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5 Easy Birthday Outfit Ideas Inspired by Your Favorite Celebs

The dress is done. Who's ready to party?

Emily Ratajkowski's 25th Birthday Celebration At The Private Residence of Absolut Elyx CEO Jonas Tahlin
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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.

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1 Kendall Jenner's Sparkly Mini
Design by Morgan McMullen

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.

Shop the pieces: 1. Topshop flower sequin dress, $68; 2. Edie Parker clutch, $995; 3. Raye clear heels, $148; 4. Marni fur stole, $2,980

2 Emily Ratajkowski's Slip Dress
Design by Morgan McMullen

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.

Shop the pieces: 1. Fleur du Mal cowl neck slip dress, $465; 2. Catbird gold ring, $75; 3. Jules Smith earrings, $65; 4. Veja leather sneakers, $120

3 Bella Hadid's LBD
Design by Morgan McMullen

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).

Shop the pieces: 1. Rebecca Vallance celestina dress, $312 and more sizes here; 2. Botkier crossbody bag, $228; 3. Steve Madden strap sandals, $90; 4. Gorjana cluster earrings, $50

4 Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's All-White Number
Design by Morgan McMullen

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.

Shop the pieces: 1. Wayf cutout dress, $47; 2. Zac Zac Posen cross body bag, $350; 3. Madewell layer necklace, $48; 4. Pour La Victoire sandal, $137

5 Jennifer Lopez's Silk Set
Design by Morgan McMullen

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.

Shop the pieces: 1. Equipment velvet pajama set, $200; 2. Jerome Dryefuss clutch, $230; 3. Sam Edelman pumps, $150

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