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Fashion Jobs – How to Wear Summer Prints at the Office

Friday, June 10th, 2016

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Summer is a great time to introduce colour and pattern into your wardrobe, especially at work. From florals to stripes and everything in between, there are plenty of fun prints out this season to try. When wearing prints at the office, ground them with neutral accessories and stick to just one. Even if you love mixing patterns together, it’s probably best to save that for the weekend. Some popular prints this season are gingham, checks, multicolored stripes and animal prints. They are all easy enough to mix in with your current office wardrobe and will help bring a bit of fun to what you wear to work this summer!

Here are some office appropriate summer print looks to inspire you:

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Gingham

• J. Crew Gingham Sundress, $175

• Donald J. Pliner Kitten Heels, $271, available at Neiman Marcus

• Ralph Lauren Calfskin Belt, $450

• Michael Kors Straw Tote Bag, $409, available at Lord & Taylor

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Stripes

• ASOS Pink Stripe Midi Skirt, $72

• LOFT Collared Blue Shirt, $75

• Lulu’s White Ankle Strap Heels, $22

• Splendid Key West Tote Bag, $98

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Critters

• H&M Lizard Print Tie Neck Blouse, $24.99

• No 21 Camel Pencil Skirt, $228, available at Nordstrom

• Charles by Charles David Orange Pumps, $67, available at Bloomingdales

• Tory Burch Gold Bangle, $267, available at Bloomingdales

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Floral

• Rebecca Taylor Black and White Floral Culottes, $240, available at Gilt

J. Crew Factory Lace Shell Top, $45.50

• Kate Spade Polka Dot Pumps, $210

• Cole Haan Woven Black Satchel, $190, available at Nordstrom Rack

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Toile

• Missguided Toile Shift Dress, $58, available at Nordstrom

• YMC Sleeveless Collared Shirt, $65, available at FarFetch

• Zara High Heel Ankle Boots, $69.99

• Liz Claiborne Tote Bag, $81, available at JC Penney

Inspiration Picture: Courtesy of Kara Mode

By: Sarah Brooks, Toronto

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Fashion Jobs – What Not to Do During an Interview

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

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Everyone always goes on about the right things to do during an interview – do your nails, give a good handshake, and be prepared. But what shouldnt we do? Here are the top three things to try and avoid when being inquired for a position.

1. Don’t Forget About Body Language

A huge part of the way people perceive you is simply through the body language you exude to the world, so do not underestimate the power of good posture. Sit up straight (or lean in slightly to show interest) and make sure you are engaging with your interviewer through eye contact. Dont be afraid to speak confidently and if it comes naturally embrace the use of your hands when talking – all of this helps the transaction flow and feel more human as opposed to a rehearsed and robotic situation.

 

2. Don’t Give Excuses or Conditions

When being asked questions, make sure you are being as open with your responses as possible. For example, if they ask you if you are proficient in Photoshop and you don’t feel as though you can say yes, let them know what although you are not there yet you are eager to make the extra effort to learn and get to that point. Also, when speaking about yourself, your skills and your past jobs, do not put yourself down or make excuses. This can sometimes be unconscious but you should try to make it a point to make every characteristic about yourself a positive one.

 

3. Don’t Stop Smiling

Obviously, do stop if it gets weird. The main takeaway from this point is to remain positive, eager and energetic. Keep in mind that depending on the person everyone deals with their work differently. Some people tend to be super friendly and enthusiastic while some are more serious and conservative. That being said, one thing is for sure: kindness never goes out of style. Smiling during and interview will help put the other person at ease and make them feel like you are confident and genuinely happy to be there. Dont over-exaggerate it, be natural, be yourself.

By Sarah Said

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Fashion Jobs – Life of a Fashion Student

Friday, May 20th, 2016

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The life of a fashion student is all but glamorous. Usually consisting of late nights, early mornings, copious amounts of coffee, hard work and dedication, you truly do have to have a love for the industry to appreciate all of these things and make it worth it.

While attending John Casablancas studying Fashion design and business marketing, I am also juggling an Internship, a job, working out five days a week, managing my own personal blog and brand and trying to fit in some ‘me’ time. It is definitely a fast paced industry, but that’s why I love it.

