Posts Tagged ‘Fashion Careers’

Fashion Jobs – Q&A with Truc Nguyen

Monday, March 7th, 2016

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Calling all aspiring fashion journalists! Truc Nguyen, Teen Vogue and FLARE Magazine veteran gives us her insightful (and let’s face it, crucial) advice on how to make it as a fashion editor that you just can’t miss.

 

SNTF: As a writer, it is important to have a unique voice that allows you to stand out from the crowd. What advice do you have for aspiring editors who are looking to find their voice?

 

TN: It can take a long time, maybe years of working, to figure out your personal voice, tone and area of expertise. In the meanwhile, read great writers whose work you admire, critically analyze their writing to see what draws you in, and do the best that you can to play up those strengths in your own work. While having a voice is important, make sure that as a writer you’re working from a solid foundation of good grammar, punctuation, and other technical skills.

 

SNTF: I’ve always been told that one of the best ways to improve your writing skills is to read as much as possible. Which magazines, blogs or books would you recommend that have inspired you or helped you improve your writing? Are there any other tips you would give future editors to help refine their writing?

 

TN: As a fashion editor, I love reading a mix of traditional news publications (The New York Times, The New Yorker, WWD) and industry websites (Business of Fashion, The Cut, Refinery29, Fashionista) on a regular basis. But I actually find reading fiction much more inspirational in terms of improving my vocabulary and syntax. I love everything from chick lit like Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians, to historical fiction such as Lily King’s Euphoria, to all of Canadian-Vietnamese writer Kim Thúy’s amazing novellas.

 

SNTF: Having hired many of your own interns, what do you find is the best way to make a positive impression on your employers?

 

TN: The best interns that I’ve supervised have been enthusiastic about the internship, eager to learn, and incredibly hard-working. I think the best way to make a good impression during your internship is to work quickly and efficiently, learn to anticipate the needs of your supervisor and help them problem solve, and to be consistently reliable.

 

SNTF: Internships are very important for gaining experience and networking purposes, however, it is sometimes hard to know the appropriate way to keep in touch with those contacts. How should one go about re-connecting with past employers and maintaining the relationship?

 

TN: I think it really depends on the personality of each intern and editor, but as a general rule it’s nice to keep in touch semi-regularly with your employer via email. Reaching out when you have professional updates is always a good idea, and just saying hello is fine too as long as the sentiment is genuine.

 

 

SNTF: Many writers are now choosing to freelance, do you feel as though is it essential for hopeful editors to have freelance experience? Also, in your opinion, is full-time freelance a more difficult path than working in traditional publishing?

 

TN: Freelancing is a great way to build up your portfolio and network of contacts, especially if you’re just starting out. I don’t think there is such a thing as a standard path anymore in fashion and media, but I can tell you that getting a job in print or online publishing is, unfortunately, a rare event these days. There are both pros and cons to both types of jobs, but keep in mind that most editors today will probably find themselves on both sides at different points in their careers.
SNTF: What do you find is more valuable to employers who are looking to hire fashion editors, lots of internship and volunteer experience or a portfolio with plenty of great clips?

 

TN: Can I say both are important? It really depends on the specific job, but in my personal experience internships and volunteer gigs while I was in school really launched my career because I didn’t have any family contacts in the industry or any exposure to the business growing up.

 

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?

 

TN: I think my best piece of advice to a young job-seeker is to not take it personally, and be persistent. There are hundreds of applicants sometimes for an entry-level job at a coveted company, and many times the deciding factor is not something that you could’ve controlled. My second piece of advice is to be prepared and to really do your research. Make sure that you have the right background and experience for the jobs that you’re applying for, otherwise you’re probably not going to get an interview or be a good fit for the role.

 

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

 

TN: I wish someone had told me early on to always embrace change, especially in terms of how technology has impacted our industry. I loved working at legacy publications during the course of my career, but sometimes I wonder what would’ve happened if I had pursued certain digital opportunities that had come my way over the years!

