how to transition between work and happy hour

Monday, March 28, 2016

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||Express leather jacket | Rekucci white blouse c/o | Leopard Cigarette Pants (old) similar here | Stella and Dot crossbody c/o | Kendra Scott Naomi Ring c/o,  Alex Earrings | Kate Spade Mrs. Necklace | Tory Burch Revas||

One of the biggest challenges of working full time, is dressing so that you are professional at work, yet ready to head to happy hour once the clock strikes 5.  It is not always possible to run home to change, so I wanted to share one of my favorite ways to easily transition between work and play.

A pretty classic outfit formula for work is trousers and a blouse. I am personally a fan of cigarette or pixie length pants. (These are next on my to-buy list.) Add a blazer for day time and you are set. In this look, I am wearing a white blouse from Rekucci. They are an online store that has amazing options for work. Rekucci has you covered in terms of blouses, blazers, pencil skirts, pants, etc. This top is easily something I would wear to work, but with a few tweaks to an outfit, it can also work for a night out.

If you've been a long time reader of this blog, you may remember these pants from a couple years ago. I still love them now, just as much as I did when I first purchased them for $6 off the clearance rack! Admittedly, bold printed pants are not for everyone OR for every work place, so a plain color would work here too. Red, white, or even a more simple print would work great for work with a plain blouse and blazer.

Once you are off work for the day, swap out your blazer for a leather jacket. Toss aside your work bag for a fun clutch and you're ready to go! You can also switch out your flats for heels, if you so desire. All are small, simple changes that completely change the vibe of your look. Bonus points if you add a bold red lip or some statement jewelry (like this ring, which Tyler loves to call my brass knuckels haha!). I love how just some easy swaps can easily make an outfit transition between work and happy hour.

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65 thoughts

  1. Great tips and darling outfit!! Those pants are divine and the jacket gives the whole look some classy edge!! Hope you guys had a sweet Easter and your week is off to a great start!!

  2. Trading the blazer for a leather jacket sounds like a great idea! I also really love those pants with the little bit of yellow in the otherwise neutral print!!


  3. A fun pair of pants is a must for freshening up a work outfit and transition perfectly for after work drinks!


  4. This is definitely one of the harder things for me to do, but adding that leather jacket is such a great touch! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  5. I would see those pants & pass them by, but seeing them on? They are adorable!
    I need that necklace too!!!

  6. How fab are those pants??? I am obsessing over them and how you styled them! So fabulous!

  7. Bold pants are some of my favorites to wear! These are so fun and work perfectly for work to HH!

  8. SUPER super cute outfit! I love that bag too. ;)

  9. This is really hard for me since I work with kids and dress really casual at work! I want your "Mrs" necklace! Have a great Monday!

    xo, Kristina

  10. great outfit to switch into! something you can easily bring on a hanger. I don't do too much happy hour here but it's good to have ideas.

    liz @ j for joiner

  11. I love the print of those pants on you! Such a great transition Spring piece!

  12. I'm with you - a leather jacket is a must for transitioning a look! Hope you had a great weekend!



  13. Sometimes a jacket switch makes all the difference doesn't it?

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

  14. Great tips, lady! Love this outfit on you, too.

  15. I have that jacket! I was looking at it and was like "that looks exactly like mine" and turns out it is! So cute! I really love the moto look of it and it is so flattering! I do love a cigarette pant too. Very chic and easy to dress up and down. http://mymonochromaticlife.com

  16. I agree with you on a cigarette pant/skinny pant for day to night / work to play. Love your Pixie pants!

  17. This is perfect for work and happy hour. I own many things like it since I don't have to dress up to much for work. Love that ring!

  18. This is a perfect look for work and drinks. I'm a huge fan of floral trousers. Yours are amazing.


  19. Those pants are so cute! I love the fun colors! All great tips too! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  20. It's amazing the difference accessories make! Loving the leather with your pants. I am also a fan of this length/style pant. So good for work!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  21. Love this look! So many fun textures and patterns!