The life of a fashion student, my life, is very hands on. School days run from 9-6, with classes from styling, marketing, fashion illustration, buying, and fashion show production, etc. After that you’re usually up ‘til at least midnight doing homework and sourcing for your next photo shoot (this is where the copious amounts of coffee comes in). Tip: I highly recommend buying a Keurig so you don’t spend your rent at Starbucks.

The great thing about being a fashion student is all of the great opportunities you are given and the connections you meet. Being a student, companies are more understanding with bringing you on as an intern, and willing to help you gain experience in the environment and learn the ropes of the industry. I have had many great opportunities of working with celebrity stylists, being apart of Nordstrom’s Fashion Show, as well as writing and working for well known brands and entrepreneurs in the industry. Yes, the fashion world is hard and competitive but it is so fun!

All of the hard work, late nights, and times I’ve literally just stopped and cried from the stress have become so worth it the closer I get to graduation. Next month I am officially graduated and done school, and for our graduation we get to plan, and create a full fashion show showcasing our designs and styling. Pretty cool, right?

After graduation I am officially a ‘big girl’ and with my education and the internships, I have gained the experience and confidence I need to put myself ahead of the pack. Interviews no longer seem so frightening and I’ve learnt what I need to know to get my foot in the door and start killing it in the industry.

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By: Jordan Sangster

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Fashion Jobs – Plan Bs For New Grads

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

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So you’ve finally made it through your program at post-secondary and just graduated, excited for the road ahead. But now what? Many new grads these days find themselves eager to start a career, but are having a hard time finding a job in their field. It can be especially hard for fashion grads, who are entering a relatively small and tight knit industry. There’s no need to be discouraged though, as there are many alternatives to choose from after graduation that don’t necessarily mean jumping straight into climbing the corporate ladder. Here are a couple of plans of action to consider after graduation if you can’t find a job in your field right away.

Find a Job
First of all, you can take a job of any kind. Yes, your resume may say you’ve graduated with a degree or diploma in fashion, but that doesn’t mean you can’t work in the hospitality or business industry! No matter what job you decide to take on, you will gain valuable skills that can be applied across fields for future jobs. Also, trying a different kind of job that can somehow be linked to your education is great. For example, you may start out as just a waitress at a restaurant chain, but who knows, you may be able to work your way up to head office one day!

Travel
You can also do a little bit of travelling after graduation, which can be fun and educational. You can learn more than you think while traveling, such as budgeting, foreign languages, and navigational skills. You will be able to soak up culture from other places and meet great new people. Travelling can open up your mind and may even give you an idea of where you want to permanently move to one day! It doesn’t always have to be a huge trip either, even travelling to a different city in your country can help open you up to other possibilities you may not have thought of before.

R&R
After graduation is probably the best time to take a moment for yourself. You’ve just finished all of your schooling and next thing you know, will have a job, spouse, kids and a house, so there’s nothing wrong with taking a pause! There is a lot of pressure these days for young adults to have the perfect job and life right after they’ve graduated, but in reality there’s nothing wrong with taking a couple months off to focus on what you like and makes you happy. It’s always best to be in the right frame of mind and focused when entering a new job, and taking some time off can help that. You can move back home and spend time with family and friends, or you can also spend it alone, whichever you enjoy more.


Find a New Hobby
Starting a new hobby on the side or volunteer work can also help you ease into the post-grad life. If there is something you really enjoy doing, like pottery or painting, you can always consider making it into a business to get a little side cash. Volunteering is a great way to spend your time if you do not have a job yet and it can also help beef up your resume for the future. Doing either of these things can help you feel productive without the need for a 9 to 5!

Graduating from post-secondary should be a great feeling, not one that induces panic on what to do next, so savor the moment and do what you want to do afterwards. You are in charge of your own happiness and if it doesn’t necessarily mean a job in your field right away, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that! Just make smart decisions and have fun along the way.

