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Fashion Jobs – Styling Palazzo Pants for the Summer

Monday, June 26th, 2017

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The summer months are such an exciting time for fashion; the warm weather requires as few layers as possible, meaning creating unique and versatile outfits need careful planning with each piece purchased. Palazzo pants are a fun staple for the warmer months they can be taken from the office to the streets and everywhere in between. They give you something different to play around with rather than a maxi skirt, and unlike a dress can be mixed and matched with different accessories and tops to create a totally different vibe. From classic and timeless to fun and funky styles, we rounded up our favourite palazzo pants for you to experiment with this summer!

1. TOPSHOP Mia Split Palazzo Trousers

Flow With The Trend

 

A more trend-focused take on the palazzo pant, this style from Topshop is a cropped cut with slits on the sides giving an airy flow — perfect for those hot summer days. The Mia Split Palazzo Trouser comes in navy and this beautiful lilac colour and pairs great with sandals, loafers or a classic white tennis sneaker.

 

2. CATHERINE MALANDRINO ERLE PALAZZO PANTS

Keeping It Classic

 

A more traditional look, these Catherine Catherine Malandrino are an easy pick and just had to be on our list. The elegant lace detail on the sides add a bit of personality to these otherwise black trousers, and the waist tie brings the cut in at just the right places. Despite being black, the crepe material of these pants makes them cool and comfy even during a sun-filled day!

3. ZARA HIGH WAIST WIDE TROUSERS

A Mustard Must-Have

 

How could we not be totally in love with these trousers from Zara, in the perfect colour for summer!? Although, maybe not for everyone, the bright mustard-yellow colour is a bit intimidating at first, but the casualness of their cut, zip up pockets and elastic waistband make them a fun style to play around with. We say pair them with a dark colour band Tee and chunky sandal heel for your next girls night out but hurry, these babies are on sale and definitely won’t last long!

4. MARCIANO AQUATIC FLUX PANT

Mermaid Vibes

 

Thanks to Marciano, we can all channel our inner mermaid this summer with these uniquely printed palazzo pants. We would put this style at the top of our list for any wedding appropriate outfit and suggest you go super minimal with your choice in accessories for these ones. Dress them up for the office with a good blouse or summer blazer, and change the look up with different waist belts to get some versatility out of these trousers.

 

5. F21 STRIPED PALAZZO PANTS

Transitional Stripes

 

Everyone needs at least one pair of striped palazzo pants in their wardrobe and this classic cut pair is just right. Featuring a thin elastic drawstring waist, you can wear these effortlessly with a great top or easily tuck the tie under a belt to add a bit more to your look. The dark colour will have you transitioning these into the warmer fall days with your favourite biker jacket or bomber!

 

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Product Info:

  1. Topshop Mia Split Palazzo Pants in Lilac, $90
  2. Catherine Catherine Malandrino Erle Palazzo Pants, $122, available at Nordstom
  3. Zara High-Waist Wide Trousers in Mustard, $49.99
  4. Marciano Aquatic Flux Pant, $198
  5. Forever21 Striped Palazzo Pants, $33.90

 

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

 

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

Monday, June 26th, 2017

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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SNTF: What inspires your own personal styles?

 

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

 

SNTF: What makes Fitzroy different in Toronto?

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

All images courtesy of Studio Fitzroy Boutique

 

By Ivana Pavkovic, Toronto, @iforeveronvacation

 

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Fashion Jobs – Statement Pieces to Revamp Your Wardrobe

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

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There’s nothing more exciting than the anticipation of a new season and all of the changes that it brings. The start of a new season typically has us at the conclusion that we need an entirely new wardrobe. As exciting as this might sound, it often results in frustration and a serious lack of funds. It takes a lot of planning between work wear, casual wear, and evening attire to figure out what is necessary for our closets and what is worth investing in. Rather than buying an entirely new wardrobe, we wanted to share with you a few key statement pieces that will have you looking effortlessly chic throughout the year so you can still look fabulous without breaking the bank.

1. Jumpsuit

Jumpsuits

Like all things resurrected from the past, the jumpsuit is a key piece for every woman’s wardrobe. Not only will it be the easiest and most comfortable piece you own, but it will have everyone feeding you compliments on all occasions. It’s the definition of effortless and a year round staple as it serves as a great base to layer jackets and tops underneath, and can be styled with everything from a heel to a sneaker. The key is all in the tailoring; you want the proportions to fit you like second skin and flatter every asset. 

