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Fashion Jobs – The 5 Coats You Need This Spring

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

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Now that warmer days are ahead, it’s officially time to start thinking about transitioning from your bulky, heavy parka and making room in your closet for spring-appropriate options.  From bold hues to oversized fits, we’ve rounded up the top outerwear trends that we can’t wait to get our hands on.

1.Updated Bomber

The Updated Bomber

2016 was the year of the bomber jacket, with fashionistas around the globe donning bombers in neutral and pastel hues. We’re excited to see that this trend is sticking around, only this spring we’re looking forward to getting our hands on a bomber that has more personality. We love this statement orange Ted Baker bomber and are swooning over its romantic print.

2.Ladylike

Ladylike

For those warmer spring days when you can get away with wearing a sleeveless top and a pair of airy dress pants, you need a feminine coat to match. We can’t get enough of this embellished, white coat and its boucle finish. Not to mention it can easily transition from the boardroom to après work cocktails.

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Statement Sleeves

While flowy sleeves have been popular in the past, spring’s statement sleeve is going to take the trend even further.  A statement sleeve is loud, fun, and attention-getting and will instantly elevate your look.

4.Robe Coat

Bathrobe Inspired
One of the coat trends we’re most excited for is the laidback luxe look of a wrap jacket. This look gives us a model-off-duty vibe and we can’t wait for warmer weather so we can rock this bathrobe-inspired trend. Toss one over jeans to add polish to a casual look, or pair one with a slip dress for a boudoir-inspired ensemble. 

5. The New Trench

Oversized Trench:

Slouchy fabrics, big buckles, and extended silhouettes – this year’s trench coats are anything but ordinary. Our style advice? The bolder the better.

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1. Herrne Regal Romance Bomber Jacket, $415, available at Ted Baker

2. Yulisa Embellished Cropped Boucle Jacket, $529, available at Ted Baker

3. Fendi Leather Accented Cotton Trenchcoat, $4,870, available at Saks Fifth Avenue

4. H&M Patterned Kimono, $80, available at H&M

5. TOPSHOP 80s Double-Breasted Trench Coat, $240, available at The Bay

Ainsley Smith, Toronto, @ainsleysmithy

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Fashion Jobs – 5 Ways to Pare Down an Overflowing Closet

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

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A classic case of “I have nothing to wear” syndrome rears its ugly head even when we have closets stuffed full of the latest and greatest. Could that be the problem? Is there such a thing as too many clothes?

Maybe.

Capsule wardrobes and minimalist makeovers have become popular more recently — and for good reason. It’s so much easier to create your own individual style and get dressed in the morning if you don’t have an entire shopping mall to choose from! If you’ve found yourself with an overabundance of clothes and don’t know where to start, try out these five tips to shed a few layers.

1. Stop Buying

This may seem like an obvious first step, but people can get into deep denial when it comes to their spending habits. How did you end up with enough clothes to keep an army toasty warm this winter? Put down the credit cards, step away from the ATM, and don’t you dare be tempted by those sales! I’ve found that using a spending tracker exposes just how much I shell out for clothes, and can help to quell the habit.

2. Get rid of duplicates

You may not have two of the same shirt, but I can guarantee you have two or even three items that look remarkably similar or serve the exact same purpose. How many black layering tank tops do I really need? Apparently, I thought seven would do the trick. Any generic skirts, blue jeans, or white blouses that are available in endless supply? As long as you keep up on laundry, there’s really no reason to have multiples, as it will just cause unnecessary wardrobe bulk.

3. Remove the “To Be Repaired”

Let’s face it, at some point you’re going to have to realize you’re not a seamstress. It might be easy to repair a simple hole, but anything beyond that needs to be carefully considered. How long have you been meaning to take that old blouse in to have a split seam fixed somewhere or do it yourself? If the answer is more than six months, chances are you’re never going to touch it. We’re busy women! It’s okay to have priorities! Just don’t let the things that fall to the wayside fill up your closet space.

