Usually celebrity birthday outfits are excessively glamorous—think: Paris Hilton’s iconic silver mini—but we’ve seen a shift in the past year away from over-the-top glitz to cozier ensembles for staying-at-home looks or heading to dinner. If you find yourself also paring back your plans but still wondering what to wear, you can still look to stylish stars for inspiration.
For summer celebrations, an easy-to-throw-on sundress will do the trick, like the off-the-shoulder designs worn by January Jones and Emma Roberts. For those celebrating the big day in colder climates, follow Yara Shahidi’s lead and layer a chic turtleneck with your birthday dress. Or channel Jessica Alba’s 40th birthday style by pairing a hoodie with a silky slip skirt. But there’s no need to stick to a dress: a bikini feels just as jubilant, as Jennifer Lopez proved last month during her birthday.
To get inspired for your big day, take a closer look at some of our favorite celebrity birthday outfits below.
Keep those summery dresses in rotation even during colder months with a perfect-for-layering turtleneck as demonstrated by Shahidi.
It’s your day, so why not shine bright in a cheerful yellow maxi dress similarly to Jones.
If you’re spending the special day near the pool or at the beach, follow J.Lo’s lead in a logo-adorned bikini paired with a floral cover-up and chic hat.
Dua Lipa kept the accessories to a minimum, but went all out with a fun matching set by Supriya Lele.
A denim dress—like the Gabriela Hearst one worn by Kate Hudson—offers the perfect balance of glamour and comfort.
Blackpink’s Jennie made a chic case for the birthday sweater while wearing a cloud-themed knit.
Alba balanced the ease of a pullover with the elegance of a coordinating silk skirt
Versace from head to toe is always a good idea. Here, Harrier celebrated in a babydoll dress, twisted mules, and hair clips by the brand.
Even if you’re cozying up by the fireplace, you can still go all out like Hailey Bieber in a cutout gown.
Reformation’s polka-dot dress paired with chunky combat boots felt just right for Rodrigo’s outdoor celebration.
What better way to feel special than by wearing a one-of-a-kind vintage dress similar to Emma Roberts’s design from Thriftwares, which was topped off with delightful Moschino sunglasses.