From the Desk to Happy Hour

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Anytime that someone says, “Want to come to happy hour?” I say “yes” before that person even finishes the question. Happy hours, for me, are not just about the discounted drinks, but about the ability to get together with those you care about the most after having a stressful day at work. Even more because happy hour is a collection of people trying to de-stress after work, it is a great way to connect with a variety of different people who can relate to the work stress you may be going through. So maybe after work, you’re ready to head out to happy hour. If that’s the case, here’s some inspiration for a happy hour outfit that also works perfectly to wear to work.


Dress – NA-KD | Bag – Nordstrom | Make-Up: MAC Cosmetics

I’ve talked about transitional work wear outfits before, but there is always a need for a few different outfits that transition very well. This dress is another one that will take you from the office to happy hour, especially when dealing with this summer heat.

My favorite place for happy hour during the summer is on the patios and the outdoor seating at various bars and restaurants. After being coop-ed up inside for the majority of the day, everyone want to stay out and enjoy that fresh air. Some of my favorite restaurants in Easton actually have the windows in their bar area removed so that it is an even flow of fresh air into the room. It’s like the best of both worlds, if you like to be inside.

When wearing a dress for your work day, grab a denim jacket or a thin cardigan to keep you shoulders covered and to keep you slightly warm when the air conditioning is on blast.

You can add a little “going out” spice to your outfit by accessorizing the look with statement bags or statement shoes. These sandals paired well with this outfit because they make a subtle statement without taking away from the dress itself. The embellishment adds an additional aspect to the outfit. Unfortunately, these particular sandals are sold out because I bought them about 3 years ago, but if you shop your local Aldo, you can find some amazing shoes like these sandals there.

Once you have your look together, you can head off to work, and then once it’s clockin’-out time, you can shed that cardigan or jacket and head off to happy hour.  And then make sure that you enjoy that happy hour, I mean, it’s only for a few hours and that glass of wine can definitely make you forget that distressful email that you got telling you that the project you thought was almost finished now has other components added to it. Or in my case, those essays that you thought you only had 5 left to grade are actually a pile of 20 because you left the rest sitting on your desk underneath another pile of worksheets you need to grade.

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