Mark Zuckerberg’s zip-up hoodies. Steve Jobs’s jeans and black turtlenecks. Lawrence J. Ellison’s black blazers.
The IT world loves its uniforms.
While we fully understand the merits of donning the same outfit day after day—no morning closet raids before the defeated cry, “I have nothing to wear!”—we are lovers of fashion and variety is the spice of life!
Doing her part to add a little fashion oomph to the IT world is An Dyer of Haute Pink Pretty. During the week, An works in Los Angeles as a high tech sales representative, consulting enterprise clients on their IT infrastructure. But come Saturday, she’s the face of Haute Pink Pretty.
An’s style volleys between her professional and off-duty wardrobe. Monday through Friday, she reports to work in a floral blazer and tapered trousers or a long pencil skirt paired with T-strap heels. Each outfit carries a bit of her creative personality in the form of splashes of colors and swirling prints, like a bittersweet red blouse or a watercolor print scarf wrapped around the handle of her tote.
Over the weekend, An challenges herself to re-think conservative work basics, giving them a sexier flair like wearing a pastel blazer with a thigh-skimming mini and over-the-knee boots. Or, to give her striped, high-waist A-line skirt a bit of edge, she’ll nix an office-friendly button up in favor of a crop top that shows a frisky peek of skin. Instead of relegating pieces to exclusively work versus weekend days, An’s creative repurposing of her conservative clothes and trendy separates effectively doubles her wardrobe.
We spoke with An to learn more about how she balances her professional and creative wardrobes.
When did you start your blog?
I've always been heavily involved in social media and blogging (since the late 90s!), but it was always a casual, personal thing where I'd share fun updates with friends, life milestones and vent or what not. At the same time, fashion has always been my life's love and passion. In 2010, I decided to combine these two things and voilà—Haute Pink Pretty came about!
Does working in the tech industry influence your style choices?
Aside from how I dress for work meetings, it doesn't influence my style choices at all. If anything, working in such an innovative field pushes me to be more creative with my style, too!
What do you typically wear to a work meeting?
My go-to looks for work meetings would usually be a shift or wrap dress in a fun print with a blazer and pumps or an eye catching blouse with skinny pants. I like to keep my work outfits chic and stylish while still being professional.
Who are your style icons?
Oh I have so many! Miroslava Duma, Nicole Richie, Beyoncé, Rachel Zoe, Zooey Deschanel and the Kardashians. I love that they all have their own unique style but what I adore the most is their use of vibrant colors and print combinations, unique silhouettes and confidence!
Aside from the usual keys, cards and phone, what are the five items always in your purse?
Hand sanitizer, MAC Foundation Compact, Vaseline Lip Therapy, Benefit They're Real Mascara and a just in case hair tie!
What are you reading right now?
MONEY Master the Game by Anthony Robbins.
What is your favorite local restaurant?
Petrossian in West Hollywood. I'm addicted to their Egg Royale. It's an amazing soft-boiled egg with vodka whipped cream and a dollop of white sturgeon caviar. Epic!
What sites are you most excited to see in Europe?
I am most excited to see the original CHANEL store on Rue Cambon where Coco worked and lived!
Fast & Furious Fashion Quiz
Bikini or one-piece?
Neutral or red lip?
Hose or bare legs in winter?
Body-con or boyfriend?
Skinnies or flares?
Wine or cocktail?
Night out or in?
Sweet or savory?
Why did you choose this Vince Camuto Sherpa Moto Jacket?
I loved the combination of textures and mix of metallics! I love that it's a jacket I could throw on any casual outfit to give it a style boost and edginess. I would pair it with a pair of distressed jeans and over the knee boots or maybe a skater skirt with ankle boots! It's a great substitute for a basic black jacket—the textures add depth and dimension, and the metallic finish gives it an edgy, youthful appeal.