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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.



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.



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.



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

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By Sasha Smith, Toronto

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Fashion Jobs – Re-Vamp Your Classic Pencil Skirt

Monday, January 25th, 2016

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A classic pencil skirt is a staple in every women’s wardrobe. Its a timeless piece that can last you for many years. It’s tasteful, sophisticated and looks great on every woman.


As we are a month into 2016, lets try and revamp your classic pencil skirt and add some texture to your wardrobe through your essential office pieces. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with a classic black pencil skirt, but times are changing and adding that extra something to your skirt will be worth it.


Be the women at the office who stands out, own your style and be diverse.


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1. Adding something as simple as color to your pencil skirt is a great start for a playful look.

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2. Velour is a great way to add some sass and texture into your outfit. The body hugging stretchy fit is very flattering for any body type.

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3. This rustic look will elevate your old pencil skirt with its soft suede structure. The added slit is bound to make head turns with a classic yet cheeky touch to your ensemble.

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4. Let out your inner Coco Chanel with this classic tweed pencil skirt.

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5. This stretch fabric has a beautiful curve hugging fit. The sophisticated wrap front slit makes it the ultimate pencil skirt for your office to drinks transition.

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6. If you are wanting to keep your traditional black high wasted pencil skirt and just add a little bit of personality to it, this skirt is your go to.



1. Forever 21 Micro-Ribbed Bodycon Skirt, $29

2. Leith Velour Pencil Skirt, on sale for $46, available at Nordstrom’s

3. Alice + Olivia ‘Kori’ Suede Pencil Skirt, $1,332, available at Nordstrom’s

4. Halogen Fringe Detail Tweed Pencil Skirt (Regular & Petite), on sale for $78, available at Nordstrom’s

5. Cupcakes and Cashmere ‘Glenn’ Ponte Wrap Front Skirt, $148, available at Nordstrom’s

6. Le Chateau Ponte High Waist Midi Pencil Skirt, $49

Style Inspiration: Asos Utility D Ring Belt Leather Pencil Skirt



By Jordan Sangster, Vancouver

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Fashion Jobs – Style Resolutions You Should Make for the New Year

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

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Happy New Year Style Nine to Five friends! Did you make any resolutions for 2016? Did you break them yet? If you haven’t, I applaud you for your determination. I broke my clean eating resolution three days into January after trying gluten-free vegan lasagna—there are certain foods that should not be tampered with and lasagna is definitely one of them. To be honest, I don’t feel too bad about abandoning my resolution so quickly, as it’s quite common. Only eight percent of them are a success and the rest fall by the wayside before the end of January. If you broke your resolution or it’s on the fritz, don’t give up on the idea of a new you this year; instead try making a style resolution. This is an easier and more realistic approach to self-improvement, motivates you to get out of your style rut, and is much more fun than running on the treadmill. I’ve listed some foolproof resolutions below to help you make 2016 your most stylish year yet.


Zara-BlazerInject colour into your style

If your wardrobe looks like it could belong to the Grim Reaper, then maybe it’s time to experiment with a bit of colour. Are you a blazer fanatic? Next time you go shopping grab one that you love in mustard instead of your usual black. The key to keeping this resolution is to purchase pieces that you are comfortable wearing, but in a bright colour.


H&M-TOPExperiment with trends

Step out of your comfort zone and have fun with fashion by playing around with a trend or two. Flared jeans and prints reminiscent of your grandmother’s ancient sofa are two bold trends that I’ve been dying to try this winter.


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Attention impulse buyers! This resolution is specifically for you so listen carefully. Instead of buying a bunch of clothes that a) you don’t really need, b) will go out of style by the end of the year and c) will probably end up at the back of your closet, try purchasing a few quality wardrobe staples that you actually need. This year invest in a chic, timeless, and well-made dress for work, such as this one from J. Crew. Your closet and pocketbook will thank you for making the resolution to avoid thoughtless purchases.


Aritzia-Pant Topshop-TopBreak fashion rules

Unleash your inner rebel and break a few fashion rules in 2016: sport white after Labour Day, rock pajamas outside your bedroom, mix bold prints, and wear pink at the office. Worry less about the rules and just have fun with fashion.


Asos-Bun-HolderMix-up your accessories


If you are the type of girl who wears the same pair of stud-earrings everyday, it’s time for a change. Add a bit of pizazz to your outfit by wearing an edgy ear cuff. If you truly are unable to part with your beloved studs, accessorize your hair. This bun holder from ASOS is a great way to put a stylish spin on an ordinary bun.


