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Fashion Jobs – 3 Easy Ways to Go From Desk to Date

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

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Seeing that Valentines Day is just around the corner, this past weekend I ventured out to the mall in search of an outfit that would knock my man’s socks off. After wandering in and out of stores for about 40 minutes, I had found a drop-dead gorgeous dress and the perfect accessories—shoes and clutch included—to pull together the whole look. I was absolutely shocked that I got all that shopping done in under and hour. With an armful of shopping bags, I made my way back to the parking lot thinking, “how the heck did I manage to get all of this shopping done so quickly?” The last time I had a V-Day date, I spent 4 hours mulling over what to wear to impress my then significant other. As I tossed my purchases into the trunk of my car, the answer to my question suddenly hit me: Valentine’s Day fell on a weekday. Since I was going straight from work to my date, I had to create an outfit that would seamlessly transition from day to night, which proved to be a difficult task since it took me 4 hours to achieve. (Thank goodness Valentine’s Day is on a Saturday this year!) That day I learned a few great lessons about transitioning a nine-to-five look into a date night look, and I have decided to share them with you. These style hacks can be applied to just about any work-to-date night situation, whether it be a Valentine’s dinner with your sweetie or your first Tinder date.

 

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Choosing a key piece that is appropriate for both the office and your date venue is one of the easiest ways to make an outfit work for day and night. Let’s say you’re going to a basketball game, choose a pant that is both tailored and casual, such as these Babaton jogger-inspired trousers, in order to create a look that is work and courtside appropriate. For the office, add a classic pump, some minimalist jewellery and a waistcoat to dress up the trousers. Before you head off to the game, hop out of those heels and into a pair to comfy kicks. Adding a bomber jacket and a leather cap will give the look a bit of edge. Your date will have no clue you just came straight from the office.

 

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Going on a romantic dinner date after work and don’t know what to wear? Don’t fret because the perfect transitional piece is probably hanging in your closet right now: the LBD (little black dress). For a conservative office look, pair your LBD with some simple pearl earrings, a timeless watch, a big tote bag that you can toss your laptop in while running from meeting to meeting and a printed mid-heel for visual interest. When the day is over, swap out the tote bag for a wristlet like this one from Kate Spade. With multiple card slots, a built-in mirror and an iPhone 6 compartment, it is the ultimate day to evening wristlet. Give the look a touch of romance and sex appeal by swapping out your office earrings and heels for a pair of floral drop earrings and a black wraparound heel. Don’t lose the watch because you definitely do not want to keep your date waiting.

 

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By day, these coated ankle-jeans and relaxed-fit blazer are the basis for a sophisticated ‘casual Friday’ office look. Just add a lightweight sweater, some simple accessories and an edgy bootie, and you have a great outfit. For a Friday night pub-crawl date, exchange the basics for pieces that add drama, like this leopard-print blouse and beaded tassel earrings. Hopping from one bar to the next can be hard on the feet, so don’t toss out the booties when you’re switching into your night look—trust me, you’ll need them. Blazers have the tendency to make you feel a bit stuffy, so drape the blazer over your shoulders to create an effortless and chic look for your wild night out on the town.

 

1. Zara Flowing Waistcoat, $69

2. H&M Polo-Neck Top, $14

3. Weekday Gold Pipe Necklace, $32, available at ASOS

4. Matt and Nat Minka Bag, $180

5. Babaton Dexter Pant, $145, available at Artizia

6. Aldo Unenan, $42

7. Converse Madison Mono Lea, $80, available at Little Burgundy

8. Zara Nylon Bomber Jacket, $49

9. Wilfred Free Emesa Hat, $35, available at Aritzia

10. J.Crew Cap Sleeve Dress in Super 120S Wool, $262

11. Forever 21 Faux Pearl Ear Jackets, $5

12. DKNY Silver and Rose Gold Watch, $140, available at Hudson’s Bay

13. Zara Reversible Tote, $45

14.  Nine West Raelynn, $69

15. Steve Madden Presidnt, $125

16. Kate Spade New York ‘Cedar Street’ iPhone 6 Leather Wristlet, $169, available at Nordstrom

17. bebe Floral Drop Earrings, $22

18. MANGO Crepe Blazer, $99USD

19. Vince Camuto Translucent Stone Stud Earrings, $36

20. MANGO Fine-Knit Sweater, $29USD

21. Zara Geometric Tote, $45

22. Jeffrey Campbell Orwell Suede Ankle Boot, $285, available at Nasty Gal

23. CURRENT/ELLIOT Coated Ankle Jeans, $198, available at Hudson’s Bay

24. ASOS Unlined Purse With Faux Pony Flap, $45

25. EXPRESS Dusted Sparkle Cross Bracelet, $19

26. H&M Sleeveless Chiffon Blouse, $30

27. Rebeke Jewelry Long Beaded Tassel Earrings, available at Etsy

Style Inspiration image courtesy of Love Maegan

 

By Sasha Smith, Toronto

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Fashion Jobs – Spring 2016 Trends You Can Wear Now

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

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Just because it’s January doesn’t mean we aren’t already dreaming about the spring trends. It also doesn’t help that stores are starting to fill their shelves with spring product. Seasons come and go so fast that you might as well enjoy some of the trends early! As long as you stay warm that is. Layering is key to wearing some of these trends a bit early but nonetheless will you be ahead of the fashion crowd.

