Christmas party dress guide - 40s: Sexy but safe

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With the party season upon us, now is the perfect time to treat yourself to a new frock.

But with so many dresses on the high street to choose from, it's difficult to know where to start.

Let take the strain out of hunting down a sure-fire headturner with our celeb-inspired dress guide. We've even organised the party wear according to age.

In your 40s

Tess Daly, 42, often favours long-sleeved dresses that are sexy without revealing too much.


This sequinned zigzag dress from Topshop is brilliant for showing off your curves whilst covering up simultaneously.

River Island's ivory lace dress is great if you love midis. Just add a chic shrug for the Victoria Beckham look. 

Or channel old Hollywood glamour with the retailer's bodice dress. The faux fur at the neckline catches the eye and the fitted shape of this grown-up piece pulls in the waist to create an hourglass silhouette.

Tess also loves to inject a bit of glitz on a night out. For some razzle dazzle, take a look at what House of Fraser has to offer.


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