 

By Sarah Said

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Fashion Jobs – Mastering The Cold Shoulder

Sunday, March 6th, 2016

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We as women love to feel sexy. It doesn’t mean dressing inappropriately; it is looking classy, by showing off that little tease of skin, giving you that confidence that you are one HOT woman! Many of us think that we can’t feel like this while at the office, you thought wrong. Showing some skin in the right places is more than appropriate to wear to work. It is called the Cold Shoulder; showing off subtle skin, while still representing your classic office ensemble.

 

 

These cut-out shoulder tops are perfect for a girls’ night out, a fine dinner, and most importantly are office applicable. The trick is to not have too much shoulder showing. Make sure you’re not wearing a full ‘off the shoulder’ top. You want to keep a large amount of fabric covering your high shoulder/neck area before the cut out begins.

 

We have rounded up a few of our favorite cut out shoulder tops to guide you into the right direction when shopping this look.

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1. Roland Mouret Roche Cold-Shoulder Kimono Top, $2484, available at Saks Fifth Ave

2. Topshop ‘Kit’ Print Cold Shoulder Top, $105, available at Nordstrom

3. Topshop Long Sleeve Ruffle Top, UK $34

4. Rebecca Minkoff, Cold Shoulder Silk Blouse, $278, available at Nordstrom

5. DKNY Cutout stretch-silk shirt, UK $90, available at The Outnet

6. Bailey 44 ‘Angelica’ Cold Shoulder Top, $177, available at Nordstrom

7. Cooper & Ella ‘Willow’ Cold Shoulder Top, $205, available at Nordstrom

8. Bailey 44 ‘Take It Easy’ Cutout Stretch Jersey Top, $180, available at Nordstrom

 

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By: Jordan Sangster

 

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Fashion Jobs – 5 Things to do Before Applying/Going to your Dream Interview

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

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Have you finally found your dream job and desperately want to apply ASAP? Applying for jobs and attending interviews can seem like a breeze, but it is very important to pay attention and prepare accordingly. Below are 5 tips you should do before applying/going to that interview:

 

1. Revamp your resume
Making sure that your resume is a perfect fit for the job you’re applying for is one of the most important steps before applying. Sending your resume off to a fashion magazine? Make sure you highlight any work or experience that could relate to fashion.

 

 

2. Communication via email, phone, etc.
When landing my first fashion internship, the interviewer told me that I had caught her eye because of my application email. Of course your resume and cover letter are important, but pay attention to the emails you send, as they are the first things anyone will read. After sending off your application, pay attention when you answer your phone. I’ve had several companies call me regarding my application when I had least expected it, so make sure to answer all phone calls coming through to you in the same respectable manner.

 

3. Stalk yourself
It may sound ridiculous but social media is important when it comes to jobs. More often than not, interviewers will search your name and try to find as much information about you as possible through social media. Check Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and remove or hide any posts that you could come off as unprofessional, according to careernook.com.

 

4. Know the company

Research the company you’re applying for inside out. It will beneficial during your interview to not only know what the company’s mission statement is, but to know who the key role players are, via www.success.com.

 

5. Be prepared

Start your preparation for your interview the night before. Interviewers often like to have a hard copy of your resume so make sure to make multiple copies. Plan your outfit the night before, this way the morning of you won’t be running around trying to find that one skirt that fits you just right or your lucky blouse that always gets compliments.

 

By Nicole Tinker

 

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Fashion Jobs – Proof That You Can Wear a Bomber Jacket to Work

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

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Who doesn’t love a good bomber jacket, right? They can give almost any outfit the right dose of street-style cool and are a welcome change from the bulky parkas that we’re forced to wear during this time of the year. Plus, as far as jackets go, bombers are really comfortable. Chances are you probably have one or two (or maybe four) of them in your closet, but how often have you worn a bomber jacket to work? If you’re like most women, the answer is probably not often. Despite the weekend vibe that they exude, bombers are absolutely appropriate for the office. With so many one-of-a-kind designs made from luxurious fabrics, wearing this It-jacket to work is a breeze. But, if you’re in need of some style inspiration, I’ve assembled a week’s worth of outfits that will show you just how easy it is to wear a bomber to your nine to five.

