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Fashion Jobs – Trend Alert: Frills in Fashion

Friday, August 4th, 2017

Style Nine to Five - Fashion Jobs in CanadaFrills in FashionWhether you call them ruffles or frills, they are currently the hottest trend of the summer. Following the spring and summer ready-wear-shows, frills have been dominating the fashion world and can be seen on just about everything from dresses and blouses and skirts and shoes. This high fashion trend can instantly make any look fun and girly and is the perfect trend to rock this summer. If you have yet to snag a frilled item for yourself, here are five stylish items to add to your wardrobe.

Free People Dress
The Dress
This simple off the shoulder dress from Free People is very on trend this season. The cut is perfect for dressing down with a pair of gladiator sandals or up with a pair of wedges. The bold frills add a unique feature to the dress. If you are daring to bare some skin and rock frills then this dress was made for you!

Shop the Look: Phi Phi Dress, $214.63, available at Free People

club monoco top
The Top
If you’re looking for a light and breezy fabric for summer, we highly recommend picking up something in Chambray. This is why we love this frilled chambray top from Club Monaco, it’s a basic that can jazz up an otherwise simple outfit. 

Shop the Look: Shilen Ruffle Tank, $139, available at Club Monaco 

Kate Spade Dress
The Office-Approved Dress
Kate Spade is known for her unique and feminine pieces, and this dress is definitely no exception. This dress is perfect for the office thanks to its Oxford-style cut and tailored shirt component. The cascade of frills along the hem adds a playful touch Kate Spade is notorious for. If you are looking for a fun dress to wear at the office this summer, this is the one!

Shop the Look: Pinstripe Ruffle Dress, $149, available at Kate Spade 

Free People Blouse
The Romantic Top
We can’t get enough of this little number from Free People. The cascading frills can add a romantic touch to any outfit. When wearing a bold top like this, make sure to keep the rest of your look simple – think slicked back hair and minimal jewellery.

Shop the Look: Kiss Kiss Top, $86.36, available at Free People 

Frilled Shoes
The Shoes
Play around with the season’s hottest trend by picking up a frilled shoe in a fun colour, like millennial pink. When rocking something as bold as a frilled shoe, make sure to keep the look minimal, think a sweater or blouse and kick-flare jeans.

Shop the Look: J.W Anderson Ruffled Suede Ankle Boots, $298.50, available at Net-a-Porter

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Product Info:
Phi Phi Dress, $214.63, available at Free People
Shilen Ruffle Tank, $139, available at Club Monaco
Pinstripe Ruffle Dress, $149, available at Kate Spade
Kiss Kiss Top, $86.36, available at Free People 
J.W Anderson Ruffled Suede Ankle Boots, $298.50, available at Net-a-Porter

By: Najja Morris, Toronto, @najjamorris

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Fashion Jobs – Q&A With Julie Buczkowski & Angela Pastor of Studio Fitzroy Dress Rentals

Monday, June 26th, 2017

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If you haven’t heard of Studio Fitzroy, we are positive you will be heading there right after this interview. Best friends since kindergarten, Julie Buczkowski and Angela Pastor decided to make a change from their routine jobs in television to become their own bosses.

 

Over the course of many lunches constructing a business plan to vacations used for buying trips, the foundation of Fitzroy Boutique began with the support of their eclectic personal style and envious travel adventures. Nestled in the trendy Dundas and Ossington neighbourhood, where some of the city’s most diverse restaurants and bars, eclectic shops, and a multicultural blend of tenants’ call home, Studio Fitzroy Dress Rentals and their many beautiful frocks hold a permanent residency at 1227 Dundas Street West.

 

SNTF recently had the opportunity to sit down with the Fitzroy Girl Bosses to learn about the company’s evolution, where it’s headed and what it takes to run a fashion company.

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SNTF: So ladies, what was your motivation for starting a business?

 

JB & AP: Ultimately, we wanted to be our own bosses and create something that was ours and took sole responsibility for. We both love fashion, but we wanted to have the type of lifestyle where we called the shots and sculpted our own business into a brand that can evolve and grow with us. There is no better feeling than making our own schedule and being a part of a creation from the ultimate beginning and watching where it takes us.