1. Zara Blazer with Zips, $40

2. The Castings Flare, $60, available at Aritzia

3. H&M Burnout-Patterned Top, $50

4. J.Crew Sheath Dress with Faux Leather, $193

5. Babaton Cohen Pant, $145, available at Aritzia

6. TOPSHOP Pajama Inspired Striped V-Neck Shirt, $28, available at Hudson’s Bay

7. Forever21 Faux Gem Ear Cuff, $7

8. ASOS Large Gold Ball Bun Holder, $18

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By Sasha Smith

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Fashion Jobs – How to Dress Like a Perfectly Curated Instagram Page

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

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We all see those flawless Instagram pages throughout social media. Neutral palette, minimalistic chic, so simple yet catches your eye in amazement. You find yourself in admiration over how elegant and put together they appear. They’re clean, chic and beautiful, so who wouldn’t desire to dress that look?


Yes, floral and colours are great for your wardrobe, but this is all about the monochromatic neutral minimalistic approach. Think Victoria Beckham. She is known for her classic feminine appearance and is one of the biggest fashion icons in the industry.


We have rounded up a few outfits to point you into the right direction to master this look for the office. And the best part about this look is its simplicity.



Dresses are always a great go-to, they are simple and timeless, which is exactly the look we are going for.

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Jumpsuits are great if you’re looking for something simple yet wanting to add personality into your outfit. The flared bottom will do wonders for accentuating those long legs.


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Dress pants are always a classic staple piece for your monochromatic wardrobe


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If dress pants aren’t your thing, trade it in for this gorgeous textured knee length skirt.


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Pair your pants or skirt with a basic button up blouse


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To add extra flair to your outfit pair it with a cape, blazer or jacket. Remember to keep it neat and clean.


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We can’t forget accessories to finish off your monochrome office look.

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1. Tahara Seamed A-Line Dress, $189, also available in white at Nordstrom’s

2. Cynthia Steffe ‘Maya’ Tie Waist Fit & Flare Shirtdress (Nordstrom Exclusive), $263, available also in white at Nordstrom’s

3. Misha Collection ‘Delia’ Halter Satin Jumpsuit, $506, available at Nordstrom’s

4. REISS Joanne Dress Pants, $195, available at The Bay

5. Zara Tube Skirt, on sale for $23

6.  Zara Basic Shirt, on sale for $20

7. Crew Women’s Ludlow Blazer, $722

8. Lavish Alice Collarless Cape Blazer, $124, available at asos

9. River Island Premium Sleeveless Blazer, $138, available at asos

10. Matt & Nat David Black Briefcase, $180

Style Inspiration: Victoria Beckham, image curtesy of style advisor


By: Jordan Sangster

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Fashion Jobs – Winter Pink at the Office

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

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Maybe it’s the subzero temperatures or the lack of adequate sunlight, but winter always seems to draw us to the ‘dark side’ when it comes to our sartorial colour choices. Black, charcoal, navy, oxblood and camel—colours that are winter wardrobe staples for many women (myself included). This season designers decided not to cast a dark shadow over the runway; instead it was illuminated with shades of pink like fuchsia, punch, and rose. Once I saw the powdery pastels in Prada’s fall/winter 2015 collection, I immediately tossed aside my go-to black trousers and broke out the bubblegum pink.



I truly adore colourful winter trends, because they push me to experiment with my work attire, which, to be honest, tends to be quite gloomy and boring during the colder months. To add some colour back into my life, I tend to wear simple and tailored pink pieces. A structured blazer is perfect, as it allows colour to be the focal point of the outfit. I would advise against wearing pink items with a lot of frills or glitter to work, because you might become known as the office’s resident princess.



K.I.S.S (Keep It Simple, Sally) is a motto that I believe in when it comes to making choices in life as well as in fashion. With that said, I make sure that when I wear bold pinks the rest of my outfit is super neutral. For instance, I love these neon trousers from H&M, but they are quite the fashion risk. To make a piece this bright work for the office, I would incorporate it into an all-black outfit for a look that is both chic and modern. As long as you K.I.S.S, you can easily make the riskiest pink pieces work appropriate this winter.




For those days when I have an important meeting or presentation to give, my outfits are primarily comprised of two simple colours: black and grey. I usually end up hating those outfits, but I grin and bear it for the sake of looking ‘professional.’ Recently, I questioned why professionalism is synonymous with dark neutrals—*cough* antiquated, yet pervasive, stereotypes about women and femininity *cough*—and decided to do away with this notion implicitly guiding corporate office wear. Instead of being a complete rebel and wearing a monochromatic hot pink outfit to a meeting, I choose to sprinkle in some pink pieces. I think accessories in blush tones or a pastel pink coat are the perfect accent pieces for a good power outfit.