 

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Gone are the days when bombers were just for tomboys—the modern spin on this classic jacket is quite feminine. For a look that is truly ladylike, wear a bomber jacket with pieces of a complimentary aesthetic, such as this pleated midi skirt. Incorporate knits and a pair of booties into the outfit to make it winter appropriate.

 

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Give your Tuesday outfit some oomph by adding a bomber jacket with intriguing and unexpected detailing. I love this one from Zara because the sheer squares allow you to craft a print that you can modify time and time again—it’s the perfect #TransformationTuesday piece. For instance, create a bold grid print by wearing a bright top that allows a bit of colour to peek through the sheer detailing of the jacket. The following week, restyle it by throwing a floral print top into the mix for a very mod look. With this bomber, the possibilities are endless!

 

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It’s the middle of the week and after two hectic days at work you’re probably exhausted and can’t be bothered to make the office hallway your personal runway anymore. On those lazy days I tend to break out my trusty office LBD (Little Black Dress), which, despite being a total and complete lifesaver, is a pretty boring dress. Remix your go-to frock with a bomber jacket that has a bit of shine or beading, such as this one from Mango. The metallic embroidery can help breath new life into a plain dress that you’ve worn one too many times.

 

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Have fun with your office attire by mixing hard and soft textures. A quilted leather bomber jacket adds an edgy feel (but not too much since we are at work, after all) to an ensemble with delicate and luxe fabrics like suede, chiffon and silk.

 

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It’s finally the day that you’ve been looking forward to since the week began: Friday. If your office partakes in the corporate tradition of casual Friday, then a bomber jacket might be the perfect look for you. To avoid pushing the limits of business casual attire, dress up the jacket with a simple blouse, unique piece of jewellery and classic pair of black pumps.

 

1. Zara Printed Bomber Jacket, $69

2. Mango V-Neck Sweater, $29

3. Zara Pleated Midi Skirt, $69

4. Forever 21 Pebbled Faux Leather Tote, $39

5. Sam Edelman Lucy Mid-Heel Bootie, $144

6. Zara Sheer Detail Bomber Jacket, $49

7. PrettyLittleThing Delty Blush Knitted Rib Turtleneck Top, $37

8. Topshop Cigarette Trousers, £30 (approx. $56 CAD)

9. Forever 21 Rhinestone-Encrusted Bib Necklace, $8

10. Aldo Aceida-U High Heels, $75

11. Mango Metallic Embroidered Bomber Jacket, $109

12. Topshop Clean Seam Midi Dress, $60, available at Hudson’s Bay

13. Shashi Double Ball Stud Earrings, $49, available at Shopbop

14. Nine West Nadya Almond Top Pump, $86, available at Nordstrom

15. Zara Leather Bomber Jacket, $179

16. Wilfred Nobel Blouse, $125, available at Aritzia

17. J. Crew A-Line Midi Skirt in Suede, $474

18. Selected Femme Mary Bracelet, $34, available at ASOS

19. Same Edelman Dea Pump, $160, available at Capezio

20. H&M Bomber Jacket, $50

21. French Connection Arctic Spell Blouse, $60

22. Rag & Bone/JEAN Skinny Coventry, $230, available at Aritzia

23. Express Crisscross Open Bangle Bracelet, $12

24. Vince Camuto Kain Pump, $141, available at Nordstrom

Style Inspiration image by I’m Koo, courtesy of The Cut

 

By Sasha Smith

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Fashion Jobs – The ‘Groutfit’: How to Wear All-Grey at the Office This Winter

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: looking stylish in the winter is hard. When you have to schlep your way to the office in blistering cold temperatures, practicality tends to come first and fashion second (unless you’re okay with being a human popsicle). Once February rolls around, winter has most likely given your style the old one-two punch and knocked it out of your work wardrobe completely.

 

Instead of letting the cold weather get the better of you this year, try sporting a ‘groutfit’—the all-grey outfit that everyone from Kim Kardashian to Drake has been wearing this winter. Not only are these monochromatic and minimalist ensembles quite chic office looks, but they also keep you warm, since a good groutfit often requires layering and are incredibly easy to style. Here are a few Dos and Don’ts for achieving the perfect all-grey outfit:

 

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DO play with prints. In the absence of bright and bold colours it is important to create visual interest within the look or else you run the risk of appearing quite dreary. Mixing prints, such as horizontal stripes and plaid (contrary to popular belief these prints do go together), in grey tones is an easy way to attain a groutfit with much more depth and style.