 

SNTF: How did Fitzroy become to be, and what were your goals?

 

AP: Once upon a time I lived in New Zealand and discovered all these cool, eclectic Australian brands before they were known like they are today. There is such a wide variety of shops in this area in Melbourne called Fitzroy which would be comparable to our Queen Street and Ossington area of Toronto where there is everything for everyone. So we named our shop after the shopping district because the majority of the lines we wanted to carry were Australian labels.

 

We truly wanted to bring something to Toronto that you wouldn’t be able to find here and many of them weren’t available in the city. We discovered at the time, there were many high-end fashion boutiques and retailers as well as the Zara’s and H&Ms, but not a selection of in between. We decided our price points would always be under $200 in order for our pieces to be accessible to everyone without breaking the bank.

 

SNTF: How has your goal/vision changed since you started?

 

JB & AP: We started as a pop-up shop to bring a distinctive and novel element to our business in Toronto. As a startup company, it also helped us eliminate the overhead cost of a permanent space and allowed us to test the various markets Toronto has to offer.

 

Within the five years of Fitzroy Boutique, there were challenges we had to face like high rental costs and the growth of competition. We had many bloggers and media companies inquire about borrowing dresses and we thought about the idea of renting them. We tested it out with a few racks of clothing and customers kept coming back and just walking in for the rentals. So three racks turned to five and quickly the majority of the store was rental racks. It’s more economical, a great way to wear a designer gown for less, and in our social media culture, you don’t want to be photographed in the same dress twice.

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SNTF: What inspires your own personal styles?

 

JB & AP: Street style fashion. Angela is more of a tomboy and has a cool look all the time. She takes risks with blending different vintage pieces together with her own aesthetic and always results in an eye-catching outfit. I [Julie] on the other hand, am more feminine and flirty. I like mixing pretty pieces whether a top or skirt but have to throw in an edgy twist of something. We always stuck to what we liked and it’s what we relied on when picking pieces for the shop. We came to realize what the Canadian customer likes, but with rentals, you can be more adventurous and our client takes the opportunity to be more willing to take risks.

 

SNTF: What makes Fitzroy different in Toronto?

 

JB & AP: Our eye and what we pick is what makes us stand out. We always went with the motto “All Killer No Filler,” so every single piece we have picked is special and unique, not a “filler.”  We want our clients to look and touch every item and see how detailed they are and why we picked them. You can get something simple anywhere, but we provide items that are memorable and custom to the needs and wants of our Fitzroy girl. We want every dress to be where the girl feels amazing. With the rentals, we love that we get women who are renting for happy occasions that are meaningful in their lives. Remembering the special day will make you reminisce on the dress as well. We feel there is good energy in all the dresses.

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SNTF: What advice would you give to those looking to start their own business?

 

JB & AP: If you have an idea just start from there. It is overwhelming, a lot of work, and there are plenty of ups and downs, but if you just start a plan or talk to someone who is already experiencing it, it all helps.  Once you gain momentum on the small beginning parts you will accomplish so many of your goals and ultimately decide how you want the business to reflect you.

 

SNTF: Where do you see the company in five years?

 

JB & AP: We see ourselves being the Uber of dress rentals. That is what we want for Fitzroy. We want to be across Canada, have locations country wide, and eventually create a platform where it will be easy for our customer to pick, choose, and rent our dresses. Our love for fashion is what makes us want every woman to be able to experience wearing a designer dress and feel good for every occasion.

 

4. Fitzroy

 

You can stay up to date with Studio Fitzroy Dress Rentals and all the fabulous new frocks coming into the shop by visiting their website and following them on Instagram.

 

All images courtesy of Studio Fitzroy Boutique

 

By Ivana Pavkovic, Toronto, @iforeveronvacation

 

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Fashion Jobs – Wide Leg Trousers for Work

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

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It was only a matter of time before our tapered dress pants took a backseat to the uber chic wide-leg trouser. More often than not, we find ourselves unsatisfied and uninspired with our work wear, relying on our trusted uniform of dark basics, so the reinstatement of the wide leg trouser couldn’t have come at a better time.

