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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



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

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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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Fashion Jobs – Office Appropriate Crop Tops

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

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When curating your standard office outfit, people tend to steer along the safe side of things, which often refers to being decently covered up. However, in the Spring and Summer months, what are you to do with all of the crop tops you have sitting unused in your closet? Most people may say it’s impossible to maintain a sense of professionalism when dressed in a crop top, but I beg to differ. By pairing a crop top with a high waisted skirt, you look exceptionally put together. You could also style your crop with some high waisted pants for a more casual look. It is important to get good use out of all the crop tops you own. It’s also always a plus to be able to elongate your legs by way of high-waisted bottoms. Another great way to style crop tops at the office (and even on the weekends!) is with separates. Invest in a matching crop top and skirt ensemble and you will have an instant outfit on hand. By incorporating crop tops into your office wear, you will be able to effortlessly embrace Spring and Summer trends at work, while also remaining appropriate for the office.






Inspiration photo courtesy of Song of Style

1. Apiece Apart Syros Pleat Crop Top, $328, available at ShopBop

2. Zara Chambray top with frills, $39.90

3. Aritzia Babaton Jax Skirt, $110

4. Chloé Navy Pleated Cady Trousers, $1150, available at SSENSE

5. Glamorous Cécile Brocade Skirt, $68, available at NastyGal

6. Glamorous Cécile Brocade Skirt, $42, available at NastyGal

By Nuria Madrenas, @Nmadren

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Fashion Jobs – 5 Ways to Style a Boyfriend Shirt

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

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The boyfriend-chic look has been one of our favourite ensembles to put together from season to season. From boyfriend jeans to boyfriend shorts, we’ve embraced this trend through and through. Now come to style the Boyfriend Shirt. Here are five ways to effectively grasp this trend:


1. Paired with fitted leather skinnies.


A loose item of clothing tends to pair seamlessly with something more fitted and accentuating. Leather skinnies will add to the chic element of the look and give your figure more shape.  Acne Studios Casual Pants, $482, available at Yoox



2. An asymmetrical pencil skirt.


Nothing adds dimension to an outfit quite like an asymmetrical pencil skirt. Leave the Boyfriend shirt untucked to keep the look casual and effortless. Maurie and Eve Grace Skirt, $170


3. Unbuttoned over a feminine dress.


If you’re sartorial ideals steer more on the feminine side and you’re uneasy about trying out this trend, leave it unbuttoned over a feminine dress. Over a pastel or floral dress, a Boyfriend Shirt will allow you to add an unexpected element to the outfit. Lulu Like You Do Lavender Dress, $40



4. Crochet shorts.


Another way to maintain a sense of femininity is by pairing your Boyfriend Shirt with crochet shorts. Keep your look monochrome with a pair of white crochet shorts and the dynamic of your outfit will be complete with different textures and fits. TOPSHOP Scallop Crochet Shorts, $47, available at The Bay


5. Matched with boyfriend jeans.


Boyfriend-on-boyfriend will demonstrate ease and effortlessness by pairing two trends that are appreciated by everyone this season. Too maintain a level of sophistication, slip on a pair of sleek pumps to add length to the overall look.  Zara Boyfriend Jeans, $49.90

Inspiration Image courtesy of Vogue


By: Nuria Madrenas 


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Fashion Jobs – Career Advice: What Do Fashion Employers Look For In a Candidate?

Friday, October 24th, 2014

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“I love fashion, but how do I get my foot in the industry?” The uncertainty that is encapsulated in that question is shared by many individuals who are just starting out in their professional careers, oftentimes possessing the necessary passion, but lacking direction. While I’m used to answering similar questions on many occasions, I thought it would be interesting to hear the opinions of other fashion employers for a change. Take a look at what happened when I asked three different fashion insiders about the qualities that will get a candidate into the industry, and perhaps even through their own company doors.


What’s ONE piece of advice you’d like to give to potential candidates wanting a career in fashion or wanting a career at your company?


1. Sarah Cumming from 3×1 in New York: Know why you want to work in fashion specifically…not just because you like to wear cool clothes or go shopping, but what really excites you about the industry or the position. Be honest. Then, be able to explain what your skillset can bring to the table — not just what fashion or the company can do for you. Convince us why we need you. Show your excitement for the specific job you’re applying for.


2. Sebastian Ramirez from Alexander Nash in NYC: 
Be humble and stay focused on your long term goals. Giving into emotions is all too easy, but even more costly and damaging towards fulfilling these goals.


​3. Jordana Scarapicchia from Le Chateau Head Office in Montreal: 
The one piece of advice I would give potential candidates is be open and embrace change and always be willing to learn! It is no secret that the fashion industry is a fast and exciting place to work which often means that trends and ideas can change quickly. Working through this process is rewarding when seeing the final products reach the customers.