4. If it Doesn’t Fit, it’s Time to Split

You know that size zero you always told yourself you’d eventually fit into? If it’s been sitting on a shelf for a while, it’s probably not going to happen. And that’s okay! Every woman has her own shape; own yours like a boss. I’m guilty of this, too. If I buy something online that doesn’t fit perfectly, I’ll hang onto it just in case my shape changes (not likely; bone structure isn’t known to fluctuate) or I tell myself I’ll find time to take it to a tailor. You know what happens to those items? That’s right — a year later they go to a thrift shop. So let’s say sayonara to these ill-fitting items.

5. Guilty conscience? Time to let go

Good grief, those gorgeous $80 heels that are hell on the ankles? Or, that beautiful floor length gown that I bought “just in case?” The impractical designer jacket that can’t get dirty, wet, cold, or, let alone used? Money makes us do crazy things — especially when it comes to looking good. The thought of having something luxurious and expensive in our closet is sometimes so tempting, we forget if we actually have a use for it or not. In my experience, if something is REALLY nice and REALLY expensive, I’m too afraid to wear it. That’s not the point of clothing! If it stays out of guilt, give yourself a break and let go. Who knows, the resale value could be enough to assuage your conscience!

You don’t have to do everything all at once. Baby steps are good too, and hopefully, by the end of the process, your closet will be a bit less overwhelming. Your next overflow project to tackle: makeup! *cringing inside*….

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Sara Antonuccio, Grants Pass, @afashionistaabroad

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Fashion Jobs – Q&A with Toronto-Based Entrepreneur and Lingerie Designer MARY YOUNG

Friday, February 10th, 2017

Style Nine to Five - Fashion Jobs in CanadaIn a world where women are constantly judged by their size and appearance, feeling sexy and confident in one’s own skin can come as a struggle. Thankfully there are brands like MARY YOUNG – a lingerie and loungewear line – that praise females for their differences and empower women to feel comfortable with their bodies.

SNTF spoke to the designer, entrepreneur and boss babe behind the brand last year, but we wanted to check in and see what’s on the horizon for MARY YOUNG. After speaking with Mary, we learned that she is showing no signs of slowing down and that there are big things happening this year for the Toronto-based lifestyle brand.

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SNTF: When we last spoke with you, you mentioned that MARY YOUNG was created while you were studying at Ryerson University for your thesis. What made you decide to turn MARY YOUNG into a business?

MY: During my thesis, I spent hours on end studying the fashion industry, specifically the lingerie market and it was clear that the majority of women weren’t being portrayed in the content or the style of garments. Almost everything I saw was push up, padding, underwire and a ‘standard’ type of sexy. I never felt like I could relate to anything I saw and realized that the message was if you bought this bra or wore that set then you’d be sexy, which I couldn’t agree with. I realized that all the women that didn’t see themselves in these garments and imagery needed to be able to relate to what they saw. That was the true motivation to start MARY YOUNG and encourage women to embrace their natural shape and to define sexy for themselves.

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SNTF: Your business has grown so much since you first launched. What have been the biggest obstacles? How about Triumphs? 

MY: Growth has been amazing but like any growth there are always pains. The biggest would have to be production and sourcing everything within Canada. The fashion industry here is getting smaller and smaller, especially when it comes to production. It took quite some time and trial and error to find the production that I work with now but all that hard work has paid off. Another major struggle is growing as a small brand with little to no budget and team. Looking at these large companies that can gift products and advertise so easily really make it tough for growing brands to find a foothold in the industry. With time and perseverance, it does happen though, patience truly is a virtue. Some of the biggest triumphs would be hearing how women feel about themselves after buying pieces. The feedback has been extremely motivating and is really what keeps me going forward. Another huge accomplishment has been having one of the new spring styles on Winnie Harlow for the February cover of Elle Canada.

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 SNTF: Now that the first month of the new year complete, what do you hope to accomplish in 2017? 

MY: So much has already happened in one month that is leading to so many exciting things later this year. The brand has grown a lot and there will be a lot of changes happening in the next few months. I don’t want to give too much away but keep your eye out for more than just new products!

SNTF: What is the most challenging part of running your own business? How do you keep yourself from getting burnt out?

MY: The most challenging part is everything falls on my shoulders, not only the small decisions like the Instagram captions but to where our budget will go and what takes priority every day. It’s hard to balance everything out and still remain excited and motivated. I’ve found stepping away from work to be the best way to not get burnt out and surprisingly it helps me get more done too. The distance and separation helps me clear my head so I’m refreshed when I come back to dealing with everything. I also find working out to be an extremely beneficial stress relief. The ability to get out all my anxiety, stress and frustration while getting stronger is such an amazing feeling, not to mention it gives me more energy!