This winter I urge you to give your dark winter wear a break, and get pretty (and sophisticated) in pink at the office. I’ve gathered a few of my favourite styles below to help you get inspired.


1. Zara Double Fabric Blazer, $40

2. H&M Satin Suit Trousers, $70

3. Johnny Loves Roise Jaya Pear Ear Cuff Earrings, $45, available at ASOS

4. Babaton Cormac Coat, $199, available at Aritzia

5. J.Crew Collection Italian Wool Pull-on Pant in Beaded Tux Stripe, $130

6. Kate Spade Women’s Rumsey Watch, $150, available at Hudson’s Bay

7. Michael Kors Flex Mid Pump, $138, available at Browns

8. ASOS Jumper in Brushed Yarn with High Neck and Side Splits, $87

9. Topshop Wrap Midi Dress, £42 (approx. $86 CAD)

10. Orla Kiely Blushed Wool Mini Skirt, $265, available at Anthropologie

Style inspiration by Kim Weston Arnold, courtesy of Vogue


By Sasha Smith, Toronto

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Fashion Jobs – Leather or Not

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

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Let’s face it; sometimes leather just doesn’t work for the office. Sure, you look amazing in your leather leggings and want to wear them all day and everyday – but some things should be saved for a Friday girl’s night out, agreed? Also, some of us love the look of leather but choose not wear it to support ethical animal practices. Luckily, I’ve window-shopped some leather and faux leather dresses that are work and weekend appropriate.

1. FulChic Black Pleated High PU Leather Dress 2. Zara Leather Effect Cut Work Dress 3. Aritzia Nori Dress 4. Asos HIDE Leather Pinafore Dress 5. Zara Faux Leather Cut Work Dress 6. Asos Muubaa Montesson Leather Dress

1. FulChic: Black Pleated High PU Leather Dress – $30

2. Zara: Leather Effect Cut Work Dress – $90

3. Aritzia: Nori Suede Leather Dress – $125

4. Asos: HIDE Leathr Pinafore Dress – $339

5. Zara: Faux Leather Cut Work Dress – $50

6. Asos: Muubaa Montesson Leather Dress – $339


By Claire Aiello, Toronto, @claire_aiello

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Fashion Jobs – Twinkle Toes

Monday, December 28th, 2015

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As a child, I was quite fond of anything that glittered. I absolutely loved my glitter markers, glitter glue, glitter lip glosses, glitter barrettes, glitter ballet flats, glitter denim—okay, maybe I had a slight glitter obsession back then. As I grew into a young adult, objects that sparkled or even had a hint of glimmer became increasingly less enchanting, for they held a juvenile quality that ran counter to the sophisticated style I was trying to develop.


Recently Ann Wintour and the rest of the fashion Gods opened my eyes to the fact that glitter is actually not childish (hallelujah!). The dominance of glistening statement earrings, sparkling broaches and shiny clutches on the runway proved that glitter is indeed chic and whimsical. Glittery boots are hands down my favourite of the glitter trend, because they can add a certain je ne sais quoi to any bland daytime outfit. Furthermore, with New Year’s right around the corner (adios 2015) adding sparkle to your toes can definitely elevate a party look.


Here are a few boots that will encourage you to jump feet first into the glitter trend without looking like you went a little cray-cray with the glitter glue.


1. Asos Entry Shoe Boots, $50

2. If the Shoe Slits Glitter Ankle Boot (also available in black), $108, available at Nasty Gal

3. Zara High Heel Glitter Booties, $50

4. Salvatore Ferragamo ‘Liskia’ Booties, $880, available at Farfetch

5. Sophia Webster Delilah Desert Glitter Boot, $225, available at Hudson’s Bay

6. Jeffrey Campbell Mod-Pod Ankle Boot (also available in black), $150USD

7. Sam Edelman Edith Ankle Booties, $171

8. Senso Sadie Bootie, $175USD, available at Revolve Clothing


Style inspiration image by Stockholm Street Style, courtesy of The Zoe Report


By Sasha Smith, Toronto

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Fashion jobs – Mesmerizing Metallic Trousers

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

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Style InspirationI don’t know about you, but from December to March I am more concerned with comfort and staying warm during our cold Canadian winters than I am with fashion. Puffy jackets that would make the Michelin man envious, collegiate sweatpants and drab all black outfits have become my (unfortunate) winter attire staples.


This year I have vowed to make a change, and not let Old Man Winter put a temporary freeze on my sense of style ever again. One way to shine in the colder months is to add a pair of metallic trousers into your winter wardrobe. Available in a wide range of silhouettes and sparkling colours, these pants are a far cry from the very interesting metallic ensembles of 70’s disco culture. The metallic trousers of 2015 add a hint of glamour to your daytime outfits, and they can really pull together a holiday party look (tis’ the season for silver and gold).


