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Fashion Jobs – Etiquette, Interviews and Employment

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

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Saying there is a generational gap is no excuse when it comes to the employment process, for both the employer and the employee.  

 

From my experience, millennials tend to interview very well and are quite sophisticated when it comes to the interview process! However, once they get the job the expectations reveal themselves.

 

What I have found interesting is that these ‘expectations’ are necessities, tools for millennials to do their job well.  Technology is a great example. It is an expected tool for any employer (small to mid-size) to provide for their millennial or younger employee to do their job efficiently.  

 

Job seekers and potential employees need to be aware of their own online presence. After interviewing a candidate, I did a basic google research on them and within minutes I found their social media channels. This person’s ‘social media presence’ gave me an impression they may not have wanted me to have and it was NOT a good one. Their online social media presence ultimately affected their chances of getting the job. Posting to social media is a way of life, however, consider the content you are posting not only  when applying for jobs but always, as everything you post can be found. 

 

Lack Of Experience Or Too much?

Most jobs require some experience, 2-4 years is the usual.  This is why internships and practicums are very important when building a resume and experience.  They could also lead to jobs in the company you are working for.  A key mistake many employees make is leaving a job too soon, make sure to put in your time in especially if you like the job.  If you can stay for 2 years do it.  If I get a resume of a candidate that is excellent then look at their longevity at a company being less than a year for all of them, I don’t bother interviewing. Jumping around won’t be beneficial in the long run.

 

Having said that, if you are going to spend over 10 years at a company make sure you are super happy. I had a friend who left a job they were at after 20 years.  They were only 40 so a millennial and could not find another job. Tail between their legs, they went back to their old employer and they were taken back, with a lower salary and position.

 

If you have 5 years experience and the job you are applying for requires less, have a good reason as to why you would like the job.  Why you would be right for the job. The story must be true and authentic because for an employer to believe you won’t be bored, or overqualified, they need to understand your reason for wanting a position. 

 

Resume:

Make sure your resume is up to date!  Sounds nuts but I interviewed a great candidate for in-house sales and when I called the number on her resume the number didn’t work. I emailed her, she didn’t get it.  I tried again because I, in fact, didn’t have too many alternatives for the hire, she finally responded.  This is not the best way to start a gig.  Make sure your contact number, your email is correct and when applying for jobs make sure you are checking all your channels so that you respond quickly to a potential employers outreach.

 

Send a thank you email after your interview.  It makes a difference.

 

And on that note, thank you!

 

Photo credit WWD.

 

By: Liza Deyrmenjian, owner of The Cutting Room

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Fashion Jobs – 5 Tips to Find the Perfect Job

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

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AKA The Elevator Pitch. You never know when you are going to bump into someone that may be able to help you in your job search. Being prepared with your ‘value add’ to any company is a great thing to have.

 

• What does that consist of?
• When pitching yourself it should never be more than 30- to 45 seconds long.
• Be friendly and confident when pitching. Own your own skills and make them believe you would be a great asset to the company.
• It’s a well thought out, carefully crafted, brief but comprehensive description of the value you would bring to a given company.
• Take the time to practice your pitch. It should be refined and rolls off the tongue.
• It should be easily understood by anyone, even someone not in your field.

 

Are your skills up to snuff?

Make sure you are up to date in your field.
Take a certificate course to increase your abilities.
Take a course in planning, critical thinking and problem-solving. These are skills along with efficiency and agility that are great to have and future employers will value.

 

Are you networking?

Networking is much more interesting than it used to be. There are so many cool industry events to go to where you can learn a bunch of rad stuff and meet people that can assist you in finding the perfect place to land.

 

Some great events to look into the city you live in are:

 

Fashion weeks: they are always a great place to mix and mingle and better yet intern or volunteer.

 

Industry Trade Shows: trade shows are a fantastic place to ‘see’ the industry and the enormous opportunity that lies within! It’s also a great place to network. Hear what is happening in the companies you are interested in.

Industry Speaker series: these have become so popular over this last decade. Usually, the speakers stick around and do Q&A’s, which can be very worth your while.

 

Facebook Industry groups: you would be surprised how beneficial some of these groups can be.

