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Fashion Jobs – Style Mistakes That Are Making You Look Unprofessional

Friday, April 21st, 2017

Style Nine to Five - Fashion Jobs in Canada1. Inspirational ImageDressing for your first corporate job or internship isn’t always easy, especially when you work in the fashion industry. Balancing your love for style and trends with keeping your look professional can be a challenge, not to mention trying to define what  “business casual” is. From season professional to entry-level hires, we see lots of people making these style mistakes at work.

Over Accessorizing

Accessories like jewellery, belts and scarves are a great way to reuse basic pieces in multiple different outfits like a blazer or pencil skirt. But when you do decide to accessorize, make sure you keep it to a minimum to avoid looking bulky and wear pieces that don’t cause a distraction with bright colours or accents.2. Innapropriate Shoes

Inappropriate Shoes

Many studies show that one of the things many people base their first impressions off of is shoes, and this is no exception in the office. The best rule of advice is to follow your corporate dress code, as it will usually mention if sneakers or sandals are permitted. After that, our advice is to avoid flip-flops, high platform “nightclub” shoes and shoes that are old or dirty at all costs.

3. UnderGarments

Exposing Under-Garments

It sometimes isn’t as easy to find work-appropriate shirts with all the latest trends of lace, sheer fabrics and crop everything these days. However, making sure your under-garments aren’t exposed at work is a huge part of professional attire. Avoid wearing anything that bares your midriff at work and try wearing camisoles and tank tops under low plunging or see-through shirts.

Headwear

Wearing your favourite wide-brimmed hat or head chain might be tempting especially in the summer with your flowing dresses. But remember, headwear and hats in particular at work are a huge no, as these trends are seen as bad etiquette in the business world. Some workplaces might allow baseball caps or toques on casual days but stay away from bulky hats and headbands that might be a little too over the top or distracting. Wearing your hats to work is fine, but hats off on the work floor!

4.Ripped Denim

Ripped Jeans

Surprisingly one of the most common office fashion-faux-pas is ripped jeans. Some offices allow jeans every day, where others only allow them on casual days. In either case, making sure your denim is clean, properly fitting and free of rips and holes is super important. Avoid wearing jeans that drag on the ground, are distressed or too tight.

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By M.J. Elle, Toronto, @TheMJElle

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Fashion Jobs – Q&A With Toronto Entrepreneur Zane Aburaneh

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

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ZANE at 753 Queen Street West is not only home to one of Toronto’s most unrivaled, multi- branded accessories shop, but it’s also a home that was carefully and creatively constructed by business entrepreneur and fashion expert Zane Aburaneh.

Zane is a man who has always been ahead of his time and has used this trait to create his own path in the ever-evolving industry that is fashion. For Zane, making connections, building trust and seeking inspiration from others and the environment that surrounds him is what makes his business the success that it is today.

SNTF recently had the opportunity to sit down with Zane and get learn the ins and outs of running a business. And take it from us, if you haven’t already checked out this Queen Street West hot spot yet, then you truly are missing out!

1. ZANE Store Front

SNTF: Where did you start out in your career?

ZA: I started out in retail, in the Eaton Centre actually for Mexx years ago. Well actually, even before that, I started in Cambridge, Ontario in a little boutique store called Caesars Closet. And they sold brands like Diesel and Mexx, so it was my first experience in a suburban, contemporary kind of store. It was the only store that was cool in this small town. But I really got to sink my teeth into the industry when I started out with a wholesale company called Agency One, while I was studying ITM at Ryerson. However, I ended up dropping out of Ryerson and finishing off my school career at George Brown College for fashion management. I was also then at Holt Renfrew for a number of years, so I had to keep following that path of what felt right for me, which was always fashion.

I knew that I always enjoyed dealing with people, it was about that trust factor I’d create with that person which was invaluable, and that feeling is kind of how I first decided to go into fashion, I didn’t know what I liked in retail, but it just evolved into this feeling and connection I’d make with people, like wow they feel really good and they trust me.

SNTF: What does being an entrepreneur mean to you?

