It’s that time of year again: Your birthday’s a week away and you still don't have outfit…dammit! Before you frantically order 10 different dresses online, hoping one’s a winner, take a deep breath. Then, look to the stars for inspiration. No not the universe, Hollywood. Celebrities are known for throwing extravagant, outrageous celebrations (remember Kris Jenner’s Great Gatsby-themed party?), and obviously they wear fabulous ensembles to all of them.
If you prefer a quiet b-day night at home in your pajamas, that's cool too. But, you can still use your birthday as an excuse to treat yourself to a little shopping. Plus, if you snag an LBD or jumpsuit you'll wear again and again, consider it an investment. Here, five memorable celebrity looks to inspire your next party #OOTD—they're all worth a selfie.
Who can forget Kendall Jenner’s 21st birthday look? She wore an ultra sexy custom-made silver Labourjoisie minidress and looked like a glamorous '90s supermodel (she's a glamorous 2010s supermodel, so, fitting).
The major style takeaway here? Don't be afraid to wear shiny, shiny sequins. The show-stopping shimmery material immediately puts you in the spotlight. Let the dress shine with a pair of clear heels and a lucite clutch. For an extra dose of fanciness, drape a furry stole over one arm.
I'm a firm believer that there's no occasion you can't wear a slip dress to. Find one in a silky texture, similar to what Emily Ratajkowski wore for her 25th birthday. While she accentuated her long legs with stiletto heels, I prefer sneakers for that cool-girl look. Add some delicate gold jewelry and your party outfit is complete.
Not any ol' black dress will do. Look for one with interesting elements (think: lace-up details or a body-con fit or both!), which, as with Bella Hadid's Dolce & Gabbana number, add a super sexy appeal. To tie the whole look together, wear diamond or crystal earrings, black heels, and a colorful bag. (It's always a good idea to include a dash of color somewhere.) There's really no kind of party this look wouldn't work for (I mean, you are the birthday girl).
For an end-of-summer birthday celebration, go with a breezy white dress, suited for daytime celebrations like a picnic or brunch at your favorite farm-to-table restaurant. While Rosie Huntington-Whiteley styled her white midi dress with heels and a belt, a sandal is more practical if you plan to be day drinking or bar hopping. Add a layered necklace and carry a floral bag for that final ode to summer.
Pull a Jennifer Lopez and wear a pajama-inspired set on your birthday. J.Lo made her Zuhair Murad two-piece look seductive by letting her top drape open to reveal a bra. (Her pants also came with a thigh-high slit). If you're not comfortable with this much skin exposure, however, you can still elevate your nighttime look with a pair of printed pumps and a studded clutch. This whole outfit is the definition of comfy, but make it fashun.