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Kimono

Trying to figure out the middle ground between fresh out of the shower and elegant sophistication can be a little difficult with the kimono, but it makes a fabulous statement with its long line bodice and wide sleeves. There is an element of luxury when wearing the kimono jacket, and choosing a rich black or soft blush can take your LBD to another level.

3.Ankle Booties

The Booties

Booties are no longer just for fall and winter; they are a year round staple. From mini skirts to dresses, the versatility this style brings will revamp every outfit for any occasion and have you making a serious statement. The bootie has far surpassed its classic black color since it has been introduced in various colors, prints, and textures to reflect all styles and personalities.

4. Metallics

Metallic Everything

Metallic is no longer just a holiday go to but is seen as the new closet essential. It’s a fun way to be fashion forward whether your style is polished and classic or edgy and vibrant depending on the colour and texture you work with. From classic silver to eye-popping metallic pink, having a piece like a shoe or a pleated skirt in this fabric will bring a fresh element to your style.

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Embellished Bag

Whether it’s jewels or an animal print, the embellished bag is a must-have closet necessity. Don’t categorize it strictly for fancy evenings out, the embellished bag is meant to add a splash to the simplest of outfits for the ultimate fashion-forward look.   6. Oversized Blazer

Oversized Blazer

Stealing your dad, brother’s or boyfriend’s clothes has become a trend again and we are all hunting for the perfect oversized blazer. It’s all about the effortless idea of throwing on an oversized jacket to add a touch of structure a la cool French girl. Starting with a gingham or check print will get you excited to wear blazers outside of work.

7. Wrap Dress

The Wrap Dress

Cooling off in a lightweight wrap dress is giving us all the feels for the warm months ahead. Choosing a cotton or linen fabric is a great replacement for the t-shirt dress and will be your go to from running errands to running the office. The wrap dress will last you through the seasons by layering t-shirts, blouses, and turtlenecks underneath to show versatility. If you’re really into the wrap dress, grab one in silk for evening attire. 

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Product Description

1. Zip Long Jumpsuit, $129, available at Mango

2. Kimono Street Style provided by Pinterest

3. Steven by Steve Madden, Bollie Booties, $112, available at Shopbop

4. Topshop Satin Frill Skirt, $85, available at Topshop

5. Dolce & Gabbana, Velvet Embellished Bag, $4800, available at Endource

6. Oversize Blazer Street Style provided by Pinterest

7. L’Academie, The Sleeveless Wrap Dress, $268, available at Revolve

By: Ivana Pavkovic, Toronto, @iforeveronvacation

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Fashion Jobs – Style Spotlight: The Exaggerated Sleeve

Friday, June 9th, 2017

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Whether for work or personal style, women everywhere are always on the hunt for the next “it” piece to add to their closets and do we have just the statement piece for you. Seen on our favourite style icons and go to brands like Zara, the exaggerated sleeve has been recognized in the last few months and has gained its popularity amongst festival goers, but has quickly been reformed to be for the everyday woman. From over the top ruffles to lace and flares, the possibilities are endless whether you’re a jeans and t-shirt kind of gal or a business savvy type. We predict this trend will be sticking around, so vamp up the basics and classic button downs and try our top exaggerated sleeve picks.

1.White

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For the business savvy ladies at the office, this is a style to help you revamp your crisp, white, and sometimes stiff, white button down. Opting for a collarless wrap blouse has a light feminine feel, and opens up the neck for a cooler summer look. The puff sleeve adds the drama but still says you mean business. Looks great with a straight cut trouser or a pencil skirt in a light beige color.

2. Mesh

Sheer Play

You can really play with fabrics and textures when it comes to exaggerated sleeves and it can really make a lower priced top look high-end. Artistic and intriguing all on its own, this organza top is giving us homage to the ‘80s with the puffed shoulders and a sharp flare. For an evening out, pair with high waisted jeans or a skirt and you’ll definitely get noticed.

3.Bubble Sleeves

Bubble Sleeves

This is a perfect go-to summer top and we promise you’ll have all eyes on you with these exaggerated bubble sleeves. From hitting the top festivals this season to a classy dinner out, the versatility this style brings will be appropriate for all your events. It’s fun, playful, and a must have to beat the heat with these airy sleeves.