Inspiration Image: Courtesy of Odyssey Online

By: Sarah Brooks, Toronto

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Fashion Jobs – Q&A With Modeling Agent, Natasha Budovitch

Sunday, May 15th, 2016

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The Internet is constantly being saturated daily with more and more images of beautiful models, but still we rarely stop to think of the people working behind the scenes to bring these ladies to success. Natasha Budovitch, a modeling agent at Elite in Toronto, gives us her take (and advice) on what it’s like to work in this particular part of the industry.


SNTF:
Can you walk us through the daily responsibilities of a modeling agent?

NB: My day changes daily – no day is really the same! While I have my morning cup of joe, I plunder through the blogs – models.com and fashiongonerogue.com – to see what’s happening in the fashion world. My job is portioned off into three parts: managing the girl, booking talent and client relations. So when I say managing, I am checking up on their schedules, their international placements, accounting, image development, work papers and visas, booking, promoting them for work and organizing their jobs from every detail of logistics. With clients, I promote talent for their upcoming projects, negotiate rates and usages (image rights, where they can use the images and for how long).

SNTF: Would you mind sharing with us what the differences are between a modeling agent and a model manager?

NB: Whoever a model originally is scouted by and signs with usually becomes their mother agent, which can be their manager. This is generally who builds their image and manages their international placement. They strategize what markets their models should be in next – Toronto, New York, Paris, Mexico, Tokyo, etc. Managers can often have say on a model’s image, if models need to change their appearance – for example, let’s go blond, etc. When talent is ready managers will place them with an agency to get them jobs. We have models that we are the managers and agents to, and some come to us from managers. So you don’t need both, we can act as both. Some managers can’t sell so they just prefer to scout, find managers and pass off.

SNTF: How did you get into this specific area of the fashion industry?

NB: I took Fashion Communications at Ryerson University, [and] I grew up with a mother in the industry and it was always an interest. I went to Ryerson and Elite became my first internship. The agents always fascinated me and I thought it would be cool to someday become one. Once I graduated I became a client and I street scouted occasionally. I always kept in close touch with the agency and when a spot opened up I was invited back.

SNTF: What would you suggest is the best way for people to get started working in this particular field? Is there a University program, other courses or additional resources that could help?

NB: You can go anywhere from Ryerson Fashion Communications, it makes you very well rounded and ready for anything in the industry. To be a model agent I still use everything I learned at Ryerson, [like] my design skills for marketing and promotion. All my contacts from school and interning are my clients, so I feel like every contact I’ve ever made is for this reason. My art direction comes in to play for building images. To be an agent, I would suggest interning at an agency at some point, going out in the industry gaining that knowledge, keeping in touch and then it will call on you when the time comes.

SNTF: What do you think the key characteristics and skills a modeling agent should have in order to be successful?

NB: Attention to detail, multi-tasking/[extreme focus], self-motivation, confidence and an eye for trends in fashion and beauty.

SNTF: As a modeling agent you deal with many different clients on a regular basis, do you have any tips on how to stay organized and maintain connections with these people?

NB: To stay organized, I take lots of notes, make lists, keep folders, breathe and remain as calm as possible. You need a level head or you’ll drown. It’s about what needs my attention right now and then multitask and prioritizing. Maintaining relationships, I make sure everyone has a great experience working with me, a lot of follow-ups and little updates so they know I’m thinking of them.

SNTF: How do you go about delivering tough and constructive criticism in your work place in an appropriate way?

NB: It’s not easy. To models you need to be calm, encouraging and deliver [the] positive with negative. I’m very transparent and try to tell it like it is while being inspiring and uplifting.

With my peers, we battle all time we’re like family. You will never always see eye to eye or agree, especially when it comes to models. Someone may like someone and the other might not.  You need to go outside yourself and make decisions based on the table, the brand and what’s going to be the best for your time and making money. You can’t do it all on your own; you need support of the agency, especially when it comes to building new models. It’s about putting egos down and making decisions together. With clients, it’s about remaining calm, collected and confident. Even if you’re not, you need to present as so. When you are calm, clients are calm, when you get hectic they feed off it. So put out the energy you want to get back. If you’re confident, they will be confident in you.

SNTF: Based on your previous experiences, are there any myths about the modeling industry that you could enlighten us on?

