10 flattering cocktail dresses for over 50s

We are here to help you find the best cocktail dress for every social event.


by Ellen Kinsey |
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Cocktail parties are a fabulous excuse to dress up and enjoy delicious drinks and nibbles with friends, loved ones, colleagues or associates. Dressing up from time to time can be fun. So, to help you find the best dresses for mature women, we have selected our favourite cocktail dresses for over 50s that are flattering, versatile and can be worn again and again.

One question you may be asking yourself is, 'what is a cocktail dress?' Well, the modern definition has come to mean a shorter, above-the-knee style that is sophisticated but party-ready. We often associate cocktail dresses with darker colourways and tailored designs but the truth is, cocktail dresses can come in such variety.

As your designated special occasion dress, it might be best to select a dress that's versatile. That way, you can wear your cocktail dress to more than one event. A simple trick you can use is switching up your accessories to keep your outfit feeling brand new every single time. But, what exactly should you look for in a cocktail dress?

The Best Cocktail Dresses For Over 50s At A Glance:

• Our favourite cocktail dress: Phase Eight Piper Ombre Maxi Dress - View offer on Phase Eight

• Best popular cocktail dress: Satin Jacquard Green Floral Keyhole Maxi Dress - View offer on JD Williams

• Best versatile cocktail dress: Karen Millen Soft Tailored High Low Midi Dress - View offer on Karen Millen

A cocktail dress can be similar in style to dresses worn to the races, so, picture an Ascot-ready number when you're thinking of a dress to wear to your next cocktail party. Anything that's smart, sophisticated and polished will mean you're dressed for the occasion. So, here are the best cocktail dresses for over 50s for your next party.

Best cocktail dresses for over 50s

Our favourite cocktail dress

Phase Eight Piper Ombre Maxi DressPhase Eight


If blue is your colour, this ombre dress with cascading blue hues will surely make a statement.

Best popular cocktail dress

Joanna Hope Satin Jacquard Green Floral Keyhole Maxi DressJD Williams
Price: £57 (was £95)



Crafted from a premium satin fabric with a subtle animal jacquard finish - the Joanna Hope Satin

Best versatile cocktail dress

Karen Millen Soft Tailored High Low Midi DressKaren Millen


Karen Millen never disappoints when it comes to elegant high-quality dresses, and this Soft

Best affordable cocktail dress

Roman Teal Embellished Twist Waist Stretch DressRoman
Price: £45 (was £60)



This stunning Teal Embellished Twist Waist Stretch Dress from Roman comes in three bold colours

Best occasion cocktail dress

Green Sequin Wrap Maxi DressRiver Island


Available in three pastel colours, this beautiful Green Sequin Wrap Maxi Dress is perfect for

Best glamorous cocktail dress

Adrianna Papell Beaded One Shoulder DressJohn Lewis
Price: £144.50 (was £289)



This stunning Adrianna Papell Beaded One-Shoulder Dress is the perfect way to make a statement if

Best standout cocktail dress

Baily Pleated DressPhase Eight


The Bailey Pleated Dress, another showstopper from Phase Eight, is perfect for your next cocktail

Best classic cocktail dress

Soft Tailored Short Waterfall Mini DressKaren Millen
Price: £151.20 (was £189)



Perfect for summer functions, this gorgeous Soft Tailored Short Waterfall Mini Dress from Karen

Best traditional cocktail dress

Guess Pleated Sweater DressGuess


This gorgeous off-the-shoulder, fit-and-flare Pleated Sweater Dress from Guess is a staple that

Best printed cocktail dress

Phase Eight Clarisse Jacquard Skater DressPhase Eight


Looking for a sophisticated dress with a funky fresh print? This cobalt blue Clarisse Jacquard


How to choose the best cocktail dresses for over 50s

We firmly believe in wearing what makes you feel good over what is traditional. So, if you would rather opt for a longer dress or trouser suit, then absolutely wear what makes you feel best. A cocktail dress could be anything from a simple silk shift, perfect for a summer dress look, or an embellished skater dress – it is totally up to you.

Don't be afraid to pull out flashier pieces, like sequins and beaded items for fancier events. If you want to look to celebrities for inspiration for a cocktail dress look, Royals such as Kate Middleton frequently wear these types of dresses for their engagements, and look good doing it.

Another Royal we've had our eye on lately is Sophie Wessex for her smart sense of personal style, and someone to look to for some style inspiration. If your event is during the chillier months, be sure to finish your cocktail dress with a nice blazer to keep warm. So, feeling party-ready yet? All you need to do is RSVP 'yes'. Cheers to that!

Ellen Kinsey is a senior health and wellness product writer for Yours, specialising in natural health and beauty. She lives and breathes all things food, travel and wellness.


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