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Fashion Jobs – Corporate Style Done the Amal Clooney Way

Friday, April 15th, 2016

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Let’s be honest, it’s a little hard not to be jealous of Amal Clooney. The woman seems to have it all—beauty, a distinguished career, a husband that we’ve all fawned over for years and impeccable style. Since we can’t swap bodies with Clooney à la “Freaky Friday,” the next best thing is to take a few style-cues from her drool-worthy work wardrobe. Clooney is a model of perfection when it comes to corporate style, as she proves that you can standout in a sea of black suits and still be taken seriously. Instead of bland and safe ensembles, she puts her own spin on corporate attire by skillfully playing with colour and print, and experimenting with trends every now and then.

If you’ve been searching for a way to revamp your conservative office wear with chic and modern pieces, you’re in luck because I’ve created a list detailing how you can replicate Clooney’s on-point style. Start taking notes!

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1. Master the Monochromatic Look

With her beautiful all-white outfits, Amal Clooney is a masterful minimalist. Forgo unnecessary distractions, like competing colours and bold prints in favour of neutral accessories when wearing a monochromatic look.

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2. Play with Pops of Colour 

A fiery red bag or color-blocked shoe really packs a punch when worn with a monochromatic outfit. A pop of colour here or a classy print there is a great way to add some visual interest.

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3. Make Friends with Prints

Conservative cuts and colours often define corporate style, but Clooney shows us that you can incorporate a little fun into your wardrobe by way of prints. Polka dots, or other simple prints, are great for the office, but remember to neutralize any busy prints with a black pump, blouse or handbag.

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4. Channel Your Inner Lady 

Tweed skirt suits are the ultimate symbol of ladylike sophistication and judging from the multiple suits Clooney owns, it’s quite clear that she has a deep fondness for tweed. These suits can run on the mature side, so if you’re a Girlboss-in-training, create an outfit around one tweed piece and combine soft and classic pieces for that prim and proper look. Get Clooney’s signature ladylike style by adding a bit of toughness to the outfit with a black leather tote in a structured shape.

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5. Sport a Statement Coat

Every woman should have a few coats in her arsenal of style that have the ability to make a wow statement. Ditch the classic structured black trench coat for a modern waterfall trench and coats with unique silhouettes, prints or colours.

Product Details:

1. Mango Cotton Linen-Blend Top, $69.95

2. Zara Skinny Trousers, $49.90

3. Aldo OUTLINE, $60

4. Sam Edelman DEA, $160, available at Capezio

5. Nine West KYRIAH, $125

6. Cole Haan Abbot Saffiano Leather Tote, $274, available at Hudson’s Bay

7. Ted Baker London Neevo Pointy Toe Pump, $253.50, available at Nordstrom

8. Matt & Nat Avery, $160

9. Babaton Donald Sweater, $85, available at Aritzia

10. H&M Trousers, $29.99

11. Marc Jacobs Amy Silver Watch, $294.04, available at ASOS

12. Zara Tasselled Leather Tote, $119

13. Topshop Giddy Curve Leather Pumps, available at Hudson’s Bay 

14. Forever 21 Twisted Knot Studs, $4.80

15. Zara Contrasting Topstitching Shirt, $45.90

16. J.Crew Multicolored Tweed Skirt, $103

17. Zara Geometric Tote, 45.90

18. Zara High Heel Shoes, $35.90

Style inspiration image courtesy of Vogue

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By Sasha Smith

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Fashion Jobs – 5 Ways to Excel at Your Internship

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

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If 07 Britney Spears has taught us anything, its that bad reputations are irremediable. The primary purposes of doing an internship are to make valuable connections and prove yourself. Read these five tips below to make sure you keep a good name amongst your employers!

1. Timeliness:

Being on time is about much more than simply arriving to the office at the appropriate hour, it can reflect greatly on your character and aptitude as an employee. Respecting peoples time by being regularly punctual will be acknowledged by your superiors as a sign of professionalism and shows that you are considerate of others. Also, by being prompt and ready to start working, you are demonstrating that you have strong time management and organizational skills, which are definitely crucial to being successful at any job.

