30th Birthday Dress - How To Choose The Best Dress For Your Special Day

Turning 30 is an amazing milestone that should totally be celebrated! It marks the beginning of a new chapter in your life and quite possibly the best chapter ever! 

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Honestly though, there's no better way to celebrate your special day than with a fabulous 30th birthday dress!

I just want to be clear and state that this post applies to any age & any birthday! I just picked 30 because I’m turning 30! Lol 😉

I know for a fact that when I wear something that makes me feel good about myself, I am naturally more confident, happy & outgoing. It's really a total self esteem boost to get dolled up & show myself some TLC.

But with so many options out there, how do you choose the perfect one?

In this blog post, I'll share some tips and ideas on how to choose the best dress for your 30th birthday, so you can look good and feel good on your special birthday. 

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Real quick, let's get this out of the way.

Why "dressing your age" doesn’t matter

Are you having anxiety about what to wear now because you are turning 30? The truth is that this saying doesn’t actually help or mean anything. It's quite honestly a toxic saying.

The truth is that style is all about expressing yourself and wearing what makes you feel confident and happy. 

The notion of dressing according to your age is basically all based on stereotypes and culture. However, style is about the ability to express yourself through fashion and wearing what makes you feel confident and comfortable. 

Fashion is quickly moving, changing and evolving with new styles and designs coming out making it wonderful for people to embrace a wide range of style choices regardless of age. 

And lets be real, the way you choose to dress is all about feeling authentic and being able to express yourself through your own personal and unique style. Age shouldn’t ever make you feel limited in your fashion choices or dictate what you can and cannot wear.   

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What should I wear on my 30th birthday?

This question can be a little vague since there could be so many different occasions or style parties.

Let's start by breaking down the most common birthday party celebrations in order to consider the occasion and what you should wear to your birthday celebration.

Different types of birthday party's + what to wear 

Dinner at a fancy restaurant: Go for a cocktail style dress and dress it up with sparkling jewelry and heels.

Casual backyard barbecue: Keep it cute and comfy in a sundress with sandals, or go for jeans and a cute blouse. 

Cocktail party: Dress it up with a dazzling cocktail dress. Go for something with sequins for that extra level of energy or keep it classic with a little black dress. Opt for heels and accessories to complete your look. 

Weekend staycation or getaway: A weekend trip to the beach, the city or whatever your favorite getaway spot you'll want to consider the weather and functionality. If you're going the beach, pack your swimmys and towels. If you heading  to the city pack your favorite dresses, tops and cardigans. Don't forget good walking shoes.

30th Birthday Dinner Party Dress 

There are so many cute and unique and dresses that you could totally wear out for your 30th birthday. You could try something like a cut out dress,  a midi dress or even go for a little sparkle with a sequin dress.

Honestly the options are kind of endless so I’m gonna show you some amazing dresses that you are going to absolutely love for your next dinner party. 

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This Spring Secret Floral Dress is perfect for adding a touch of romance to your wardrobe! Its square neckline and chiffon fabric gives off a delicate, feminine look, while the self-tie belt cinches your waist for the perfect silhouette. With the option to wear the dress off the shoulder for an even more alluring look. Ready to make some heads turn?

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Create effortlessly classic style wearing this fully lined puff short sleeve crepe dress designed with a square neck. The magenta lining compliments the sheer white floral burnout floral design, making this unique dress an eyecatcher. 

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The Tiered Halter Dress is the perfect flowy dress. The halter neckline shows off your shoulders, while the tiered skirt gives the most beautiful movement. Pair this with your favorite heels and twirl your way to a perfect night out.

30th Birthday Black Dress (LBD)

The classic little black dress honestly an essential to your wardrobe. It’s so versatile and can be worn to several different types of occasions. So if you don’t know what to wear, just go for your little black dress, and you will surely be looking lovely no matter the location. The little black dress is a safe one you can always bet on, so when in doubt reach for the LBD. 

There are different styles and vibes a little black dress can offer.

  • For feminine touches go for a LBD with details such as lace or satin. 
  • For a flowy relaxed vibe go for a maxi dress. 
  • For a fun cocktail look full of energy go for a dress with sequins and complete the look with a satin high heel.

No matter which little black dress you choose you will most definitely enjoy your 30th birthday celebration in style!

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Beat the heat in style in our Keep Your Cool Two Piece Dress and Shorts Set! This look features a sleeveless dress with fitted bodice, circle skirt, and keyhole detail. To complete the look, the matching biker shorts with yoga waistband will keep you comfortable all day and free to move about your day.

