Video hangouts have become a lifeline to my pre-quarantine social life. Not only can you check in on how friends and family are doing (and vice-versa), but it's a chance to step out of your headspace for a second and invite a little levity back into your life. From what I've seen, this holds especially true if your call is happy hour themed (or just themed, in general — any excuse to dress up with determination, if you ask me). Net-net: Putting together a look you love will make Zoom happy hours even more fun.
And while I admit logging into a digital hangout lacks the certain je ne sais quoi of strolling up to a sidewalk café (I miss those!), there's still room to represent your favorite spring style trends from the waist-up. If you miss the rush of a good outfit, please proceed below for your next virtual happy hour look. Cheers!
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Big Mood Power Dressing
Statement sleeves, exaggerated fits, and eye-catching prints aren't going anywhere — and that's great news. Why? Because standing out in a grid of talking heads can be tough! Make it easier in a bold look that breaks the ice before you even have to say a word.
Love an oversized blazer look but want something classic? This one's double-breasted design, menswear-inspired fit, and woven check pattern (aka, it's not just printed on top!) ensure you're in for a very good happy hour indeed. Throw it over a silky tank as pictured, or layer over a vintage band tee.
Guess who's back for spring? That's right, a little '90s-inspired nostalgia. The decade of minimalism, grunge, and quite a few arts-and-crafts-inspired looks (I mean, how many D.I.Y. crocheted tanks or tie-dye tees have you scrolled past?) is here to stay. Good thing, too, because these pieces are rad.
Do we even need to see the bottom of the dress to confirm it's a romantic lace-meets-pearl dream? Not really, but you can click through anyway and I'll wait. O.K. ready? This flare dress is ideal for channeling that spring sundress glow for date-night happy hour (plus, when you want a second dress for your next call, just remove the pearl straps!).
Barrettes, scrunchies, and butterfly clips were '90s hair essentials, and on days when doing hair feels impossible (read: every day), a brightly colored scrunchie can seriously save the day. This pack of two is made from recycled plastic bottles, so you can look good while doing good.
The Utilitarian Adventurer
We may not be embarking on adventures outside our door anytime soon, but that doesn't mean our closets need to suffer for it. In fact, a little explorer-inspired gear may help you push past your comfort zone anyway! Enter: The utilitarian adventurer (Translation: Khaki, cargo pants, and camo — but make it fashion).
Resin hoop earrings have to be one of the easiest ways to spice up your virtual happy hour look. This multi-stripe version is close enough to camo to channel the trend, so it's an easy way to test out the look if you want to get your feet wet before diving in.
When in doubt, highlight it out. Neon always makes a dramatic appearance in spring (summer, too — so stock up!), and once again, the standout trend works for our purposes. The same way a swipe of bright lipstick can wake up your whole face, a shade of fiery orange or lime green can light up your look. So go ahead, step into your spotlight.
Not only is this a dress with shorts underneath (I've had too many breeze malfunctions to not call that out), but the drawstring waistband lets you adjust your fit, which you'll appreciate about 30-35 minutes into that happy hour. Plus, the dress is designed with recycled Featherweight Stretch™ fabric, and who doesn't love a sustainable style moment?