 

2. Organization:

The importance of this tip goes without saying. If you are not properly organized, you will likely make major mistakes that will certainly have an impact on your reputation. To make sure you stay on top of things, keep a journal and make daily to-do lists. Another great pointer: remember to double, triple and quadruple check everything. That being said, it is important to keep in mind that everyone makes mistakes and thats normal but its the manner in which you deal with those tough situations that show your true potential as a long-term worker.

 

3. Positive & Eager Attitude:

Enthusiasm, candid passion and a visible eagerness to contribute to the workplace are three qualities that are invariably looked for in interns. As an volunteer, you want to show that you are happy to be there and not merely aiming to complete your hours for school credit. You can convey this zeal easily by going out of your way to ask if there is more you can do (even after you finish your assigned tasks), volunteering to help on other projects that apply to you as well as speaking openly about your goals to absorb as much knowledge and experience as possible. Also, being kind and empathetic towards the people around you show that you are a positive person to work with. Don’t forget, a good morning” and a smile can go a long way.

 

Sharing Ideas:

You are young and likely have many creative ideas that you dont give yourself enough credit for! Fashion is a creative industry and thus relies on modern, relevant and forward-thinking ideas. Take your advanced knowledge of technology and pop culture and think up something great to pitch. People want to hear your suggestions and want to work with go-getters. Whenever you are thinking of presenting an idea, make sure it is well researched (and that they havent already done it), articulately explained and is on brand with the company. The worst people can do is say is no, but dont let that get you down because regardless, they will see that you are serious about contributing.

 

Good Work Ethic:

Two words: hard work. It is no secret that a predominant way many people in the fashion industry acquire jobs is through connections. However, without hard work, landing that dream job is not enough. You will always hear people say one of the most important characteristics in a new hire is their want and ability to work as hard as they can to do the best they can. Giving every aspect of the job (even the most menial tasks) your 100% will surely impress your bosses. If you are not willing to put in the work and pay your dues (all while remaining enthusiastic and letting your passion shine) then this is not the industry for you. In the words of Rihanna: workworkworkwork.

By Sarah Said, @sarahannesaid

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Fashion Jobs – 5 Spring Coats

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

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Although we have welcomed spring with open arms and are eagerly anticipating warmer temperatures, this season tends to wreak havoc on our sartorial choices. Planning chic and enviable office ensembles can prove to be challenging (and downright irritating) when the forecast calls for sunshine, torrential downpours and a few blasts of winter all within the week. The ultimate way to ride this roller coaster of spring weather is with some good outerwear. I’ve rounded up 5 coats that are the solution to dealing with the unpredictable weather conditions associated with spring. From the classic trench to the biker jacket, these essential outerwear pieces will get you through this transitional season in style.

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1. Trench Coat

While the bomber is the It-jacket of the season, the trench coat is a spring staple. If you don’t have one hanging in your closet or you just want to add a few more pieces to your collection, I urge you to pickup a lightweight waterfall trench—they’re all the rage this season. This jacket will give your outfit that effortless feel, which is the epitome of spring style.

 Zara Flowing Trench Coat, $119

 H&M Satin Trenchcoat, $99

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2. Raincoat 

We all remember our polka dot raincoat and matching galoshes from childhood, but waterproof gear has evolved since our formative years. The “grown-up” version of the raincoat is less childlike or fisherman friendly and more smart and sophisticated. When searching for the perfect raincoat, look for one that doesn’t look like an actual raincoat (read: no bright yellow vinyl coats). ASOS Rainmac in Longline, $114

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3. Belted Wrap Jacket

The simplicity of the belted wrap jacket is perfect for any minimalist. This is by far my favourite spring coat because it is incredibly comfortable, easy to style and quite modern. 4. Mango Cotton Coat, $189.95

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4. Sleeveless Vest

No spring wardrobe is complete without a sleeveless vest. Although it is ideal for balmier temperatures, a vest is versatile enough to wear on those cooler spring days. Wear a long-sleeve sweater or button-down underneath your vest to stay warm and chic.