4. Pink short sleeve

The Tee

If you’re a t-shirt kind of babe but has that thing to go to where you have to look a bit more decent, this style is perfect for you. Not over the top exaggerated, yet still shows you’re into the trend but on your own terms. This exaggerated t-shirt style looks great when worn with jeans and sneakers or a colored pump for a stylish, cool girl outing.

5.One Sleeve

One Shoulder

Not only are the exaggerated sleeves in, but also the one shoulder top is making a comeback in a huge way. Recreated to tailor the modern woman, these two styles complement each other and create a flirty twist that everyone will be trying. With layers of ruffles in a light denim fabric, this one shoulder is the perfect top to wear on a summer night out.

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Product Info

1. Alexis Opal Tie Front Cotton Top, $635, available at Saks

2. Organza Blouse with Power Shoulder, $82, available at ASOS

3. Bardot Oversized Lantern Sleeve top, 30$, SheIn

4. Blouse with Frilled Sleeve, $40, available at Zara

5. Denim One Shoulder Top, $72, available at ASOS

By: Ivana Pavkovic, Toronto, @iforeveronvacation

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Fashion Jobs – 5 Must-Have Statement Accessories for Summer

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

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It’s that time of year that we’ve all been waiting for, where we can finally slip our feet into a pair of open-toed sandals, take ice cream breaks more often than one should, and above all, get our hands on the newest trends of the summer. The best way to get your look into the spirit of the season is through the power of the perfect statement accessory. To help you get a familiar with what accessory trends are currently at the top of every fashionista’s shopping lists, we rounded up the top statement accessories that will no doubt give your summer look the boost that it deserves.

1.Statement earrings

The Statement Earring

Whether you prefer a fun tassel, a string of beads or multiple dangling pearls, there is no limit to how large of a statement your ears can make this season. This statement accessory is the perfect detail to take your outfit to the next level on the trendy fashionista scale. There are all sorts of fun and bright colors to play around with, whether you decide to tie a specific color into your outfit or add a pop of color to a monochromatic look. This accessory is a fun one to shop around for, just remember to let your creativity run wild and that bigger is most definitely better!

2. Straw Hat

The Statement Straw Hat

Whether you choose to go for a wide brim or a simple fedora, the straw hat will not only keep you cool on those hot summer days but will also add a few extra trendy points to your summer look. It’s effortless, lightweight and the neutral color of the straw makes it easy to pair with any color and any outfit. You don’t have to be hitting the sandy beach or poolside to pull off this accessory, this one we are rocking anytime, anywhere.

3. Statement sunnies

The Statement Sunnies

Nothing makes a statement like a bold, colorful pair of fashionable eyewear. In order to complete your outfit for a day in the sun, add a little personality to your look with a pair of statement sunnies. A popular style for this season is the big cat eye or the hexagonal shaped Ray Bans or even bright colorful lenses, whatever your style or shape preference, don’t be afraid to be bold.

4.Straw Bag

The Statement Straw Bag

The straw craze continues and this time it’s designed in a way to carry around our most prized possessions of credit cards and lipstick. The straw handbag is making quite the statement this summer; its casual yet can be worn on any occasion and it’s lightweight yet durable enough to carry around all of your essentials. It is the accessory that reminds us of vacation, good weather and happy days; so why not add this accessory to your everyday look this season and dive into the vibes of summer time.

5. Neck Scarf

The Statement Neck Scarf

The final statement accessory on our list is the silk neck scarf. This is the perfect accessory to add a pop of color to an otherwise understated outfit, not to mention it can be styled multiple ways. You can wear this the obvious route and tie it around your neck or you can tie a silk scarf around the handle of your favorite purse.

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By: Ciara Koth, Toronto, @ciarakoth

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Fashion Jobs – Wide Leg Trousers for Work

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

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

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

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

1.The Classic

The Classic

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

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

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

  4.Casual Fridays

Casual Fridays

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

5. Cut it short

Cut it Short

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

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Product Info

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

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

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

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

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

By Ivana Pavkovic, Toronto, @iforeveronvacation

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Fashion Jobs – Styling White for the Office

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

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Now that summer is finally on the horizon, it’s time to start adding white to your work wardrobe – if you haven’t already. And we’re not just talking about the go-to, tried and true white blouse; we’re talking about pants, dresses, and everything in between. Remember, white goes with just about anything and everything in your closet — just think of it as your new summer neutral. If you’re wondering how to style white for work, look no further, we’ve put together our favourite ways to style white for work this season!

