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 ?), 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.
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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. , $465; 2. , $75; 3. , $65; 4. , $120
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).
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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. , $47; 2. , $350; 3. , $48; 4. , $137
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. , $200; 2. , $230; 3. , $150