If there were ever an occasion to leave it all on the table sartorially, it’d be your birthday, the one day of the year when all eyes are on you. And that applies to both birthday blowouts and casual affairs. Going the low-key route with a quaint dinner? Slip into a sultry LBD. Staying in for takeout and a movie? Toss on your nicest pajama set (feathers not included but always recommended). If you do decide to go all out on your birthday, take your outfit a step above your normal getups, and leave no eye-catching fashion item behind.
But between snagging a reservation for eight or more (or figuring out where to order takeout from) and choosing who you want to invite, it's likely that time for mood-boarding the perfect birthday look—and subsequently shopping for it—is limited. Don't fret. Since it is your birthday, after all, I thought, Why not? and did both tasks for you. Consider it an early present.
Ahead, find all the fall birthday outfit inspiration you need to start your big day off on a high (fashion) note. And while you're at it, shop your favorite looks, too.
You'll Need: Long-Sleeve Sweater + Matching Midi Skirt + Knee-High Boots
Birthdays can sometimes be stressful, but in this outfit, you're destined for smooth sailing.
You'll Need: Puff-Sleeve Crop Top + Wide-Leg Pants + Pointed-Toe Heels
Is it just me, or do these sleeves scream, "Celebrate!”
You'll Need: Strapless Corset + Matching Trousers
Someone knows how to find their light—and a really good corset.
You'll Need: Oversize Blazer + Brightly Colored Pants + Heeled Sandals + Statement Belt
It's time to bring out your statement pants.
You'll Need: Oversized Leather Blazer + Matching Belt
When it's your birthday, pants are optional.
You'll Need: Cropped Mock-Neck Sweater + Cow-Print Miniskirt + Cowboy Boots
The grown-up version of every Western-themed birthday party look.
You'll Need: Short-Sleeve T-Shirt + Satin Midi Skirt + Knee-High Boots
When your skirt and boots look like this, all you need on top is a really good basic T-shirt to tie your birthday ensemble together.
You'll Need: Long-Sleeve Top + Small Shoulder Bag + Sparkly Pants
If your outfit feels like it's lacking some star factor, add a pair of sparkly trousers. Works every time.
You'll Need: Button-Down + Spaghetti-Strap Minidress + Knee-High Boots + Beret
These boots were made for celebrating.
You'll Need: Printed Short-Sleeve Midi Dress + Strappy Heeled Sandals
Dressing up doesn't have to be high-effort, a point proven by this throw-on-and-go dress-and-sandals combo.
You'll Need: Long-Sleeve Knit Dress + Knee-High Boots
If your birthday falls on the cusp of fall and winter, here's a 10/10 ensemble that'll keep you feeling cozy and looking chic.
You'll Need: Brightly Colored Cardigan + Clashing Ribbed Pants
Birthdays are for daring to wear two saturated colors in one look.
You'll Need: Silk Scarf + Leather Pants
This birthday look is 100% TikTok-approved.
You'll Need: Short-Sleeve Ribbed Maxi Dress + Top-Handle Bag
Whoever said not to wear white after Labor Day 1) didn't have a fall birthday (we can wear what we want!) and 2) clearly hadn't seen this dress.
You'll Need: Spaghetti-Strap Maxi Slip Dress + Statement Earrings
Is there anything better than discovering the birthday dress of your dreams and then finding out it's actually still available?
You'll Need: Oversize Blazer + Mini Slip Dress + Top-Handle Bag
The oversize blazer and neutral bag bring this otherwise summery slip into fall.
You'll Need: Long-Sleeve Midi Dress + Square-Toe Heels + Pearl Jewelry
The best part about this gorgeous body-con is that by swapping out the heels for sneakers or boots, you could easily wear it for any and all of your birthday weekend activities.
You'll Need: Long-Sleeve Pajama Top + Matching Pajama Pants
Because there's nothing wrong with staying in on your birthday. If you do, though, may I suggest these feather-trimmed pj's?
Eliza Huber is a Chicago-born, New York City–based fashion editor who specializes in trend reporting, plus-size fashion, brand discovery, and celebrity style. For the last year, she’s been covering all of the above for Who What Wear, where she first got her start as an intern and later a freelance writer in 2017.
Upon graduating with a marketing degree from the University of Iowa in 2018, Eliza moved to New York City full time and started at Refinery29 as a fashion market writer, focusing on SEO-optimized market roundups. Later, she transitioned out of just market and began covering the site's fashion news beat as well as writing features pertaining to plus-size fashion, sustainability, adaptive fashion, need-to-know brands, and the latest runway and social media–driven trends. In 2021, after almost four years at Refinery29, she moved on to Who What Wear, where she continues to be a trusted source for fashion news, trends, and more. In her first year at Who What Wear, Eliza has profiled Dakota Fanning and Diane Kruger, two of the site's 2022 cover stars, and launched her own monthly column titled Let's Get a Room, where she heads to dressing rooms around New York City to show the site's readers what new items are just as good IRL as they appear online. Eliza also curates market for Who What Wear's email newsletters.
Eliza currently lives in SoHo, in far too close proximity to Lower Manhattan's bevy of shopping destinations. When she’s not popping into stores for inspiration (or more), she's probably running on the West Side Highway, watching a Formula 1 race, sprinting at Barry's, or sitting outside at one of SoHo's many cafés.
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