 

Eventbrite Industry Events: Eventbrite always lists the events that are going on and is a great resource to see what’s happening in your area.

 

Networking Old School:

Make a list of friends and people you know, reach out to them and take them for a coffee. Talk about everything including where you are at and what you are looking for.

In these meetings never disrespect your current job or employer. Great, advice I was given once… ‘always stay in the win’. And I get it, not always easy to do. However, in these meetings, it’s important to stay positive.

 

LinkedIn:

I am not sure where LinkedIn belongs on my networking scale, however, I find it to be in a league of its own. Even when I am interviewing potential candidates for any position I take a look at their LinkedIn. Keep it updated and keep it looking GREAT. One thing employers shy away from is seeing that you have only worked at several places under a year. That is a bit of a red flag.

 

Keep your LinkedIn profile as up to date as your resume. On that note make sure your resume is easy to read and also up to date. Don’t write a full page cover letter. Half a page maximum. When I get resumes with a page long cover letter attached I don’t read the whole thing and also It makes me think this candidate hasn’t focused in on what their value proposition is really.

 

Job Sites:

Get on Job Sites. Style Nine to Five is great and it’s informative. They all are because you not only can apply for jobs you can also see what the going salary is for your position. The industry standard is important to employers and when candidates come in with totally unrealistic expectations of salary for their skill level, its noted.

 

Take the time to upload your resume to all the job sites. Trust me we look at them!

 

Do your research:

On everything. Read up on the companies that you are interested to work for. Know who it is you are wanting to meet with. This will go a long way when you get the interview. First-off everyone likes to be ‘searched’ and as an employer, we like to know that a candidate has taken the time and interest in the company. It shows more than just interest it shows maturity and thought process.

When I moved to New York in 2003 I picked up a copy of WWD, (fashion daily newspaper) and looked at the classified page, I discovered that people with my experience were making big money. When a licensee company of Oscar De La Renta needed me to consult I knew exactly how much to ask for simply because I had done my research there. It was a fun experience and one that opened a lot of doors for me in NYC.

 

For more about Liza’s experience ‘finding a job’ in NYC you can read here.

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By: Liza Deyrmenjian, owner of The Cutting Room

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Fashion Jobs – Beach Inspired Bags to Take From the Sand to the Streets

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

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When it comes to accessories, aside from shoes, it’s probably no surprises that bags hit the top of our list. A bag is not only the perfect style piece to complete an outfit but also obviously has a practical purpose to help you carry your daily essentials around town. One of the biggest trends this summer for handbags is no doubt the beach inspired look. From big straw totes to architecturally influenced bamboo clutches, these tropical vibe bags are being seen everywhere from top vacation destinations to summer patio hotspots. Shop some gorgeous beach inspired bags with our top picks below!

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Caged Out
A favourite of style bloggers and influencers is this architecturally stunning bamboo cage handheld clutch. It’s the perfect bag to take along with you for patio drinks with friends or a date night out around town. It’s also the perfect bag to keep in your arsenal for your next tropical vacation! You might want to put your smaller items like bobby pins and lip liners in a small pouch before throwing them in here though because of its open design. Shop this item now: Caged Handheld Clutch, $54, available at Urban Outfitters

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Probably the tote of all straw totes has to be this one here from the Gap. Its handles are the perfect length to throw over your shoulder while still being short enough to be handheld without touching the ground. It’s the perfect bag for everything from weekday work commutes to weekend errands and of course sun-filled beach days. The only downfall with this bag is it does not have any means for closing, so it’s one of those totes you’ll need pouches and smaller clutches to secure items. This bag is on sale right now and also comes in light natural colour so you don’t want to miss out. Shop this item now: Gap Large Straw Tote, on sale from $40.