ZA: Being an entrepreneur is trying to give people what you love, it’s giving people a part of you. There is obviously a business side to it, which we all try to achieve and everyone thinks of success in different ways, but for me it’s about if I can have my community around me and have great friends that come into the store and my employees are happy and not only am I inspiring the staff around me but they’re inspiring me, then for me that is the success of owning a business.

SNTF: What are some of the pros and cons of running your own business?

ZA: Well cons will always come up as hurdles, those little things that you wouldn’t necessarily think would have a big impact but they do. So, from selling merchandise, to merchandising your window, to photographers, to things getting stolen, financial hurdles, you know all those little things that are maybe so minuscule when you’re building an entire business, but sometimes they do hit away at you and start to build up. But the pros outweigh all those things — I’m building a strong voice in the accessory community, I can echo my voice through our brand identity, I can help influence the design process because I work so closely with the designers that supply me merchandise, the people that work in the store believe in what I’m doing and help to focus our view point. Everyone is growing and helping each other in the process. I have no words to describe how amazing it feels when the people around me trust me and want to work with me, that pro outweighs all the cons, you know if it’s merchandise stress or supplier stress, having these people around to help push the ideas I have in my head, and we become a team and that’s why I do what I do.

SNTF: What advice can you give to those who are just starting out in the fashion industry?

ZA: Patience, patience, patience, and nothing happens overnight. Or if you have extreme success in a short amount of time, have patience with it and enjoy it while it’s happening. Every business, even successful ones, goes through ebbs and flows and it’s how you come back from the hard times in your business which will show how successful you will be in the good times.

SNTF: How do you keep up with trends and stay ahead of the game?

ZA: I observe. I like to watch and pay attention to the details. I’ll go for a long walk through the city by myself and I’ll just observe everything and what people are wearing. I’ll stand at Yonge and Dundas at an intersection where I don’t even want to hang out, but I’ll figure out what the masses of people are doing and wearing and how can I be slightly more unique or special in terms of what my store is providing.

SNTF: What have you found to be the most challenging in your career this far?

ZA: I think my own personal ambition has been the most challenging with having my own business and it is still a challenge six years later. When I think I’ve gotten into something that I claimed to be successful, I find that I challenge myself more and push myself. My mind is always thinking about the next idea, what I need to do and where I need to go. It’s like a ladder, I think that I’ve climbed to the top but all of a sudden there’s still a few more steps that I have to climb and I think I just need to have more patience and be more realistic and try to slow it down. Sometimes I push myself too hard and then I don’t get to enjoy it as much.

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SNTF: Why did you decide to branch off on your own, what inspired you?

ZA: I wasn’t feeling challenged from where I was at. I wanted to learn more and I wanted to challenge myself because I questioned if I could do it. The time was right. I had done 10 years of retail and I didn’t know where I wanted to go and then it finally hit me one day and I feel fortunate that I didn’t launch it until I was ready.

SNTF: What do you look for in a potential candidate of ZANE?

Zane: They have to have their own sense of confidence and their own style whether it is vintage or luxury; it doesn’t have to be my style. They have to have their own interests and opinions, and not so much about how they dress but more about who they are — like what restaurant did they last go to, what does their Instagram account look like, where’s their favourite new hang out, what was the last trip they went on, what makes them who they are. I want to be able to inspire them and them to inspire me, so we can build something inspiring.

SNTF: What does a typical day at ZANE look like?

ZA: There is no typical day. If you were working at a business where you’re having typical days, that’s not the type of business I’d want to work for. Every day is a little diverse from the next. You meet new customers, new ideas come up and then you change with that right away. That’s part of being nimble and young; if you have an idea and it sounds good and we work through it, then execute it right away, change when the moment is there. 

6. ZANE Store

SNTF: How important is the culture in your environment and the atmosphere in the store to you?

ZA: I wanted to create that multi-branded experience where people can feel special because they’re buying locally and they want to feel locally connected as opposed to buying it from a department store. How do you make your local experience attract your local audience? It’s about your local community. What is your community doing? How are you apart of it? What are you doing to better your brand awareness?