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SNTF: How do you stay creatively inspired?

MY: The best way I stay inspired is to continuously surround myself with design; that can be anything from visiting museums to interesting coffee shops to Tumblr. Opening myself up to different styles and inspirations is important to challenge myself to grow and to refine what the brand really stands for. Also, having creative friends that challenge me on my ideas and help push me forward is extremely helpful.

SNTF: You’re living proof of a true boss babe. How do you handle work/life balance? 

MY: First off, thank you! Balance is something that comes and goes, my friends can truly attest to that. Depending on what season I’m in, whether it’s a seriously busy time of year or not, I likely won’t be completely balanced. I do make sure to take time off from work and spend it with friends. I do that by scheduling in social plans as I would a meeting. I don’t allow myself to miss seeing friends if we make plans and I hold myself accountable to my personal life the same way I do my professional life. One of the best ways to find balance is to not be too hard on yourself when you don’t have it, this shouldn’t be another area of stress, like everything it comes in time.

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SNTF: Your brand seems to really be blowing up on Instagram. How has social media contributed to MARY YOUNG’s success?

MY: I personally believe without social media MARY YOUNG wouldn’t still be around. As a small company, there is almost no budget for advertising and that’s where Instagram has come into play. I’ve been able to meet other creatives, photographers, models and media through social media. It’s also been a great way to build the brand and connect with everyone, growing a community is tough as it is but with Instagram it’s so much easier to have a place for everyone to see the brand and get the latest news.

SNTF: In the world of lingerie, it can be difficult to stay ahead of the game. How is MARY YOUNG different and what sets it apart from other companies like it?

MY: MARY YOUNG focuses on women and their natural shape, something that a lot of lingerie lines don’t focus on. All our pieces are made with bamboo jersey that is extremely soft and wears well, this means comfort comes first and design comes second. Encouraging women to embrace their natural shape and to focus on their own definition of sexy is a really integral part of the brand. After all, when a woman feels comfortable and confident, she is undeniably sexy.

SNTF: We LOVE that you feature real women wearing your products and that you focus on empowering women to embrace their bodies. What’s the reasoning behind this?

MY: The main reasoning is to really grow confidence among all women and acceptance towards not only ourselves but to everyone. We focus on inclusivity because when women support each other we can do amazing things. I want everyone to feel like they can relate to MARY YOUNG and see themselves in the images we use. Without that, there isn’t a point to do what we’re doing.

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SNTF: What is your favourite part of running your own business? What about the hardest part?

MY: My favourite part is seeing all my hard work come together and create something. The late nights and weekends sacrificed all mean something when a new collection comes out and is well received or when I get a message on Instagram from a customer saying how much she loves her new piece. The hardest part is doing it alone, as humans we are designed to be a part of something bigger and have a community, so making all the decisions, big or small, and traveling to meet new buyers and sell the product can be exhausting alone. I’m so thankful for friends and family that continue to support me along the way.

SNTF: What professional advice would you give to up and coming designers who are looking to start their own business?

MY: I would definitely recommend planning it out first, whether that’s with a business plan or a strategy for how you envision the business to grow. Without a strong plan, it’s really hard to execute everything and make sure timelines match up to buying calendars and production schedules. Once you feel like you have a solid plan, talk it through with people you respect and trust. Feedback from people that you trust is definitely important in the beginning stages, you’ll continue to come back to them as the business grows too.

SNTF: And finally, what’s next for MARY YOUNG?

MY: The business is growing and we’re so excited to keep up with that growth. It would be great to expand into other categories but at this point we’re focusing on continuing what we’re doing and doing it well. I also hope to expand the mission of MARY YOUNG to really grow the community and following through different events.

To check out Mary’s amazing creations you can take a look at her website, or follow her on Instagram!

Ainsley Smith, Toronto, @ainsleysmithy

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Fashion Jobs – Fashion for a Cause

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

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The term fast fashion is making an appearance in more and more news articles, bringing attention to a trend that is just starting to take off: green fashion. And no, not the color.