But now that summer is finally within reach, we all could use a few pointers on how to look polished and professional, while still beating the summer heat. We know how much loyalty there is to our trusted skinny and fitted work pants, but we guarantee you’ll feel the ease of a high waist, relaxed fabric for the office within the upcoming months.

Not sure where to begin? We’ve rounded up our favourite wide leg trousers that can easily be incorporated into a summer work wardrobe so you can stay cool and fresh all summer long.

1.The Classic

The Classic

These are officially your new go-to work pants. Not only will they make your legs look nice and long, but also, they are also light in fabric, making them dressy, sophisticated, and perfect for the warmer days ahead. The trick to these smart pants is to choose a neutral colour, like camel, as it’s easier to find tops and shoes to match.

2.Colour CrazeColor Craze

For the creative working woman who’s not afraid of a little colour, then a pair of bold, attention-grabbing trousers are for you. While you still must adhere to all office dress codes, you deserve to show off your personal style and there’s no better way than to add some pops of colour to your work wardrobe. A coloured wide leg pant has a retro feel, but when paired with a light blouse and chunky heels you’ll be looking summer time fresh.

3. In the detailsIn the Details

Small details make all the difference when it comes to style. Working in a conservative work environment often limits you to select colours and prints, but the details are what will make you stand out from the crowd. Something as simple as an exaggerated cuff, a belt, or a fold over waist band will give you an extra edge and bring life to your work wear.

  4.Casual Fridays

Casual Fridays

We all love the end of the work week when we can give our work attire a much-needed break and have some fun with our wardrobe. Casual Fridays are what every fashionista looks forward to, as you can get dressed with ease knowing the weekend is right around the corner. A great option for a relaxed yet refined workday is a printed fabric. From floral to stripe, choosing a pant with a darker base colour and a solid top is key for pulling off an eye-catching print.

5. Cut it short

Cut it Short

For those warmer summer days, a great alternative to wide leg work pants is the cropped trouser. A cropped wide leg is an easy way to create a sporty work style with a pair of pumps for the office, and chic sneakers after hours. You want your crops to be at least five inches above the ankle to elongate your legs.

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Product Info

1. Babaton Andreas Pant, 82$, available at Aritzia

2. Lovers + Friends Angeli Pant, $130, available at Revolve

3. Diane Von Furstenberg Wide Leg Ribbon Pant, $548, available at DVF

4. Zara, Flowing Tulip Trousers, $50, available at Zara

5. Club Monaco Izabela Pant, $198, available at Club Monaco

By Ivana Pavkovic, Toronto, @iforeveronvacation

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Fashion Jobs – How to Refresh Your Spring Workwear

Monday, May 15th, 2017

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It might not quite be summer, but it’s definitely starting to feel spring-ish outside. When it comes to transitioning between seasons, it can be quite confusing trying to decide not only what to wear but also what’s office appropriate. To help make the seasonal transition that much smoother, here are a few chic ideas on how to refresh your workwear this spring.

1. White Mules

2. Mango Mules

Mules + Slides

Say au revoir to your normal black pumps and swap them for a pair of chic mules or slides. This season, it comes as no surprise that these shoes are the must-have trend for fashionistas everywhere and after slipping on a pair, we guarantee they’ll be yours, too. If you want to try this trend but don’t want to spend the dough, then fear not, you can pick up something very similar from one of your local high street stores, like these adorable slides from Mango.

3. Chinos and slides

4. H&M Trousers

Chinos

Step out of your comfort zone and say goodbye to those dreary grey and black work trousers. Swap your predictable workwear for a pair of hip chinos, a crisp white blouse and some cute slides for a fashionista-approved look. Not sure where to shop for on-trend chinos? H&M is currently killing the chino trend this spring and at prices that can’t be beaten.

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Statement Earrings

The perfect way to freshen up a wardrobe is to add some statement earrings to your accessories arsenal. And luckily for you, there are so many affordable places where you can stock up on statement earrings. Need Supply offers a wide selection of statement accessories with designers like Young Frankk and J Hannah on their site. 

