Christmas Day outfit ideas for women over 50 – I'm a 56 year old fashion expert, and this is what to wear

For style and comfort in one? These are my top picks of Christmas Day outfits for women over 50

red fairisle FatFace jumper, a sequin top and trouser coord and a pair of metallic gold jeans all on models
(Image credit: FatFace, Crew Clothing, GAP)

If you're looking for inspiration for what to wear on Christmas day as a woman over 50, your final choice really will depend on the type of day you're planning. If it's a relaxed one with just immediate family, you may opt to spend the event in your pyjamas, but if you're entertaining or being entertained, a fabulous frock might be order of the day. The main thing is that you feel great. 

Christmas is the one time of year we can pull out all the stops and wear sequins for breakfast if that’s your thing. The run-up to Christmas can be both stressful and busy, so being prepared and having your options in place, will ensure the actual day runs a little more smoothly. Adding a fun festive touch to your outfit will boost your mood and help you to relax while looking great in the family photos.

When selecting what to wear comfort is key, but you'll also want to make sure that it fits with the day you have you have planned. Deryane Tadd, Founder and Owner of The Dressing Room comments. “When I am styling women for Christmas Day, I tend to go with either a great dress or separates that can also be worn for other occasions, it is all about choosing the right pieces and making sure that the fit and fabric are great.” 

What to wear on Christmas day as a woman over 50

Lazy and low-key Christmas plans can simply mean getting your best Christmas pyjamas out, but if you're embracing the opportunity of a big family get-together, you will want something a little more sparkly and womanandhome Fashion Director Paula Moore agrees. “I love dressing up and Christmas is the perfect excuse – I start wearing sequins on the 1st of December! On Christmas day I recommend a sequin co-ord, with a loose top and elasticated waist trousers for comfort." She adds, “Don’t forget sequins aren’t just for parties, wear your top dressed down with jeans and pair sequin trousers with a cosy jumper for daytime glam.”

1. Dress Outfit Idea for Women Over 50 For Christmas Day

Whatever age you are there isn’t a ‘what shall I wear’ dilemma that can’t be solved by a classic little black dress and if you are looking for an outfit to wear for a festive drinks party on Christmas day this will be a fail-safe option. An essential element of a capsule wardrobe for women over 50, a great LBD will boost your confidence. 

Opt for a silhouette that you are already familiar with, if you are a pear-shape try a fit and flare dress in a fluid fabric that accentuates your waist and skims gently over the hips and thighs. Wrap-front styles with deep V necklines will flatter fuller figures and if you are apple-shaped and looking for dresses to hide a tummy look out for A-line shapes with statement sleeves that draw attention away from midsections.

2. Jumper Outfit Idea for Woman Over 50 For Christmas Day

When it comes to the best Christmas jumpers we are spoilt for choice with everything from slogan sweaters to fluffy novelty designs, but if you are looking for knitwear that you can wear throughout the winter it’s a wise idea to step away from anything too gimmicky and invest in a style from one of the best knitwear brands that has longer-lasting appeal. Traditional fair isle jumpers are the perfect choice and are the go-to design that’s favoured by Catherine, Princess of Wales for evoking a wholesome festive image that will never go out of date. Fair Isle refers to the traditional technique used to create patterns in multiple colours and named after the Shetland island where they originated. Wear with jeans for a casual look that is perfect for a Boxing Day walk or team with a velvet skirt, tights and boots for a smarter combination that will keep you warm throughout a chilly carol concert.

3. Trouser Outfit Idea for Women Over 50 For Christmas Day

Metallic trousers are a key autumn/winter fashion trend for 2023 and make a festive alternative to denim jeans if you are looking for an elevated but casual outfit for Christmas day. There are many styles available to suit all budgets from style steals at F+F at Tesco to premium leather styles by designers such as Zadig & Voltaire and By Malina.