Green fashion refers to ethically created, sustainably produced clothing that not only protects the planet but the rights of workers as well. It ignores trends and focuses on creating timeless, stylish, pieces that won’t go through your closet and into the trash in one season.

Are you looking to make more earth-conscious fashion decisions, but don’t know where to start? We’ve put together a guide that will help you identify ethical brands and what they do to make the world a better and more sustainable place.

What to Avoid

If you’re about to buy a piece that looks exactly like a design you saw cross the runway a mere few weeks before and it costs less than a meal for two at a reasonable restaurant, be wary. Not only are these signs of mass produced, cheaply made products, they’re also more likely to be tossed by you, the consumer, sooner than if they were designer pieces. This constant cycling hurts both your wallet and the environment.

Eco-friendly

Not all fabrics are created and produced equally. The shirt on your back started out as a seed, and that seed needed water, energy, and labour to turn it into the material that keeps you looking stylish every day.  The following are a few brands paying extra attention to what materials they source, and what they can do to minimize textile waste:

Fair Trade Friends

Unfortunately, the fashion industry tows behind it a history of labour abuse. But, thanks to fair trade, attitudes are shifting. Fair trade gives more money to the people who actually produce the clothing, empowers workers, promotes equal rights, and keeps the environment in mind. Check out these fair trade brands:

Animal Rights

Cruelty-free makeup has been popular for some time now. But what about cruelty-free fashion? Often referred to as “vegan fashion,” this shift in attitude takes into account the rights of animals and the exploitation that is involved in giving consumers furs and leathers. Thinking purely stylistically, leather is sexy. It’s smooth like butter and makes any outfit look luxe and expensive. But for the sake of the animals, try the brand Freedom of Animals instead. Their products are perfect replicas of the real thing! These brands also produce cruelty-free clothing:

Empowering Workers “Artisan Made”

“Artisan made” clothing sounds kitschy, until you realize the implications. Sweatshops, child labour, and worker mistreatment still runs rampant in countries where most clothing is made. Instead of unknowingly supporting the oppression of poor workers in even poorer places of the globe, look at these brands. Each one supports the predominantly female seamstresses of the world in its own unique way:

It’s hard to make ethical choices when you don’t even know what your options are. Hopefully, this post will inspire you to think about the importance of making informed decisions in every aspect of life; even fashion.

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Sara Antonuccio, Grants Pass, @sara_rayne

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Fashion Jobs – 7 Ways to Incorporate Red into Your Work Outfit on Valentine’s Day

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

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Well ladies, now that the most romantic day of the year is almost here, it’s time to start figuring out what to wear — date or no date. When it comes to dressing for Valentine’s Day, it’s fun to take advantage of wearing the holiday colours, especially if you’re spending the day at work. But, the key is to avoid looking too cliché. This Valentine’s day, we wanted to ensure you look your best so we’ve put together 7 tips on how to incorporate the colour red into your work outfit.

1. Scarf

Elevate Your Look With a Scarf

Red is a bold colour to rock, especially in work attire. If you don’t feel comfortable wearing a lot of red, get into the spirit with a cozy scarf. By wearing a scarf, you’re able to elevate your look, while showing off your Valentine’s Day spirit.

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Playful Red Accessories

Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to go out and buy that pair of heels or that perfect tote bag that you’ve been eyeing up at the mall. By pairing chic red accessories together, you’ll have two focal areas on your outfit.

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Luxe Velvet Choker

Want a subtler take on wearing red?  Add a cheery pop of colour to your outfit by wearing a trendy red velvet or satin choker.

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A Little Red Dress

While the little black dress is a closet staple, every woman should have a fun alternative. Just remember, if you’re dressing for the workplace, make sure the dress is work appropriate and follows the dress code. If it’s sleeveless, you can wear a blazer or a cardigan over it.

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For most people, their suits are a neutral colour like black, navy or grey. While these colours are appropriate for the office, it’s always fun to spice things up a bit, and nothing says spicy like a red power suit. Pair a red blazer and pants with a white or black blouse and you have the perfect outfit for Valentine’s Day at the office.

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Chic Red Top

For most of us, our work wardrobe typically consists of neutral colours. This Valentine’s Day, liven’ your go-to work uniform by swapping your predictable white blouse for a playful red.