 

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DO consider texture. The key to styling a groutfit is to wear pieces that differ in texture. For example, pair a knit cotton item with wool and a smooth fabric like silk. My go-to trick for creating an all-grey outfit with dimension is to add accessories that have a unique print or are made from fabric. This Pieces Torell necklace (pictured above) gives the illusion of texture due to the marble-effect; thus further elevating the sophistication of the groutfit.

 

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DON’T be afraid to play with shades of grey and bold colours. Yes, a groutfit is supposed to be all grey, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t wear multiple hues or add a pop of colour to the outfit. For a modern look, combine light cool greys with darker shades like pebble and fossil. Use accessories to incorporate luxe colours like bordeaux and emerald green into the outfit in order to enhance the contemporary feeling.

 

1. Mango Dolman Sleeve Sweater, $59

2. Banana Republic Dillon-Fit Striped Shirt, $47

3. Express Front and Back Fireball Post Earrings, $22

4. Topshop Check Peg Trousers, £40 (approx. $79)

5. Aldo Kediredda Black Suede shoe, $95

6. Wilfred Chevalier Jacket, $225, available at Aritzia

7. Babaton Nathan Knit Top, $75, available at Aritzia

8. Pieces Torell Marbled Necklace, $27, available at ASOS

9. Mango Cotton Pencil Skirt, $69

10. Call it Spring Coola shoe, $49

11. Boohoo Laura Turtleneck Long Sleeve Top, $32

12. Chicwish Elegant Demeanor Pinafore Dress, $78

13. Muk Lucks Dark Grey Stockings, $22, available at Shoebuy

14. Aldo Digosien shoe, $56

Style inspiration image by Kuba Dabrowski, courtesy of Women’s Wear Daily

 

By Sasha Smith

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Fashion Jobs – All Over Prints For The Office

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

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Wearing prints to the office is professionally and evidently fashionably acceptable. I wouldn’t go too eccentric, but it is definitely doable for the workforce. In order to keep you on track for wearing the most professional prints, we have listed our top 3 favourite prints to wear that are appropriate and trendy for your everyday ‘work’ look.

 

Windowpane checks

 

The great thing about wearing windowpane checks is that instead of squares, it is essentially slightly elongated rectangles, giving you a lengthened and slimmer look on your body.
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Stripes

 

Stripes are always a simple, classic and easy print to pull off. A tip to remember when wearing stripes is that horizontal stripes will elongate the area where worn, and horizontal stripes will widen the area wear worn.

 

 

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Leopard print

Wearing leopard print is a head turning, ‘riskay’ print to wear, when wearing it with confidence you’re bound to make heads turn. This is the ultimate statement print.

 

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1. ASTR Windowpane Plaid Oversized Jacket, $112, available at Nordstrom

