If there’s any reason to get dressed to the nines, it’s your birthday—after all, it only happens once a year. That being said, splurging on a new outfit for the annual occasion isn’t always an option. Luckily, renting will allow you to go as big as you want for your special day (without putting a major dent into your bank account). Whether you’re celebrating with your closest friends at brunch, or heading out for a night on the town, having an outfit that feels as unique and special as you are will be the icing on the cake to a great birthday.
Birthday Outfits for All Your Daytime Festivities
1. Garden Party-Ready Birthday Dress
If you’re celebrating your birthday during the summer, there’s nothing like gathering your friends and family for a garden party in your backyard. Considering the romantic vibes that come with a chic outdoor event, opt for a ruffled floral dress that’ll make you feel as good as you look. Since your dress will be the star of your outfit, style it with a pair of simple strappy heels to complete the pull your birthday outfit together.
2. Sport a Cute and Casual Short Birthday Dress
Got a full itinerary planned for your special day? A fun and flirty dress will suit your every need, no matter what you’ve got planned for your festivities. The one-and-done piece will make getting dressed for your birthday that much easier. Plus, you’ll be comfortable all day long. Style it with a pair of chic white tennis shoes for a trip to the amusement park, or with a pair for espadrille wedges for something a little more dressed up.
3. Celebrate Your Special Day in a Summery Maxi Dress
For those who prefer a more relaxed party setting, a printed maxi dress will ensure you feel festive enough to celebrate your birthday without going over the top. We envision this type of summer dress at a vineyard as you enjoy the sunshine and sip on that glass of rosé with your closest pals. Just be sure to pack that wide-brim hat and sunglasses to keep yourself cool and protected!
4. The Classic Two-Piece Ensemble Fit for a Birthday Brunch
PANTS: TIBI, HANDBAG: ZAC ZAC POSEN
Don’t get us wrong—we love a good birthday dress to ring in another year, but when we want to mix it up a bit, a pair of wide-leg trousers and a camisole is just as chic. Wear this ensemble for a chic brunch with your crew in the city. If you’re sporting a monochromatic look, let your accessories be a neutral shade to give your outfit an added depth.
5. Celebrate with a Summer Birthday Party Picnic Outfit
DRESS: KATE SPADE NEW YORK
A laid-back picnic in the park is the perfect way to celebrate your birthday with your loved ones this year. Opt for a party dress cute print to show off your playful side. Pair it with a straw hat and woven bag to really nail those summertime vibes.
6. Your Best (and Most Colorful) Birthday Outfit Yet
DRESS: MDS STRIPES
Whether you’re celebrating your birthday in a low-key way or are planning on having an extravagant fête, we know you’ll want to wear a birthday dress worth celebrating. So why not go all out with a bright and colorful dress to get you in the mood for the exciting year you have ahead? Take this statement-making dress to a celebration along the beach or for an intimate dinner with your family. No matter where you go, the party will be wherever you are.
Heading Out for the Night? You’ll Love these Birthday Outfits
1. The Party Top Worthy of a 21st Birthday Outfit
TOP: VIVA AVIVA
We’d be lying if we said your 21st birthday doesn’t mark a major milestone—so naturally, you’ll want to dress the part. There’s no better time to rent a show-stopping going out top to make your debut as an adult. Style it with a pair of skinnies and funky heels; then take this look out to the club for a night of dancing.
2. A Two Piece Birthday Outfit for a Chill Night Out
SKIRT: WAVERLY GREY
A stylish high-waist pleated skirt paired with a fitted crop top will guarantee a foolproof birthday outfit that will always look fresh. You can wear this outfit to any of your plans, whether that’s getting drinks with your friends or hitting the latest wine bar.
3. Cocktail Chic for a Swanky Birthday Party
DRESS: JAY GODFREY
When you’re planning to throw an ultra-chic birthday party to celebrate, opt for a sleek cocktail dress. For a fresh look, try for a dress in the color of the year: lavender. Throw on some minimal jewelry and neutral heels to top your ensemble off.
4. The Minimal Birthday Dress for Dinner with Your Beau
DRESS: ALI & JAY
Sometimes, a relaxing dinner with your S.O. is all you could want for your special day. A long sleeve birthday dress will be perfect for that candlelit outdoor dinner to enjoy with your other half. Let this effortless frock be the hero of your outfit and pair it with timeless and simple accessories.
5. The Easy Birthday Outfit for a Casual Get-Together
TOP: A.L.C., PANTS: FREE PEOPLE
Have a classic backyard kickback planned for your day? Forgo the glamorous outfit and rent a cute ruffled top. Style it with a pair of chic white wide-leg pants to keep the look on the polished side. That way, you’ll feel more dressed up for the occasion without going out of your comfort zone.
6. What to Wear to an Evening Barbecue Birthday Party
DRESS: CAROLINA K
In the chance that you’re celebrating and expecting a new addition to your family, you’ve got more than one person to celebrate! A cool, off-the-shoulder dress will mark this big moment while also showing off your growing bump at your birthday barbecue. It’s safe to say this will be a birthday to remember.
Birthdays are always a fun occasion to look forward to each year, and when you’ve got plenty of cool and stylish outfits to wear, the only thing left to do is enjoy the company you have. No matter what you have planned to celebrate, these outfits will ensure you start your next year of life right.
Whether you’ll be celebrating with a fun backyard fete or a chic night out, you’ll be the center of attention at the party–so dress accordingly.