The Best Holiday Looks For Women Over 40 This Year

It’s well-established that the 2020 holiday season will be different than usual and we probably won’t be getting all dressed up for parties (except maybe over Zoom or Facetime). However, there’s no reason why we can’t make our outfits a little more special this season – even if we are just chilling on the couch. We put together some of the best holiday looks for women over 40 for 2020.

It can be as simple as putting on a pair of fun earrings with your lounge clothes or involve doing full-glam for video chats with friends and family or just for yourself! Here are some of our favorite ways to bring the magic of the season to our wardrobes this year – without delving into the realm of cheesy holiday sweaters and socks.

Best Holiday Looks For Women Over 40 

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Express Velvet Cinched Banded Bottom Top, Now $37.80

It’s All In The Color Palette

Deep jewel tones are a holiday classic like this banded bottom top from Express (both the deep teal and the deep burgundy are gorgeous), even if you don’t go for the traditional red and green color palette. Blues and purples work as well, or go for something softer like ivory and pale blue.


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Banana Republic Factory Shoulder-Stitch Tunic Crew-Neck Sweater, Now $27.99 and Uniqlo Women Ultra Stretch Leggings Pants, $29.90

In fact, almost nothing looks more elegant than a monochromatic ivory outfit – and you could pull it off for pennies with this off-white sweater from Banana Republic Factory and Uniqlo’s leggings pants. Just add some crystal jewelry and you’ll be the most glamorous snow angel – but feel like you are wearing pajamas.

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LOFT Velvet Puff Sleeve Top, $54.50

Velvet Always Says “Holiday”

It’s luxurious but still cozy and warm, and it adds a bit of drama to any winter look. A simple velvet top like this one from Ann Taylor Loft would work with almost anything from (vegan) leather leggings to wide-leg pants (perhaps in winter white) or even jeans. Plus you could wear it on video chat with your sweats and no one would be the wiser.

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H&M Bead-embroidered Sweater, $39.99


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Chelsea28 Sequin Crewneck Top, $49

When In Doubt, Add Jewels And Sparkle

Whether you go for just a bit of embellishment like this soft gray pearl embroidered sweater from H&M or a full-on sequined top like this one from Chelsea28 available at Nordstrom, ’tis the season for all things shiny and maybe a bit over the top.

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YACQ Women’s CZ Snowflake Stud Earrings, $19.99
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Shineland Elegant Multi-Strand Pearl Glass Crystal Cluster Collar Bib Choker Necklace Earring Set, $14.99

Wear Special Accessories

Even if you are wearing pajamas or lounge clothes, why not throw on some fun jewelry like these crystal snowflakes? (We tend to enjoy snowflake jewelry around this time of year – it can be both holiday appropriate and elegant in a way that mini-snowmen or Santas aren’t.) Or if you want to go for major drama, this layered green faux pearl necklace with matching earrings is excellent in a gloriously dramatic and festive way with any simple top.

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HOTOUCH Women’s Sweatsuit Set, $38.99 and Akalnny Women Casual Basic Velour Sweatsuit Set, $37.99

Extra Luxe Sweats

Speaking of lounge clothes, why not treat yourself to a fantastic pair of cashmere, velvet, or similarly special pair of sweats for the holidays? We think this cranberry velvet set from Hot Touch via Amazon is fun (and the price is certainly right), or this Akalnny combo also from Amazon is great if you prefer a zip-up style.

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Relbcy Lace Mouth Cover Pearl Mask, $8.66
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Urieo Sparkly Rhinestones Mesh Mask, $11.66

A Festive Holiday Mask

Since you have to wear a mask anyway, why not make it enjoyable! This pearl embroidered and black lace-trimmed mask is fun, or make a major statement with this one that’s literally dripping with rhinestones.

What are you planning on wearing this holiday season? Do you like to go all out with themed pieces, or keep it more natural but still celebratory and chic? Even though we’re all going to be sticking close to home, are you going to dress up (even a little)? Let us know in the comments or in our Growing Younger Facebook group!

–Jacqueline Zenn

You may like to read more of Jacqueline’s styling posts like How To Get The “French Girl Look” When You Are Over 40 and The Most Stylish Fall to Winter Fashion Under $100.

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