2. Topshop Check Crop Pants, $108, available at Nordstrom

3. Topshop Check Print Cigarette Pants, $108, available at Nordstrom

4. Topshop Check Mock Neck Tee, $64, available at Nordstrom

5. DKNY Pure Windowpane Check Shirt, $232, available at Bloomingdale’s

6. Sanctuary Olivia Windowpane Tee, $59, available at Bloomingdale’s

7. Vince Windowpane Check Silk Shift Dress, $159, available at Saks

8. Hugo Boss ‘Dikan’ Stretch Check Print Sheath Dress, $417

9. James Perse Stripe Blanket Coat, $688, available at Nordstrom

10. Halston Heritage Long-Sleeve Striped Coat, $297, available at Neiman Marcus

11. Revolve Clothing Destino Stripe Coat, $103

12. Brooks Brothers Non-Iron Fitted Stripe Dress Shirt

13. Vince Camuto Stripe Organza Fit & Flare Dress, $242, available at Nordstrom

14. Classiques Entier ‘Gallery Stripe’ Pencil Skirt, $242, available at Nordstrom

15. Henri Bendel Centennial Stripe Turnlock Satchell

16. Gianvito Rossi 100 Leopard-Print Calf Hair Pumps, $965, available at net-a-porter

17. Sigerson Morrison Leopard Print Calf Hair Point-Toe Flats, $158, available at The Outnet

18. Topshop ‘Jessica’ Genuine Calf Hair Leopard Print Pump, $80, available at Nordstrom

19. Anne Klein Women’s Leopard Print Short Sleeve Mock Neck Top, $46, available at Amazon

20. Altuzarra Shadow Leopard Print Sheath Dress, $697, available at Neiman Marcus

21. Rag & Bone Leopard Print Silk Dress, $267, available at The Outnet

22. Ellen Tracy Metallic Jacquered Sheath Dress, $138, available at Nordstrom

23. Topshop Leopard Print Tube Skirt, $65, available at Nordstrom

24. Topshop Leopard Print Funnel Neck Tunic Dress, $86, available at Nordstrom

Style Inspiration: photo of Adam Katz Sinding, curtesy of the zoe report

 

By Jordan Sangster

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Fashion Jobs – Office Appropriate Ways to Dress Like Your Style Crush

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

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Lets be honest, office-friendly styles can get a tad bland and boring after awhile. Sure, a structured blazer, crisp white button down and tailored trousers are a winning combo, but when recycled time and time again the look becomes more of a uniform instead of fashion. Heading to the fashion glossies and Style Nine to Five are tried and true ways to gain fresh inspiration; however, taking a page out of your style crush’s fashion handbook can also spur some inventive office looks. From model “It girl” Gigi Hadid to bad gal pop star Rihanna, I’ve gathered a few work appropriate looks inspired by women with crush-worthy style.

 

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Whether she’s sitting in the front row of a Christian Dior fashion show or on a casual stroll through Central Park with her adorable pup Mr. Butler, Olivia Palermo always looks nothing short of amazing. Even in the dead of winter—that time of the year when our sartorial efforts usually tend to get tossed aside in favour of oversized (and less than flattering) parkas—Olivia still manages to maintain her style-game with the chicest outerwear possible. Revive your winter workwear with (faux) fur and streamlined silhouette coats for a look inspired by your favourite NYC socialite.

 

Rihanna

The Bajan beauty simply known as Rihanna has proven that the CFDA Fashion Icon Award she received two years ago was well deserved—remember that Guo Pei canary yellow dress she wore to the 2015 Met Gala? Total show-stopping, jaw-dropping fashion moment of the century! Although I quite enjoy it when Rihanna switches gears and goes ultra-feminine with her sartorial choices, I think she looks best in streetwear outfits. Her collection of graphic tees is one to envy, but it’s also a great source of style inspiration. Inject your dull office attire with some bal gal style by bringing your weekend t-shirts into your workweek wardrobe. To pull this look off, pair a simple tee (read: shirts with no inappropriate imagery or language) with classic office staples, such as a blazer, tapered trousers and black pumps. Add pair of ear cuffs to dress-up the graphic tee and give the look a hint of that Rihanna edge.

 

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Despite being a member of America’s most famous family, Kendall Jenner has evolved from mere reality TV star to model of the moment. While running between shows at fashion weeks around the globe it’s hard to miss her impeccable off-duty model style. If you have been crushing on Kendall’s fashion sense, the key to replicating her signature look is to wear an abundance of black. On numerous occasions the model has been photographed in all-black ensembles, which is quite easy to pull-off for the office if you remember to mix textures and add visual interest with bold colours or accessories. For a well-balanced all-black look, mix soft knit fabrics with a suede skirt, such as this Cremazi Skirt by Wilfred (pictured above).

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In contrast to her BFF Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid veers on the lighter side when it comes to her style. She tends to wear a lot of neutral colours and is particularity fond of white pants. Although Gigi’s white distressed J Brand skinny jeans (pictured above) are a bit too casual for the office, you can get her signature California girl style by sporting some well-tailored white trousers. Instead of the skintight body suit and white sandal heels that Gigi wore, pair a light grey knit top and a nude pump with the pants for a more work-friendly outfit. Mix shades of grey and add a hint of colour throughout to avoid a gloomy look.