You know, at the end of the day, I’m still trying to figure it out. I’m still learning every day. Still, even after this many years, I still learn new things all the time and I don’t want to surround myself with other people that aren’t inspiring me.

To follow along with Zane’s entrepreneurial and creative journey, make sure to check out his site or follow him on Instagram.

All photos courtesy of ZANE

By Ciara Koth, Toronto, @ciarakoth

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Fashion Jobs – Five Canadian Designers to Watch in 2017

Monday, April 17th, 2017

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With not one, but three fashion weeks, and a fourth to come to Yorkville later this fall, it’s not hard to see that Toronto, and Canada, is flooding with talent. Fashion, in particular, is a category where the city strives. And with a wealth of burgeoning designers on the cusp of something spectacular, it wasn’t easy narrowing down a list to just five of our nation’s brightest talents. But there are a handful that have risen above in a notoriously tough industry, earning them titles of ones to watch. In no particular order, here are the five Canadian designers to keep an eye on in 2017…

1. Markoo

Markoo

While the brand itself is three years old, designers Mona Koochek and Tania Martins have taken a path less traveled on the road to international success. Since their fruition, the duo has been named new emerging talent by Women’s Wear Daily, a new label to watch by Harper’s Bazaar, and designers to know by Refinery29. While in the past they’ve steered clear of Toronto Fashion Week, they recently showed at The Collections’ reimagined version of event, Re\Set. Showing amongst heavy hitters like Forbes’ ‘30 under 30’ Beaufille and Vogue recognized Sid Neigum, the setting was true to form for Markoo’s cool-girl designs and streetwise staples.

2. Hendrixroe

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Electric designer Jordan Erin McKay (JEM) has been making waves on the Toronto fashion scene since launching her menswear and womenswear collections at TOM* and TW-FW. With designs that bridge vintage rock n’ roll and old Hollywood glamour, JEM’s collections are approachable and fun, oozing a Canadian cool that is sure to put HENDRIXROE on the map for 2017.

3. Vejas

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With over 20k followers on Instagram, calling Vejas Kruszewski emerging talent seems like an oxymoron. In 2016, the then 19-year-old Canadian made headlines internationally after earning an LVMH prize, an award that was decided upon by a panel of designers that included lauded names like Nicolas Ghesquière, Phoebe Philo, Riccardo Tisci, Karl Lagerfeld, and more. Most recently, the largely self-taught designer showcased his Fall 2017 collection in Paris, experimenting with silhouettes and workwear staples. This young gun is giving Canadian fashion the global attention it deserves.

4. Joseph-tassoni

Joseph Tassoni

The Montreal-born Ryerson grad isn’t exactly a newcomer to Canadian fashion. He’s held many notable roles, including the title of Creative Director at Canadian heritage brand Laparka. But most recently, he set foot on his own to launch his inaugural namesake outerwear collection at TW-FW. With a collection titled Queen of the North, the designer fused fashion with function, incorporating a wide range of textiles and colours to showcase his wealth of technical design knowledge. The collection has since garnered global attention from publications like Vogue Italia.

5. Jordana-seguin

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Born and raised in the small town of Squamish, British Columbia, not much else is known about up-and-comer Jordana Séguin. The designer made her debut at Vancouver Fashion Week a few years back, showing much promise as emerging talent. And while the designer’s imprint is small, with not even as much as a website to showcase her designs, it is mighty. Just recently, the young Canadian made her Toronto debut in the Emergence by Toronto Film School’s Toronto Women’s Fashion Week presentation, shining a spotlight on her playful designs and namesake label.

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By Amanda Phuong, Toronto, @amandaphuong

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Fashion Jobs – The 7 Biggest Street Style Trends So Far This Year

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

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It might only be April, but fashionistas have already taken to the streets to show off 2017’s most covetable fashion trends. And while there are plenty of trends still taking off; we’ve been following our favourite bloggers, stylists and fashionistas closely to round up this year’s biggest trends (so far).

From vintage ‘mom’ jeans to embroidered bomber jackets, these are the trends that the fashion world just can’t get enough of.

