Transitioning an outfit from the office to happy hour is a feat that fashion magazines love to act like women will never figure out. Every year there’s a new magic blazer that’s going to hide your scandalous shoulder-less dress during the work day or a skirt that unbuttons to create a slightly more scandalous silhouette. Anyway, pretty much every happy hour outfit solution requires you to buy shit you probably don’t even like or to carry a bunch of stuff to work, and these are two things you should obviously avoid at all costs. Here are a few super easy ways to spice up your work outfit for happy hour. Although let it be noted that in my opinion, basically all of these are plan B. Honestly, I think everyone should just take after Ilana from Broad City and wear crop tops to work. It’s 2017.
You know what they say! The bigger the hoop, the bigger the hoe. Hoops are totally a thing again (moment of silence for Gretchen Wieners), so if you want to feel a little hoe-y for happy hour, obv just throw some hoops on. Urban Outfitters has tons of awesome hoops right now, which I’d totally recommend over investing in a more expensive pair (if you don’t have super sensitive ears) because this trend prob won’t last forever and they’re also not super heavy and uncomfortable to wear.
2. Bold Lipstick
I know this is like the most obvious option, but throwing on a crazy lip color before going out will make you look way less office-y. MAC Liptensity comes in like a million (okay, 24) shades that literally don’t come off no matter how many boneless chicken wings you steal off your coworker’s plate by the end of the night.
3. Trendy Outerwear
Fashion bloggers make everything more fashion blogger-y by throwing a leather moto jacket or bomber over it. Seriously, if these betches can throw a jacket over a silk slip dress that looks like your grandmother’s tablecloth and make it fashion, you can pull your fav coat over a simple work outfit to liven it up, too.
4. Casual (But Not Too Casual) Shoes
Obviously I don’t know your life story, but depending on your job, there’s a decent chance you don’t wear Vans or Converse to work most days. Balancing casual sneaks with tailored trousers is definitely a thing right now (thanks, Hadids), so throw some platform Vans in your bag to make your work outfit look trendier. The trick is to make sure to keep them in awesome condition so you don’t look like you’re just tossing on your regular commuting shoes.
Again, this isn’t fucking rocket science. In college, you def wore a button down with a slutty bra and a pencil skirt to a CEOs and Office Hoes mixer. Now, those frat boy are finance bros and instead of a lukewarm Bud Light, you can drink an actual drink. Wear a bralette that’s acceptable to subtly show off in public, and pop a few buttons open before you rip into happy hour.