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Chic Beach
If you’re into more classic style when it comes to handbags but still want to be on trend this summer, this small crossbody bag is a perfect choice. It has a lined interior and gold metal clasp closure making it perfect for an on-the-go day. The dainty chain strap gives it a classic and chic look, so you can take this a great choice for wedding outfits or casual weekend street looks. Shop this item now: Zara Raffia Minaudiere Bag, $50

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Bright Colour
Longer days means more time away from home which is why totes always seem to be the bag of the summer. This bright red straw tote is such an eye catcher and a great addition to any collection, especially for those of us who tend to gravitate towards neutrally toned handbags. It’s a bit thinner of a tote so although it’s larger don’t expect to be able to pack it too much but it’s a great bag for carrying magazines, laptops, and smaller summer items. Shop this item now: Topshop Brightly Straw Tote Bag, $45 available at Hudson’s Bay

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The It Bag
Did you think we were going to have a beach-inspired bag list and not include the It Bag of the summer? Another summer style taking Instagram by storm are round straw bags like this one here from J Crew. The simple style makes it a great bag to use for summers to come, and of course store away for your next beach destination. This edgy black alternative to neutral coloured straw makes this a great bag for not only day but night as well! Shop this item now: J Crew Circle Straw Crossbody Bag, $168

 

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Product Info:

  1. Caged Handheld Clutch, $54, available at UrbanOutfitters.com
  2. Gap Large Straw Tote, on sale from $40
  3. Zara Raffia Minaudiere Bag, $50
  4. Topshop Brightly Straw Tote Bag, $45 available at Hudson’s Bay
  5. J Crew Circle Straw Crossbody Bag, $168

 

By: M.J. Elle, Toronto, ON (@TheMJElle)

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Fashion Jobs- How to Succeed in Retail

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

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Working in retail is so much more than simply a part-time job for students to help them get through school. Retail can be a stepping stone to many different career fields or even be your lifelong passion. You can learn so many different skills in retail, such as multi-tasking, customer service, organization, teamwork and so much more. Retail can be a fulfilling career if you are prepared to work for it. Read on to learn about SNTF’s tips to be successful in retail.

 

Set your goals
First things first, you need to set your sights on what your end goal is going to be. Is it becoming a manager for your favourite brand? Becoming a communications and social media maven? Becoming a visual merchandiser, or even a buyer? Do you want to design the product? There are so many different paths that retail can take you. Pick what you want to do and work for it.

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Learn the basics
Sometimes you need to start from the bottom. If you want to become a manager, first you are going to need to start as a sales associate. Learn all you can from your manager. Ask questions. Study the product. Next, start taking the initiative. You need to impress your boss to move up. Mentor your peers. Once you’ve got your foot in the door, start taking the next steps. If you show that you are invested in a company, you will get noticed.

 

Become an expert
Next, you’re going to want to learn the ins and outs of the company. What is the hierarchy? Find out who you need to reach out to so you can further yourself in the company. Reach out to the appropriate people to tell your story. What have you done to help impact business?  What are your successes? Ever heard of an elevator pitch? This is your time to shine to those who really can help you move to where you want to go.

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Work hard
Don’t get discouraged if you hear ‘no’. It happens sometimes. As our founder, Christie Lohr says “there will always be someone more talented than you. You have to work harder than them, focus on yourself, and never stop going after what lights you up”. Keep working harder, learning more, and keep reaching out.

 

Speak up
If you have ideas, don’t feel shy to voice them. Maybe it’s about what should come out next season, a different way to merchandise the product, or even a way that you can impact the business performance. The best thing you can do is make yourself known and heard. If you aren’t willing to put yourself and your ideas out there, you won’t catch the eye of someone who can help your career path.

 

Retail can be tough, but it is also extremely rewarding. Being successful depends on hard work, dedication and perseverance. Don’t give up and keep working towards your career path in retail.

 

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By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

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Fashion Jobs – Five Tips for Switching Career Paths

Friday, June 29th, 2018

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The thought of switching careers can seem daunting, but speaking from experience, it’s completely doable! Whether you’re in a field that you don’t enjoy, or you’re looking to return to the workforce after some time off, choosing to do what makes you happy should be the first important step on your new career journey. Once you’ve committed to go for it, the rest is all downhill! If you’re considering switching fields, We’ve put together a list of five tips on how to get started and make the transition as easy as possible.

 

Research
There are different ways to go about making the switch to a new career, but researching the field you’re interested in is a great place to begin. Find out as much information as possible on things like the types of jobs that are currently available in your new field of choice, how much you can expect to make in those roles, and whether any technical skills are required in order to get hired.