    Jess | www.FashionByCommittee.com

  22. Love the fun pants with the chic moto jacket!

  23. LOVING that necklace! So dainty and cute!

  24. I love those pants so much!! What a fun print!


  25. Great tips! I'm always struggling to find outfits that'll take me from day to night and printed pants just may be the answer! LOVE yours and that leather jacket!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

  26. I love the idea of changing out a blazer for a leather jacket to easily change up the vibe of an outfit and make it perfect for transitioning from work to happy hour! And it's so easy too!

  27. Love these pants, such a great look! More and more I've been trying to just get items that would work for the office as well as running out for drinks!

  28. You know I love my blazers...but good idea about the leather swap. You look fab lady!! Love the clutch, too!
    Karen | GlamKaren.com

  29. I love your gorgeous pants! Such a fun outfit! =)

    - Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

  30. throwing leather over florals is one of my favorite ways to transition from the office to after hours! great look!

    xoxo, Preeti

  31. Great tips! I love that you keep it fresh and fun with the printed pant.


  32. Darcy this is a really cute outfit... I can see it being a good work outfit.. the leather jacket is really nice xox

  33. Looking lovely! I love the designs on those pants.
    Rachel xo

  34. Great tips!! Love the pants and jacket!

  35. Way too cute!! I am obsessed with these pants! The print is adorable!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  36. love the trousers and jacket together! :D

    Have a great week!
    Animated Confessions

  37. So easy & simple to transition. Oddly enough, I did this pretty recently for my birthday. I literally put on a little cardigan and swapped my big work laptop bag for my little crossbody. It was glorious & I felt so trendy! xx adaatude.com

  38. i love doing this for work - it is challenging and fun! cigarette pants are my fave!
    Southern Elle Style

  39. cute way of transitioning a work outfit! :D

    Winn | ♥
    winscribbles.blogspot.com | Instagram

  40. This is such a cute outfit and I can see myself wearing this to work...and out afterwards, too.

    I also think you've inspired me to wear a pair of printed pants to work tomorrow :)

    Something About That

  41. those pants are perfect. I have on my wishlist a couple pants like those because they are perfect for work, stylish yet comfy. You look great in this outfit. I entered to your giveaway. I hope I win haha
    The Color Palette

  42. love this outfit! these trousers are just amazing

  43. A leather jacket is a must! I wear mine all the time...

  44. As always you look so chic!
    XO Ellen from Ask Away

  45. Great work to drinks outfit! It's so easy to transform a look by changing the blazer to a leather jacket. Great tip
    Carly from Dresses & Denim

  46. Being able to transition between work and after hours quickly is a must for me! I love this look! Those pants are too much fun! XO

    Anna || A Lily Love Affair

  47. Great transitional look! Love the pants!

    We Shop in Heels

  48. Great tips, lady! I'm loving those fun printed trousers!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  49. Such a great work to drinks outfit! Those pants are so fun! Love it all girly!

    XO! Kaitlin | Blonde Expeditions

  50. I actually tried on pixie pants for the first time yesterday & they are SO unflattering on me. Maybe they hit me at the wrong length? IDK, they somehow made my butt look bigger than it already is. Which is hard to do considering it's quite ample on it's own. Haha. No bueno.

    1. oh no!! I do think it's important to find the right length because sometimes they are just too long and look more like pants or are just too short!!

  51. Such a simple and easy way to take your look from day to night! A moto jacket is so versatile and great to create so many different looks. Thanks for sharing your tips!

    Brooke | www.kbstyled.com

  52. This is definitely perfect for work to play! Love those flats!

    xx Leah / www.eatpraywearlove.com

  53. Such a great look - I love making my work clothes functional and comfortable enough to be worn to work and then out! No one wants to look stuffy at cocktails! :)


  54. I love your outfit. Especially those pants!

  55. Such a fun look! And I'm loving that dainty necklace!

    xo, Christina

    Christina | Fashion & Frills

  56. Love the transition idea! I didn't think to throw on my leather jacket for a quick switcheroo!! And I love those pants!! Can't believe you got them on the clearance rack!


  57. I always have the work to play thought in my mind when I am picking out items for my closet. Great tips!

  58. Great tips and I love those pants!! They are so cute and I love how they can transition so easily from working to happy hour just be making a few simple changes!
    Charlene The Frugal Fashionista


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