Some people call it ‘happy hour’, we Montrealers call it ‘5 a 7’. Bottom line, it’s the same thing, we just use different terms. Like the legendary Michael Jackson said “So tonight gotta leave that nine to five upon the shelf and just enjoy yourself “. That is exactly what the ladies of Fab Four Fashion plan on doing after work with their killer day outfits that transition right into night. So, without further ad0 sit back, relax, grab a drink and enjoy the post.
If you see me skipping around during a day at the office, then chances are that I will be getting together with my girls at the end of the day. LOL. That’s when we endulge in some yummy appies and delicious cocktails.
Thankfully, my work environment isn’t too conservative, so my day to night transition is rather simple. For example, during the day, I would rock my faux leather pleated skirt and button up with a blazer. As soon as the clock strikes five, I ditch the blazer and jazz up my look.
Here, I added my drapey trench and accentuated my waist with a hairskin leopard print skinny belt. I brought a little bling with my necklace. Then added my mandatory pop of color with mustard pumps and lime clutch.
Now it’s time to unwind with my ladies!
One thing I miss most about my hometown of Montreal is the Thursday evening 5 a 7 a.k.a. happy-hour to those of you not from Montreal. It was a time to get together with my friends and head out to the latest hot spot “watering-hole” and chat, sip on some cocktails and maybe do a little two-step if the vibe was right.
Since these 5 a 7 always happened after work, we always had to pull out our cutest looks that meshed work and play. My look was all about colour and comfort. This dress rom H&M has that fantastic retro 70’s feel that I love so much, and is just perfect for both a day at the office and an evening on the town.
I elected not to fasten the top most button of the dress so I could wear this gold cami underneath to add another layer to the look. Since I can easily get lost in loose fitting pieces, I added a belt to the look to highlight my waist and add more visual interest.
To round out my look, I slipped my feet into these beautiful cream and black shoes from Aldo. I actually first caught sight of these babies on the Canadian daytime TV show “The Social” being worn by one of the hosts Melissa Grelo. I just died when I saw them and I ran out to pick up a pair!
I then threw on my leather coat with detachable fur collar and I was ready for 5 o’clock!
What I like to wear for a 5 a 7, is a nice dress that can transition well from the boardroom to a resto lounge after work. I tend to choose dresses that are comfortable and that don’t require too much work to make the leap into my after work adventures other than putting on a pair of pumps and freshening up my makeup.
I personally think that every woman should have these types of dresses in their wardrobe, because it is so cost effective when you consider that you can build 2 or 3 looks with one piece. You can wear this dress as I did with a fashionable necklace, or layer it with a fitted blazer.
For this look I went for a fitted knee length grey dress, which works well with flats or heels and keeps you looking professional and cute. Our early spring weather has arrived, so I wore black stockings with my mini booties to keep away the chill in the air. Finally to seal the deal on my look I wore my leather and tweed jacket and my leather gloves.
And voila, I’m ready for a cocktail!
There’s nothing like getting together with friends after a hard day’s work. As a former Montrealer, the Thursday 5 a 7 aka Happy Hour was the ideal day of the week and time frame to celebrate the fast approaching weekend while not being out too long since there is still one more day of work to knock out lol.
It’s ideal to have those pieces in your wardrobe that transition easily from day to night. I just love having “double duty” clothing options in my closet.
I love this gray knee length dress. It offers long sleeves for extra warmth if your office tends to be on the cold side. It also works with a variety of jackets. Here I chose to wear a houndstooth patterned coat but once in the office I could easily throw on a black tailored jacket and I’d be good to go.
Once the work day is done, I’d ditch the jacket and would transition to wearing a little something sparkly at my neck. This statement necklace does the trick beautifully. With that, I’m ready for a well-earned glass of wine!
Dress: eBay (sold out) similar here // Coat: Forever 21 Plus or similar here// Necklace: Stella & Dot (sold out in silver) similar here // Purse: Michael Kors (old) similar here // Boots: Torrid (sold out) similar here or here //
Tah Tah for now,
The Fab Four