1. Bomber Jacket

The Bomber Jacket

First and foremost, the bomber jacket has been a highly covetable trend for the past year, and this year we’re thrilled to see it stick around. The bomber jacket is the easily the new denim jacket and fashion’s biggest names can be seen rocking this trend from day to night. We can’t get enough of this Gucci embroidered bomber, as it can easily be your go-to attire when you’re running your errands or going for brunch with the girls. When rocking a bomber this season, make sure to pair it with a logo tee and a pair of high-waisted mom jeans for the ultimate model off duty look. And remember, colours that mesh well together, stay together.

2. Wide Leg Trousers

Wide-Leg Trousers

While the airy wide pant leg was undeniably cool in the winter when worn with a pair of Vans skate shoes and a black turtleneck, this style of pants are definitely more spring approved. If one thing’s for certain, stripes are a huge trend this year and will pair perfectly with a tucked in blouse with statement sleeves, and will leave you stepping into spring in the right direction.

3.Statement Heels

The Updated Statement Heel

From catwalks to the real life, updated takes on classic heels have been all the rage. We’re currently eyeing up a pair of these 90’s throwback heels, which are currently the talk of the season to fashion lovers everywhere. Pair these babies with a distressed hem jean, with a pair of fishnets underneath and an oversized bomber for a fashion blogger-approved look.

4. Distressed Denim

Denim Wonder

Can we just take a second to appreciate our current favourite denim trend this year — the ‘mom’ jean. While denim trends never really seem to last long, this is one trend we can definitely get behind. The mom jean

gives off a cool and classic with a slight vintage vibe, and when styled accordingly they are perfect for everyday wear. Try pairing them with a graphic tee or with a tucked in button up blouse.

5. Cross-body bag

The Updated Cross-Body Bag

Gone are the days of seeing women carrying over-sized totes and purses and instead we’ve been seeing the fashion world’s most notable sporting more delicate and smaller cross-body bags. From strong shapes to capacious handles, this season’s most covetable bag is anything but ordinary. We can’t get enough of this leather satchel from Ted Baker as it’s a must-have for the working woman on the go.  While the strap and handle are convenient, the pearl and crystal embellishment on the buckle seriously elevates this otherwise minimal number.

6. Striped Blouse

Striped Blouse

From layered over turtlenecks to worn solo off the shoulder to statement bell sleeves, striped blouses of all cuts and sizes have been all the rage this year and still are moving into spring. The key to this trend is the more deconstructed the better.

7. Flat Mules

Flat Mules

This year has certainly seen the rise of the flat mule trend. The fun thing about these shoes is that they come in all heights and textures, and they ultra chic on everyone. We recommend opting for a more colourful pair, as they will make your ever day outfits feel instantly luxe.

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Product Info

1. Gucci appliquéd satin-jersey bomber jacket, $2,400, available at Net-A-Porter

2. Malene Birger Gina striped cotton terry wide-leg pant $275, available at Net-A-Porter

3. Steve Madden Carabu Sandal, $140. 49, available at Nordstorm

4. Gucci Low-Rise Bootcut Jeans, $680, available at Net-A-Porter

5. Ted Baker Leather Satchel, $414.66, available at Nordstorm

6. Zara Striped Blouse, $49.90, available at Zara

7. Jeffery Campbell Apfel Tassel Mules, $161.98, available at Shopbop

By: Carly Brascoupé, Toronto, @carlyyr0se

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Fashion Jobs – Accessories That Will Bring Your Workwear to Life

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

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Now that warm weather is finally on the horizon, it’s time to put away those bulky scarves and gloves and swap them for a few seasonal pieces that will surely turn a few heads.

Because there’s nothing better than adding the right accessories to your wardrobe, as it gives you the opportunity to transform an otherwise simple outfit into a more polished look.

This season, make heads turn in the office for all right reasons by adding a few of these must-have pieces to your accessories repertoire.

To make getting ready for work that much easier, we’ve also included different ways to style these pieces.

1. Striped Beret

Chic Beret

The fashionistas of Instagram are taking their style to a whole new level, by adding a trés chic beret to their wardrobes. As the weather fully transitions to spring, there may be the unexpected chilly day, so rather than reaching for your reliable beanie, opt for a chic beret instead.