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Red Outerwear

if you don’t like the idea of being committed to red all day long, the perfect alternative is red outerwear. A red coat is not only ideal for Valentine’s Day, but it can be worn all season long.

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Product Info:

1. Pashmina Scarf, $120.00, available Simons
2. Lodis “Audrey Collection- Jessica Tote, $407.26, available at Nordstrom

3. Stessy K, $85.00, available at Aldo

4. BP. Velvet Choker in red, $19.13, available at Nordstrom

5. Karl Lagerfeld Paris Cap Sleeve Split Neck Sheath Dress, $179.00, available at The Bay

6. Max Mara Fabia Wool Jacket, $1450.00, available at Saks Fifth Avenue

7. Max Mara Anemone Wool-blend Pant, $650.00, available at Saks Fifth Avenue

8. Vince Camuto High/Low Blouse, $107.97, available at Nordstrom

9. Kate Spade Wool-Blend Coat, $341.53, available at Nordstrom

Jennifer Williams, Toronto, _jenniferwilliams

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Fashion Jobs – 2017 Trend Alert: Pyjama Party 

Monday, February 6th, 2017

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2016 was definitely the year of athleisure wear, but it looks like the fashion world is going to enter a whole new level of comfort this year thanks to the highly covetable sleepwear trend. From celebs to bloggers, there’s been no shortage of pyjama-inspired streetwear sightings and now its time for you to give it a try!   

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Now, despite the urge, we can’t simply jump out of bed and head straight to the office. The entire reason this is a trend is because it combines the comfort of PJ’s with the chic look of sophistication. The key is to look polished which means no wrinkles, stains or missing buttons.

Having a matching low-cut button down top and loosely fit drawstring bottom is not essential but it does make things a lot easier in the morning. The staple to the pyjama top is most often the peter pan or shirt collar, wide cuff and the square pocket on the left side of the chest.

Similarly, the popularity of the silk slip dress, lace trim cami and elongated robe over pieces give you the chance to play around with layering.  And let’s not forget about patterns and stripes, which most often are what distinguishes a pyjama piece. 

This year, if you decide to jump on this trend, make sure to fully rock the look – this means with accessories and a killer pair of heels. But make sure to wear accessories that don’t clash with your patterns. Finally, don’t forget the hair and makeup, because you don’t want to your boss to think that you completely skipped out on getting ready for work in the morning. 

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By: Dia McLaughlin, Mississauga, @diamari3

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Fashion Jobs – Winter Approved Office Looks

Monday, January 30th, 2017

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We understand the struggle of balancing your fashion-forward style in an office environment in the dead of a Canadian winter. It’s not always easy to look your best when you have to battle nature’s elements to and from work. You may even have asked yourself a few times this season: How does one make chunky, shapeless winter clothing look good? It’s not impossible!

We’ve put together three outfits to wear to work this winter that are the right combination of chic and warm while still remaining functional. Getting ready for work this season has just gotten a whole lot easier!

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Look One

In the past, winter boots that had it all (anti-slip treads on the soles, waterproof material and warm insulation) rarely translated to sleek or stylish. Footwear companies have really stepped up their game and you can now find a huge selection of practical yet cool winter gear. Pair black wedge boots with leather leggings and a fuzzy sweater for a chic pulled together winter ensemble that will surely be a hit in the boardroom.

Product Details:

CHIKIMIKI Ines Black Cashmere Sweater, $745, available at Lyst

Sorel Jan of Arctic Wedge Mid Boot in Black Quarry, $280, available at Sorel

Imitation Leather Trousers, $29.99, available at H&M

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Look Two

Skirts can actually be a year-round staple if you get a little creative. Look for heavy fabrics and longer lengths when deciding to wear one in the colder months. First, tuck a cashmere sweater into the waistline of your skirt and complete the look by cinching your waist with a thin belt. Complete the look with a pair of fleece black tights, as they’ll protect your legs from the cold weather.