H&M Long Gilet, $40

Babaton Percival Vest, $255, available at Aritzia

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5. Biker Jacket

Whether it’s in leather or suede, the biker jacket is the perfect piece to bring the right amount of edge to your office outfit. Pair with soft colours or lighter layers, like a blouse and pleated midi skirt, to avoid a look that is too “hard” for work.

H&M Biker Jacket, $59.99

Zara Peplum Jacket, $139

Style inspiration image by Diego Zuko, courtesy of Harpers Bazaar

By Sasha Smith

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Fashion Jobs – Alexandra Lee Interview

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

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While blogging has been around for years, a new generation of Instagram bloggers have been popping up on our explore pages everywhere. We recently got the chance to catch up with Alexandra Lee, a fashion-forward girl from Vancouver, BC, with an Instagram account that will make your feed dreams come true. Read on to discover her tips and tricks for curating the perfect Instagram!

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SNTF: You have over 600 posts which means you’ve been posting for a while. When did you first start taking social media seriously?

AL: I began posting seriously last summer – social media became more of a commitment for me when I reached roughly 6000 followers and was getting positive feedback on my content.

SNTF: Having an aesthetically pleasing Instagram account is all the rage these days, what are some tips you have to create the perfect feed?

AL: Be consistent. Try and use the same colorways throughout your feed and take high quality photos – natural light is your best friend. I also find it important to find balance throughout the content you post – something busy and colourful next to something clean and minimal. Plan your feed in an album or on VSCO to get an idea of which photos look best next to each other – this has been extremely helpful for me in the past!

SNTF: What is a typical day in the life of Alexandra like?

AL: Work, work, work. That being said, I am so passionate about what I do, so going to work is never a chore. I am also very health conscious – I try to do something active everyday: weights, running, yoga, kickboxing etc. I also try my best to squeeze in an OOTD, weather permitting!

 

SNTF: What tips and advice do you have for readers who want to start their own blog or account showing their personal style? Do you have any majors do’s and don’ts when taking photos of your outfits?

AL: I am definitely a minimalist, so I gravitate towards white walls and clean backdrops to keep my feed looking sharp. My number one tip will always be to photograph in the natural light – if I don’t get a chance to shoot in the daylight then there is a slim chance I will take any photos that day at all. If you’re just getting started, I think it’s important to get yourself out there – interact with other bloggers and don’t go too crazy on the hashtags!

SNTF: We all know how hard it is to take outfit pictures of yourself without using a mirror. How do you get the perfect photo?

AL: I’m lucky enough to have a roommate that I can harass to take quality photos for me. If this isn’t the case for you, then I would suggest taking a quick snap of your outfit to remind yourself to photograph it another day when you’ve got a friend who can help you shoot. I’ll rarely sacrifice a good outfit just to get a post up if it’s not good content.

SNTF: How would you describe your own personal style? Are you inspired by particular people when deciding what to wear?

AL: I would describe it as modern minimalist and a little bit androgynous as of late, but [my style is] constantly changing. I have a handful of bloggers that I often look to for inspiration – India Rose, FIGTNY, Mirjam Flatau, to name a few. Right now the majority of my wardrobe is made up of culottes, white sneakers and some staple tops and  sweaters. I have somewhat of an extreme passion for quality basics!

By Nicole Tinker @nicoletinker

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Fashion Jobs – 5 Ways to Dip Your Feet into the Fashion Industry

Monday, March 21st, 2016

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Volunteering

The easiest way to get experience in the fashion industry is to volunteer. According to mirodoor.com, volunteering is the easiest way to bulk up your resume and gain valuable experience. Try everything from volunteering at fashion shows to helping a designer run their table at a trade show. Not only will you gain firsthand experience of the inner workings of the fashion industry but you’ll create connections with other people in the industry.

Interning

Being a fashion intern isn’t just like the movies – you aren’t just running around fetching cappuccinos for your boss. In reality, interning is a great way to dip your feet into the fashion industry and gain knowledge and experience while doing so. It is also a great way to try out different sectors of the industry and see what you love and don’t love. The connections you make while interning may be helpful later on when applying for different jobs, or your internship may turn into a full-time paid position.