Style Tip: Wear with a crisp white button up, black pants, and a pair of slip-on mules for a Parisian-inspired look.

2. ASOS Corset Belt

Corset Belt

When you think of corset belts, the first thing that might come to mind is Victorian dressing. But believe it or not, this accessory was one of the most spotted trends at Fashion Week. From wide waist belts to laced bodices, this is a trend you’re definitely going to want to stock up on.

Style Tip: To add another dimension to an otherwise simple button-down, wear a corset belt overtop in a contrasting colour.

3. Blush Velvet Choker

Royalty Blush Choker

Usually, we would say avoid wearing a choker to work and save it for your Friday night attire, but this blush velvet choker with crystal starburst embellishment adds a touch of sophistication that we can’t get enough of.

Style Tip: To get away with wearing this statement piece in the office, make sure to pair it with a boyfriend fit blazer, cigarette pants with a tucked in blouse and a pair of oxfords to be the queen of office sophistication.

4. Silk Scarf

Silk Scarf

Not feeling the choker trend? Swap it for an ultra chic neck scarf for an off-duty model look. A silk scarf is a super-hip alternative to the ‘90s inspired choker trend and can be worn with any outfit.

Style Tip:  Combine a simple top, great jeans, and a little scarf for a laid-back look.

5. Red Aviators

Colourful Sunnies

A pair of hip aviator shades is the perfect accessory for the brighter days ahead. But follow the lead of fashion’s biggest stars and opt for a pair in a bold statement hue like red, blue, yellow or fuchsia for an extra dose of ‘cool’.

Style Tip: Wear a pair of colourful sunnies with your favourite pantsuit to feel like a serious #BossLady.

6. Structure Earrings

Structural Statement Earrings

While the statement necklace was a trend we enjoyed, this season we’re seriously excited about glamming out our ears with some bold, structural earrings this spring. 

Style Tip: Wear your hair up to really show off these beauties.

7. Mini Bag

Mini Bags

While you clearly can’t fit your laptop — let alone your phone — in one of these micro-sized beauties, mini bags were the stars of Fashion Week and have quickly taken over our favourite street style star’s Instagram feeds in the last few weeks, and hopefully be making an appearance on yours too!

Style Tip: Fully embrace spring by swapping your go-to black purse for a fun seasonal hue like this swoon-worthy green.

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  1. Gucci Striped Hemp Beret, $377, available at Louis Avia Roma
  2. 2. ASOS Denim Corset Belt, $31, available at ASOS
  3. Monarch Mini Velvet Choker Necklace with Crystal Starburst, $182.50, available at Neiman Marcus
  4. Butterfly Silk Little Scarf, $42.10, available at Ann Taylor
  5. Michael Kors Lon Rounded Aviator Sunglasses, $199, available at Michael Kors
  6. Tear Earrings, $10, available at Mango
  7. Simon Miller Bonsai 15 Leather Bucket Bag, $390, available at Moda Operandi

By: Carly Brascoupé, Toronto, @carlyyr0se

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Fashion Jobs – 5 LinkedIn Etiquette Tips to Land Your Dream Job

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

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Everyone knows how important a good CV is to land the job of his or her dreams, but did you know that LinkedIn is slowly but surely being used as the standard when hiring? With everything going digital, many employers are finding it easier to track their hiring process electronically rather than using the old fashion method of CV collecting. Having good etiquette on LinkedIn and optimizing your profile are key to standing out against other applications.

Here are five sure-fire tips to get your LinkedIn profile and presence from 0 to 100 — real quick.

Use a professional profile picture

Your profile picture on LinkedIn is the first step to employers screening your application, this means that your picture should represent who you are professionally. Having a photographer take your headshot is a great option, but if you don’t have that at your disposal, using a clear selfie of you works great. Think actor headshot when selecting your picture and using one with a smile is a great way to make yourself look more approachable.

It’s Not a Popularity Contest

Although a social media platform, LinkedIn does differ from say Instagram or Facebook in that it’s less about how big your network is. LinkedIn connections should be people you know and want to follow professionally, like colleagues, clients, and friends working in similar fields. If you are going to approach someone you do not know, make sure it’s for a professional purpose like connecting with a hiring manager or potential client.

