Style Dilemma: What Do I Rock at Happy Hour?
@dailymuse Happy Hour outfit suggestions?
— Coretta Scott Key (@CorettaScottKey)
Good question! Happy hour can come in many different forms—from swanky restaurants offering happy hour specials to your hole-in-the-wall dive bar that’ll make your work heels feel completely out of place. And that means it’s a good idea to have a whole range of options in your wardrobe.
First things first: To pull off these looks, you may need to bring a few extra pieces with you in your work bag—especially if, say, you’re going from a conservative corporate office to a dive bar. So, invest in a basic colored tote bag that’s easy to carry and sophisticated (no re-usable grocery bags!). Then check out these looks for inspiration, and you’ll have something fun to wear when you head out next Friday for a much needed (and deserved) after-hours cocktail!
Transition to Trendy
For that mid-range tapas place you’ve been dying to go to with your girlfriends, here are two looks that will be an easier transition from work to play.
On the Left: You may recognize a favorite of mine—the perfect chambray shirt. This perfect summertime (and let’s be honest, all year round) staple has been dressed up by pairing it with a bouncy high-waisted skirt and a spunky necklace tucked under the collar.
On the Right: A tribal print dress in a modern silhouette can be paired with a bright blazer for a fun, punchy outfit.
Dive Bar Diva
For that laid back, dingy (yet endearing) dive bar that you love so much, relax and wear your lazy Sunday best.
On the Left: Wear super comfortable boyfriend jeans with your favorite white t-shirt, oxfords, and a fab statement necklace—it’ll really pop with your simple outfit!
On the Right: You won’t be donning these shorts to work, but they’re perfect for the bar, paired with your favorite white tee and motorcycle boots.
A Formal Affair
If you’re heading to a swankier establishment for happy hour (a little Friday night date night, perhaps?), you’ll want to make sure you dress to impress.
On the Left: A black jumpsuit can be very elegant if you get one that is draped well and made with a flattering material. Pair with a glitzy clutch (like this one, with a little edge!), then keep jewelry to a minimum and wear your hair in a low chignon or top knot to keep your look classy.
On the Right: Try your favorite formal LWD with punchy pumps and a feminine cocktail ring.
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About The Author
Hailing from the Peach State, Hannah Baker is a recent transplant to NYC via DC and has worked in television and social media. An obsessive pinner, she loves decorating, finding the best eats (and drinks) in her new neighborhood, and entertaining her goofy dog, Leon. Follow Hannah on Twitter @hanfranbabebake and Pinterest at HFBAKER.