If winter has you in a style rut, muster up the strength to crawl out of it and then adorn those gorgeous gams of yours with some shimmering metallic pants!

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1. Akris Punto ‘Clare’ Metallic Tuxedo Pants, $348, available at Nordstrom

2. Banana Republic BR Monogram Gold Boy Crop, $160

3. Monki Pleated Metallic Wide Leg Trouser, $79, available at ASOS

4. Faith Connexion Metallic Flared Trousers, $940, available at Farfetch

5. Forever21 Contemporary Textured Metallic Culottes, $29

6. Reiss Kalli Midnight Metallic Trousers, $245

7. TRISTAN Printed Metallic Vogue Skinny Pant, $59

Style inspiration image courtesy of YouLookFab


By Sasha Smith, Toronto

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Fashion Jobs – A Guide to Gifting Him Bling

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

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Figuring out what to get that special guy in your life, whether it’s your father, beau, or work-husband, for the holidays can be quite challenging. I have encountered this dilemma far too many times, and usually I run through a list of potential gift ideas only to come up empty-handed and resort to gift cards. Don’t get me wrong, gift cards are great, but there is something magical about receiving a beautifully wrapped present that a piece of plastic fails to capture. Free yourself from the allure of the gift card this year, and give your man a present that really shines: jewellery. Yes, men can wear jewellery and it looks great when done right. Celebs like David Beckham, Brad Pitt and everyone’s favourite pirate, Johnny Depp, have all been known to throw a great ‘arm party’ every now and then.


To help you with your foray into the world of man jewellery, I’ve rounded up the best bling for men. From necklaces for the guy that loves to rock a man-bun to cufflinks that a stockbroker wouldn’t dare trade, this holiday gift guide has it all!




A hipster is not a hipster without some stackable bracelets. Mixing textures is key to a good arm party, so pick up some woven and leather bracelets for the guy that likes to look ‘straight from the fridge’ (I think I used that term correctly).


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“I’m a classic man. You can be me when you look this clean. I’m a classic man.” If Jidenna’s “Classic Man” was your guy’s summer anthem these sleek and timeless sterling silver finds are dazzling presents for him this holiday.




The masculine feel of these industrial style pieces is great for the rugged, rough-and-tumble, outdoorsy kind of guy. This distressed blue leather Maritime Supply Co bracelet is just the gift for the man that wants to look fashionable while maintaining his ‘tough guy’ edge.


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This streetwear aficionado has an affinity for glamorous and ornate jewellery. Gift him chic Lion Collar Tips with gold chain detailing, and he is sure to become the king of street fashion.


1. American Eagle Outfitters Turquoise & Blue Woven Bracelet and White, Blue & Gold Woven Bracelet, $10

2. Paul Smith Space Gun Cufflinks, $140, available at Harry Rosen

3. Banana Republic Ring Necklace, $50

4. Giles & Brother Hook with Leather Lashing Brass, $125USD

5. ASOS Sterling Silver Ring, $34

6. ZACK Box Chain Bracelet, $50, available at Hudson’s Bay

7. ASOS Watch and Cufflink Gift Set, $44

8. Wild and Wolf ‘Hold It Together’ Cuff Links & Tie Clip, $35, available at Nordstrom

9. Skagen Rasmus Steel Pendant Necklace, $60USD

10. Maritime Supply Co Blue Captain’s Link Bracelet, $29, available at Express

11. Urban Outfitters Bottle Opener Ring, $20

12. ASOS Chain Interest Necklace, $12

13. ASOS Lion Collar Tips In Gold, $22

14. Komono Wizard Print Watch, $102, available at Revolve Clothing

Style Inspiration image by photographer Brent Eysler, image courtesy of Articles of Style


By Sasha Smith, Toronto

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Fashion Jobs – Not-So-Ugly Christmas Sweaters

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

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‘Tis the season for festive Christmas sweaters! There’s nothing better than going to an “ugly sweater” themed holiday party and seeing the creative DIY ideas your friends and family come up with. Glitter, tinsel, pompoms and red bows – these novelty staple-pieces have made their way into being a favourite holiday tradition. But instead of wearing your homemade sweater to the office, I’ve found some work-appropriate pieces that still spread holiday fashion cheer. Wear yours to Christmas luncheons, work parties, or any day you’re feeling extra festive. Happy Holidays!


1. Asos Vintage Christmas Jumper, $67

2. Asos Christmas Jumper with Embellishment, $113

3. Rad Santa Clothes Sweater, $34 (USD)


By Claire Aiello, Toronto, @claire_aiello

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