It's your birthday, so it's time to break out your most sparkly party outfit. Except your birthday falls during the winter months, so it's also time for a cozy ensemble with a bunch of layers and some chunky boots. Luckily, you can have it all. While wearing your edgiest little black dress in January and having the time of your life might sound impossible, but there are actually a bunch of cool outfits you can put together that'll make you feel sexy and cozy at the same time. Keep scrolling: We've come up with the most party-ready winter outfits for all your birthday needs.
A Long Black Dress
You can never, ever go wrong with a long black dress (matched with a cropped black blazer when it's cold). You can show a little skin with a high slit and/or sheer mesh on top—or both, in this case.
An Over-the-Top Coat
Got a statement coat you've been dying to break out for just the right occasion? This is that moment. This faux fur coat has such a magnetic look all on its own that you only need a black slip dress and heels to match. But if you want to go wild, pick a black bodysuit and tights instead.
Some Dressed-Up Jeans
Jeanne Damas, French style icon, wears a lot of party-ready outfits. (Spoiler alert: this isn't the last time she'll be on this list.) This look is all about balance: jeans in a darker rinse to be more nighttime-appropriate, with a sheer top over a strappy corset to dress up the look.
Go for It in Red
When you want to have the most over-the-top birthday outfit of all time — and be visible from blocks away—go with red head-to-toe. This Valentino sparkly top and matching wide pants feel super fun without looking costume-y. Opt for a matching clutch if you want a fun finishing touch.
A Romantic Skirt
All-black doesn't have to be boring! Upgrade your mini with a rose design, put a sheer top over your bralette for a little more coverage, and swap stilettos with some sock boots and tights. Add your most fabulous red lip, and your outfit's perfect.
A Piece of Silver
Black is the obvious choice for an evening shindig, but silver's just as elevated and a lot more visually interesting. This long-sleeve lycra dress looks wet and shiny, but the ruching helps it feel more sexy and fun. Red lip and black tights: check.
A Little See-Through
If you're more comfortable in an office-ready outfit, an easy way to make the upgrade to party-ready is to swap one of your pieces with something sheer. Here, it's a lacy black pencil skirt and backless heels, taking that daytime look to nighttime effortlessly.
A (Revamped) Summer Dress
If you're hoping to wear a summery black party dress, there's an easy way to repurpose it. First, get your chic winter-ready leather coat (floor-length if possible). Add tights and a nice clutch, then pick a pair of shoes in whatever color you like.
If silver's not your color, try gold instead. Damas is here again with an upscale leather jacket over a light-gold cami and silk skirt. But the party vibes come via the sheer plastic shoes, which make the look feel ready for cocktail hour instead of the office.
If you want a little color but don't want the whole look to be bright and tonal, tights in a bright color can be a fun and surprising choice. You can go with a black coat dress over top, as Tiffany Hsu does here, or just a structured long dress for the same basic shape.
If your favorite type of look shows some skin, that'll still work for a winter birthday outfit. Get a very warm and fuzzy coat (Salomon fake fur, in this case) and put it over the top of your strappy dress. Tights are usually a good choice if it's cold, but open-toed sandals are also cute if it's a smidge warmer.
Lean Into Satin
Want to wear pants for your big day? Absolutely! Silk and satin are party-worthy materials that offer shine and drama to a look. Black can be an intuitive choice, but with this peach color, you're bound to stand out in any room. Maybe skip the crop top and swap in a long V-neck shirt if it's cold.
This all-red look isn't for the timid, but that's part of the fun of a birthday outfit, right? A matching leather jacket and skirt is the party version of a suit that you never knew you needed. Keep the top (a black bodysuit, in this case) and bag neutral, because the leather is the star of the show here.
A Leather "Suit"
If red feels like too much of a stretch, black leather is just as fun and formal as a pantsuit alternative. Swap the tee with something more fitted if you want some drama, and you can create a color moment with your bag. Bonus points if you match your lip color to it.
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