Even if you’re wearing your usual workwear, and don’t necessarily want to invest in any new clothes, by simply adding bold jewellery to your look will immediately add an element of sophistication.

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Product Info

1.White heels mules, courtesy of Pinterest

2. Mango Heel mules, $59.99

3. Lucy Williams, courtesy of Pinterest

4. H&M Lyocell trousers, $39.99

5. Statement earrings, courtesy of Pinterest

6. Need Supply Young Frankk Orb Earrings, $80


By: Genevieve Claire, Vancouver, @vieveclaire

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Fashion Jobs – 5 Tips For Landing the Fashion Job of Your Dreams

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

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Many of us have grown up with the dream of working in the fashion industry. Whether it’s in the editorial world, in a buying office or in the design field, there are endless opportunities to make a name for yourself in the industry. But how do you actually get in? Breaking into the fashion industry can be a seemingly daunting and exclusive task, but we are here to tell you that it can be done and you can land the job you’ve always dreamed of.   

So here are some proven tips that will help you make it in the industry.

Intern

If you were to ask anyone who currently works in the fashion industry, I guarantee you they got their start as an intern. At this point in the game, any experience is good experience, so cast your net wide and even if you don’t land an internship in the exact area you’re looking for, it’s still valuable to build up your resume and get your foot in the door.

Network

While your foot is in the door, it’s key to make connections for future employment (or more internship) opportunities. Attend events, hoard business cards, and make connections so when the time comes, you have a pool of people to get in touch with. Whether it’s someone who can introduce you to someone at a company you’re interested in or even just someone you see as a mentor who can give you advice, good old-fashioned networking is still a huge part of the fashion industry.

Go Above and Beyond

Showing up and doing your job is never a bad thing, but to really get noticed and ultimately to get hired, you need to go the extra mile to stand out. In an industry where there are so many people gunning for the same roles, being the first person to volunteer for a task, staying late or coming in early to help with a project, and taking every opportunity to learn will set you apart from the crowd.

Teamwork

Another thing anyone in the industry will tell you is that they didn’t get to where they are alone. Whether through networking or working on a project, working well with others is a major part of landing a job. No matter where you are on the fashion ladder, you want to be remembered for being helpful, not for how many people you stepped on to achieve your goals.

Be Kind

Although The Devil Wears Prada may tell us otherwise, you don’t need to be a hellish person to make it in the industry. Fashion is all about being authentic, and people can tell if you’re not being real, as quick as they can spot a knock-off Chanel bag. So if you’re true to yourself, hardworking, and kind, you will have no problem building a career in the fashion industry.

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Kelly McLeod, Toronto, @kellymcleod7

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Fashion Jobs – The Art of Networking

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

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Dear fellow fashionistas, let’s take a moment and absorb the ever so valuable advice from the one and only Anna Wintour, “In today’s world you have to interact. You can’t be some difficult, shy person who is not able to look somebody in the face; You have to know how to talk about your vision, your focus and what you believe in.”

2. Anna Wintour QuoteHere we are, ambitious, driven, talented and of course, extremely stylish prospects. Our potential to succeed in the fashion industry is great and there are opportunities floating all around us. But how can we seize these opportunities and meet our full potential? Well, it can all happen with a little tool we refer to as networking. 

WHAT: Networking in the fashion industry is connecting with others for an exchange of information with the hopes bettering your career. The keyword we want to focus in on here is connecting. We all have an idea of what it means to network, but the most important part of it does not have to do with just you and how you can advance in your career or how many business cards you can hand out in a day, it’s all about the connection you make with others.

Networking is a natural and free flowing art, without having the intentions of what that other person can do for you but rather who the person you are connecting with is as an individual.

We define networking as not shying away from being your authentic self, always being sincere and respectful of boundaries and ultimately making a valuable connection.

WHY: So why do even bother? Now let’s be honest, we all feel the most secure when we stay within our comfort zones and designated social circles and do what we always do. However, sometimes it’s necessary to put yourself out there and liberate your ideas and opinions outside of your usual circle.

