How To Style A Chic Cocktail Party Outfit For Women Over 40

Some of the trickiest outfits to put together are often for events that you are the most excited to attend. The perfect example of such an event is a cocktail party. What to wear can actually become a dilemma. You would think it would be fun to put together a cocktail party outfit and you may already have something in your closet to wear. But when you go to try it on it looks dated, uncomfortable or possibly too dressy. Now what?

A Chic Cocktail Party Outfit

How do you strike the right balance so you don’t feel like you are trying too hard? Here is one easy to wear outfit that will make you can look casually chic at a cocktail party. This is a great look for women over 40, or younger of course, and you can style it high or low.

Shop for all high end pieces for or save on less expensive items. You can style this cocktail party outfit high for low, or wear a mix up of both!


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The Metallic Blouse

Start with a beautiful blouse! Blouses have become my friend because they skim the body and can be worn over the hips to hide a multitude of sins. You can wear it tunic style, tucked in or belted. A metallic blouse is a elegant piece that can go from black tie to a rock concert so it is the perfect top to start off your cocktail party look. This gorgeous blouse from Michael Kors is certainly worth the investment but you can save a lot with this ASOS metallic blouse.

The Black Leather Skinny Pants

Black leather adds a touch of luxury to this cocktail party look. Besides you need a pair of black leather skinny pants if you don’t already own them to update your wardrobe. These J Brand leather pants are devine with high waisted styling and side button details. What? You don’t want to spend a thousand dollars? Then you’ll love these Spanx faux leather leggings for $98. They suck you in for a super flattering fit and are comfortable, too.

The Black Suede Mule

There is black and then there is the deepest richest black you can get from suede. Black suede mules add texture and modern styling to this outfit. I don’t always like pumps with skinny pants for women over 40 (they can look tacky) but mules with skinny pants add a bit of sophistication and they are more comfortable than pumps too!

These Roger Vivier mules are absolutely stunning and worthy of collecting, but you can get these suede mules from Vince Camuto for a whole lot less.

The Color Block Handbag

Don’t be afraid to add color to your gold and black cocktail party outfit! I fell in love with this Chloe color block ombre patent leather handbag. It even has my initial on it! I know it’s a far cry from the designer bag but but you can get a similar color block effect with this ASOS bag for only $26.

Shop This Cocktail Party Outfit


Michael Kors Collection Metallic Silk-Blend Lamé Blouse, $1,475

J Brand Natasha Black Skinny Pants, $1,198

Roger Vivier Choc Real Suede Mules, $750

Chloe Patent Leather Chain Bag, $1,750


ASOS Design Long Sleeve Oversized Blouse In Metallic With Pussybow, $57

SPANX® Faux Leather Leggings, $98

Vince Camuto Selerte Mule, $109.95

River Island Foldover Ladies’ Wallet With Buckle In Purple, $26

The total high price look is $5173 and the total low price look is $290.95. You can decide if you want to go high or low, or mix it up!

Would you style this cocktail party outfit high or low?

You may also like more of Carol’s styling posts like How To Style A Teddy Bear Coat High vs Low and 5 Best Investment Shoes for Women Over 40.

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