What You Need to Create the Perfect Summer Birthday Outfit

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When it comes to dressing for special occasions, holidays seem to get all the attention. Deep, vampy shades and textures come into the limelight every November before Thanksgiving rolls around, and patriotic attire is planned out and discussed at length well before the Fourth of July. But what about birthday outfits?

On one glorious day every year, it’s all about you, and your outfit can stand out, unlike when everyone is collectively dressing for a holiday. Absolutely anything is fair game, and your look should make you feel like your best self—whether it be with that special shirt you only bust out of your closet a couple of times a year or a new pair of shoes that makes you feel like a million bucks.

Trying to decide how to deck yourself out for your summer birthday (hello, fellow Cancers!)? We’re here to save the day. Here’s all the inspiration you need to choose your birthday outfit and stand out from the masses, just like you should.

 

 

1. A top so good it’ll say “it’s my birthday” on its own

A couple of weeks before my birthday, an ad for a feather-trimmed top came up on my Instagram, and it felt like the targeted ad gods hit me in my absolute weakest spot. I thought at that moment that if I didn’t get the top and wear feathers on my birthday, I simply would never recover.

Spoiler: I did not get the top and absolutely did feel the void of a lack of feathers, but the point is that there are just certain tops that scream “birthday!” The right one paired with your go-to jeans makes the perfect look for any rooftop drinks or patio dinners us lucky summer birthday people get to have.

ASTR The Label

Kelis Top

ELOQUII

Faux Leather Tank

2 colors available

MANGO

Knitted Cropped Top

2 colors available

Abercrombie & Fitch

Satin V-Neck Cami

4 colors available

MANGO

Asymmetric Design T2op

2 colors available

Lovers + Friends

Anya Bodysuit

2 colors available

Abercrombie & Fitch

Seamless Ribbed Strapless Bodysuit

2 colors available

ELOQUII

One Shoulder Bodysuit

4 colors available

ELOQUII

Asym Neckline Tank

2 colors available

 

2. A dress that’s a look all by itself

When the temps are high, a dress is your best bet for a one-and-done outfit, and if your birthday is in the summer, chances are, you get to dress for a hot day and night. 

A slip dress or LWD are perfect options for a fancier place you might be going for your bash—from a rooftop you had to make reservations for three weeks in advance to your favorite special-occasion restaurant. 

BB Dakota By Steve Madden

Say A Prairie Dress

NAKED WARDROBE

Snatched & Sexy Sleeveless Minidress

5 colors available

Abercrombie & Fitch

Side-Draped Slip Mini Dress

2 colors available

ASTR The Label

Gaia Dress

ELOQUII

Smocked Bodice Ruffle Day Dress

3 colors available

Abercrombie & Fitch

High-Slit Midaxi Dress

6 colors available

Abercrombie & Fitch

Smocked Waist Mini Dress

4 colors available

Abercrombie & Fitch

Tie-Strap Smocked Midi Dress

3 colors available

MANGO

Vent Cotton Dress

2 colors available

ASTR The Label

Cowl Slip Midi Dress

2 colors available

 

3. Special-occasion worthy accessories

The cherry on top of any outfit is the accessories that get paired with it, and for your birthday look, they should be extra cool. Top off your look with a bag that provides a pop of color or a pair of sunglasses that does all the talking.

 

4. Makeup outside of the “everyday” box

Glitter eyeshadow and a bright lip—your birthday is the perfect excuse to stray away from your five-minute makeup routine and opt for something bold.