 1. Layered

 

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By mixing layers, your outfit will instantly give off a more playful and carefree vibe. Walk into your next meeting with a flowing white-layered blouse (as pictured above) and you’ll be getting everyone’s attention for all the right reasons.

2.The White Blouse

The White Blouse

There’s nothing better than a simple white blouse. And come on, they can be worn dressed up or down. To truly turn some heads, pair your white blouse with cropped flared pants, and a pair of heeled mules. Trust us — you’ll look sophisticated and ready for après work cocktails.

3. Wide-Leg Trousers

Wide-Leg Trousers

Trousers are definitely an office-approved wardrobe staple, especially in the summer if you can find a pair in white. We love the monotone look lately, so we recommend styling a pair of white wide-leg trousers with a structured blouse, and a pair of white pumps. If you’re looking

for a way to make your monotone look more exciting, we recommend rocking a bold lip to add a splash of colour.

4. The White Out

The White Out

The key to wearing white separates is that you want your pieces to go together, but not match exactly. Pair pieces in fabrics that have the level of formality and play with texture. We love how this frilled poplin top is styled with a pair of flared crops, as they give off the same vibe.

5.The Flirty, pleated Skirt

The Pleated Skirt

If you want something a bit more lightweight, mix your usual white or cream work blouse and style with a pleated skirt, pumps and a structured carryall bag. This look is not only perfect for a hot summer’s day, but it definitely gives off some #girlboss vibes.

 6.The Cool Girl Uniform

 

The Cool Girl Uniform

If your work is a bit more casual and you’re allowed to wear sneakers, we recommend trying out this fashionista approved look. Style a slouchy t-shirt with a pleated white midi skirt, your favourite sneakers and a chic leather coat.

 7. The White Dress

The White Dress

Whether you prefer sporting a maxi, a mid-length, or a halter-style dress, a white dress is a must-have for summer.  The key is to make sure to keep your shoulders and knees covered with either a cardigan or long short sleeves and to keep accessories neutral and office-friendly.

  

Your initial thought was probably similar to ours, “white will get dirty and ruined!” Well maybe, but if you carry emergency stain remover or Tide-to-Go, most stains can be removed quite easily and you can wear white all summer long!

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Product Info

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3. Darted Trousers, $69.90, available at ZARA

4. Frilled Poplin T-Shirt, $35.90, available at ZARA

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By Genevieve Claire @vieveclaire

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Fashion Jobs – The 5 Items Successful Women Always Wear

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

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Now that Mother’s Day is behind us, there’s no better time to look back and seek style inspiration from some of the most successful working women today.  We’ve scoured the Internet and tracked down the most stylish and polished looks come from the biggest boss ladies’ in the workplace. Whether it is Michelle Obama’s sensible dresses, Anna Wintour’s chic aesthetic or Olivia Palermo’s effortless simplicity; it’s time to celebrate our style icons and take professional dressing to women everywhere.

1. Minimalistic Dress

Minimalistic dress

From being a political power figure, Michelle Obama demonstrated her tasteful fashion sense throughout her eight years as First Lady of The United States.  Through speaking at humanitarian summits to working in the office, she radiated in her statement dresses, killer pumps and the best accessories a woman could go after! Women in their 50’s should follow in Obama’s footsteps and try a J. Crew dress with a cashmere cardigan, tights and loafers with an inch or a statement heel, as it’s a look that will have all eyes on you.

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Power-Pant Suit

Environmental activist and former Mrs. Universe Canada 2015, Ashley Callingbull-Burnham takes office wear to a whole new level. The modern pantsuit now comes in a playful colour or print or perhaps in a slouchy silhouette or culottes style for younger generations. Now that warmer temperatures are on the rise, try a mint, coral or classic pinstripe pantsuit to showcase what innovative ideas you bring to the table!