Networking is not something that should be used as a means of self-promotion and advancement in contacts for your business but rather to pursue opportunities that you wouldn’t ordinarily find. We network because we want to learn more about the industry we are trying to get into, and we want to be able to take what we learn and use it to drive us towards achieving our goals and feel confident while doing so. It’s extremely beneficial to be educated about the industry you’re getting into, as it not only helps you figure out exactly what you want but also allows you to be that much more qualified for a position within that given field.

HOW: You can take advantage of networking basically anytime and anywhere. Networking opportunities are all around us: from reaching to a friend of a friend who has your dream job to connecting with someone on LinkedIn who worked for a company you’re dying to work for.

While social media platforms like LinkedIn and Instagram are great for connecting with like-minded individuals, the most powerful way to network is through face-to-face interaction rather than just staying within the limits of online.

The key here is to stay open minded, friendly, sociable, approachable and curious. Always be curious about who you interact with as you never know what you can learn from them and vice versa. Curiosity can lead to asking for opportunities, opportunities to speak with an industry professional and learn about what they do and receive advice rather than asking for employment. To network, you must be willing to ask questions, listen intently and learn. 

So, ladies, turn off your Netflix, put your phone on silent and get out of your house for a while; explore, interact and network.  Over time, you’ll find that you’ve built up an organic list of professional relationships that you share your passions and ideas with that will help you get closer to landing the fashion job of your dreams.

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By: Ciara Koth @ciarakoth

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Fashion Jobs – Spring Weather Ready Bags

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

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Spring has sprung! And with the change of seasons comes a perfectly valid reason to revamp our closets with a little shopping spree, right? Spring is definitely the harder of the two transitional months to navigate when it comes to outfit choices; the cravings for summer sun and sandals get trumped by rainy days and Wellies. Our purse choices are just as difficult, as we fight wanting to bust out our favourite white tote, while muddy streets just aren’t cooperating. We thought we’d help you with these internal struggles by sharing some of our favourite spring weather ready bags!

1. Mackage Emilee Weekender

It’s All In The Bag

Who said Weekender bags are only for weekends? This quilted Mackage Weekender bag is perfect for those transition days with melting snow banks and puddles thanks to its wipeable polyester outer shell. Equipped with interior compartments and plenty of room for your work and personal items (and coat on those warmer afternoons), the Emilee tote is an easy choice for spring!

2.Bucket Bag

On The Bucket List

A must-have in every purse collection, bucket bags are perfect for those who don’t mind the lack of structuredness this shape brings. This faux leather bucket bag by Forever21 is the perfect size to fit your daily essentials and its over the shoulder strap makes it the perfect bag to use when taking transit to work or when toting around your laptop or other work essentials.

3. Gucci Soho Disco Bag

A Classic For Spring

No stranger to most of us, the Gucci Soho Disco bag is a classic that usually gets a seasonal colour refresh, and this Rose Beige version is the perfect hue for spring! Its over the shoulder strap and small size make it easy to shield from rain under your umbrella — which is essential for the inevitable drizzly spring days. This trendsetting number is the ideal bag to bring to work on a Friday when après-work dinner and drinks are on the agenda.

4. Zara Technical Backpack

Technical Support

Backpacks are (thankfully) staying for another round, and this nylon drawstring number from Zara is on the top of our spring shopping list for its functionality and style. Dual zip-up front pockets are perfect for your phone and music needs, especially if you’re someone who bikes to work, not to mention it’s the perfect size to fit your laptop and personal things!

5. Aldo Tote 2

Spring Shoulder Fling

This wouldn’t be a spring style list without some florals! This Aldo beauty comes in a variety of colours, but this floral pattern is perfect for camouflaging any dirt or stains you might pick up from muddy or rainy streets, and its varying strap options makes it a versatile pick.

6. Rag and Bone FannyPack

Trendy & Compact

Popping up everywhere this spring is fanny packs of all sorts, and we have to admit we’re kind of into it. Perfect for running errands or on those days where you’re carrying five tote bags and a laptop into the office (we’ve all been there), this Rag & Bone leather fanny is the perfect mix of practical and chic with multiple compartments and its grained black leather finish.

