Do you like surprises? This outfit of the day has a little surprise: namely, this exotic-looking top from the limited Kenzo x H&M collection. By day, it is a colorful pop of colors to accompany a standard business suit. By night, it screams, “Let’s party!”
I have just started working more frequently as a linguist in a California Bay Area court. At this courthouse, I love it that women go all out to dress professionally – often with a personal flair. I’ve noticed two predominant trends.
My outfit plays by the rules, according to the first formula I described. However, I so a lot of walking, and so four-inch stilettos didn’t appeal to me. Instead, I wore a classic pair of mid-height heels by Dior. My favorite piece of the outfit, of course, is the top – for that personal touch.
Another important accessory is this Knomo backpack. During work, I schlep around a lot of stuff: laptop computer, notebook, water bottle (I talk a lot!) and mid-morning snack. This leather pack, although slim, fits everything. And I love how elegant it looks with its fine black leather and gold zippers.
I find this outfit uplifting, because of its bright colors. However, the real fun begins once work is over. I can stick my backpack into the trunk of my car, get out a little clutch, and pull the top down my shoulders.
I remember when Liliya told me about the exclusive Kenzo x H&M line last November. Pieces were predicted to sell out in hours, and so, I researched what I wanted ahead of time and set an alarm to place my order as soon as the online scramble began.
I chose this top, because I find the off-the-shoulder trend so subtly sexy. And although I knew I’d have to wait months to wear it (when weather permitted), I figured it would still be sufficiently on point.
The bright – actually, explosive – colors of this collection make it almost seem like resort wear. And since I do not like to confine any type of clothing to its corresponding purpose, I was really excited to buy a resort-ish top for work, weekend wear, date nights, and even…on vacation.
This clutch is also from the Kenzo x H&M collection. The beauty of this cohesive collection is that different pieces go so well together. And it’s so eye-catching, with its vibrant colors and fun prints. You might remember Lilya’s outfit with other pieces from THIS POST.
If it were warmer, I might like to have swapped my pumps out for green stiletto sandals (as seen HERE). For this spring evening, however, it was perfect for a visit to Mark’s and my favorite wine bar in downtown Santa Cruz.
I hope you liked this day-to-date-night outfit. Do you have any other tricks for making professional dress more interesting?