Take classes/enroll in a fashion program

Not only will having a college/university diploma or degree help you obtain future jobs, but attending fashion related classes will strengthen your knowledge in multiple sectors of the fashion industry. From graphic design classes that will teach you how to use industry essentials like Photoshop and Illustrator, to business classes such as marketing and communication, an education will help you tremendously when trying to dip your feet into the fashion industry. Another advantage of enrolling is that many employers, designers, and company’s reach out and post job and intern opportunities through many universities and colleges.

Networking

Gaining valuable connections through your time volunteering and interning is a large advantage when looking for jobs later on. Look for networking events in your city and make use of them.

Social Media + Blogging

Social media is the greatest platform in today’s society for communicating and sharing. Creating your own fashion blog, Instagram where you share your outfits, etc. could help when dipping your feet into the industry. If you are going to use your social media accounts as a way to network and gain followers in the industry – make sure you pay attention to what you post. Potential clients and employers don’t want to see you partying last Friday night; they want to see how your social media reflects you as a person and your style.

By Nicole Tinker

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Fashion Jobs – A Career in Fashion Retail: Lindsay Wilkins

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

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Style Nine to Five connects employers and job seekers daily and hearing success stories is what inspires us! Today we’re featuring one of our own recruits Lindsay Wilkins, who has recently made a career move to Coach as the Field Visual Merchandise Manager for Western Canada. With more than 15 years of experience in the industry (most in a District Manager role for various retailers), she has also grown a successful style blog and personal shopping business, Mabelle Style. Lindsay chats with us about her career in retail and gives some insight on what it’s like to balance a full time career and still do what she loves on the side!

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Style Nine to Five: Congratulations on joining Coach! How do you mix your own personal style while also meeting Coach’s corporate visual display standards? How do you put your own spin on company directives? Is that possible?

 

Lindsay Wilkins: With Coach having recently gone through some creative change, I feel my personal style works with the new direction more then ever. Stuart Vevers has brought a lot more edge to the brand, which I love (recent press). For example, moto leather jackets to pair with the luxury leather bags are staples in my current wardrobe. Discover the latest collection here.

 

SNTF: It seems like you have the best of both worlds. What advice would you give to someone who has a full time career but also wants to start blogging or pursue another passion on the side?

 

LW: I would first advise you work in a field that you generally love and have a personal passion and interest in. It isn’t work when you love what you do. Once you have found that career, a blog is only second nature because your sharing information you love and work with regularly.

 

SNTF: A lot of people think that a career in fashion only means becoming a Buyer or Designer. You have managed to grow a successful career in retail. Can you speak to that?

LW: When I decided to build a career in fashion after high school, I heard a lot about the stigma with retail – you can’t make money, you’re a dime a dozen, etc. It’s not just buying & designing, there are many more jobs in the field that include sales and operations, merchandising, styling, HR, and styling.

To succeed in any career you need to work hard and be vocal about your goals to get to the level you would strive for. There are so many positions and great opportunities with competitive wages that I just don’t think it’s talked about to the capacity that it should be. People aren’t aware of the growth and options within the industry.

 

SNTF: What do you love about a career in retail?

 

LW: Touching and working with the product, being in the know of all the upcoming trends and working with and building relationships with so many different types of people. And of course the discount!

 

SNTF: What would you say is the ‘key’ to a successful career in visual display?

LW: Being open to constant change, always learn and elevate yourself to be current with the trends and focus on the key items.

 

SNTF: What do you love most about having your hands within two different areas of the fashion industry?

 

LW: My personal styling business keeps me relevant in the fashion world as I’m always in the stores seeing what’s new, current and on-trend. While my visual merchandising work keeps me update-to-date with creative and innovative ideas in the retail field.

 

SNTF: Has there ever been a time that you thought you couldn’t balance both careers? How did you overcome that?

 

LW: I’ve always been able to balance because of one very important factor: being a business owner. When you own your own business you can be in full control of what you can take on and schedule without burning yourself out. Balance is a huge part of my life personally and professionally.

 

SNTF: What inspired you to start Mabelle Style?

