How To Choose A Sexy Birthday Dress And More

Last updated on : September 11 2020

While many women rue the fact that every birthday means they are growing older, it is no secret that we all look forward to the big day, the gifts, and the chance to dress up and wow everyone. After all, you are at the center stage on this day.

But deciding what to wear on your birthday can be tough, especially with so many choices around.

Here are some tips for finding your perfect birthday dress - together with ideas on preparing yourself for the big day. Including your hair, makeup and accessories, and some good practice fitness and diet steps that will leave you feeling and looking fantastic.

Finding The Perfect Dress

Depending on the occasion and your mood there are a few options available to you. We've covered a few bases below to give you ideas. 

Daytime Party with Girly Charm

When you are having a daytime party for your birthday and want to keep things low-key, it is best to go with pastel or light-hued dresses or ones in lovely floral print.

Dresses with cute accessories or delicate shades make you look fresh and in keeping with the theme of your party.

Something like this sweet pink midi bandage dress offers the right blend of style and flirty charm and is perfect to make your special one swoon over you on a lunch date.

sweet pink midi dress

To maximize your charm, choose delicate dresses that emphasize your femininity yet still balance your unique style. Avoid overpowering your look with too much makeup and keep things naturally alluring. 

Office First Party Later

If your birthday party is after work (we realize that for many of us this is unavoidable) a well-fitting pencil skirt in green or other bright color is an excellent choice.

Paired with a crisp blouse in white and pretty earrings this style is ideal for when you need to attend the office on your birthday.

After work, swap the white blouse for a sexier and tighter fit, put on a pair of killer heels, and you are all set to turn heads at your lively after work venue.

pencil skirt

Other office styles work equally well. Our article on one dress, three events in a single day provides some alternatives that will work for a birthday celebration after work.   

Read more: How To Decipher Business Dress Codes And Style Work Dresses

Cocktails & Club Party 

For the best party, cocktail and club outfit we recommend a bandage or bodycon dress.

The body-hugging style puts you in the center of attention and their comfortable fit and strength have you feeling confident from dusk til' dawn.

Bandage dresses are party dresses, sexy but with full dignity maintained. Cut out or mesh bandage dresses work well, and in a slightly longer length ooze sex appeal and control, just like this deep cut lace-up midi dress, in white.

white party bandage dress  

Read more: How To Choose A Cocktail Dress For Your Body Type

Poolside Party

Swimwear is not forgiving, and with you being the birthday girl, all eyes will be on you. So your choice is crucial.

A one-piece in a bandage style is a safe choice - the design will have you noticed on the day while the sturdy material and construction leaves you confident. 

Bandage swimwear comes in some different styles, but all have a single theme, hot and sultry. Try this lace-up bandage swimsuit for your big day.

black bandage swimsuit

Read more: How To Choose Swimwear That Suits You & Your Body Type

Elegant Sex Appeal For A Dinner Date

For a romantic birthday dinner with your partner or new date, you need to pick an outfit that is stylish and oozes charm.

Try a deep cut bandage dress in white. This style shows off just enough while keeping things classy for dining at an upscale restaurant.

The white color also serves as a beautiful backdrop for your accessories although we suggest keeping it simple with a pair of heels, teardrop earrings, and a clutch.

beautiful model in white deep cut bandage dress

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Experiment And Go Bright

If you find yourself sticking to neutral and pastel clothes on most days, your birthday is the day to cast aside all inhibitions and experiment.

Go ahead and pick a sultry number in neon, hot pink, bright orange or similar bright shades for your party at night. Or try a sexy red dress for maximum appeal. 

sienna bright orange bandage dress on stunning model

However, remember to keep the accessories and makeup minimal.

If you are not comfortable with the idea of an entire outfit in a shocking shade, pair a classic LBD with brightly-colored heels or a handbag.

Hair, Makeup, and Accessories

It’s your birthday, so there is nothing wrong with looking a little different than you do most other days of the year. Use your makeup, hairdo, and accessories to create a lasting impression on your special day.

Here are some ideas to take your birthday look to the next level.  