Photo by Laura McIntosh


By: Anna Zhao

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Fashion Jobs – Career Advice From Christie Lohr: How to Answer the Unanswerable During Interviews

Friday, August 22nd, 2014


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No matter how much we prepare ahead of time for an interview, there’s bound to be one or two questions thrown our way that are just plain hard to answer. Every interviewer wants to know why you’re leaving your current position or why there was a gap on your resume since your last point of employment, but consequently, those are also the most difficult questions to answer. How do you communicate a bad experience in a previous position without turning recruiters off? What if you decided to take a year off of work? Since you’ll most likely be making your first impression during the interview, it’s important to understand how a hiring manager may perceive what you say. Having made many hiring decisions in the past, Christie certainly has her fair share of advice to share about the dos and don’ts of answering the unanswerable.


Christie: “I know that job seekers want to be honest with their interviewers, but it’s important to view yourself through the eyes of a hiring manager first. Although you may have had a bad experience in a past position, I always tell candidates to never play the role of the victim, even if your past management was at fault. No interviewer wants to hear a candidate bad-mouthing their previous company in any way because we will immediately wonder what you may say about OUR company if we were to hire you. Internal company discord should be kept separate from the interview discussion.  If asked the question of why you are leaving your current company, try and keep the topic of the conversation on the new company. Perhaps your old job didn’t offer you enough growth opportunities which you believe the new position would? Do you feel like the culture of the new company is a better fit for your personality and style? These are all great ways to keep the focus of the interview on why you want to work for the company you are interviewing for while still answering the original question of why you are leaving your previous role. Even if the situation was bad, never let the “bad” and “negatives” creep into your interview. Stay focused and also positive!


Similarly, a gap between the present and your previous term of employment could raise red flags for the interviewer. We want to confirm that you weren’t fired or let go from your previous position. The interviewer is probably wondering why you didn’t wait to find a new job first before resigning from your previous post. A good way to approach this question is to attribute the period of absence from employment to self-improvement of any sort. Even if you were just taking a break to switch gears, make sure that you don’t come off as lazy in any way. Instead, frame the time off as a means to work on yourself so that you could become better for it. It’s important to reassure the interviewer that you are most definitely ready to re-enter the work force with all of the newfound takeaways from your period of absence. Remember, everyone wants a go-getter! And while a lot of what you say comes down to the delivery itself, your words do have an impact on how the interviewer will perceive you. If you are unsure, then air on the side of caution when answering tough questions, while placing a larger emphasis on what you can bring to the new role. ”

Photo: Laura McIntosh


By: Anna Zhao

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Toronto Fashion Jobs – New Hemline About Town

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

There’s a new girl in town and she’s not wearing a mini. Move over micro, the belle of this ball shows a lot less skin. Below the knee is the new chick on the scene. From mid-calf to maxi, Marilyn pleats or mermaids, these cuts leave a lot to the imagination and are redefining what sexy is. Why do i like it? It does the work for you—it adds all the drama on its own and takes you from a.m. to p.m. in one elegant spin of fabric, which is why it’s an invaluable piece in your closet. For day, you can wear a tee and flats. For evening, heels and a camisole. As demure as a southern belle but with all style and sophistication of a big city lady. Go on, sidewalk sweep those hemlines.

1. Zara Accordian Pleat Skirt, $79, available at Zara

2. James Perse Long Side Split Skirt, $165, available at James Perse or Revolve

3. Malene Berger Sensi pleated satin-jersey maxi skirt, $360, available at Net-a-porter

4. Haute Hippe phillips skirt, $380, available at Shop Bop

5. Patterson J Kincaid fira maxi skirt, $124, available at Saks 

6. Alexis serge long skirt with train, $275, available at Singer22


By: Kate Horsman of Bullet With Butterfly Wings, Vancouver

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Canada Fashion Jobs – Our Montreal Writer In Flare

Thursday, May 5th, 2011


Montreal contributor for our blog, Jessica MacKinnon, is in Flare‘s May 2011 issue where 4 girls share their shopping tips in a feature called “Great Style on a Budget”.

You should visit her new e-commerce jewellery website

Canada Fashion Jobs – Q&A with Christie Lohr, Founder of Style Nine to Five

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Many who dream of working in the fashion industry have little to go on except talent, determination, a prayer, and lots of luck. And while those things are still important, Christie Lohr, the founder of Style Nine to Five, wants to make the process slightly less daunting for those dreamers. Style Nine to Five is a nationwide website and resource that connects fashion industry employers with job seekers. Think of but focused exclusively on fashion. Post resumes, browse the job listings, and read the insightful industry-focused blog posts for tips.