Fashion Editor and Stylist Antonia Kraskowski explains the key to finding a style that flatters your figure, as the high-shine fabric can be unforgiving: “Having tried several styles of metallic trousers and feeling distinctly like a turkey wrapped in tin foil, Gap’s Vintage Slim pair finally hit the nail on the sartorial head for me,” she explains. “Based on their popular jeans, the straight leg cut is super flattering as it skims over calves rather than hugging them, creating a slim silhouette. The casual cut is balanced by the jazzy metallic colour and will look just as cool worn with trainers and a hoodie as it will teamed with heels and a silky blouse. As I’m petite, I've had my pair altered to finish just above the ankle for the perfect party length.”

4. Co-Ord Outfit Idea for Women Over 50 For Christmas Day

“Choosing a two-piece matching set will give you more partywear options than a dress or jumpsuit.’ advises Paula. “On Christmas day you can wear them together to create a top-to-toe party look that’s both glamorous and comfortable. Look out for unfitted designs made from lightweight fabrics that will be cool to wear if you suffer from hot flushes.” When you are wearing full-length sequins you can let your clothes take centre stage by keeping your jewellery to a minimum, or opt for a dress-watch that combines looks with practicality.

5. Jumpsuit Outfit Idea for Women Over 50 For Christmas Day

A flattering jumpsuit is a great alternative to a party dress and if you chose one made from a stretchy velvet fabric it can be a more practical option. In our family, after a day of eating and drinking, we end the day with a few rounds of party games that can get quite lively. A stretchy jumpsuit will see you through rounds of charades in style, however physical your acting becomes. Go for a wide-leg silhouette that you can team with new season ballet pumps and add a fancy clutch to hold all your essentials.

6. Cosy Outfit Idea for Women Over 50 For Christmas Day

Christmas starts early in our house with a frenzy of gift-giving and chocolate-eating! Waking up in new Christmas pyjamas that we gift each other on Christmas Eve has become one of our family traditions. I like to choose a style that I can wear all year, so I avoid the novelty prints and instead opt for a cheerful bright red colour that will see me through winter. Good quality pyjamas are worth investing in as we spend so much of our time in bed. Instead, I will add a pair of novelty earrings that I bring out every year that add a fun element to the morning. The best slippers are a must too, there’s nothing better than kicking off your heels and sliding into a new pair of slippers at the end of a busy Christmas day and relaxing with a mug of hot chocolate before bed.

Our experts...

Deryane Tadd
Deryane Tadd

Deryane grew up with a love of fashion, clothes and accessories and after leaving school at 16 pursued a successful career in fashion retail on the high street. In 2005 she launched her own business, The Dressing Room, which started as a small store in St Albans and has grown into a store 4 times the size with a strong ecommerce presence and has won a multitude of industry awards. The Dressing Room stocks an edit of the best brands, creating a unique collection of affordable to aspirational pieces in a laid-back-commerce, luxurious environment.

Paula Moore
Paula Moore

Currently Group Fashion Director at Future Publishing, Paula Moore has been in the fashion industry for over 30 years. Overseeing the fashion pages for Woman and Home, Simply Woman and Home, Woman, Woman’s Own, Woman’s Weekly and Chat magazines. 

headshot of writer Antonia Kraskowski
Antonia Kraskowski

With over 15 years experience in the fashion industry, freelance fashion editor, Antonia Kraskowski has worked at Conde Nast, across titles including, Glamour, Vogue New Markets and Easy Living. Antonia later went on to serve as the Fashion Editor of Express Newspapers and Magazines for five years before embarking on a freelance career. 

Julie Player

Julie has over 30 years experience in the fashion industry and is a regular contributor to Woman & Home, Woman’s Weekly and Chat magazines, creating engaging fashion and lifestyle content for women of all ages. She also works in the wardrobe department at ITV, dressing the presenters for Good Morning Britain. Aged 56, Julie loves seeking out the most figure-flattering fashion for every occasion. She’s a qualified sustainable fashion expert with a wealth of knowledge of planet-friendly fashion brands and ways to shop more ethically.