 

Chat with professionals
An easy way to learn more about a new industry is to speak to someone directly involved in it. Schedule some one on one time with professionals in the field you’re looking to move into, and learn from their experience. You’ll get a sense of what their work life looks like, which will help you decide if it’s the right career path for you.

 

Network
Once you’ve found the industry and career path that fits with your goals, it’s time to start networking. Look for professional groups in your area to connect with others in your industry. You never know who you might meet to introduce you to the job of your dreams!

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Volunteer
Volunteering is especially important if you’re looking to switch into an industry where you don’t already have any firsthand experience. Use your spare time wisely to get ahead by writing, volunteering at events, or putting any of your existing skills to use. It’s a great way to break into your new industry and get a taste of what to expect in potential future roles.

 

Hit the Books
If all else fails, you may need to head back to school to brush up on your skills. This is the route I took to change my career path, and it ended up being the best decision I could have made. Through continued education, I was exposed to other people who were passionate about the same things as I was. I also received plenty of guidance as I figured out my next professional steps, and built a network of colleagues that I still keep in touch with today.

 

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By Kate Mendonca, Toronto, @kate.mendonca

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Fashion Jobs – Tips For The Perfect LinkedIn Profile Picture

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

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LinkedIn has come a long way from its corporate roots since it first started in 2002. What was originally a website for recruiters and employers to post job openings, and job seekers to share their CVs in the corporate world, has now expanded to a full-on networking site catered to all professional industries whether corporate, creative or freelance.

 

Your LinkedIn profile picture is probably the most important element of your profile asides from your employment history. This is the first impression your audience has of you even before they take the time to read your ‘headline’ or ‘current role’. Check out our Founder Christie Lohr’s LinkedIn profile for some inspiration! Whether you’re looking to build your professional network or you’re looking to turn your first job into your dream career, you want your profile picture to be welcoming but also a clear representation of you. They say dress for the job you want, well the same could be said for your profile picture! Here are some of our recommended tips picking the perfect LinkedIn profile picture to get you standing out from the crowd!

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Clear Shot of Your Face
As we mentioned, since this is your first impression on LinkedIn, you want your profile picture to be a clear shot of your face. Whether you choose to use a headshot style image or a selfie you’ve taken yourself, it’s your call, whatever you think best describes you and your role. Are you working at a more conservative company or on the senior leadership team? If you have a more senior role, you should consider having a professional photographer take your photo, whereas if you work at a more conservative company, you could have a co-worker take it for you or take it yourself.  Just know if you’re going to take the image yourself with your smartphone or digital camera try and get it straight on and not too close to avoid up the nose shots which are never a good look.

 

Avoid Group Shots
If you are going to use an image you already have and don’t feel the need to have something super professional, it’s best to use a solo image of yourself so people don’t get confused as to which one is you. You should also try to avoid using an image where you’re too close to the people so much so that they are either halfway in the image with you, or you’ve had to crop too close into your face where it’s now pixelated and looks poor quality.

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Don’t Forget to Smile
You want to come across as friendly, relatable and most of all approachable when people get a first look at you. You wouldn’t meet someone in a professional setting with a frown or overly pouty lips, would you? Try your best to have your profile picture of you smiling or at least a pleasant energy to your face like a smize if you’re not someone who smiles. This is especially important if you’re in a public facing industry, be it customers or business partners because you just want to look pleasant to interact with. If you are going for a big grin in your photo, stay away from overly exaggerated smiles which could come off fake and cheesy.

 

Make Sure it Represents You
You want this profile picture most of all to represent you professionally. Do you work in an industry where you usually wear a suit, then wear one in your picture. Are you a fashion writer or buyer for a big retailer, then look it! This is where “dressing for the job you want” comes in the play; you should be wearing in your profile picture essentially what you would wear to work, whatever your work environment is.

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Clean & Bright, But Not Over Edited
The last thing to keep in mind when selecting the image to represent you on LinkedIn is to make sure it’s clean and bright but never too edited where it looks low quality or overly contrasted. While we’re all for a little cleaning up and editing of an image, just remember to stay away from coloured filters, icons or other edits that aren’t professional. LinkedIn is not the place to get creative with your images unlike other platforms like Tumblr or Instagram!