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Product Information:

1. Mackage Emilee Quilted Fabric Weekender, $295, available at Mackage.ca

2. Forever21 Mini Faux Leather Bucket Bag in Cream, $33.90, available at Forever21.com

3. Gucci Soho Leather Disco Bag in Rose Beige, $1,170, available at Gucci.com

4. Zara Technical Fabric Backpack, $49.90, available at Zara

5. Aldo Farkleberry Tote in Bone Misc., $60, available at Aldoshoes.com

6. Rag & Bone Black Leather Fanny, $600, available at Ssense.com

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

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Fashion Jobs – Q&A with Truc Nguyen

Monday, March 7th, 2016

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Calling all aspiring fashion journalists! Truc Nguyen, Teen Vogue and FLARE Magazine veteran gives us her insightful (and let’s face it, crucial) advice on how to make it as a fashion editor that you just can’t miss.

 

SNTF: As a writer, it is important to have a unique voice that allows you to stand out from the crowd. What advice do you have for aspiring editors who are looking to find their voice?

 

TN: It can take a long time, maybe years of working, to figure out your personal voice, tone and area of expertise. In the meanwhile, read great writers whose work you admire, critically analyze their writing to see what draws you in, and do the best that you can to play up those strengths in your own work. While having a voice is important, make sure that as a writer you’re working from a solid foundation of good grammar, punctuation, and other technical skills.

 

SNTF: I’ve always been told that one of the best ways to improve your writing skills is to read as much as possible. Which magazines, blogs or books would you recommend that have inspired you or helped you improve your writing? Are there any other tips you would give future editors to help refine their writing?

 

TN: As a fashion editor, I love reading a mix of traditional news publications (The New York Times, The New Yorker, WWD) and industry websites (Business of Fashion, The Cut, Refinery29, Fashionista) on a regular basis. But I actually find reading fiction much more inspirational in terms of improving my vocabulary and syntax. I love everything from chick lit like Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians, to historical fiction such as Lily King’s Euphoria, to all of Canadian-Vietnamese writer Kim Thúy’s amazing novellas.

 

SNTF: Having hired many of your own interns, what do you find is the best way to make a positive impression on your employers?

 

TN: The best interns that I’ve supervised have been enthusiastic about the internship, eager to learn, and incredibly hard-working. I think the best way to make a good impression during your internship is to work quickly and efficiently, learn to anticipate the needs of your supervisor and help them problem solve, and to be consistently reliable.

 

SNTF: Internships are very important for gaining experience and networking purposes, however, it is sometimes hard to know the appropriate way to keep in touch with those contacts. How should one go about re-connecting with past employers and maintaining the relationship?

 

TN: I think it really depends on the personality of each intern and editor, but as a general rule it’s nice to keep in touch semi-regularly with your employer via email. Reaching out when you have professional updates is always a good idea, and just saying hello is fine too as long as the sentiment is genuine.

 

 

SNTF: Many writers are now choosing to freelance, do you feel as though is it essential for hopeful editors to have freelance experience? Also, in your opinion, is full-time freelance a more difficult path than working in traditional publishing?

 

TN: Freelancing is a great way to build up your portfolio and network of contacts, especially if you’re just starting out. I don’t think there is such a thing as a standard path anymore in fashion and media, but I can tell you that getting a job in print or online publishing is, unfortunately, a rare event these days. There are both pros and cons to both types of jobs, but keep in mind that most editors today will probably find themselves on both sides at different points in their careers.
SNTF: What do you find is more valuable to employers who are looking to hire fashion editors, lots of internship and volunteer experience or a portfolio with plenty of great clips?

 

TN: Can I say both are important? It really depends on the specific job, but in my personal experience internships and volunteer gigs while I was in school really launched my career because I didn’t have any family contacts in the industry or any exposure to the business growing up.

 

SNTF: Looking for jobs, especially for the first time post-graduation, can be intimidating. What is the most important thing to keep in mind when applying for jobs in the fashion industry?

