CHRISTMAS PARTY OUTFIT INSPIRATION

Christmas party outfit inspiration

If you’re looking for Christmas party outfit inspiration you have come to the right place today my friend. The Over40Collective has collaborated once again to bring you our individual styles for some diverse glam outfit inspo.

Christmas party outfit

Actually I must confess I never go to the trouble of finding a new outfit for Christmas. I’m just not that bothered & I have plenty of party clothes to easily throw something together. Look last year was a Vintage leather skirt & Nana’s old bag! For me Christmas is completely & utterly about the children so it doesn’t ever occur to me to buy something new to wear. However this year I happen to have a new dress so I’m calling that “My Christmas Party Outfit” although I’ve already worn it once, because I luuuurve it! You see I was standing in a queue at the checkout, having a cheeky flick through a crappy magazine I had no intention of buying when I made an audible WOW. Yep this killer dress caught my eye HUBBA HUBBA

I literally fell head over heels in love with it on sight! The beautiful blush colour & the fact that it happens to be velvet, this seasons must have material, are two pretty good reasons for my swoon. Yet so much more appealing than that was the twisted piece in front & general shape of the dress pushing me over the edge to ecstasy. Thing is, this type of cut is extraordinarily flattering to my particular figure. Naturally I raced out of the supermarket tout suite, headed straight home & immediately logged onto Zara. As you do.

I must admit I was a tad dubious of the colour actually appearing as lush as it did in the advert but it was definitely worth a shot right? Well let me tell you, when the dress arrived a couple of days later I wasn’t disappointed, it really does possess a subtle iridescent shimmer. Now although the dress has an unfinished edge, the fabric contains stretch so it works well, in fact I doubt a hem would be of any benefit at all to the way it sits. Nor does the absence of a stitched hem detract from its beauty. On the contrary the raw edging of the dress ties in brilliantly with the raw silk edge of my necklace!

So guess what? This is my Christmas party outfit TA DAH!


Christmas party outfit inspiration Zara velvet dress

Christmas party outfit inspiration Zara velvet dress

Christmas party outfit inspiration Zara velvet dress

Zara pink velvet dress with black nail polish

I turn my back for a second & a couple of party people steal my black cab! Hahaha nah not really, I think it was theirs anyway although I was using it in my shot Damn it!


Gianvito Rossi Plexi Pumps





Christmas party outfit inspiration velvet dress

Accessorizing my Christmas Party Outfit

Ok so how many of you thought my necklace was actually part of the dress? I KNOW! How bloody perfect are they together? This incredible hand crafted piece of jewellery is by Parisian designer Marie Laure Chamoral. Her collection is nothing short of exquisite & although rather pricey (for obvious reasons) every item is infinitely wearable. You can see a completely different look I’ve worn with my necklace here.

I sourced some more stunning examples from Marie Laure Chamorel for you above along with a couple a sensational white cocktail rings. My enormous Isabel Marant cocktail ring features regularly in my outfits so you’ve no doubt seen it many times here on RCM. I think if you only ever buy one cocktail ring it should be either black or white for it to work with your entire wardrobe. For this reason it’s worth choosing carefully & spending a little extra on the best quality you can afford. Do this & you’ll enjoy wearing it for decades, perhaps even pass it down to the next generation.

Moving on, my cream leather clutch from Jigsaw, also old but again a very handy style & colour to own that will also go with just about everything. I did find another pretty clutch from Jigsaw that actually matches this dress to perfection & is equally versatile in pale pink. If I didn’t already own this bag I’d definitely invest in the one I listed above.

Lets talk about these shoes!

Oh.Em.Gee!

G for Gianvito…

Gianvito Rossi Son of Sergio, King of shoes! Ugh I constantly scour Vestiaire Collective, Ebay & Shona Mac for my next dream pair, the Vamp Bootie. Until then I get my kicks (heehee) out of my grey suede Plexi Pumps. Smokin’ right?

Personally I prefer grey as a neutral shoe, particularly when it comes to a pale palette such as todays outfit. However, besides black, leopard print would also work well here. Finally I chose my navy Maje coat as a strong contrasting colour because I thought black would be too harsh & brown too muted against blush – I don’t own a grey coat.

Christmas party outfit inspiration and make up over 40

Make-Up

My make-up is as usual, simple & clean. I’ve been incredibly tired lately so decided against eyeshadow preferring a fresh & natural look. Piling on more make-up when you’re tired only serves to highlight the fact so my advice is pare it down instead & keep lips glossy. These 2 products definitely help get my glow back – See here for a detailed tutorial.