 

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A few years ago Solange Knowles was most famous for being Queen B’s little sister, but times have certainly changed. With a collection for Puma under her belt and a constant presence at New York, Paris, London and Milan fashion weeks, Solange has emerged out of her sister’s shadow and blossomed into a true style star. Her eclectic style is all about mixing bold prints and vibrant colours. Add some Solange spice into your work attire by coupling an ordinary white blouse and black pumps with dainty and muted colour prints.

 

1. Unreal Fur Furry Floss Black Faux Fur Jacket, $180, available at Brand Outlet

2. Mango Wool Overcoat, $179

3. Mango Pockets Wool Coat

4. Zara Coat with Faux Fur Collar, $199

5. Talua Romilly Vest, $62.50 available at Aritzia

6. H&M Jacquard-weave Coat, $99

7. H&M Trousers, $29

8. With Chic Black Boyfriend Ponte Rolled Sleeves Blazer, $44

9. H&M Printed Jersey Top, $12

10. Designsix Crystal Petal Ear Cuffs, $23, available at ASOS

11. Aldo Thomasyn Shoe, $49

12. Vero Moda Long Sleeveless Vest, $69

13. Pretty Little Thing Delty Black Knitted Rib Turtle Neck Top

14. Wilfred Cremazie Skirt, $95, available at Aritzia

15. Call It Spring Abeasen Shoe, $27

16. Vero Moda F-VMGOIA Long Blazer, $30

17. Zara Cashmere Top, $89

18. H&M Wide Suit Trousers, $59

19. Forever 21 Faux Stone Pendant Necklace

20. Aldo Kessi Shoes, $100

21. TOPSHOP Tall Chevron Peg Trousers, £15

22. Vero Moda VMPIA Carol Quilted Blazer, $79

23. Joe Fresh Popover Tunic, $29

24. Nine West Jackpot Shoes, $110

Style inspiration image by By Diego Zuko, courtesy of Harpers Bazaar

 

(Photo cred: StyleBlazer; Charles Eshelman, courtesy of Glamour; Splash News, courtesy of Who What Wear; Xposure/AKM-GSI, courtesy of E! Online; Getty Images, courtesy of Daily Mail Online)

 

By Sasha Smith 

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Fashion Jobs – Office Looks: Trendsetting On A Budget

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

Style Nine to Five - Fashion JobsGetFileAttachmentSeeing those red bottom heels, or that feeling of soft cashmere against your skin gives you chills like no other. They are great investment pieces yes, but in reality, most of our budgets can’t afford to be spending over $200 on shoes, shirts, or pants, let alone $900 statement shoes.

 

Looking fashionable isn’t just about wearing expensive brands, it’s about knowing how to style yourself and searching for those amazing pieces that aren’t costing you a fortune. There are many of us who feel as if we can’t afford to dress fashionably and ‘trendy’, but its much more then the cost of your ensemble. Your personality makes you stylish not just the label on your outfit. This goes for office looks, dinner looks and street style looks.

 

We’ve rounded up some office ready pieces to help you find your budget friendly wardrobe.

 

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Another great budget friendly option is thrift store shopping. It is a more tedious process and may take you a few extra to find what you’re looking for, however there are many great consignment stores that can be a wardrobe gold mine for you.

 

Inspiration Image: Curtesy of Alex Gehring

 

