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.
Theory jacket – SIMILAR / Kenzo X H&M top and clutch (sold out) / Halogen pencil skirt – SIMILAR / Knomo backpack – IN RED / Dior pumps (old)
I hope you liked this day-to-date-night outfit. Do you have any other tricks for making professional dress more interesting?
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Stunning or in Russian, “obaldet'”.
Thank you, David! Cпасибо!
Wow! What a beautiful colors! Very elegant!
Thank you, Nancy!
Wow Janea, that top is everything!!!
You are absolutely chic!
Thank you, Paola! xo
This top is so gorgeous and it looks amazing on you – great day-to-night option!!!
Thanks, Laura! XO
This blouse offers a playful pop of colour to a smart and sophisticated look; so gorgeous! I love how such bright colours are creeping into our wardrobes now that Spring is finally here 🙂
Thank you, Gabrielle! I am also really enjoying the infusion of more color. XO