Day to date night

My husband and I planned a date night recently, and I knew I would need to wear something that I could easily adapt after work before setting off for our date. Then the light bulb went off — why not also document this for the blog? 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Day to date night collage

I started by checking the weather — no rain! — and then I knew that I wanted to wear my yellow-and-black high heels for nighttime. I worked backward from there. The common elements between my casual work day outfit and my date night outfit were my polka-dotted top and my black skinny jeans. That meant that all I had to do to get ready for our date was to switch out the shoes and the “completer piece,” from cardigan to blazer. I also switched out my bag, from tote bag to clutch.

It also turned out that pattern-mixing emerged as a theme, but I didn’t think about that at the beginning. That was just a nice by-product! 😉

Warning:  This post is particularly photo-heavy.

Day:

I’ve had this sleeveless polka-dotted top for a few years now. Because of the ruffles, it can look a bit dressier on its own (perfect or a day-to-night outfit!), but adding a cardigan makes it totally appropriate for a casual work look. I added my striped canvas flats for comfort — the pattern-mixing was just icing on the cake! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Day look

Librarian for Life + Style | Day look

By the way, the backdrop here of painted bricks? It’s our chimney! It’s located more toward the west side of our house, so it’s a good place for photos in the morning.

Librarian for Life + Style | Day look

Librarian for Life + Style | Day look

What I wore:

  • Top:  eShakti, old
  • Cardigan:  August Silk via Macy’s, old — my favorite line of cardigans!
  • Skinny jeans:  Banana Republic, last year
  • Canvas flats:  Payless, last winter
  • Earrings:  UAE, gift from my husband

similar polka-dotted, ruffled top // similar black cardigan // exact black skinny jeans //  similar silver-and-pearl hoop earrings //  similar striped canvas flats

black + white casual pattern-mixing collage

Date night:

Sam and I had made reservations at a nice dinner out downtown (at the Pacific Grill, which is excellent!), so I wanted to look a bit more dressy — but not too dressy. Remixing the black skinny jeans accomplished that sartorial goal, and my pattern-mixing heels just looked so cool with these jeans. I felt that the black cardigan would have been too casual, which is why I switched it out for my trusty black blazer, but I turned up the cuffs on the blazer.

My clutch has the print of an old library card, so my outfit still showcases my “librarian” side!

Librarian for Life + Style | Date night look

Librarian for Life + Style | Date night look

Librarian for Life + Style | Date night look

The backdrop is the front of a local church, by the way — and no worries, they weren’t having services while we took these photos!

During our quick photo shoots, Sam likes to call out things or jokes to elicit reactions from me. Like for the photo below, he called out, “Be fierce!” The result:

Librarian for Life + Style | Date night look

And… then I immediately cracked up!

Librarian for Life + Style | Date night look

What IS fierce, however, are these heels. I don’t wear these striped and polka-dotted four-inch heels very often, but when I do, I feel like a million dollars. I’ve worn these heels with dresses, as seen here, and with cropped ankle pants, as seen here. I did a slight cuff on my black skinny jeans this time to help show off the heels and the striped ankle straps.

It’s time for some close-ups!

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of high heels

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of high heels

Librarian for Life + Style | Date night look

You can also see that I also amped up my makeup for date night, and tomorrow I’ll get into how I layered lip stains. I also switched out my accessories, going from small silver hoops for day to black teardrop earrings for night. At the last minute, right before we headed out the door, I asked Sam if he thought I should add my rope brooch to my blazer. He agreed, and I think it’s a nice finishing touch, to tie in the circular shapes from head to heels.

Librarian for Life + Style | Date night look

Librarian for Life + Style | Date night look

Librarian for Life + Style | Date night look

Weather:  Dry and clear late summer night, temperature in the 60s

What for:  Fancy dinner downtown for date night

What I wore:

  • Top:  eShakti, old
  • Skinny jeans:  Banana Republic, last year
  • High heels:  Unisa via DSW, old
  • Blazer:  The Limited, over a decade old
  • Earrings:  InPink, c/o giveaway, old
  • Clutch:  Library card pouch, Out of Print Clothing, gift from my mom
  • Brooch:  Vintage, thrifted in Portland, old

similar polka-dotted, ruffled top // exact black skinny jeans //  very similar black blazer from same brand  //  yellow high heels  //  black woven high heels  //  yellow geometric clutch

black + yellow date night outfit

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9 thoughts on “Day to date night

  1. karenstrand

    Your daytime outfit is cute, but those heels!!! STUNNING! I love that they are polka dotted just like your blouse. Great date night outfit – I’m sure your hubby loved it too 🙂

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  3. Nicole

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. Great black and white look for both work and going out! Your sandals got me hooked! They are super cute and stylish! What a great pick!

    Reply

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