My Birthday Is My Favorite Occasion to Shop for—29 Epic Finds in My Cart

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Growing up, I used to lament my late-November birthday because it coincided with Thanksgiving break, and therefore, the attention could never fully be on me. (What can I say? My Leo moon tends to jump out around my birthday.) As I get older, though, I've actually come to love the timing, and now I use the occasion as an opportunity to kick off the holiday party season.

Style-wise, I think of my birthday as a way to test-drive some of the season's festive trends before the holidays actually hit. So now that it's almost time for me to celebrate another year around the sun, I couldn't be any more excited to shop for my outfit to ring in the big day. 

Whether you want a jumping-off point for party dressing or are simply curious to see what I pulled, keep scrolling for my ultimate birthday-outfit shopping list, and prepare for the loads of sequins and crystals that lie ahead.

The stunning pieces from new-to-me label Des Phemmes are all I can think about lately—starting with this cool minidress.

An easy (and extremely on-trend) addition to any outfit.

These are certainly bold, but they're also secretly pretty easy to style up or down.

The perfect canvas for fun accessories.

Statement earrings that won't actually clash with your everyday jewelry staples.

These make me want to dance to Donna Summer all night.

Rosettes are the micro-trend every fashion insider is talking about now, and Magda Butrym is a trove of party-ready floral-adorned pieces.

As easy on the eyes as they are on the wallet.

A mod mini you'll wear over and over.

Style with a neutral outfit so it really pops.

I'm so into the idea of dressing this down with a pair of relaxed jeans.

The back of this one really speaks for itself.

If you know me, you know how big a fan I am of Paris Georgia. Its Marlo Tank fits like a dream and never fails to earn me compliments.

This newer off-white-and-baby-pink combination is calling my name now.

This is actually so good for the price.

Celebs are wearing this emerging label en masse, and I fully plan on joining them.

If we're talking investment heels, these are both fun and timeless.

To wear for a birthday, a family dinner, Thanksgiving, New Year's Eve, or any other holiday event on your calendar.

Instagram is flooded with this corset dress for good reason. It looks flawless on everybody.

An affordable way to get in on a major spring 2023 trend.

Because not all party shoes need be uncomfortable.

The TikTok-viral corset top is back and in stock in so many colors.

Sequins have never looked so sophisticated.

Sometimes a bold color like this saffron hue is all you need for a festive outfit.

Styling this with a button-down shirt would be a smart move.