Personalize Your Requests

Whether you’re looking to connect with someone new or asking a colleague for a recommendation, the worst thing you can do is send the templated message. Personalizing the messages you send through LinkedIn is probably the single most important thing you can do when networking, especially with new professional connections. It would be like giving a birthday card without signing it. Enhancing the templated message is fine, but be sure to add a personal touch like the person’s name and adding a few of your own words.

LinkedIn Isn’t Facebook… or eHarmony

When LinkedIn first started, its users were generally career-focused professionals who understood that it was a business-oriented social networking platform. But as LinkedIn’s popularity skyrocketed, unfortunately so did its misuse. We need to use the same discretion that any company would have as their HR Policy… Remember, LinkedIn is about showcasing your professional brand, not your personal opinions or finding tonight’s dinner date.

Reach All-Star Status

Filling out your profile and all the different sections helps share more about your professional achievements and helps boost your profile’s status. Having a more complete profile allows you to show up higher in search results when employers and recruiters are searching for candidates. Make sure you focus on writing a captivating summary section and filling out full details about your current and previous job experiences, and your education.

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By: M.J. Elle, Toronto @TheMJElle

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Fashion Jobs – Work-Appropriate Leather Jackets

Friday, March 31st, 2017

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Everyone should have at least one leather jacket in their closet — and that’s a bare minimum. With different skins, styles and colours available for spring, a leather or faux-leather jacket makes a great alternative to your everyday corporate blazer. Not every leather jacket has to be edgy and punk rock but when worn right, edgy can even work for the office! To help you get inspired for your next shopping extravaganza, here are five must-have leather and faux-leather jackets that are spring and office appropriate.

1. Structured Edge Zara

Structured Edge

No one does a faux-leather jacket quite like Zara, and this structured take on the classic moto-style is great for the office. The strong shoulders are the perfect pairing for a feminine dress or tailored trouser and its black colour makes it an easy piece to match. Pockets on work-wear are always a plus, great for easy access to pens and hair ties!

2.Rag and Bone suede

The Cool Girl

This suede moto is definitively every cool girl’s dream jacket and is a must have for any leather jacket connoisseur. Rag & Bone/Jean softened this moto jacket with goat suede and it’s a great shade of dark olive, which pairs great with everything from dress pants to denim on a Friday.

3. ASOS WATERFALL

Chasin’ Waterfalls

Pretty much a staple in every office, the waterfall cut jacket is like our generation’s power suit. They make a great variation to the blazer and go well with pretty much everything: pants, dresses, skirts, jeans…you name it! This ASOS brand leather waterfall jacket has contrasting panels and zipped pockets, always a plus!

4. MACKAGE BAYA

Elegant & Edgy

Blush pink is such a hot colour for spring, so of course, we had to include the Baya Classic Moto Leather Jacket on our list! The petal coloured leather brings a feminine elegance to this usually edgy style. A favourite jacket of both fashion lovers and style bloggers, this swoon-worthy number is perfect to wear with a dress shirt and tailored pant for the office.

5. DYNAMITE_COLLARLESS

A Classic Alternative

This collarless faux leather jacket is the perfect balance of a structured blazer and a casual leather jacket, making it a great option to wear to work. Its open front and lightweight material make it perfect for wearing inside and will make a perfect transitional piece for those warmer spring days.

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Product Information:
1. Zara Leather Effect Jacket in Black, $69.90 available at Zara

2. Rag & Bone/Jean Mercer Suede Moto Jacket in Dark Olive, $1,536.94 available at Nordstrom.com

3. ASOS Leather Waterfall Jacket in Black, $211 available at ASOS.com

4. Mackage BAYA Classic Moto Leather Jacket in Petal, $730 available at Mackage

5. Dynamite Open Faux Leather Jacket, $54.95 available at Dynamite

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

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Fashion Jobs – How to Incorporate Ankle Boots

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

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When it comes to prepping your wardrobe for a new season, you can’t go wrong with classics, especially when it comes to footwear. This spring, we’re really looking forward to getting our hands on the shoes that have been the highlight on every fashionistas’ and models Instagram feed — that’s right, ankle boots!