 

LW: I exceeded expectations in my styling course during my fashion program at Blanche McDonald 13 yrs ago. When I graduated I thought I needed to do something with it. I began doing freelance work on the side while building my day job in visual. Doing freelance meant a lot of free work for photographers to build a portfolio and that was about it. I decided to make it a business officially and created a basic website 9 years ago (pre blogs). I built a business plan behind styling and what clients would look for when they source out a personal stylist, that was the mold of the business. 9 years later, I have a blog and a regular clientele list that keeps growing thanks to referrals, google search and social media!

 

SNTF: How do you continue to successfully grow Mabelle Style while balancing a full time career?

 

LW: Staying relevant in the industry is key with blogs and updating my clients looks. Also, building new relationships and being open to take on new challenges that could create positive exposure for the brand.

 

Photos by Christine Pienaar

 

By: Shania Brown

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Fashion Jobs – 10 Tips to Develop Your Personal Brand

Monday, February 29th, 2016

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Follow these ten tips to help you create your personal brand and wow your potential employers (guaranteed).

1. Determining your goals and values.
First things first, deciding what your personal career goals and values are, both short term and long term, will help you determine what type of person you want to be and how you want to be perceived. Where do you see yourself in a year? Are you the kind of individual who is compassionate or are you indifferent to other people’s feelings? Everything you do, whether it is publicly or in personal situations will reflect on you as a person. People’s perception of you is what makes up your personal brand. For this reason, it is important to decide what values you intend on portraying and what goals you hope to achieve with this. Defining your goals is an essential part of developing your identity because every decision you make in regards to building your brand will be directly linked to your desired goal.

 

2. Defining your target market.
As a “brand” your purpose is to share a specific message about yourself to a distinctive group of people, also known as a target market. Your target audience could be anyone from employers and colleagues to friends and family. Once you’ve determined who you are targeting, you must curate your presence both in person and online to appeal to that specific audience. This tip is not intended to promote deception or falsehood but to help you distinguish the needs of the audience you intend to connect with and determine how you should go about portraying yourself to potentially establish solid relationships.

 

3. Discovering what differentiates you and using that to your advantage.
Take some time to think about what makes you unique. If you want to differentiate yourself from your peers your must use your individual characteristics to your benefit. Whether it is an aesthetic, an experience or a special skill, these things will help you define yourself and your brand identity. Employers are always looking for someone who stands out from the crowd so don’t be afraid to show off your best attributes and share how they could be used as an advantage in the workplace. You should know who you are, and you should know who you are not.

 

4. Promoting your personal interests.
Personal interests, such as hobbies or passions can have a major influence on a person’s character. Sharing your personal interests online and with employers is a great way to showcase your unique charm. People want a coworker who will be positively contributing to their workplace through more than just actual work. When you are branding yourself you are essentially selling people your personality. Your personality should be straightforward and recognizable online and through your social media outlets in order for others to feel as though they are already familiar with you on a personal level before they even meet you.

 

5. Social media presence.
Social Media outlets such as Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and LinkedIn have arguably become one of the most important ways to build a personal brand. These platforms allow anyone to have immediate access to your work, get an understanding of your personality and style through the Internet as well as connect with you instantly. Lots of job opportunities have been created due to social media. Many employers take it upon themselves to look at their candidates’ profiles online to have a better understanding of how they are portraying themselves since it could affect the image of the company and brand they are hiring for. Having a cohesive, professional and interesting social media presence is fundamental in developing a successful public personal brand. Your social media profiles should include visually appealing images, a clear and consistent aesthetic as well as promote your creativity and individuality, whether it be through pictures of your work, sharing personal interests or by showcasing your knowledgeable skills as a young industry professional.

 

6. Paying Attention to Detail
Paying attention to detail is a key strategy to ensure you keep your brand consistent. You must make certain that the small things you are doing, such as your body language, any professional e-mails and notes you write as well as all captions or comments you make on social media are in keeping with your brand. This helps you remain true to the initial message, goals and values you have previously determined for your personal brand and give you credibility.