 

By: M.J. Elle (@TheMJElle) Toronto, ON

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Fashion Jobs – Q&A with Veronica Hosszu, owner of Elizabeth Noel

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

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Moving to London at the age of eighteen for university, Veronica Hosszu applied to work at a gift and ladies’ wear shop called Elizabeth Noel. By her early twenties, Veronica purchased the store from the now late Elizabeth Noel and transformed it into one of the most well-known evening gown boutiques in London. Veronica and her team of “dressperts” are always ready to dress their clients for the special occasions in their lives. Style Nine to Five had the opportunity to sit down with Veronica and Store Manager, Christine Petric to learn more about the Elizabeth Noel experience and what it takes to run a formal wear empire.  

 

SNTF: How would you describe the style at Elizabeth Noel?

 

Veronica & Christine: Elizabeth Noel is all about vintage pieces mixed with modern touches. We like to think of it as bringing back the Betsy Johnson style with our bright fuchsia pink colours and fun, relaxed environment. We wear t-shirts and sweaters with fun sayings and want our clients to enjoy their time with us shopping when for their special occasions. 

 

SNTF: What is it about the formal wear industry that appealed to you over more everyday apparel?

 

Veronica & Christine: We still carry tons of casual dresses and have even started stocking up on more evening wear. The evening wear was slowly incorporated into our stock as graduations started turning more formal. When we see a demand, we always try to find something to suit the need. Many parents comment on how they never had dresses with such extravagant details 10 or 20 years ago. 

 

SNTF: What are some of the challenges you had to overcome in order to establish Elizabeth Noel as a standout shop on Richmond Row?  

 

Veronica & Christine: Richmond Row is always buzzing with new people coming in which often brings clients to us. Our name carries and brings people from out of town as well. One of the challenges of being downtown is finding enough parking spaces which is why we moved to our current location. Unlike when we started concentrating on eveningwear, we now have more competitors in our niche so we continually strive to stay ahead of trends to make sure we stay relevant.

 

Trends come and go even faster these days with technology only one click away. In the current economic state, we hear of many evening gown stores closing. We often absorb new clients with our reputation as the need for gowns across Canada is seemingly increasing. We just recently opened up a new section in the store to try and accommodate double the change room space we previously had. The biggest struggle with this is trying to maintain the same level of customer service and one on one attention. If we could survive off our entire business being private appointments, we would love to do so.  

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SNTF: Elizabeth Noel caters to a younger demographic particularly for prom and graduation attire. What are some of the challenges and rewards that come with working with young women?

 

Veronica & Christine: During Prom and Grad season we see all kinds of young girls come through our doors. One challenge is keeping them engaged so that they buy through a brick and mortar location. Getting to come into our shop to find a beautiful dress you cannot wear every day and have that special time to feel beautiful can be a wonderful experience and we love helping these girls find the dress of their dreams.

 

Not all girls get the chance to do so, however, which is why Veronica started the Princess Program. We book private appointments for girls who have health challenges and cannot afford an expensive dress so that they still get to have that special experience and select a brand-new dress of their own. We are now reaching out to Make a Wish foundation and Canadian Refugees as well as children from the Children’s Aid Society.

 

SNTF: Elizabeth Noel has been serving the London community for over 45 years; what is the secret to such a long-lasting business?

 

Christine: Trying to stay current and being present in your business daily. Veronica is here seven days a week and is always trying to serve our clients the best she can. All of our staff are trained to come up with solutions and to help clients figure out exactly what they have pictured in their minds. We don’t call ourselves “dressperts” for nothing. We are dedicated to giving the best service we can and staying organized to ensure we know what is going on in and out of the store at all times. 

 

SNTF: How has the experience of shopping for formal wear changed over the years?

