We routinely turn to women over 40 for top-notch sartorial inspiration. After all, it’s this set that always seems to get it thanks to style trial and error over the years. While we recently highlighted the going-out basics women in this age bracket swear by, we thought we’d take a deeper dive into the specific dress silhouettes they tend to rely on.
Given that we also often look to celebs for a lot of our style recommendations, we thought it would be appropriate to showcase the pretty night-out dresses A-listers over 40 often wear for events and parties thanks to their inherently timeless and classic nature.
So with all that in mind, keep scrolling to check out a bit of visual inspiration featuring a few of the timeless going-out dress styles celebs like Jennifer Aniston and Kerry Washington wear. Plus, shop inspired styles that will work for anyone at any age—because age has nothing to do with what you should or shouldn’t wear.
On Jennifer Aniston: Prada dress
You clearly can’t go wrong with a timeless LBD. While Aniston went for a strapless silhouette here, cuts with long sleeves or with a turtleneck detail also feel incredibly modern.
On Taraji P. Henson: Alexander Wang dress
If you want to make a fashion statement, an asymmetrical dress in just about any fabric or hue will do the trick.
On Jennifer Lopez: Alexandre Vauthier dress
Headed somewhere fancier? Go all out with an eye-catching midi dress featuring unique and intricate details like a lace bodice, high slit, or metallic fabric.
On Katie Holmes: Khaite dress
A white dress could be an alternative to the classic LBD if you’re looking to switch it up. A style like this with the shoulder detail and ankle-grazing hem feels so right now.
On Kerry Washington: David Koma dress
There’s nothing like a one-and-done minidress to stand out. Go for a metallic stunner like this one, add heels, and you’re all set.