 

1. Zara Frilled Poplin Blouse, $49

2. Aldo Glaniel Loafer, $55

3. Babaton Hopper Skirt, $110, available at Aritzia

4. H&M Patterned Dress, $35

 

By Tiffany Janzen

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Fashion Jobs – Office Loafers

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

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Wearing loafers to the office is now possible thanks to the new and stylish trends coming out. They are a great alternative to wearing heels once in a while.  Lately, I have been pairing black patent loafers with slim trousers and a crisp blouse. The loafers automatically elevate the look and instantly make me feel more stylish. I have rounded up some of my other favorite loafers that are office appropriate.

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1. Steve Madden Meela, $79

2. Zara Contrast Leather Loafers, $89

3. Nine West Thunder, $57

4. Aldo Rofelle, $90

 

Style Inspiration: image courtesy of whowhatwear.com

 

By Tiffany Janzen

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Fashion Jobs – Cinderella Story: Metallic Shoes

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

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“Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.” It’s debatable whether or not Marilyn Monroe had ever actually said these words, but that doesn’t make them any less true. While a fabulous pair of shoes won’t give you super powers, or even help you ace the presentation you’re about to give at your next meeting, the confidence boost that they give instead is undeniable. One great way to round out your collection is with a brilliant pair of metallic heels, appropriate for not only the Christmas party but the boardroom as well. Who knows, if your presentation tanks but your boss is too enchanted by your stilettos to notice, they just might help you conquer the world after all.

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1. NEWBROOK heels, $95 at Aldo

2. ORIANA metallic watersnake sandals by Brian Atwood, $1312 at Net-A-Porter

3. Black felted wool heels by Proenza Schouler, $870 at Ssense

4. OTTO heels, $995 at Charlotte Olympia

Style Inspiration: Street style from Style Scoop

 

By Alyson Linke, @AlysonLinke

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Fashion Jobs – Summer Turtlenecks

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

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Sleeveless turtlenecks are having a major moment in fall fashion. It is easy to see why they are becoming so popular with the diversity they allow for many outfits! For a casual, yet still put together, office look, pair a sleeveless turtle neck with skinny pants, a bold bag, and booties. Once the weather becomes colder (I know we aren’t ready to think of that yet) it can be paired with a nice tailored blazer as well! Here are my top picks for pieces that compliment a sleeveless turtleneck well.

 

Style Inspiration, Carmen Hamilton, image courtesy of whowhatwhere.com

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1. Aritzia Durandal Sweater, $125

2. Rag &Bone Georgie Pant in Black, $225

3. AldoWesterling, $60

4. Michael Kors Shaw Leather Mule, $178

 

Tiffany Janzen, Toronto, ON

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Fashion Jobs – Oxfords for the Office

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

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If you’re anything like me, you’ve come to realize that life is too short for uncomfortable footwear. But one thing that both flat and heel loving ladies can agree on is that a good pair of oxfords can do wonders for an outfit in a million different ways. You can keep it classic with a solid brown leather pair, or you can experiment with colours and prints. There are also a ton of different variations in style, ranging from traditional and familiar to more casual and edgy, with many styles taking inspiration from the oxford’s younger cousin, the creeper. My one piece of advice is to steer clear of shiny black patent oxfords, unless the look you’re going for is “groomsman chic”. In any case, the oxford is a great way to transition from summer to fall as it can be worn with a light dress just as well as with the wools and tweeds that none of us even want to think about just yet (we’ll save those thoughts for September.)