 

Veronica & Christine:  Not long ago it was very common to walk into a store and walk out with a dress off of the rack that required minimal alterations. In today’s industry, most girls end up ordering a dress which can take anywhere from a few days to be shipped to 24 weeks to be made. Once the dress arrives, they all come in dress sizes and standard lengths that often need alterations. Technology also keeps the trends moving so quickly you cannot sell last year’s dresses, so companies compensate by carrying less stock. This all means you need to shop earlier than ever to get the dress you really love. 

 

SNTF: Has the rise of online shopping made it more challenging to stay relevant?

 

Veronica & Christine: We get orders online and over the phone daily. We have sold internationally to countries like the USA, Brazil, Portugal, Russia and from coast to coast in Canada. We also launched our new website to make it easier to navigate and gain access to information.

 

There are so many fake websites on the market. Every year, many people come to us after a dress disaster arrives at their door from a fake website. Companies regulate their pricing so if a dress is online for $200 and is sold everywhere else for $700, the chances are that the dress is not going to show up with the quality of a name brand.

 

What most kids don’t understand is how the dollar conversion works as well and what duty charges are. As official dealers, some companies compensate duty and shipping charges for us whereas when someone else orders a dress online, they are actually paying extra at the door once the dress is converted from American to Canadian dollars. We are proud to say that we are often cheaper than most online stores to purchase from. We also tend to be cheaper than purchasing from a store located in the United States once all the costs are added up.

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SNTF: Where do you find your style inspiration? How do you choose the looks that you carry?

 

Christine: Veronica and one of our employees travel a few times a year to the US to see the prom markets and fashion shows for the new collections coming out for the next year. They select basic styles and trendy pieces that they believe will do best in the upcoming season, trying to predict what will be popular before photos are even released online. They need to take everything into consideration from the different types of clients and occasions to what sizes and colours are most important for each style. We are always on top of purchasing new dresses throughout the year and have new shipments arriving weekly from September to June.  

 

SNTF: Do you find that social media such as Instagram or Pinterest affect the styles you carry at Elizabeth Noel?

 

Veronica & Christine: ABSOLUTELY! You cannot keep kids off of their phones! The first question we ask when a client walks through our door is “Do you have any photos?”. We also encourage bringing in style codes or photos of dresses they like online so we can get a feel for the style they are after. It makes our job easier to help pull the right dresses. 

 

The downside to sites like Pinterest is many dresses are actually poorly made knockoffs or sold-out styles that are impossible to get. We find it is easier to look at official brand websites or collections to see legitimate photos of new styles. 

 

SNTF: Can you describe a typical workday for you?

 

Christine: Veronica makes sure she gets the kids out of the house and to school with Coco (our store puppy) in hand. She sometimes stops to clear packages or to pick things up around the city. We arrive early to open and get everything ready to go. Usually, we have people lined up at the door ready to come in. The day consists of customers of all types coming in and staff members bouncing around helping each person and putting away all of the stock that is tried on. 

 

Every day is different when boxes come through the door, specials need to be called in, issues arise, or things need to be dropped off or picked up from alterations or the dry cleaner. At the end of the day, we stay late for final decisions and to close the store. Veronica is often here from 10 am to 9 pm especially since free private appointments run after-hours most of the week.  

 

SNTF: Do you have any advice for those looking to get into the formal wear industry?

 

Veronica & Christine: Having exclusive brands is key. This makes you different and avoids registry mishaps from other stores. You need to be dedicated and constantly on top of companies ensuring specials are coming in and correct. Humans sew the dresses and ship them so mistakes can be made. We have never missed a wear date and do everything we can to keep track of the dress and get it in on time. 

 

SNTF: What do you see for the future of Elizabeth Noel?

 

Veronica & Christine: We have been bursting out into contests, events, and being a social media leader. We intend to continue looking for ways to raise money for our charity and engage clients online and in-store with fun events that support the community and to make their experience more unique and fun.

 

We will constantly strive to uphold our reputation and look for ways to improve. Over time we hope to expand our sales and possibly incorporate new ideas into the business. This year brought bigger and better things for our charity with fashion shows, an upcoming adult prom, and a screening of “Mean Girls” at the Hyland theatre. We have our newest employee Coco, a photo wall, new change rooms, a new website, and plenty of new stock! 

