi gown is too cute not to include here. The oversized top paired with a tight fit below the waist is proportion-changing — you’ll love this combo if you feel you bring weight in your lower half.

Those are my picks for cold-weather dresses! With that, let’s raise a glass to prioritizing warmth this NYE. Have fun as well as be safe.

Love the ruffles trend? Check out 10 Ruffle Dresses that Dazzle (Under $200)

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