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This Classically Cool Tiered Maxi Dress is a timeless wardrobe staple! With adjustable straps, a trendy tiered silhouette, and a maxi length for added drama, you can create a chic and comfortable look for any occasion. Fully lined for extra coverage and comfort, you'll want to wear this dress all the time!

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Make a statement in the Jennifer Floral Dress! Boasting a combination of luxurious texture and muted floral, this stunner features a tiered skirt with pockets for a modern twist. Sheer chiffon layered over a contrasting shift lining will ensure all eyes are on you. What a show-stopper!


30th Birthday Casual Outfits

If you know me, you know that I’m a casual girl who likes to add pieces like accessories to dress up a casual outfit.

Because one of my favorite things is being comfortable and cute and I love that easy effortless look. Dresses come in such a variety you can really wear one to just about any type of event you can imagine. 

I love a flowy maxi dress because it’s comfortable and totally fashionable. It’s an awesome option for a casual birthday outfit like going out to a casual restaurant or having some friends over.

Now if you were keeping it super casual like a backyard barbecue type of casual then you could do like a relaxed graphic T-shirt & dress it up a little bit with a little mini skirt and add some jewelry because it’s your birthday and you deserve to sparkle.

My favorite of all the casual looks has to be a super cute and comfy dress made with that buttery soft material. You can go for a dress that has something interesting like embroidery or some sequin details. Maybe it’s got like a really cute ruffle or lace detail going on so you keep it fun and unique. 

Of course, you gotta finish off your birthday outfit with your favorite purse and your favorite accessories because it’s your super special fun day! 

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Add some effortless style to any wardrobe with the Sandra Striped Flutter Sleeve Dress! This easy fit dress stuns with soft vertical stripes, while the flutter sleeves and self-tie belt add a feminine, romantic touch. Look and feel your best, anywhere you go!

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Look more than lovely in this multicolor floral midi-length woven poplin dress with a beautiful drape, tiered design, and side pockets. Get your spring on with short flutter sleeves! 

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Achieve windswept ease in this flowy, elastic waist ruffle hem dress with a gorgeous floral print and fit & flare design. With flirty three-quarter bubble ruffle sleeves and a surplice neckline, this dress is packed with style.

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Make a romantic statement with this mint ditzy floral shoulder tie knot midi shift dress with stunning tiered panels. Pair with sandals, flats or heels for a striking look. 

30th Birthday Fancy Dress Party Ideas

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Look beautiful and be the envy of all your friends in the Forever Smitten Floral One Shoulder Dress! Crafted from luxurious chiffon with a draped silhouette and fully lined design, this one shoulder stunner is perfect for your next special event. Be prepared for heads to turn and compliments to flow!

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Discover a look of pure elegance in the Fetchingly Feminine Floral Dress. Delicate watercolor florals cascade over luxurious polyester chiffon and coalesce into a smocked back, gathered princess neckline, and balloon sleeves. With its feminine sensibility, this dress is fully lined for effortless all-day wear so you can not only look beautiful, but feel beautiful too.

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Embrace the fairy tale in your heart this season in the Spotting Fairies Puff Sleeve Dress In Sage! This stunning dress features a floral jacquard, organza fabric that shapes a notched sweetheart neckline with puff sleeves ending at elbow length, finished with elastic cuffs. The mini length skirt ends at the knee with a babydoll silhouette.


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Show the world how cute you look in the Rayven Animal Print Dress In Burgundy! The details on this dress are to die for! Featuring a ruffle neck line that drops down into a functional button front with a drawstring waist and a mini-length, tiered hem. Long sleeves are finished with an elastic cuff and a balloon style silhouette.

30th Birthday Bonus Tip 

This is the perfect time to sit down and really reflect on your accomplishments, goals, and dreams for the future. Journaling is a great way to get your thoughts down on paper and clear your mind. There are so many things you have learned over the years, why not write them down to boost your confidence and offer yourself some clarity as you enter this wonderful new chapter in your life. 

Here are some journaling prompts you can start with: 

  1. What are your top 3 accomplishments in your 20s?
  2. What are 10 things you are grateful for in your life right now?
  3. What are some new goals you'd like to achieve in your 30s? Write down your goals and how you plan to achieve them.  


Picking out your birthday dress is such a fun and rewarding experience. It’s a great way to show yourself some TLC & a new dress is a great way to help boost your confidence and get you ready for your upcoming celebration! 

Ps. Happy Birthday! 🥳 

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Every outfit tells a story and I am passionate about helping women discover their unique style through the Forever Dolled Up blog and boutique. 

Hi, Im Caroline! A boutique owner, style journalist, wife and mum to two littles!

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