 

By: Avery Lafortune, Toronto

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Style Careers – A Guide To Fighting That January Workplace Slump

Monday, January 15th, 2018

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As we hit mid-January, it’s finally setting in that the Holidays are over and it’s back to reality with life, and especially work. These next few weeks can be some of the hardest to go through as we catch-up from time off, settle into the winter months and get back to our routines. Many of us tend to fall into a rut thanks to those January blues that might make it hard to find motivation. But the truth is, it’s time to saddle up and take these first few weeks of the new year by the reins to set yourself up for a successful year ahead. We’ve got our guide ready to go on how to beat that January work slump!

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1. Reorganize And Refresh Your Workspace

A fresh year at work should mean a fresh workspace! Take advantage of many of your co-workers still being away for winter vacations and clean up your workspace. Whether you need to bring out your duster and vacuum or just reconfigure your setup, starting the year off with a tidy and organized workspace is a great way to set the tone for the year. Don’t have a personal workspace? Get the entire team involved and get your work environment in tip-top shape!

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2. Build A Career Action Plan

Career action plans should always be a work in progress that you’re always tweaking, but taking the chance to reset and realign your goals at the start of the new year will help you stay focused and motivated in January. We like to break our action plans down by year, quarter and month to have a measurable way to stay accountable to it. If this isn’t something you or your employer already does, making this a tradition year after year for yourself will definitely benefit your career in the long-term!

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3. Start Some Friendly Competition

Are you not the only one feeling those winter blues at work? Maybe it’s time to set up a little friendly motivation at work to boost team morale! Whether it’s company-wide program set up for you by your employer, or something you start privately with some close co-workers try to make it fun and achievable. Not sure where to start? Look at competitions with things like sales goals, project completion and other key productivity indicators and make the stakes fun like a gift-card or a paid dinner by last-place finisher.

 

Inspiration Image from BlogTO/Lee Chu

 

By: M.J. Elle, Toronto, ON (@TheMJElle)

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Fashion Jobs – 5 Staple Pieces To Keep Your Work Wardrobe Small But Stylish

Friday, January 5th, 2018

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One of the perks of growing up is you stop growing, so that means you can invest a little more in high-quality life-long pieces for your wardrobe. If you’re anything like us, as much as we live for fashion, 2018 is all about keeping a downsized yet functional closet especially when it comes to our workwear. But who says you have so sacrifice closet size for style? Not us! We’ve rounded up our 5 must-have pieces every style-conscious woman needs to keep her work wardrobe small yet stylish!

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Every style consultant, blogger and magazine will tell you that you must have a go-to little black dress in your closet, and trust us they were right! When it comes to a LBD for the office, keep your hemlines and cuts appropriate and we always recommend a more simple style that you can style multiple ways to get the most wear out of it. Accessories like necklaces, belts and brooches can really change the look of a dress!

 

Shop the Look: Banana Republic LIFE IN MOTION Wrinkle-Resistant Stretch Neoprene Sheath Dress, $160

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The Black Blazer
Coming right behind the LBD is the black blazer. Everyone and we mean everyone needs one in their life. With so many different cuts and styles, there’s an option to suit every body type. For the office, we recommend a style that allows you to roll up your sleeves when it’s time to get down to business and comes with functional pockets.

 

Shop the Look: A.L.C Duke Jacket, $595, available at Nordstrom

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The Classic Cardigan
Cardigans are one of those pieces that never really goes out of style in our opinion. They’re a great way to tie together any outfit from a blouse and pencil skirt to a t-shirt and jeans on a casual day. Avoid materials that shed easily to keep you from constantly lint rolling, or getting fibers annoyingly caught in your lashes!

 

Shop the Look: McQ Alexander McQueen Grey Wool Long Cardigan, $330, available at ssense.com

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The Comfy Dress Pants
As much as you want to look good at the office, comfort should also be top of mind. We sit for hours or run around frantically getting things done, and that is why a comfortable dress pant is a great choice for your work wardrobe. Avoid loose, flimsy materials that may get caught on things like filing cabinets or ladders and just like a blazer, always look for a pair of dress pants with functional pockets.