Having worked in a variety of fashion jobs herself, Christie is the perfect person to ask about building a career out of a passion. I caught up with her for a quick Q&A about the website and asked her advice on how to break into the industry.

You’ve worked in all different aspects of the fashion industry. Can you talk a bit about your career background?
My very first job in fashion was as a sales associate at Le Chateau. Admittedly, it’s a position many don’t want to start in, but it was an important stepping stone. After many promotions, I became store manager of the flagship store on Robson. Years later, I wanted a new challenge and soon found myself flying to Montreal to take on my next career role as an assistant menswear buyer. This job was a real eye-opener about the reality of retail and a look at a side of the industry I didn’t know existed, or had only heard of in movies. At any minute of the day, I was asked to present my division to the president of the company. Ready or not, I had to deliver. I learned to always bring something valuable to the table. I also realized what amazing talent and brilliance the company has.

After a short time, I came back to Vancouver where I became an editorial intern at FASHION Magazine. I had always dreamt of working for a magazine and knew I wanted more than what I was already doing. I applied three times before I was accepted. My advice to you is if you really want something, never give up. It just might not be your time yet. Don’t let the word “no” discourage you, ever. Interning at FASHION opened many doors for me in the writing world and I eventually launched my own website, After the internship, I became a retail recruiter for Le Chateau. This is where the idea of Style Nine to Five came from.

As for my TV work, that all started for me when I went on as a spokesperson for Le Chateau. After I eventually left I continued the fashion segments on my own.

How did the idea for Style Nine to Five come about?
It was during my time as a recruiter that I realized the need for a fashion career website. Where were all these candidates who wanted to work in fashion? Not on other job sites I was using. I saw an opportunity to connect employers and jobs seekers in the fashion industry. During my time as a recruiter, I was also involved in HR, an area I missed when I was a store manager. I love to inspire, motive and help in the growth of someone’s career. Style Nine to Five has allowed me to do this in a small way. That’s really my passion.

How long has the site been around?
It will be one year in April.

What sorts of jobs can prospective job hunters find on your site?
Really anything in fashion: designers, buyers, visual merchandising, PR opportunities, retail management, editorial positions…the list goes on.

Do you ever get any job listings that make you go “Darn, I wish I could apply for this myself”?
The odd time, but running Style Nine to Five is a full time job and something that, at this time, can’t take a back seat. Plus, I’m loving every minute and find it incredibly fulfilling!

What advice do you have for someone hoping to work in the fashion industry?
If it’s truly your passion and love, doors will open for you but you need to be willing to put in a lot of hard work and time.

Don’t be afraid to just ask. Invite someone for coffee and pick their brain, send that email, get out there and just do it.

Get a mentor, intern lots and network. Interning and starting from the bottom is not a bad thing. That’s what I did and it’s what will get you to where you want to be. What makes you different than the thousands of others who want the same job you do? You have to think about how you’re going to stand out. Perhaps it’s your eye for fashion or your work ethic. Being nice also goes a long way. I know it sounds simple, but be nice in everything that you do.

What’s next for you, personally and/or professionally?
Continue to build Style Nine to Five, become more involved in the Canadian fashion community, and offer amazing opportunities to as many people as I can.

By: Lisa Wong,

P.S. In case you didn’t see it, I made Style Nine to Five’s list of stylish Vancouver dot coms. The list includes quite a few fantastic bloggers and I’m flattered to be included. Thanks to the Style Nine to Five team!

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Toronto Fashion Jobs – Snuggle Up

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010




Snuggle up in style this fall and winter with chunky knits and fuzzy sweaters. This season is all about unique shapes, bold details and a touch of retro. Personally, I am craving 90s grunge-inspired sweaters à la Alexander Wang – loose knits, slashed sleeves and holes galore. Add these killer sweaters to your fall wish list:

1. Who knew that faux fur could feel so luxurious? Not to mention that the look is so on trend for fall. Motel Polar Fuzz Cardi ($110), available at NASTY GAL.
2. A unique cut and bold details give a simple black cardigan a modern twist. Jan Ahlgren Tassel Cardigan ($364), at OAK NYC.
3. The sweater coat is the ultimate must-have item of the season. TNA Sweater Coat ($165), available at Aritzia.
4. A knitted sweater vest is a versatile piece that compliments an array of looks. IMPROVD Cross Front Knit Cardi ($275), available at Revolve Clothing.
5. Pom poms, braided knits and unconventional elements give your ensemble a cool retro feel. ASOS Premium Twist Yarn Pom Pom Sweater ($68), at ASOS.
6. Bell sleeves and oversized shapes are great for layering. Pair this style with a long sleeve blouse and slim bottoms to balance out the look. Zara Oversized Two-Tone Jacquard Jacket ($95.90), at Zara.

By: Valerie Tiu, Vancouver

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