1. Forever 21, Classic Pleated Culottes, $29

2. Forever 21, Pleated Culottes, $26

3. Forever 21, Contemporary Tapered Trousers, $29

4. Forever 21, Wide-Leg Trousers, $29

5. Forever 21, Contemporary Pleat-Shoulder Top

6. Forever 21, Tie-Neck Chiffon Blouse, $29

7. Forever 21, Cap-Sleeve Top, $12

8. Forever 21, Classic Boxy Top, $17

9. Forever 21, Cotton-Blend Shirt, $29

10. Zara, Sweater with Side Slits, $19

11. Forever 21, Textured Open-Front Blazer, on sale for $23

12. Forever 21, Longline Pinstriped Blazer, on sale for $22

13. Le Chateau, Turtleneck Sweater Dress, on sale for $40

14. Forever 21, Knit Bodycon Dress, $12

15. Zara, Long Tube Dress, $19

16. Forever 21, Ribbed Knit Bodycon Skirt, $21

17. Forever 21, Contemporary Shirred Skirt, $19

18. Spring, ABEASEN, on sale for $28

19. Spring, MARVA, on sale for $20

20. Spring, CATANDICA, on sale for $28

21. Kensie Peyton Faux Patent Leather Fringed Oxfords, on sale for $30, available at Lord and Taylor

22. TAHARI Adrian Loafers, on sale for $34, available at Lord and Taylor

 

 

By Jordan Sangster

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Fashion Jobs – Mixing Plaids

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

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Mixing patterns is something we have learned to master over the past couple years, or at least have figured out the basic understanding. This new mix n match trend may be a tricky one and something that we least have expected: Mixing Plaid. Plaid has been in the fashion scene for quite some time, and even though mixing them together may seem like a sartorial disaster, its actually quite simple adding that extra piece into your chequered look.

 

This look may seem intimidating and you may have had a short gasp reading the “mixing plaids” title. It’s a bold fashion statement, but aren’t statements suppose to be over the edge and intimidating.

 

Here are a few tips on how to break it down to master this look.

 

1. Three’s a crowd. It’s the same when mixing patterns, you don’t want to mix more than 2 patterns. The same rule goes for plaids. Don’t go over 2 pieces in your overall look

 

2. Use a common colour. Make sure you have at least one consistent colour between both prints. However, with this rule, the same colour doesn’t always mean the same shade. Play around with the different shades if you’re feeling extra precarious.

 

3. When mixing plaids, you must have a neutral piece to keep it from looking cluttered. Whether it’s a neutral top, neutral pumps, or a neutral bag.

 

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The Monochromatic Sneaker Look

 

 

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Playing with Shades –  Tip: With this look its important to pair it white heels to balance the white on the upper body. Wearing dark heels with this look will draw viewers’ eyes straight to the bottom half of your body.

 

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Keep It Cozy – Tip: don’t be afraid to add a solid pop of colour when mixing neutral plaids. A bag is a great way to add a pop of colour into your outfit.

 

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Plaid accessories

 

 

1. Madewell Flannel Daywalk Shirtdress in Glendale Plaid, $72

2. Shein Black Plaid Mini Skirt, U.S. $14

3. Faith Connexion Oversized Plaid Shirt, $370 , available at Style Bop

4. Shein Green Blue Plaid Button Skirt, U.S. $14

5. Madewell Plaid Florence Coat, $172

6. The Row Leona Merino Wool and Cashmere-Blend Turtleneck Sweater, $483, available at Net-A-Porter

7. Vintage Plaid 50’s Wool Blend Skirt, $54, available at Etsy

8. Vince Camuto Plaid Pencil Skirt, $157, available at Nordstrom

9. Proenza Schouler Wide Leg Plaid Trousers, $1077, available at farfetch

10. Lulu’s Plaid It All Up Red Plaid Clutch, $36

Style Inspiration; Dries Van Noten Spring 2013 RTW, indigo-jones.com

 

By Jordan Sangster

 

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Fashion Jobs – 3 Easy Ways to Go From Desk to Date

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

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Seeing that Valentines Day is just around the corner, this past weekend I ventured out to the mall in search of an outfit that would knock my man’s socks off. After wandering in and out of stores for about 40 minutes, I had found a drop-dead gorgeous dress and the perfect accessories—shoes and clutch included—to pull together the whole look. I was absolutely shocked that I got all that shopping done in under and hour. With an armful of shopping bags, I made my way back to the parking lot thinking, “how the heck did I manage to get all of this shopping done so quickly?” The last time I had a V-Day date, I spent 4 hours mulling over what to wear to impress my then significant other. As I tossed my purchases into the trunk of my car, the answer to my question suddenly hit me: Valentine’s Day fell on a weekday. Since I was going straight from work to my date, I had to create an outfit that would seamlessly transition from day to night, which proved to be a difficult task since it took me 4 hours to achieve. (Thank goodness Valentine’s Day is on a Saturday this year!) That day I learned a few great lessons about transitioning a nine-to-five look into a date night look, and I have decided to share them with you. These style hacks can be applied to just about any work-to-date night situation, whether it be a Valentine’s dinner with your sweetie or your first Tinder date.