Believe it or not, but these timeless booties date back to the nineteenth century, but thankfully they’ve received a much-needed update in more recent times. From crushed velvet and rich suede to edgy zippers, and sky-high heels, this boot is easily the ‘it-boot’ of the season.

This spring, strut your stuff with the best of them by stocking up on as many of these ankle boots as you can.

1. Velvet Booties

Velvet Sock Boot

These are a city girl must-have and can give a simple outfit — like a trench paired with a cropped pant — an edgy feel and makes the look even more interesting.

2. Acne Ankle Boots

Monochromatic Goodness

Yes, an all-black bootie might seem like the last style you want to wear once the sun comes out, but it can totally be done and provides a crisp clean look. Follow the lead of some of the fashion world’s biggest names and pair an all-black pair with cuffed jeans, a mid-length camel coat and a printed scarf for a pop of colour!

3. Tan Suede Boots

Tan Exterior

Besides the all-black classic look, a pair of tan booties provides complete versatility and can be worn with a floral dress on warmer days. On chillier days, pair these booties with a pair of cuffed jeans so that a sliver of ankle peeks out and a light coat to complete the look.

4 Peep-Toe-Bootie

Let’s Be Open About It

Finally, the shoe we’ve all been waiting for — the flirty peep toe. This season, we’re swooning over these chic minimalistic booties and can’t wait to pair them with dresses and pencil skirts. This toe-barring design gives off a subtle flirty vibe and is perfect for showing off your pedicure on warmer days.

5. Pastel Booties

Pretty Pastels

If you’re looking to give your go-to ankle boots a break, opt for an alternative pair of ankle boots in a fun, seasonal hues like pastel pink or baby blue.  Pair with a pair of boyfriend jeans and simple separates like a graphic t-shirt and a trench for an on-trend look

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Product Info
1. Steve Madden Editt Velvet Sock Heeled Ankle Boots, $120, available at Steve Madden
2. Acne Matte Black Leather Pistol Boots, $600, available at Ssense

3. Acne Studios Tan Suede Jensen Boots, $720, available at Ssense
4. Arizona Block Heel Peep-Toe Bootie, $139.30, available at Nordstrom
5. Maggie Suede Ankle Boots, $140, available at Topshop

By: Carly Brascoupé, Toronto, @carlyyr0se

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Fashion Jobs – How to Rock a Graphic Tee at the Office

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

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Spring is a time for new beginnings, and that includes your outfit choices. So, if you haven’t tried the graphic tee trend at the office yet, there’s no time like the present. From brands like Vetements with their swear word-strewn version complete with removable shoulder pads to vintage finds with band names that you can’t name a single song from, graphic tees were all over the spring 2017 runways. And they can work for the office when paired with the appropriate workwear staples (but better save your Vetements purchase for the weekend). Whether it’s a Gucci-emblazoned number or a throwback slogan beauty, what could be more comfortable than sporting a t-shirt to the office? Here are the quintessential outfits to try for your next business meeting.

1. Fitted Jacket

2. Band Tee
Throw on a Structured Blazer

 

Opposites attract, so when putting together an outfit around a slouchy top, be sure to pair it with something more structured. A sleek, classic blazer over a loose tee makes for a more polished, work-appropriate look. Plus, it will keep you warm in those sometimes over-air-conditioned offices.

3. Pencil Skirt 4. Gucci T-shirt

Tuck It Into a Pencil Skirt

 

Although great for a casual day with boyfriend or mom jeans, a laid-back graphic tee and jean combo isn’t exactly going to fly at the office. Luckily, it looks just as great tucked into a ladylike pencil skirt. Along the same vein as the blazer, you want to pair it with a classic black or navy skirt to keep it professional. Side note: the t-shirt tuck also works with a midi-length pleated or a-line skirt.

