Footloose, Fancy Free: Three Outfits For Your Finest Summer Fridays

Summer Fridays are the stuff of workplace urban legend. Who has 'em? When do they start? What does one do if they are so blessed? And how does one decide? Those of us lucky enough to be able to bolt around 3 p.m. when Friday afternoon rolls around know just how splendid those two or so extra hours can be, especially here in L.A. What with Friday's epic traffic jams, getting out even a tiny bit early has real game-changing potential!
So, with work-week freedom on the horizon, it's time to start detailing your after-hours agenda. The possibilities are pretty endless: From early evening beach jaunts to setting off on weekend adventures, it's summer time and the living's easy. We've gone and picked three of our absolute favorite ways to spend the day, and outfitted you for each so that making the great escape is as easy as 1-2-3. Whether you're bouncing around between giddy happy hours, chilling out in a friend's backyard, or heading to a show as the sun sets, we think you'll find these ensembles perfect for on-the-job and out-of-office dressing. Now, the fun part — go make those plans!
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An Outdoor Concert
There's nothing quite like music under the stars to set your mind at ease. Opt for ankle boots (or any flats, really) and a lightweight but cozy layer to keep the night chill at bay and that 'ol work dress will feel positively fresh. Plus, a scarf does double-duty as a blanket when the show starts.

Clockwise from left: Topshop Knitted Plain Grill Cardigan, $76, available at Topshop; Coincidence & Chance Chiffon Polka Dot Dress, $59, available at Urban Outfitters; A Peace Treaty Nuno Coral Mesh Scarf, $132, available at Acrimony; Noir Natural Rope Cuff, $110, available at Shopbop; Pixie Market Spike Pony Bag, $60, available at Pixie Market; ASOS Adelaide Leather Chelsea Ankle Boot, $74.57, available at ASOS.
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Happy Hour
Getting boozy, eh? What can we say, we like your style. Ditch your simple workplace pairings and grab a few punchy, printed separates and you'll be feeling way festive in no time. A bright lip will make each sip extra sweet.

Clockwise from left: Clover Canyon Scarf Print Top, $198, available at Eve's Apple; Kate Spade New York 'Metro' Leather Strap Watch, $175, available at Nordstrom; Opening Ceremony Flower Stripe Skirt, $282, available at MyTheresa; Baggu Medium Leather Bag in Platinum, $176, available at Need Supply Co.; Dolce Vita Paiva Wedge, $132.50, available at Endless; NARS Barbarella Lipstick, $24, available at Sephora.
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Backyard BBQ
Hello summer salads and char-grilled goodness, it's been a while. Swap out your more work-appropriate heels and blouse for some fun, spunky pieces to breathe new life into a pair of fabulously printed pants. Kick-ass shades optional, but always a plus.

Clockwise from left: K/LLER Collection Brass Double V Cuff, $350, available at Sucre; Vanessa Virginia Skirted Shell Tank, $78, available at Anthropologie; Sass & Bide Get On With It Pants, $345, available at Shopbop; Kiehl's Aromatic Blends: Vanilla and Cedarwood, $75, available at Kiehl's; Spitfire Junior Disco Sunglasses, $39, available at Urban Outfitters; Buji Baja Raffia Crochet Cross-body Clutch, $82, available at Amazon; Topshop Reflective Metallic Heel Sandal, $124, available at Topshop.