 

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Choosing a key piece that is appropriate for both the office and your date venue is one of the easiest ways to make an outfit work for day and night. Let’s say you’re going to a basketball game, choose a pant that is both tailored and casual, such as these Babaton jogger-inspired trousers, in order to create a look that is work and courtside appropriate. For the office, add a classic pump, some minimalist jewellery and a waistcoat to dress up the trousers. Before you head off to the game, hop out of those heels and into a pair to comfy kicks. Adding a bomber jacket and a leather cap will give the look a bit of edge. Your date will have no clue you just came straight from the office.

 

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Going on a romantic dinner date after work and don’t know what to wear? Don’t fret because the perfect transitional piece is probably hanging in your closet right now: the LBD (little black dress). For a conservative office look, pair your LBD with some simple pearl earrings, a timeless watch, a big tote bag that you can toss your laptop in while running from meeting to meeting and a printed mid-heel for visual interest. When the day is over, swap out the tote bag for a wristlet like this one from Kate Spade. With multiple card slots, a built-in mirror and an iPhone 6 compartment, it is the ultimate day to evening wristlet. Give the look a touch of romance and sex appeal by swapping out your office earrings and heels for a pair of floral drop earrings and a black wraparound heel. Don’t lose the watch because you definitely do not want to keep your date waiting.

 

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By day, these coated ankle-jeans and relaxed-fit blazer are the basis for a sophisticated ‘casual Friday’ office look. Just add a lightweight sweater, some simple accessories and an edgy bootie, and you have a great outfit. For a Friday night pub-crawl date, exchange the basics for pieces that add drama, like this leopard-print blouse and beaded tassel earrings. Hopping from one bar to the next can be hard on the feet, so don’t toss out the booties when you’re switching into your night look—trust me, you’ll need them. Blazers have the tendency to make you feel a bit stuffy, so drape the blazer over your shoulders to create an effortless and chic look for your wild night out on the town.

 

1. Zara Flowing Waistcoat, $69

2. H&M Polo-Neck Top, $14

3. Weekday Gold Pipe Necklace, $32, available at ASOS

4. Matt and Nat Minka Bag, $180

5. Babaton Dexter Pant, $145, available at Artizia

6. Aldo Unenan, $42

7. Converse Madison Mono Lea, $80, available at Little Burgundy

8. Zara Nylon Bomber Jacket, $49

9. Wilfred Free Emesa Hat, $35, available at Aritzia

10. J.Crew Cap Sleeve Dress in Super 120S Wool, $262

11. Forever 21 Faux Pearl Ear Jackets, $5

12. DKNY Silver and Rose Gold Watch, $140, available at Hudson’s Bay

13. Zara Reversible Tote, $45

14.  Nine West Raelynn, $69

15. Steve Madden Presidnt, $125

16. Kate Spade New York ‘Cedar Street’ iPhone 6 Leather Wristlet, $169, available at Nordstrom

17. bebe Floral Drop Earrings, $22

18. MANGO Crepe Blazer, $99USD

19. Vince Camuto Translucent Stone Stud Earrings, $36

20. MANGO Fine-Knit Sweater, $29USD

21. Zara Geometric Tote, $45

22. Jeffrey Campbell Orwell Suede Ankle Boot, $285, available at Nasty Gal

23. CURRENT/ELLIOT Coated Ankle Jeans, $198, available at Hudson’s Bay

24. ASOS Unlined Purse With Faux Pony Flap, $45

25. EXPRESS Dusted Sparkle Cross Bracelet, $19

26. H&M Sleeveless Chiffon Blouse, $30

27. Rebeke Jewelry Long Beaded Tassel Earrings, available at Etsy

Style Inspiration image courtesy of Love Maegan

 

By Sasha Smith, Toronto

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