Style Inspiration: Gold plated oxfords by Céline, as seen on Style Heroine

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1. BRANDENGURG LIGHT in Shiny Teal, $359 at John Fluevog

2. MYLO in Cognac, $95 at Aldo

3. Simone Rocha black croc oxfords, $1300 at SSENSE

4. Dune Londonin Leopard, $150 at Nordstrom

 

By Alyson Linke (Follow/lurk me on Twitter and Instagram)

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Fashion Jobs – Summer Scarves

Monday, July 20th, 2015

 

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Rainy weather? Bad hair day? Need to cover a “love bite”? Been there, story of my life, and don’t get me started. Luckily a scarf is a one-size-fits-all solution which can be worn a million different ways and never goes out of style. Now I know you know that a brightly coloured or beautifully patterned scarf is one of the best ways to make your jeans and t-shirt combo a little less #basic, and we’ve all spent hours of our lives scrolling through Pinterest looking at all the different ways to tie scarves. A silk scarf is the height of breezy sophistication when worn knotted around your neck or over your head, à la Jackie Kennedy, but you can create a boho vibe by wearing it as a turban or headband as well. No matter how you wear them, summer scarves are the perfect accessory to give your ensemble an effortless boost. Check out some of the beautiful creations below.

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1. Style Inspiration: Street style shot by The Sartorialist AFFARELLE mixed print scarf, $18 at Aldo

2. CHRISTINA silk scarf, $376 at Suzi Roher

3. Wilfred Solid Square in Chambray, $30 at Aritzia

4. Givenchy silk scarf in Bambi, $590 at Net-A-Porter

By Alyson Linke, @AlysonLinke

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Fashion Jobs – Camel Bags

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

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Long before Grace Kelly famously used her namesake Hermès bag to cover her baby bump from a sea of eager paparazzi, purses and handbags have been seen as a hallmark of success and taste for women.  While some may argue that the age of the “It Bag” has come and gone, it’s undeniable that the right bag can transform your entire look as well as keep you organized. Neutral tones are having a significant moment right now, and a bag in shades of camel, beige or taupe will carry you seamlessly from season to season. A well-made leather bag will last you a lifetime so it’s well worth the investment, and there have never been more vegan options and leather alternatives that look as great in a professional setting as they do everywhere else.

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Style Inspiration: Salvatore Ferragamo bag shot by Philip Oh for Vogue.com

1. Le Proffeseur felt and recycled leather, $426 at Ccommeça

2. Schlepp vegan tote by Matt & Nat, $90 at Indigo

3. Strut Your Stuff goatskin crossbody bag , $298 at Kate Spade

4. Pretty Penny leather bag, $295 at Erin Templeton

5. Sapporo bag, $45 at Aldo

 

By Alyson Linke, @AlysonLinke

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Fashion Jobs – 5 Summer Essentials

Thursday, June 25th, 2015
We’ve all be taking advantage of the early summer heat lately but now that’s it’s official summer, it’s time to tuck away your knits and replace them with our top 5 summer essentials.
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1. Straw Hat

A floppy hat is definitely an essential for the season, the cute chiffon bow adds to your wardrobe and lets not forget, it can block the suns harmful rays. H&M, $15
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There is nothing more comfortable then running errands around the city in a breezy, loose fitting sun dress. The delicate straps will give appreciated tan lines. Dress this up or down! Aritzia, $50 – sale
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We love a bag that can handle a day of errands to relaxing at the beach. H&M, $14.95
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4. Flats 
A well spent summer day requires comfortable shoes that can handle just about anything. The ankle straps won’t stop you from getting things done. Aldo, $70
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Your summer outfit will always be incomplete without the perfect sunglasses. Here are the pair that has everyone wanting to have. With these you will forever be cool, not even bothered by the raising temperature. Sunglass Hut, Ray Ban Original Aviator, $249.95
By Melissa Rei @melissa.rei

Fashion Jobs Montreal – Beach Trends

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

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It won’t be long before we all begin migrating to the beach every chance we get. The next thought that comes to mind for us fashion lovers is how we can incorporate the latest beach trends into our look.

 

One of my favourite swimwear looks is the high wasted bikini. Flattering for all body shapes while remaining stylish and sexy, you can’t go wrong! If you prefer a bit more coverage, use a sarong as either a skirt or a dress for your walks on the beach, or some relaxing lounging.  Personally, I love my big and floppy hats! If you’re not sure that you’re up for channeling your inner Samantha Jones, a regular wide brim hat will keep you protected and fashionable at the same time. For extra coverage from the sun, a pair of aviator sunglasses will always be one of “those” items that just never go out of style. When it comes to flats, I am not a fan! Especially flip-flops! If I have to wear them, I like something fun and embellished. Lastly, to complete your beach trendy look you will need a good-sized bag to cram everything you need into it and off you go!

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1. Urban Outfitters, High Waisted Bottoms $42, Twist Knot Bandeau $36

2. H&M, Patterned Sarong, $14.95

3. Whistles, Wide Brim Sun Hat, $105.79, available at asos

4. Sunglass Hut, Ray-Ban Original Aviator, $249.95

5. Sophia Webster, Becky Gem Sandal, $398 available at The Hudson’s Bay

6. Aldo, Seacliff Tote Bag, $45

 

By: Marta Mankiewicz, Toronto, @marta_mayy