The Best Cocktail Dresses For Women Over 50 To Wear Right Now

Don’t you love the opportunity to go to a party? As we are fully embracing the fall season, it’s easy to forget that not all parties are casual football get-togethers. There are also weddings, work parties, holiday parties and other events that are semi-formal and many of us have had the pleasure of receiving invitations. So, we must not forget the need for dressier options. Cocktail dresses are more often than not the perfect choice for said occasions and we are lucky to be living in a time that gives us such a plethora of options.

Regardless of your age, anyone looking to get a little dressed up for the fall should shop cocktail dresses. However, let’s take a look at some of the best cocktail dresses that are perfect for women over 50.

Cocktail Dresses For Women Over 50

Little Black Cocktail Dresses

You can never go wrong with a black cocktail dress. A little black dress (LBD) is always in style regardless of your shape, size or personal style preference. The black cocktail dress comes in many forms. You can go slim, sexy and short; or long, flowing and comfortable. The best thing about cocktail dresses, is that either of these choices (or anything in between) will be appropriate for your intended occasion. For a sexier option, I found this one shoulder midi dress that has a beautiful silhouette and will show off all of your curves. If you prefer something a little more conservative, opt for this satin  shirt dress with long sleeves. Although it’s a scaled back option of a little black dress, the pleats and tie waist gives it elegant shaping. 


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Comfy Cocktail Dresses

A cocktail dress is not always about a high-glam moment. Depending on your event or your personal style, sometimes it’s about comfort. Being able to breathe, move, eat and dance in your cocktail dress are the most important rules for some women, and if that is you, there are plenty of options out there! With comfort in mind, I would snatch up this Stein Goya Jasmine dress. The gorgeous metallic chiffon fabric that will keep you cool and comfortable. If you want something with stretch that you can dance all night in, try this fit and flare cocktail dress with cap sleeves.

Show-Stopping Cocktail Dresses For Women

So let’s do a complete 180 and talk show-stoppers. If you want all eyes on you when you enter a party, I’ve got the dresses for you. I must admit that I fall into this category. If I am going to dress up for a party, I’m taking it all the way! I adore this statement-making Frances Valentine Lucille Wrap dress in this poppy print, but it also comes in solid colors. Another option for a serious cocktail dress moment is this long sleeve pleated midi dress in a coppery metallic color. I also love that this falls in the comfy dress category as well; no shapewear required. 

Cocktail Dresses Styling Tips

1. Don’t be afraid of variety. It’s a good idea to have a nice arsenal of cocktail dress options for any event that may come your way. I hate when something comes up and I want to look great for it, but then I start to panic shop because I don’t have anything to wear. Invest in three or four cocktail dresses that will work with your style and a multiple occasions and seasons. Then you will always be prepared. 

2. Splurge on your little black cocktail dress. As mentioned before, a black cocktail dress is timeless and will never go out of style. So don’t feel bad about splurging. A midi length or just above-the-knee length sheath is universally flattering. It’s always good to have this go-to in your closet. 

3. Pair it well with accessories. Properly accessorizing your cocktail dress is the key to a cohesive look. Sparkles, bold jewelry, gemstones and metallics always pair well with cocktail dresses. So don’t be afraid to bring out the big guns.

Shop Cocktail Dresses For Women Over 50

Pictured above from top to bottom:

Dress the Population Tiffany One-Shoulder Midi Dress, $148

Steve Madden Sula Long Sleeve Shirtdress, $99

Stine Goya Jasmine Dress Jasmine Dress, now $322

Dress the Population Corey Chiffon Fit & Flare Cocktail Dress, $198

Frances Valentine Lucille Wrap Dress Poppy Party, $598

ZOE AND CLAIRE Long Sleeve Pleated Midi Dress, $118

Do you need a new cocktail dress right now? What is your favorite cocktail dress style?

– Carmen Turner

You may also like to read The Fall 2023 Leather Fashion Trend For Women Over 50: Best Options and The Bright Colors Trending For Fall and How to Style Them.

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