Six Fun Birthday Outfits for A Fabulous 40th Party (Reader Question)

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L, a lovely reader of ours from San Francisco came to us with this question about her upcoming special birthday party:

“I’m turning 40 in a few weeks. My husband is throwing a dinner party for close friends at a nice restaurant and then we’re coming home for cake and cocktails. I’m pretty casual in my everyday style but I was wondering…if you have any fabulous ideas for an outfit to make me feel special.”

Oh heck yes, L! I had to jump in on this one because I had (still have) soooo many ideas. I hope one of these inspires you, L and makes your day extra special! Happy birthday from all of us at TME!

From flirty & fun to leather & lace, we've got 6 gorg birthday outfit ideas for women. This Reader Q inspired some seriously cool styling for a special day.

Outfit Details

 Jumpsuit Susana Monaco’s Strapless Jumpsuit, $220 at Shopbop. Sleek, simple, and gorgeous. The perfect backdrop to add bold accessories too.

Pumps – Cecelia New York’s Roxanne Sandals, $259.95 at Nordstrom. My dream gold pumps right here. I’ve been needing an excuse to buy them and wear them, so live my dream for me, please!!

Earrings – Celestial Linear Earrings by Bauble Bar, $38.00 at Nordstrom. Love these earrings so much I used them in two outfits! I love how drop/linear earrings elongate the face, and these are perfect without being too overwhelming (and you can’t beat that price).

Bag – Sheryl Clutch, 89.00 at Anthropologie. Clutches are another guilty pleasure I wish I could indulge more often, ya know — like one for the grocery store, one for the Y, one for Starbucks? Makes sense right? :/ Totally.


From flirty & fun to leather & lace, we've got 6 gorg birthday outfit ideas for women. This Reader Q inspired some seriously cool styling for a special day.

 

Outfit Details

Blouse – CAMI NYC’s Skylar Blouse, $198.00 at Shopbop. Just love this blouse AND I love CAMI NYC — even though I sound like a broken record about how much I love them.

Pants – David Lerner Pintuck Flare Faux Leather Trousers, $176.00 at Nordstrom. These are my favorite new faux trousers. I’ve been loyal to my [BLANKNYC]’s for a few years now, but if I was to pull the trigger, it would be on these bad boys. I think the cropped flare look is just perfect on them.

Bag – Cascade Fringe Triangle Bracelet Bag, $275.00 at Nordstrom. How chic is this evening bag/clutch?? File this one under “dream fancy pants wardrobe.”

Shoes – Alias Mae’s Addax Sandal, $189.95 at Nordstrom. Simple and stunning.

From flirty & fun to leather & lace, we've got 6 gorg birthday outfit ideas for women. This Reader Q inspired some seriously cool styling for a special day.

Outfit Details

Dress – AFRM’s Lala Midi Dress, $138.00 at Nordstrom. You guys have probably figured out that my biggest Fall/Winter trend this year has been Animal Print evvvverything. I love this dress. It’s a flattering fit that’s not too flashy or skin-bearing, but it has just the right amount of spunk.

Earrings – Celestial Linear Earrings by Bauble Bar, $38.00 at Nordstrom. Same earrings as in the first outfit, because I love them so much.

Pumps – Paloma Open Toe Sandal by Michael Kors , $149.95 at Nordstrom. Okay, these are my new favorite pumps at Nordstrom. Seriously. I scrolled through 49 pages of heels on Nordstrom’s website, and these were it for me. Get used to seeing this from me.

 

From flirty & fun to leather & lace, we've got 6 gorg birthday outfit ideas for women. This Reader Q inspired some seriously cool styling for a special day.

Outfit Details

Blouse – Ramy Brook’s Paige Top, $295.00 at Shopbop. Just gorgeous. Stunning. All of the words.

Jeans – The Insider Crop Jeans by Mother, $205.00 at Nordstrom. A still gorgeous, standout look, with a little more of a casual vibe for a more relaxed evening and cocktails with friends.

Earrings – 8 Other Reasons Foxy Hoop Earrings, $30.00 at Nordstrom. Elongated gold-plated earrings.

Pumps – Paloma Open Toe Sandals by Michael Kor, $149.95 at Nordstrom. My new favorite pumps, same as the ones in the previous outfit, but soft and blush.

From flirty & fun to leather & lace, we've got 6 gorg birthday outfit ideas for women. This Reader Q inspired some seriously cool styling for a special day.

Outfit Details

Jumpsuit – Night Out Metallic Jumpsuit by Leith, $69.00 at Nordstrom. OK, another one of my “if only I had a reason to wear this” wardrobe items because I love it and it’s super well-priced too. BONUS — the reviews are excellent!

Pumps – Pia Pumps by Pelle Moda, $154.95 at Nordstrom. Round-toe d’Orsay pump with a sculpted heel has a stretchy mesh cuff around the ankle for better comfort and support.

Necklace – Something Navy Long Rhinestone Lariat Necklace, $23.40 exclusively at Nordstrom. Simple and classy, a lariat necklace draws attention to the v-neck cut on the jumpsuit.

Earrings – Faidra Thin Drop Acrylic Oval Hoop Earrings by Baublebar,  $34.00 at Nordstrom. Chic, contemporary acrylic oval hoop earrings are modern and fun — and lightweight!

From flirty & fun to leather & lace, we've got 6 gorg birthday outfit ideas for women. This Reader Q inspired some seriously cool styling for a special day.

Outfit Details

Slip dress – Reformation’s Crimini Slipdress, $128.00 at Nordstrom. This Reformation slip-dress with a side slit comes in several different color options: rajah (or tiger print), western (red with tiny white floral print), Quito (black with white daisies), black, and green.

Tee – Halogen Short Sleeve Crew Tee, $29.00 at Nordstrom. Simple, fitted, affordable. A perfect plain white tee to wear under a slip dress.

Booties – Coma 3 Block Heel Booties by Jeffrey Campbell, (45% off) for $89.50 at Nordstrom.

Necklace – Knotty’s Crystal Jewel Statement Necklace, $48.00 at Nordstrom. LOVE this bold, bada$$ statement necklace.

Hope everyone feels special on their b-days!!

xx,

Jess

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10 Comments

  1. Knowing nothing of L’s body style, my picks are 1 and 4. You’ll get a lot of mileage out of those components for years after your awesome party. 🥳 Have a great 40th!!

  2. Oh Jess. How I want every single piece. Love it all. My life requires nothing so fancy… but boy oh boy, I sure wish it did!!

  3. Deb V. and Elizabeth A. Thanks for the ‘San Francisco’ feedback, I went back and changed it! I outed myself as an obvious non-local lol! Much appreciated!
    xx, Jess

  4. Jennifer Chaparro on

    great outfit ideas!! I have a 40th birthday girls weekend in Vegas coming up in May and I’d love some ideas for a packing list. what to wear for dinners, show, shopping, pool and spa, etc. Thanks!

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