5. Shea Button Up 6. White SSense T-shirt

Layer a Button-Up Underneath

 

Many of us go for the sweater/button-up or blazer/button-up combo when we’re not feeling particularly creative in the morning madness. But now, the graphic tee/button-up duo is taking centre stage to spice up this classic layered work ensemble. Opt for a banker-striped shirt if your tee is relatively subdued or go for a classic white if it has a bolder design. Once the temp gets a bit warmer, swap in a short sleeve button-up to avoid office hot flashes.

7. Pink Pants 8. Reebok Tshirt

Pair with High-Waisted Trousers

 

You can’t beat a pair of sleek, great-fitting trousers for the office; they go with everything. Que: the graphic tee. To freshen things up for spring, try pairing your tee with culottes in the seemingly trendy colour that is definitely here to stay: millennial pink. Add a statement necklace or single earring to bring the whole look together.

9. pink slip dress 10. Slayer Graphic Tee

Wear It Under a Slip Dress

 

Yes, pajama dressing is still in and yes, you can wear it to the office. As long as the length is well below the knee, you will have your new go-to work outfit for casual spring Fridays when you add a graphic tee underneath. A silky slip dress in a neutral colour over a rad tee with the sleeves rolled complete with on-trend kitten heels will no doubt get your co-workers a little jealous.

 

 

 

Product Info

 

1. Fitted Jacket, $39.99, available at H&M.

2. Junk Food Aerosmith Tee, $42, available at Nordstrom.

3. Theory Stretch-Wool Pencil Skirt, $215, available at Net-A-Porter.

4. Gucci Print Cotton T-Shirt, $705, available at Gucci.

5. Shea Top, $98, available at Reformation.

6. Loewe White Bat T-Shirt, $440, available at SSENSE.

7. Straight Cut Culottes, $69.90, available at Zara.

8. Reebok Classic Crew-Neck Tee, $44, available at Urban Outfitters.

9. Cityshop Open Back Slip Dress, $333, available at Farfetch.

10. Topshop Slayer Graphic Tee, $29.98, available at Nordstrom.

 

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By Kelly McLeod, Toronto, @KellyMcLeod7

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Fashion Jobs – Casual Work Attire Fridays: Footwear

Friday, March 24th, 2017

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Mondays and Fridays always feel like they are two worlds apart — trekking to the office with coffee in one hand, newspaper in the other and a mindset of conquering the week ahead.

We understand that your favourite work heels might make your feet vulnerable by the end of a long work week, which is why a sleek sneaker or loafer is the perfect addition to your non-stop working schedule. A pair of effortless slip-ons or casual sneakers is essential to every office wardrobe — believe us. Both you and your feet will thank us later.

1. White Sneakers

The White Sneaker
A pair of white sneakers is perfect for the office because they are practical, versatile, and go with just about everything. From cropped wide-leg pants to dark denim and slip dresses, a pair of white sneakers
has been a staple within the fashion crowd for a while now and is a wardrobe must-have.

2. Metallc Oxfords

Metallic Glam
The classic oxford has been a wardrobe staple for decades, we’re just happy to see that if final comes in metallic! We truly believe that oxfords are a staple piece simply because how durable and practical they are. Traditionally, it’s a safe bet to go with brown, grey and black but if you feeling electric because it’s Friday then definitely go with something fun like metallic.

3. Loafers

Tassel Sophistication
The sophisticated tassel detail and slight heel will make your ordinary work flats to shame. This spring, we’re happy to announce that the ‘grandpa shoe’ is making a comeback and a pair of these bad boys will add a touch of class to your work wear. We suggest wearing a cropped pant that will show off these classy yet fashionable loafers. Try different colour options like, maroon, grey or white.

4. Gucci Slides

Sleek Slip-Ons
Statement colour, chic back, without a back — just slip these babies on and your look will instantly become elevated.

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Product Info

  1. Seavee’s Legend Sneakers in pique cotton $111, available at J Crew
  2. ASOS MAI Leather Brouges $69,81, Available at ASOS
  3. Steve Madden Meela Loafer $79.95, Available at Nordstorm
  4. Gucci Peyton GG Leather Mule Slides, $900, available at Saks Fifth Avenue

Carly Brascoupé, Toronto, @carlyyr0se

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