Winter 2013 Style Inspiration: What to Wear for Your Birthday

Our inbox always overflows with requests for fun birthday outfits, so we tapped Joy Adaeze of to dream up a few looks for you!
First up, Mimi says, “I’m planning my 21st birthday party and I need a BOMB dress! I’m all about glam and being extra, I want to stand out (doing a NY Fashion Week theme).”

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Joy writes, “If you want to go glam and stand out from the crowd, this Donna Karan silver sequined dress is the perfect starting point. Go for a chic monochromatic scheme by adding silver spiked Pigalili Plato Louboutins. (See below for more shoe options). Cobalt accessories break up the grey color scheme just a bit and look great for winter!” Get the rock cuff pictured here. Snag the clutch here.

Chiara writes, “I’m having a birthday celebration soon and I want to wear pink and black! I’ve haven’t seen anything that’s really jumped out at me! I want something really sexy and affordable! Can u help me out pleasseeee!!!!”

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Joy says, “Nice color combo! How about an $80 TopShop black bodycon dress paired with a DVF hot pink clutch and pink/nude/black colorblock heels? Mix up your metals by adding silver bangles, $71 D&G earrings and a $44 NOIR stackable ring. With the money you save on the dress and jewelry, you’ll have some cash left over to splurge on the clutch and shoes!”

Ayesha types, “I don’t know what to wear to school for my 17th birthday :/ I’m Muslim, so I wear long sleeves and long pants. I wanted to wear a long dress, but I’m not the dressy type. Can I wear jeans and a cute shirt and still look fancy?”
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Joy says, “Of course! This leopard Equipment shirt and black AllSaints jeans combo is sleek and laid back, which will definitely work for school. Maroon cat loafers from Nasty Gal add a fun pop of color, while the silver jewelry acts as an eye-catching contrast to the rich brown hue of the leopard. After school, add heels for any evening b-day activities.”

Lastly, Kim writes, “My 19th birthday is [coming up]. I’m going to a lounge/night club. I’m going for a dressy casual look but also sexy. I don’t want to wear a dress because its kind of hard to dance without adjusting it a few times. Can you give me some ideas please?”
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Joy says, “Jumpsuits are my go-to piece for creating a look that’s both dressy and casual. Plus, they’re super flattering. What’s not to love? This black Mango jumpsuit is the perfect canvas to build your birthday look. I added a pop of color and print with Betsey Johnson’s houndstooth pumps and Lulu Guinness’ kissably-cute clutch. An Ela Stone lion cuff, Lalique Maguet Ring, and River Island spiked earrings give the outfit some edge. Finish this off with red lipstick and you’ll be good to go!”

Alright! What do you think of Joy’s picks?
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Claire Sulmers is the publisher and founder of Fashion Bomb Daily, the #43 most influential style magazine in the world.

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