3. Statement necklace

Statement Jewellery

Not sure how to amplify your power suit and make it more feminine? Take style advice from New York fashionista Olivia Palmero’s as is always seen rocking the streets of NYC adorned in bold, statement accessories. The perfect staple accessory for every working woman is a bold necklace in a hue that compliments your work attire. Not a fan of jewellery? A perfect substitute is to wear a sharp watch for those never-ending meetings, such as a timeless rose gold Movado watch to keep your schedule intact.

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The Everyday Purse

Every working woman needs a purse that can carry them from the office to après work festivities. Having an adjustable strap and a structured box shape will ensure to hold all your cards and information for every meeting. For the warm, summer months a colourful bag is the perfect addition to your formal office attire.

5.Block Heel

The Block Heel

A successful woman struts in the room and has a high sense of power in her favourite pumps, loafers and sandals. Investing in a fabulous pair of block heels will not only save your feet from the pain of stilettos, but they can be worn outside of work as well.

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Product Info

1. J. Crew Peplum Dress in Classic Faille, $220, available at J Crew

2. Sateen One-button Blazer $158, Ryan-fit Sateen Pant $61.50, available at Banana Republic

3. J. Crew Jewel Box Necklace, $115, available at J Crew

4. Mark Cross Textured-Leather Shoulder Bag, $2,395, available at Net-A-Porter

5. Vince Charleen Suede Sandals, $465, available at Saks Fifth Avenue

By: Carly Brascoupé, Toronto, @carlyyr0se

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Fashion Jobs – Trend Alert: How to Style Cropped Flares

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

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From ‘Mom’ Jeans to cropped Flares, we’re loving the alternative to skinny jeans this year. If you have yet try this wide-leg style and you’re wondering how you can transition from your trusted skinnies then keep reading! We’ve put together some blogger-approved tips that will help your rock this trend like a pro.

1. The Muse

The Muse

Cropped flares can come in the form of jeans or trousers and depending on what kind of work environment you’re in, you can easily pull off this chic look by following in the footsteps of fashionista and footwear designer Haley Boyd who has mastered this trend.

3. Striped2. Frame Denim
The Styles

When you’re shopping for your own cropped flares you can either pick up the bootleg version or a wide leg version if you’re feeling more daring. Traditionally, wide leg will look more professional in a work environment, so if that’s what you’re after then you can find a great pair from designers like Acne Studios. If you’re looking for something more casual, designers like FRAME have a plethora of colours to choose from. Once you’ve found your base you can move onto styling the rest.

4. The Top

The Top

When adding a top, choose something that’s understated — you’re going to want all eyes below your waist. Opting for a white top would allow you to play around with different coloured shoes and accessories.

5. The Shoes
The Shoes

As for selecting the perfect shoe, again use Haley Boyd as inspiration and choose a bold, playful heel like her Marais USA Heels as they always pair nicely with crops. You can find amazing dupes or similar styles at Zara or Mango.

6. Statement Earrings

7. Chic Sunnies

The Accessories

Finally, add your outfit’s finishing touches by adding a pair of statement earrings (which are super on trend this season) and a pair of chic retro-inspired sunglasses.

Inspirational Image

Inspirational Image courtesy of Pinterest


Product Info

1. Haley Boyd, courtesy of Cup of Jo

2. FRAME Le Crop Mini mid-rise bootcut jeans, $245, available at Net-a-Porter

3. Acne Studios Texel cropped pinstriped wool-twill wide-leg pants, £360, available at Net-a-Porter

4. Style Mafia Gloria Top, $116.50, available at Shopbop

5. Heeled mules, $59.99, available at Mango

6. Statement Earrings, $19.99, available at Mango

7. Gradient Cat Eye Sunglasses, $8.90, available at Forever 21

By Genevieve Claire @vieveclaire

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Fashion Jobs – How to Refresh Your Spring Workwear

Monday, May 15th, 2017

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

1. White Mules

2. Mango Mules

Mules + Slides

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

3. Chinos and slides

4. H&M Trousers

Chinos

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

5. Statement Earrings 6. Earrings

Statement Earrings

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

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

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Inspirational image courtesy of Pinterest


Product Info

1.White heels mules, courtesy of Pinterest

2. Mango Heel mules, $59.99

3. Lucy Williams, courtesy of Pinterest

4. H&M Lyocell trousers, $39.99

5. Statement earrings, courtesy of Pinterest

6. Need Supply Young Frankk Orb Earrings, $80


By: Genevieve Claire, Vancouver, @vieveclaire

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