 

TN: I think my best piece of advice to a young job-seeker is to not take it personally, and be persistent. There are hundreds of applicants sometimes for an entry-level job at a coveted company, and many times the deciding factor is not something that you could’ve controlled. My second piece of advice is to be prepared and to really do your research. Make sure that you have the right background and experience for the jobs that you’re applying for, otherwise you’re probably not going to get an interview or be a good fit for the role.

 

SNTF: Lastly, is there any advice you could share that you wish someone had given you about working as an editor in the fashion industry?

 

TN: I wish someone had told me early on to always embrace change, especially in terms of how technology has impacted our industry. I loved working at legacy publications during the course of my career, but sometimes I wonder what would’ve happened if I had pursued certain digital opportunities that had come my way over the years!

 

By Sarah Said

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Fashion Jobs – Mastering The Cold Shoulder

Sunday, March 6th, 2016

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We as women love to feel sexy. It doesn’t mean dressing inappropriately; it is looking classy, by showing off that little tease of skin, giving you that confidence that you are one HOT woman! Many of us think that we can’t feel like this while at the office, you thought wrong. Showing some skin in the right places is more than appropriate to wear to work. It is called the Cold Shoulder; showing off subtle skin, while still representing your classic office ensemble.

 

 

These cut-out shoulder tops are perfect for a girls’ night out, a fine dinner, and most importantly are office applicable. The trick is to not have too much shoulder showing. Make sure you’re not wearing a full ‘off the shoulder’ top. You want to keep a large amount of fabric covering your high shoulder/neck area before the cut out begins.

 

We have rounded up a few of our favorite cut out shoulder tops to guide you into the right direction when shopping this look.

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1. Roland Mouret Roche Cold-Shoulder Kimono Top, $2484, available at Saks Fifth Ave

2. Topshop ‘Kit’ Print Cold Shoulder Top, $105, available at Nordstrom

3. Topshop Long Sleeve Ruffle Top, UK $34

4. Rebecca Minkoff, Cold Shoulder Silk Blouse, $278, available at Nordstrom

5. DKNY Cutout stretch-silk shirt, UK $90, available at The Outnet

6. Bailey 44 ‘Angelica’ Cold Shoulder Top, $177, available at Nordstrom

7. Cooper & Ella ‘Willow’ Cold Shoulder Top, $205, available at Nordstrom

8. Bailey 44 ‘Take It Easy’ Cutout Stretch Jersey Top, $180, available at Nordstrom

 

Inspiration Image: image curtesy of tin hay vai

 

By: Jordan Sangster

 

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Fashion Jobs – 5 Things to do Before Applying/Going to your Dream Interview

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

Style Nine to Five - Fashion Jobs

 

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Have you finally found your dream job and desperately want to apply ASAP? Applying for jobs and attending interviews can seem like a breeze, but it is very important to pay attention and prepare accordingly. Below are 5 tips you should do before applying/going to that interview:

 

1. Revamp your resume
Making sure that your resume is a perfect fit for the job you’re applying for is one of the most important steps before applying. Sending your resume off to a fashion magazine? Make sure you highlight any work or experience that could relate to fashion.

 

 

2. Communication via email, phone, etc.
When landing my first fashion internship, the interviewer told me that I had caught her eye because of my application email. Of course your resume and cover letter are important, but pay attention to the emails you send, as they are the first things anyone will read. After sending off your application, pay attention when you answer your phone. I’ve had several companies call me regarding my application when I had least expected it, so make sure to answer all phone calls coming through to you in the same respectable manner.

 

3. Stalk yourself
It may sound ridiculous but social media is important when it comes to jobs. More often than not, interviewers will search your name and try to find as much information about you as possible through social media. Check Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and remove or hide any posts that you could come off as unprofessional, according to careernook.com.

 

4. Know the company

Research the company you’re applying for inside out. It will beneficial during your interview to not only know what the company’s mission statement is, but to know who the key role players are, via www.success.com.

 

5. Be prepared

Start your preparation for your interview the night before. Interviewers often like to have a hard copy of your resume so make sure to make multiple copies. Plan your outfit the night before, this way the morning of you won’t be running around trying to find that one skirt that fits you just right or your lucky blouse that always gets compliments.

 

By Nicole Tinker

 

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