Shopping for that birthday outfit can feel like a full time job. This rings even more true for wintertime babies, as by the time your special day rolls round, mini dresses, cute shorts, and backless maxis have all been replaced by their polar opposites on every virtual and IRL clothing rack. We hear you —you don’t want to sacrifice feeling glam and sexy as you commemorate another year of life just because it’s 40 degrees outside, and it may or may not snow. We’re here to tell you, you don’t have to.
There's no occasion our trusty band of Instagram fashion girls can't serve up outfit inspo for, those tricky birthdays amid low temperatures included. You’ll quickly find you don’t have to show up to your long awaited birthday party in a turtleneck (at least, not against your wishes), and there are actually a number of ways to make your favorite evening pieces work. Whether it's pairing a dress with tall boots, or a silk maxi skirt with a cozy cardigan, the outfits we’ve rounded up below ensure every need is met.
Style tip: A balloon-sleeved dress is pretty much quintessential "it's my birthday" attire, but there's just something about a LBD that comes with an unexpected, subtle print as well.
Style tip: Wintery hues such as forest green automatically make any satin piece look expensive. All you need next are metallic accessories, and your look is *chef's kiss.*
Style tip: A monochromatic outfit will always win. You can throw in sequins for a special occasion such as your birthday, lending you the opportunity to try out the style with shades that aren't silver or black for once.
Style tip: Pull out your fancy cardigan, a.k.a. a crystal-embellished top guaranteed to keep you toasty for the night, and pair it back with an easy maxi skirt.
Style tip: Birthdays mean business. Balance out a puff-sleeved tulle top with a pair of oversized trousers for an end result that feels comfy, yet tailored and, most importantly, dinner-ready.
Style tip: This is the one day where you actually are the main character, and your shoes should be, too. Even if you're keeping it subtle and tonal up top, a pair of crystal-embellished shoes are enough to steal any show.
Style tip: Your birthday is practically a written invitation to finally try out the evening gloves trend (they keep your arms warm, too). Paired with a classic LBD and blingy shoes, you may as well be hitting the red carpet.