This post is sponsored by thredUP. As always, all opinions and ideas are entirely my own.
’Tis the season of holiday parties! For the most part, I love holiday parties because it’s a great chance to catch up with family, friends, or colleagues. But holiday parties can also be a bit stressful, because for each one I have to decide what I’m going wear! (Cue the decision paralysis!)
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Holiday parties are a great opportunity to throw on a pretty dress, but the tricky part is deciding what kind of dress to wear! There are a lot of factors worth considering, like color, price, length, etc. But for “mature women” like myself, it makes the most sense to first consider the shape or style of the dress. Because finding a dress that flatters your particular body type is the key to looking truly fabulous!
So for the benefit of all my older gal pals out there, I thought it would be fun to explore a few dress styles today! I’ll give you the scoop on 3 classic dress styles that are perfect for holiday parties. You’ll also learn which dresses may or may not flatter your particular body type, so you can look your very best! After reading this post, you’ll know exactly what to look for when choosing a dress for your upcoming holiday gatherings! :-)
3 Figure-Flattering Party Dresses For Mature Women
Whenever I have a fashion quandary, I start by turning to thredUP. It’s the largest online secondhand clothing store, and the best place to find brand name styles for up to 90% off original retail prices! Being able to shop secondhand on thredUP is especially nice for special occasions like holiday parties. Because while I do want to look my best, I don’t want to blow a whole paycheck on one outfit for one night!
I found all of the outfits shown below on thredUP, and saved a small fortune on my holiday party looks! (And speaking of savings… find out how to save an extra 30% from thredUP at the end of this post!)
1. The Sheath Dress
The sheath dress is a long, lean, body-hugging style that enhances your curves and defines your waist. It is sleek, classy, and works for nearly any occasion! Michelle Obama is well-known for frequently sporting sophisticated sheath dresses.
I bought this red sheath dress by Koret on thredUP for just $27.99, a 76% discount off the estimated retail price of $119! I paired this dress with other thredUP finds, including a black Andria Lieu shrug (bought for $17.99; 50% off the est. retail price of $36). I finished off the look with a festive pair of green velvet shoes by ELOQUII (bought for $45.99; 61% off the est. retail price of $119.) I love how this outfit came together! And while I might not pull it off as well as Michelle Obama, this sheath dress made me feel sophisticated and party-ready!
Choose a sheath dress if…
- you have an hourglass figure. This dress will really show it off!
- you have a straight or thick waist. A sheath dress can help define and enhance your waist.
Sheath dresses can be tricky if…
- you have unique body proportions.
- you have a large tummy.
2. The Shift Dress
It’s easy to get “shift” confused with “sheath” when it comes to dresses, but they couldn’t be more different from each other! Shift dresses hang loosely from the shoulders and fall straight down to the knee area. These dresses can have a variety of sleeve types and necklines, and they give off a casual, relaxed vibe. A loose shift dress can be great for covering areas of concern around your waist or hips!
I found this white shift dress by Halogen on thredUP too! I paid just $28.99 for it, a 69% discount off the est. retail price of $95! To complete my “party look,” I decided to stick with a classic black-and-white color scheme. I paired my white dress with a black crocheted shrug by Dolce Cabo, which was probably the best deal I managed to snag! I paid $37.99 for it, which works out to an 80% discount off the est. retail price of $190 (oh my!) And finally, I added a pair of Franco Sarto metallic heels to round out the outfit (bought for $28.99; 76% off the est. retail price of $119.)
My favorite part of this shift dress outfit was how comfortable the dress itself was! I could easily wear this dress all day and not feel the need to change into something comfier. (I can’t say the same for the heels, but on the other hand, I’ve never been able to say that about any pair of heels!) :-)
Choose a shift dress if…
- you have a boyish, rectangular shape.
- you’d like to de-emphasize your midsection, hips, or thighs.
Shift dresses can be tricky if…
- it’s too baggy, since that might make you look shapeless.
- it’s too short. Throw on a pair of tights or leggings under the shift dress for an easy fix!
3. The Fit-And-Flare Dress
The fit-and-flare style is one of the most consistently popular dress silhouettes, and for good reason! This dress has a fitted top, a defined waist, and a flared skirt. The fit-and-flare dress is a favorite for many women (including me!) because of its very flirty and feminine shape!
I snagged this cute, polka-dot fit-and-flare dress for $32.99 on thredUP, saving 63% over the est. retail price of $89. I paired the dress with a red Caslon scarf (another thredUP find!) that I opted to wear as a shawl. But the star of this outfit, in my humble opinion, is the red ruffled clutch by Hollywould for Target! I paid just $12.99 for it on thredUP, for 41% off the estimated retail price of $22. This fit-and-flare dress ensemble is so fun to wear, and it’s as comfortable as it is cute!
Choose a fit-and-flare dress if…
- you want to balance out a large bust. The wide skirt can create more of an hourglass silhouette!
- you want to draw attention away from your hips and thighs.
Fit-and-flare dresses can be tricky if…
- you want a sophisticated look. Certain lengths and patterns can create a vibe that is more “little girl” than “grown woman.”
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If you’ll be attending any parties or get-togethers this holiday season, I hope this information proves useful! And if you’re already looking for the perfect budget-friendly party dress, I highly recommend starting your search at thredUP! And you can save even more with their special offer for OGT readers. Use coupon code GOOD30 at checkout to receive 30% off your first order. Just click here to get started!
What’s your go-to look for holiday parties?