Product Details:

• Asymmetrical Zip Pencil Skirt in Wool, $95, available at J Crew

• Les 100 Ciels Cashmere Sweater in Cream, $197.69, available at ASOS

• Skinny Faux Leather Belt in Black, $6.90, available at Forever 21

• Fleece Tights in Black, $14.99, available at H&M

• Evans Leopard Print Faux Fur Coat, $190.94, available at Nordstrom

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Look Three

Ditch the predictable black winter jacket this season and swap it for something that makes a serious statement. This year, bold, attention-getting coats are all the rage, as seen on fashionistas from around the world. Faux fur, patterned and bold coloured jackets are an easy way to make a statement at work while still following the dress code. Go for a more casual look underneath, like a chic turtleneck, a pair of dress pants and ankle boots, and then let your outerwear do all the talking.

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• Babaton Larry T-Shirt, $45, available at Aritzia

• BCBGMAXAZRIA Chris Wide-Leg Pants, $257, available at The Bay

• TOPSHOP Happy-Days Toe Cap Boots, $170, available at TOPSHOP

Inspiration image courtesy Pinterest

By: Taja Jarvis, Toronto, @TVJV

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Fashion Jobs – Your Designer January Wish List

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

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So, you didn’t get everything you wanted on your Christmas wish list? You’re definitely not alone! Despite 2017 being well on its way, we’re still day dreaming of the coveted items that we didn’t see under the tree this year. We’ve put together a winter style guide that lists all the items that Santa forgot on his trip down the chimney that you need to get your hands on this year. Bonus – they are appropriate for any office environment.

1. Rachel Zoe Sweater Dress

The Perfect Sweater Dress

Warm turtleneck? Check. Fun print? Check. Appropriate length? Check. The Fran sweater dress from Rachel Zoe is the perfect addition to any office wardrobe this winter. Pair this item with a pair of over-the-knee boots and a warm jacket and you’re ready to head out the door. The lace up ties on either side are an added Instagram-worthy detail.

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Custom Embroidered Denim

The rumors are true – you can wear denim to work, in a more casual office environment of course. If you work in a modern tech start-up or for a fashion magazine, wearing jeans to work should be no problem. Throw a custom embroidered denim jacket over any outfit for an edgy-vintage vibe. Customize this piece and make it totally yours by choosing exactly where you want the lettering and even specifying the thread colour.

3. Valentino Bag

Designer Carry-All

Who hasn’t wished for a functional statement bag that can tote all their belongings to and from the office? Investing in a designer handbag is a big (read expensive!) decision – opt for a classic and timeless piece in a less-than-typical colour. Valentino’s My Rockstand is a cult favourite and features a roomy interior and a structured body making this stand-out item the quintessential everyday bag.

4. Maison Margiela Nude Boot

Snazzy Winter Boots

These sleek booties will have all eyes on you with their modern design, architectural block heel and creamy colour. There’s a fine line between being too fashion-forward at the office, so keep your clothing choices non-distracting and functional for work – and these Margielas strike the perfect balance! Added points: the warm nude colour of the leather is ideal for the upcoming Winter-Spring transition period.

5. Tiffany Love Pendant

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Dainty Statement Jewelry

It’s not a contradiction, dainty jewelry can make a big impact on your outfit. You don’t need a large collar necklace or even bright colours to create a statement with your neckwear. Layer dainty pendants with a single chain choker for a bold yet elegant look. Tiffany & Co’s simple graffiti-style ‘Love’ necklace stands out just enough to be fashion-forward while remaining appropriate for any office environment, while this layered choker can add a touch of femininity to a blazer .

Product Info:

1. Rachel Zoe Fran Sweater Dress, $659, available at Revolve

2. GRLFRND Custom Embroidered Denim, prices vary, available at Revolve

3. Valentino My Rockstud large leather tote in Water Rose, $2,895, available at Net-A-Porter

4. Maison Margiela Leather Booties in Nude, $965, available at Saks Fifth Avenue

5. Tiffany and Co. Paloma Picasso Love pendant, $270

6. Image courtesy of Forever21

By: Taja Jarvis, Toronto, @TVJV

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Fashion Jobs – Five Winter Runway Trends You Can Actually Pull Off

Monday, January 16th, 2017

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Although runway fashions may not make up the bulk of your closet, that doesn’t mean you can’t take inspiration from them. Luckily, winter 2017’s trends are fun, stylish and sure you keep you cozy and chic at the same time.

