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Fab 40’s in Formal Wear


It’s holiday party season and for me, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. The invitations have already been received, and more may be on their way still.  This means women everywhere are looking through their closets and online for fashion inspiration. Well, here are five inspiring styles presented by myself and four other fashionable 40 something ladies.  There is a mix of everything here to inspire your holiday outfits; inspiration for women who don’t want to wear a dress, ideas of how to glamorize an otherwise ordinary dress/outfit, and sequins galore.  

Jane of My Midlife Fashion looks red carpet ready in this black jumpsuit and faux fur stole.

Jane is wearing:
Faux Fur Stole – Zara | Necklace – Zara | Jumpsuit – Zara | Belt – Zara |
Clutch-Boden | Courth Shoes – Zara

Sheela of Sheela Writes looks stunning in this dress and fabulous accessories.

Sheela is wearing:
Dress & Ankle Wedge Booties – MakeMeChic | Handmade Vegan Leather Clutch – Ellebee | Rings – Alchemy of England | Chain Bib Necklace – Chan Luu | Lipstick Redrum – Jeffree Star


Dawn Lucy of the Fashion Should Be Fun  knocks it out of the park with this cranberry skirt and embellished clutch.

Dawn Lucy is wearing:
Skirt – Boohoo | Knitted Top – Calvin Klein | Moto Jacket – By Bernado |
Black pumps – Nine West | Clutch – Urban Expressions (Nordstrom Rack)


Dixie of Inside Outer Style had me trolling the web for sequined pants! She looks absolutely fabulous and holiday ready in this French Connection pants and thrifted sequin jacket.

Dixie is wearing:
Pants: French Connection | Top: JCrew | Shoes: Christian Louboutin |
Jacket: Thrifted | Clutch: JCrew

Kremb de la Kremb Formal Wear (1)

Ann of Kremb De La Kremb looks polished and holiday party ready in her sequin top and satin joggers. She kept the party vibe from head to toe!

Earrings–Forever 21 | Sequin Top–H&M | Satin Joggers–Forever 21 | Sparkle Heals–Kate Spade |Vintage Bag–Spirit Lake 4th of July Park Celebration|
Lippy–Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Pink Pong, #6

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I bought this dress in September to wear to a semi-formal event. I really wanted to wear something with color, but I immediately fell in love with the vintage look of the dress. I chose to wear these booties with the dress in lieu of stilletto’s because as you may know, I can’t wear heels for long. These shoes are not flat but it has a comfortable sturdy heel and offers support for my failing ankles. I really hate that this is my reality but my foot problems started after years of wearing really high heels. I only take those out when I am going to a theater or dinner where I know I will be seated for a long time. I think the iconic red lips, burgundy shoes and glitzy accessories gives the dress a holiday party vibe.

What I am wearing:
Necklace: Laila Rowe (New York City) |  Dress: American Living three-quarter sleeve striped dress (Macy’s |
Shoes: Clarks Artisan Women’s Kadri Alexa Lace-up booties (Macy’s) | Lipstick: Hourglass Opaque Rogue Liquid Lipstick in Icon

I just want to send a big shout to Dixie Nichols of  Inside Outer Style  for inviting me to participate in this month’s style collab.

XoXo, Natasha

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  1. Natasha. Thank you for your beautiful and stylish contribution. You’re awesome. I love the way you paired the dress with the lace up booties. I love popping into Clarks because sometimes I come across some beautiful gems. And the necklace is WoW. Love it. Of course, big hugs and kisses to you….we’ll do this again soon….xoxo

    • You are welcome and thanks again for inviting me to participate. Clarks are the most comfortable shoes in the world, but they didn’t always have a lot of stylish options from their women’s line to chose from. I was surprised when I found these at Macys. It took a few wears to break them in but now I wear them everywhere and with everything! ~Natasha

  2. Is it just me or does your dress have fine pleats all over??? Is that cool or is that cool?? I love that you and I, we both wore little black dressed and statement necklaces and ankle booties yet look how vastly different our outfits are?? The wonder of individualism 🙂 speaking of which, thank you so much, Natasha, for being a part of The Fab 40s!! xoxo