 

Shop the Look: VINCE Stitch Front Strapping Pants, $375, available at shopbop.com

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The Printed Blazer
Because just one blazer isn’t enough in your workwear arsenal. We’re loving grey-plaid blazers that literally pair with everything from blue jeans to black slacks, but choose a colour and print that works for you. Avoid anything too loud if you’re workplace is more on the conservative side and try and find a pattern that is versatile so you can easily put it together with other pieces in your closet.

 

Shop the Look: Zara Double Breasted Checked Blazer, $149

 

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Image courtesy of @FIGTNY

 

Product Info:

  1. Banana Republic LIFE IN MOTION Wrinkle-Resistant Stretch Neoprene Sheath Dress, $160
  2. A.L.C Duke Jacket, $595, available at Nordstrom
  3. McQ Alexander McQueen Grey Wool Long Cardigan, $330, available at ssense.com
  4. VINCE Stitch Front Strapping Pants, $375, available at shopbop.com
  5. Zara Double Breasted Checked Blazer, $149

 

By: M.J. Elle, Toronto, (@TheMJElle)

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Fashion Jobs – Weekly Recap

Monday, November 27th, 2017

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Now that November is almost to a close, we wanted to kick off the new week by recapping all our favourite Style Nine to Five articles from the week prior, just to ensure we’re all on the same page when it comes to the world of SNTF fashion. From a fashionable gift guide to re-cap of interning at FASHION Magazine, here are the top articles from last week.

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 Cozy & Stylish Cardis For The Office
The minute those leaves start falling and that air gets crisp, it’s cardigan season! A classic layering piece that never truly goes out of style, cardigans come in so many different cuts, lengths, and materials. Cardigans make the best type of layer sweater for the office as they’re easily taken off and don’t need to be pulled over the head, often causing static (a.k.a one of the biggest style faux-pas known to mankind) once those heaters go on. We plan on staying, cozy, cute and static free this year at the office with our favourite cardigans of the season! Read the full post here

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5 Fresh Ways to Wear a Striped Shirt This Fall
Stripes always bring out the inner cool French girl in all of us, and sometimes we just need to add a little Parisian flair to our wardrobe. Parisian street style is always a touch of masculine with a dash of classic mixed with some edge, and voila, you end up having the ultimate French-inspired look. Stripes are a wardrobe essential and closet favorite. Just like the white button down and skinny jeans, it is a staple you can wear all year long and overall carries a classy and polished look. It is a neutral in the world of prints and is the easiest pairing with other prints and colors. The outfit possibilities with stripes are endless, and we have rounded up a few of our top put together looks.  Read the full post here.

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Fashion Holiday Gift Ideas for Him & Her
It’s officially the holiday season! Christmas is fast approaching and we are currently dealing with one of the most mentally exhausting dilemmas of the year – gift giving. Let’s face it: we’ve come to the point where we usually have to ask a person what they desire for the holidays and they don’t provide us with a straight answer. Unless they don’t mind anything that’s handmade, it’s generally difficult to shop for a person who has no idea what they want especially when you’re on a strict budget and there are many retail promotions happening around.  This short guide provides a few gift ideas for Him and Her that will not only help narrow down your potential options but also are justifiable and practical for many occasions! Read the full post here

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Think You’re in a Retail Rut? Need a Change?
Not so fast. I truly believe retail can be a career! Store Managers can make upwards of $75-90K. I was once a Store Manager myself and can honestly say it was one of my favourite times in my life. Loved the buzz on a busy Saturday, the joy in customer’s faces when they found an amazing outfit and creating a little team/family that motivated me just as much as I motivated them. Read the full post here

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What’s it Really Like to Work as an Intern at a Fashion Magazine
Love it or hate it, The Devil Wears Prada has left a strong impression on pop culture today. Even now, more than ten years after the film’s debut (it premiered in 2006!), it continues to influence the way the general public perceives the fashion industry as a whole. With insiders like Anna Wintour leading the way, it’s no wonder that fashion magazines, in particular, get the unfortunate reputation as a hostile and competitive work environment. Well, I’m here to say that based on my experience as an intern at a major Canadian fashion magazine, those impressions are definitely not true. So let’s get into it, and we can finally put some of those myths to rest. Read the full post here

 

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