 

7. Consistency

To create a successful brand you must be one hundred percent consistent. Consistency goes hand in hand with authenticity, paying attention to detail and maintaining an individual personal identity. When you think of a brand, like Chanel for example, there are automatically certain attributes that come to mind that are associated with it, like the notion of class, haute-couture and it’s intriguing history. When creating a personal brand you must keep this in mind because your main focus is to try and control what attributes people associate with your brand and one of the ways to maintain a positive depiction of yourself is to remain consistent in your message.

 

8. Authenticity
Authenticity is extremely important when developing a brand identity. We live in a society where there is an excessive amount of media content being thrown at us daily, whether it is through advertisements, television, on websites or social media. Being immersed in this leads people to become more skeptical of the authenticity of what is being put out there, which is why it is important to stay genuine and transparent in everything you do or it could greatly damage your personal brand. Authenticity is important not only through media, but also when dealing with people in everyday situations. One of the main purposes of developing a personal brand is to create relationships with others that could lead you further into your career. However, without authenticity there is no trust, which therefore, could result in unsuccessful professional relationships.

 

9. Personal Style
Style can play a sizeable role in the way someone is being perceived. Your clothing, hair, makeup and accessories all reflect you as an individual and can alter your personal brand. The way you represent yourself through fashion doesn’t necessarily have to be in keeping with the latest trends or big designers, although, it should be consistent with your aesthetic, personality and overall brand, as well as remain professional. Style isn’t limited to your look, but can also be found in the way you speak, your mannerisms and facial expressions, so it is always best to remain aware of your actions when communicating with others.

 

10. Being Yourself
As cliché as it may sound, being yourself is one of the most important factors in successfully developing your personal brand. Being unique and staying true to your values will come off as genuine and will allow people to resonate with you, which will help you build long-term quality relationships that could hopefully lead to employment.

 

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By: Sarah Said

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Fashion Jobs – Winter to Spring Transitions

Sunday, February 28th, 2016

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This time of year is always such a love, hate relationship with my closet. The months are getting warmer, and you know you can do your spring shopping soon and everyone loves a good closet makeover. However, the key word for spring shopping is soon. This is where my hate part comes in. February and March are those months where you’re waiting for springs arrivals and you’re over heating in your winter wear. You don’t know what colours or outfits to be wearing because it’s that uncooperative ‘in between’ months.

The girls guide to winter X spring transitional shopping is a lot easier than it looks. You can wear some brighter spring colours, without looking too eager, and also wearing outfits that are great for both winter and spring.

Over the Knee Boots

These are perfect for winter and spring, making them completely reasonable to purchase after the winter months. The varieties of these boots are endless making them great for every women’s wardrobe. You can wear it with denim or leggings in the winter and switch them out with a sweater dress or t shirt dress for spring.

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Capes

Capes are a new twist on your classic go-to all season long blazer. Black is still an OK colour for spring, but whites and greys are also acceptable for winter and spring. You wont be disappointed by this purchase.

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White Blazer

Like I said blazers are classic and a great go-to all season long. This pick is inspired by no other then SNTF founder Christie Lohr. Spoken like a true fashionista, a white blazer is the perfect purchase for your in between seasons if its not already an addition to your closet.

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Culottes

Officially one of my favourite trends of 2015 continuing into 2016. They’re comfortable, sophisticated and suitably avant-garde. They’re perfect for many seasons, including these in-between ones.

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Style Inspiration: Image of Annabelle Fleur, Curtesy of Just the Design

Product Selection:

Stuart Weitzman ‘Highland’ Over The Knee Boot, $925

Ivanka Trump ‘Livi’ Faux Suede Over the Knee Boot, $155.79, available at Nordstrom

Jeffrey Campbell ‘Paradox’ Over the Knee Boot, $182.81, available at Nordstrom

Asos Lavish Alice Cape Blazer, $124

Asos Lavish Alice Collarless Cape Blazer, $133

Premium Striped Maxi Cape Blazer by Lavish Alice, UK 78, available at Topshop

Longline Slouch Blazer, UK $59, available at Topshop

Forever 21, Contemporary Ruched-Sleeve Blazer, $45.90

Rebecca Minkoff ‘Becky’ Silk Blazer, $535.84, available at Nordstrom

Zara Culottes, $49.90

Vince Camuto Pleat Front Culottes, $126.16, available at Nordstrom

Wilfred Beaulieu Pant, $145.00, available at Aritzia

 