NB: Unfortunately, everyone thinks they can be the Jenners or the Hadids, but as awesome as they are (#agentgoals) they had famous parents, so starting at the bottom was never an issue for them. People need to come [down] to Earth on the expectations and realize that hard work will pay off. There’s bad and good in every industry, you need to know what you want, know your limits, stand your ground and make good decisions. No matter what industry or field you are in, there is good, bad and ugly. Most people highlight the bad because it sells papers. There’s as much of a dark side [on] Bay Street [as] there is on Queen Street, so to say. They don’t talk about teenagers paying off university before they get there, or being able to buy a condo at 21, travel the world and become people they didn’t dream were possible.

SNTF: What do you consider when you’re looking for an agency to work at?

NB: As an agent? You should believe in the brand image of the agency and the talent. As well as gel with the people. As a model? You need to look at it like picking a family; you need to have a connection with your agent. It’s a relationship and a partnership. It’s like having a puppy – we grow with you.

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

NB: Believe in yourself – if you know you can do something you can. If the posting says 5-6 years required, if you can do it, apply. Prove it – your work/ portfolio should speak for you.

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

NB: Be yourself, and don’t back down. It’s hard and most people will want you to fail, but be strong and don’t work for others, work for you.


By Sarah Said

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Fashion Jobs – What Not to Include On Your Resume

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

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When looking for help to create the perfect job application package (resume, coverletter, etc), it is important to not only learn what to include, but to learn what not to include when presenting yourself in the form of an email or paper document. Continue reading for our tips on what not to include on your resume!

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Personal Information

Of course you want to include your full name, address, email and phone number at the top of your resume so the recruiter will know who to contact, but limit your personal information after that. When hiring for a job, recruiters are looking at your experience and what makes you stand out, not how old you are or your gender.

Too Much Info

Your resume is the first way to create an impression with recruiters. Before meeting for an interview, recruiters will skim and read through resumes finding the best candidates. Recruiters are busy people and 9/10 times if your resume is more than 2 pages, they won’t read it. No one wants to read a 5-page paper and your job experience you had when you were 12 mowing your neighbours’ lawns.

Unprofessional Contact Information

According to salary.com (and I think we all agree with this), no one is going to hire someone with an email they had in middle school with 10 numbers and adjectives such as cutiegirl123. Stick to an email address that includes your name and possibly a number if just your name is taken.

Artistic Fonts

If applying for a job in a creative field, it is okay to experiment a bit more with layout and fonts when creating your resume. When choosing fonts, stick to something professional and that is clearly legible, now is not the time to use 10 different fonts in one document.

By: Nicole Tinker

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Fashion Jobs – Career Chat: How to Land the Fashion Job After an Interview

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

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Waiting for a call post-interview feels like waiting for a freshly–painted manicure to dry. So, how do you make sure to land the job after interview? Aside from having the right qualifications and making a friendly connection with the interviewer, here are 3 ways to help you secure the position of your dreams!

1. Questions!

When the employer is finished inquiring during the interview process, feel free to ask some questions for yourself. Discover which specific qualities they look for in a worker, what a regular day at the office would look like and when you can expect to be hearing back from them etc. Not only will this help you get a better feel of the company, the way they work and the person you are interacting with but it will also let them know you are serious, excited and interested in becoming familiar with the responsibilities that position entails.

 

2. Follow Up

Following up after an interview is essential! Be proactive. Sending a kind and well thought out thank you e-mail after the interview will show that you respect their time and that you are eager to be a part of the team. Also, following up can assist in setting you apart from other candidates. Make sure you don’t make any spelling errors and that you address them by the correct titles and names.

 

3. Alert Your References

Your references will appreciate you letting them know in advance that they might be receiving a call or e-mail from a potential future employer. Surely, they have exceedingly busy schedules and being informed of any sort of call will allow them to better organize their daily plans. Not only will your references acknowledge your consideration, but also they will probably be more likely to pass on positive words to whoever decides to call.

By Sarah Said, @sarahannesaid

Inspo photo: http://whowhatwear.tumblr.com/post/143499972052

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

Image credits: http://www.thecoveteur.com/2016/03/22/resume-for-creative-jobs/

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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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