Go for a smoldering look

For a fun night out, smoky-eyes is a classic look that works every time.

Use a good black eyeliner to line the rim of both your upper and lower eyelashes. Next, smudge the pencil into the eyelashes using a stiff brush and then do up the eyelids with a dark eyeshadow.

This look works great with a short, sequined dress or other party dresses. 

Plan your hairdo

When you start getting dressed for your special day, start with your hair so that you do not soil your new dress while using hair products or working on damp hair.

Instead of trying something at the last minute and being unsure about it, plan for a hairstyle that you are comfortable wearing. Do “test hairstyles” a few days before to ensure you get it just right.

Loose waves make long tresses look bouncy and stylish, and a French braid is a classic style when you are aiming for chic yet subtle.

Since you are the birthday girl, use the occasion to dress your mane with an eye-catching hair accessory—this will help you stand out while also making a nice addition to your usual look.

Also, read our article How to Match Your Hairstyle with Your Dress Neckline for hairstyle insights and tips.

Achieve the perfect ponytail

For women who prefer tied hair, a well-styled ponytail can never go wrong. Plus, it keeps the hair out of your face when you are showing off some dance moves at the nightclub.

For a chic ponytail, tease the roots of the hair at the crown of your head with a fine-toothed comb. Next, gather all your hair and tie into place with an elastic. Take a one-inch lock of hair to wrap around the hair tie, and use a bobby pin to secure the end below the ponytail.

Be picture-ready at all times

Being the birthday girl means everyone will want to click pictures with you. 

If you are worried about the camera flash giving your face a shiny look and spoiling the pictures, there is a simple solution. Before you apply your makeup, use some mattifying lotion on your T-zone.

This easy trick will ensure that your face looks oil-free all through the night.

Pamper yourself

One of the best ways to glow on your birthday is to be relaxed and boost your mood

A good massage at a professional spa is an excellent way to de-stress and keep those dark circles at bay. Treat yourself to this luxury a couple of days before the big day to give your skin the appearance of being radiant and fresh.

Remember not to get a facial just one day before or on the day since it can cause skin irritation or inflammation at times.

Don't forget your perfume

“A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future,” Coco Chanel once said.

So be sure to freshen up with a splash of your favored perfumed mist to leave a sweet impression on your guests. Perfume works as an instant mood lifter, so be sure to complete your look with a subtle, elegant scent.

An excellent trick is to mist some of the fragrance on both your palms since you are likely to be shaking hands with a lot of people while accepting birthday wishes. Doing this will release a lovely scent every time.

Eat Right & Exercise 

Don't spoil all the effort you took to pick the right dress, makeup, and accessories with little things like dark circles or an unsightly pimple. Additionally, you want to be in perfect shape on the day, and not feel choked and squeezed in your dress all the time.

So here are some tips for you to feel amazing and look glowing on your birthday.

Exercise in the morning

Getting regular exercise is essential to stay fit both physically and mentally.

So this birthday, resolve to be more regular in your workouts. Start as soon as you can so that you have a well-toned body to show off your new dress on D-day.

If necessary begin with something simple like a morning walk or jog, yoga, or a swim, although resistance training is likely to give you the biggest boost.

Physical activity in the fresh morning air works wonders for your mood and leave you bright and active for the day ahead.


Ensure that you drink plenty of water in the days leading up to your birthday for a healthy body and glowing skin.

Being sufficiently hydrated flushes all the toxins out of your system and leaves you with supple, well-nourished skin that will add a lovely charm to any look you choose.

Moreover, you do not need to worry about hiding pimples and dull skin under loads of makeup.

Watch Your Meals

Eating clean, green, and lean is the way to go when you are aiming to look perfect on your birthday. So cut out all junk, sugary foods and drinks, and smoking.

Instead, pile more lean protein and veggies on your plate. Keep alcoholic beverages to a minimum and try green tea for some health benefits.


It is your birthday, and you get to choose what you wear and how much makeup you want to put on.

Pick things that you are comfortable in so that you are not stressed about your appearance as you go around meeting people and basking in all the attention that comes with being the birthday girl.

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