By: Jordan Sangster

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Fashion Jobs – Beyond the Job Boards: Your Dream Job Is Hiding, Here’s How to Find It

Sunday, January 17th, 2016

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Online job boards are the first stop for almost every job seeker; and in most cases, the final stop. The strategy of placing all of your résumés in one basket means missing out on all of the other exciting opportunities out there – you just have to make a commitment to finding them. Job seeking can sometimes mirror dating in the sense that you may never find the right ‘one’ by looking in all the same places.

 

Wondering why companies don’t post all of their job openings? Perhaps the hiring manager doesn’t want to be bombarded with a slew of résumés, or someone may still be in the position, but they are soon to be let go. Also, most hidden opportunities are typically filled based on internal promotions, referrals and recommendations. Those are just a few reasons, but either way, those fashion jobs are out there and you can be that referral or recommendation!

 

Your willingness to put yourself out there will yield more results, boost your confidence, and open your mind to opportunities and companies that you generally wouldn’t have even considered. Branch out beyond the fashion job boards and seek job openings that aren’t being advertised using these tips:

 

1. Ask. It never hurts to ask. Create a list of companies that you would like to target, whether or not they are hiring, and reach out the hiring manager. Create an industry-specific résumé that highlights the role you are seeking and complement it with a detailed cover letter that is addressed to a specific person. Inquire about opportunities that may align with your experience and note that you are open to an informational meeting to discuss current or future opportunities. Can’t get to the hiring manager? Proceed to the following steps.

 

2. Network. Get the word out that you’re in the job market by reaching out to your network and starting a conversation around your area of expertise. The information you receive will depend on your approach and on whether or not they can picture you as a colleague or as someone they would recommend. If you’re sincere and you’re not coming off as desperate, you’ll find it’s fairly easy to open doors to influential decision makers. Current employees are privy to inside information such as upcoming projects, new departments, and expansions with the company. Staying in contact on a regular basis will keep your name fresh in their minds when an opportunity comes around.

 

3. Research. Take some time to find out what the innovative companies in your industry are up to. Is there a department that you can see yourself contributing to or improving? Without stepping on any toes, call out an area of opportunity and suggest how you would be able to improve the current methods or help to take things to the next level. Be ready to back it up with real ideas and examples of how you can make an impact.

 

Furthermore, using social networks like LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook are great ways to connect with the people who can get you one step closer to the hiring manager.

 

With all of these methods comes one requirement – patience. Applying via job boards may feel as though you’re quickly moving along in the right direction, but the automatic response stating that your application was received can be misleading. Asking for an informational meeting, reaching out to your network, and researching companies takes perseverance and commitment. It’s an ongoing process and patience will yield the results that will set you on the right path to your dream job.

 

Image: Brooklyn D Photography

 

By Malicia Basdeo, New York City

Fashion Jobs – Velvet Takeover

Sunday, September 27th, 2015

Style Nine to Five - Fashion Jobs

Velvet is a huge trend for fall and goes perfectly with all the seventies-inspired fashion we are seeing in shops lately. This trend can take you everywhere from the office to a lunch date to drinks at night! My ultimate favourite velvet blazer is Reformation’s “Opera Bolero”. It perfectly incorporates the necktie trend we are seeing for fall as well. For the office, I would pair this with a black blouse and a pair of relaxed black trousers. A velvet blazer really speaks for itself, so I like to keep the rest of my office look very subtle and understated.

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1. Reformation Opera Bolero, $258 USD

2. Zara Flowing Velvet Blazer, $159

3. Sue Navy Striped Jumpsuit, $64 USD, available at Pixie Market

4. Arya Relaxed Trouser, $80 USD, available at Modern Citizen

5. Rag & Bone Loretta Velvet Blazer, $831, available at Nordstrom

6. Elizabeth and James Eliza Skirt, $436, available at ShopBop

 

By Lindsay Mix, Vancouver (@lindsmix)

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