Perhaps my velvet dress isn’t the right shape for your figure? No worries, I found four different styles for you to have a look at. Perhaps one of them will be the bomb?

Next up my girls from The Over40Collective with even more festive fashion inspo. Every one of these beauties has their own style of Christmas party outfit to share with you, so click on their pic & go enjoy the party!

Merry Christmas & lots of love, Mx

Catherine- Not Dressed as Lamb Blog
Catherine- Not Dressed as Lamb Blog

Lisa - The Sequinist Blog
Lisa – The Sequinist Blog

Annette-Lady of Style Blog
Annette-Lady of Style Blog

Nikki-Midlife Chic Blog
Nikki-Midlife Chic Blog

Liz-What Lizzy Loves Blog
Liz-What Lizzy Loves Blog

Michelle-Barefaced Chic Blog
Michelle-Barefaced Chic Blog

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  • Comments ( 16 )

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    Wendy Kate

    I was looking at this very same dress in Zara (in Spain cuz that’s where I live) I thought it was beautiful BUT I thought that’s going to present cleavage AND a lot of leg to the world and I thought it would need something under it. But on you it looks amazing! What happens when you sit down though, does it come open?! Well, it look so good how you have styled it…maybe I’ll have to go back to the shop now….. 😉 Merry Christmas!

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      MT

      Hmm good point Wendy Kate because when I sat on a stool wearing this it did split right open! I just put my hand in my lap to hold it together at the time, so it’s a standing up dress I guess. Although if I’m out to dinner it won’t bother me sitting at the table. I’m planning to wear the dress tomorrow night but with skinny’s & flats. Merry Christmas to you too lady xxx

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    Elizabeth Yeowart

    Michelle, you look absolutely beautiful. Of course, I was lucky enough to see this stunner of a dress in person when we were in London. The colour and iridescence are divine and your gorgeous figure shows it off perfectly. Happy Christmas my sweet (I know we’ll be in touch before though…!) xxx

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      MT

      Aw thank you darling girl & Merry Christmas to you & your two lovelies xxx

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    notdressedaslamb

    WOWSERS. Oh so flippin gorgeous. Like Liz I’ve seen it in the flesh and it sure doesn’t disappoint…! Michelle you’ve made me long for something velvet by choosing this blush pink – I’ve not been too keen on it till now because I think of 90s purple velvet… But this dress is a knockout. And no, I couldn’t believe the necklace didn’t come with it!

    I love your feature on the O40Co – I have to say we knocked it out the park yet again. Here’s to more glamorous collabs!!

    Love ya lovely lady

    Catherine x
    http://notdressedaslamb.com

    • avatar
      MT

      Well that is a result Catherine! I must admit I thought of you when I first saw this colour, you always look amazing in blush. Now you mention it I do remember that purple velvet of the Prince era Hahahahaha Bloody awful 😉
      Love you too babe xxx

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    Michelle – The Barefaced Chic

    Having seen this on you in person, I can vouch for the fact that it looks as good in the flesh as it does on screen! It’s the softest velvet in the most scrummy colour, and it looks absolutely perfect on you.
    You are one gorgeous lady, Michelle!
    Michelle xxx

    • avatar
      MT

      Thank you my sweet – Back at ya! xxx

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    No Fear of Fashion

    Absolutely stunning. You look so feminine, a right modern Marilyn Monroe. All the items of your outfit are fantastic. The whole collective did really well this time. I love all outfits and I am not saying this to please you lot. I mean it.
    Greetje

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      MT

      Thanks Greetje, Marilyn Monroe I wish! I agree with you the girls all look amazing don’t they? Btw – I would never expect anything but straight up honesty from you woman! xx

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    Abby@midlifecrisisnut

    OMG! OH LA LA! and WOW! You’re looking divine, Michelle! And on top of it you tricked us all with this amazing necklace. Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones. Sending you all lots of love! xx Abby

    • avatar
      MT

      Heehee yep that’s me, tricky 😉
      Thanks honey & all the best to you & your lovely family, Mum too of course xxx

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    LittleItaly2008 (@LittleItaly2008)

    Such an amazing dress. I love the fabric and color!

    • avatar
      MT

      Thanks so much!

  • avatar
    Theresa Campbell

    I too thought that necklace was part of the dress, which is beyond fabulous on its own btw. That color and velvety fabric is sumptuous and looks great on you. Also immensely enjoyed all the other bloggers’ festive holiday outfits.

    • avatar
      MT

      Thanks Theresa, Merry Christmas to you lovely! xx

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