This winter, if you’re looking for ways to upgrade your wardrobe take notes from the pros and incorporate some high fashion trends into your repertoire.

From puffers to luxe velvet, we’ve rounded up five winter runway trends inspired by the runways that you can actually afford to pull off.

1. Fun Ski Coat

Fun Ski Jackets

Calling all snow bunnies! Even if the slopes aren’t your thing, the ski jacket is a winter wardrobe staple. Seen here from Balenciaga, you don’t have to be an Alpine pro to rock this trend. Bring out your jacket from the back of the closet and pair it with a fitted skirt or pair of high-waisted trousers for the workplace. Extra points if it’s in a vibrant hue.

2. Chic Puffer Coat

Chic Puffer Coats

Not only will puffer coats keep you toasty warm, but you’ll look cool wearing them. Seen here at Vivienne Westwood, they come in many styles from futuristic to subdued. Metallics are in, so try pairing a gold or silver puffer with a little black dress for a fun, chic night out look.

3. Turtleneck

Layered Turtlenecks

Instead of tossing your spring dresses aside, layer them over a comfy turtleneck for everyday glam, like this look from Valentino. The best part? It’s a second layer of clothing to keep you warm all while looking like a million bucks. The colour and pattern combinations are endless.

4. Fur

Faux Fur

Faux fur is thankfully making its way back into the fashion world – and for good reason. It not only adds a serious dose of glam to any look, but it can also be dressed up or down. Try rocking a fur-lined collar (like this Dior look) or drape a fur stole over a blazer for a sophisticated, elegant look.

5.Velvet

Luxe Velvet

Nothing says Royalty like velvet. Feel like a queen in a sleek, velvet dress this winter. Pair with layered necklaces, a cross-body bag and fierce shoes, as seen at Prada.

Images:

1. Balenciaga Swing Parka Ski Jacket, $2,750, available at Net-a-Porter

2. Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood Puffer Jacket, available at Vivienne Westwood

3. Valentino, Fall 2016. Photo by Yannis Vlamos / Indigital.tv, Image courtesy of Vogue

4. Dior Dark Navy Fur Peacoat, Dior, available at Dior

5. Prada Velvet Dress, Image courtesy of Vogue Paris

 

By Julia Ranney, Toronto, @ranneyjulia

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Fashion Jobs – NYE Outfit Ideas

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

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It’s hard to believe that 2016 has come to an end, but what a year it was! But, before we can strut into the new year (with our best foot forward, of course), we must raise a glass of bubbly and toast to the year that’s passed. To ensure you have a New Year that’s as fabulous as you, we’ve put together a lineup of outfit suggestions that are perfect for whatever you might have planned. No matter what your plans are, we’re sure you’ll find an outfit you like below.

1. Sequin Dress2. Silver Booties

The Statement Dress
A statement dress is a New Year’s Eve staple. Whether you have big night on the town planned, or you’re hitting up a house party, you can’t go wrong with an attention-grabbing party dress. Go for sequins, or something with a metallic sheen — It’s the perfect way to look festive without being overly flashy. We recommend pairing a statement dress with a pair of disco-worthy boots for the ultimate NYE look.

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4. Leather Pants

The Statement Top

If dresses aren’t your thing, ring in the new year in a stunning statement top and a pair of killer leather pants instead. Leather pants are a winter staple and look perfect with a conversation starting top and heels and are perfect for more casual NYE plans. We can’t get enough of this chic Theory peplum top.

5. Gold Skirt

6. black sweater

The Statement Skirt

Another NYE look that we can’t get enough of is a gold statement skirt paired with a chic sweater. This look is equal parts cozy and festive and can be worn to just about anything – from a low-key gathering to a wild night on the town.

Product Details:

1. Sequin Dress, $109, available at Urban Outfitters

2. Top Shop Moscow Metallic Booties, $99, available at Nordstrom

3. Theory Peplum Top, $439, available at the Bay

4. Alive and Olivia Leather Leggings, $1,129, available at Nordstrom

5. Top Shop Gold Metallic Pleated Skirt, $58, available at Top Shop

6. Asal Sweater, $269, available at Club Monaco

By Ainsley Smith, Toronto, @ainsleysmithy

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