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Fashion Jobs – 5 Fall Trends on Instagram Now

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

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Fall is such a big season for fashion, between the September shows and all the extra layers we get to wear as it gets colder we’re pretty busy keeping up. Staying on top of the shows, scouring the magazine shelves and hours of pinning your favourite looks can pretty much become a part-time job. Our favourite way to get outfit inspiration hands down has to be Instagram!  We’re breaking down our must-have trends for fall with the help of some of our favourite style muses!

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Oversized Trench Coat
Probably one of the few pieces in your closet that will never be outdated is the classic trench coat. We love how it’s both functional on rainy days yet chic and fashionable so you’re not cramping your style. Plus it’s office appropriate! We love this oversized one worn by @LisaDNYC.

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Baker Boy Hats
We are beyond obsessed with the latest trend in headwear: baker boy hats. They add such model-off-duty vibes to any outfit from jeans and a tshirt to your favourite LBD. @Darling_Tee kept her look edgy by pairing her hat with a leather jacket. Let’s just say we’re NOT taking our hats off for this trend… in a good way!

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Cozy Hoodies/Crewnecks
No one makes oversized sweaters look as sexy, stylish and cozy as @MadeleineBitici! This recently new mother and style blogger knows how to rock cozy sweats and still keep it 100 whether it’s casual with sneakers or more dolled up with a heel

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Grey Plaid Blazers
As I’m sure you know, a good blazer will almost always make a Style Nine to Five top list because well, we mean business after all! But nothing is giving us life more than gray plaid blazers right now, like this one on @_NathalieMartin. They have such a 90’s feel without seeming overly outdated like some of the other trends we wish would have stayed behind.

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Camo Pants
Street style lovers everywhere own at least one pair of camo pants like @BlvkD0pe, and we think you should too! They’re a great alternative to sweatpants and although they can’t be worn to every office, they are a great choice to wear on a day off. Baggier styles like these Leah Kirsch ones (did you check out our Q&A with her?!) work great to layer with leggings underneath as it gets colder!

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Image courtesy of @LisaDNYC
Image courtesy of @Darling_Tee
Image courtesy of @MadeleineBitici
Image courtesy of @_NathalieMartin
Image courtesy of @BlvkD0pe

By M.J. Elle, Toronto, @TheMJElle

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Fashion Jobs – 4 Sites to Help You Land Your Dream Fashion Job

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

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Whether you had the opportunity to study fashion in school or you simply have the passion for fashion (as cheesy as that sounds), a career in fashion may be for you! Now the only challenge is finding that dream job, because the truth is, we’re not all going to have it easy like Lauren Conrad on the Hills. Finding a job in the fashion industry is not only extremely competitive, but it’s also hard to find a job that’s perfect for you. But to help you start your job search, here are four career websites that can help you land your dream fashion job.

 

LinkedIn
LinkedIn is hands down one of the best sources for finding a job, especially in the fashion industry. By creating a profile, you’re able to follow companies you’re interested in working with, and network and connect with both potential employers and other people within the fashion industry. Messages can be exchanged in order to inquire about fashion jobs or to simply get advice on how to enter the industry. Through the job search engine, you can locate jobs within your area and filter out jobs by what type of position you’re looking for.

 

Instagram
While we all love Instagram for sharing our OOTD pics and looking for fashion inspo, it can also be a great tool for landing a fashion job. Through Instagram, you can follow brands, designers, and companies that you’re interested in. Today, many big brands share when they’re hiring on their social media channels, giving you an inside scoop on applying.

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Indeed
Indeed is another incredible online job hunting tool, as it can be tailored to anyone’s needs and preferences. Jobs can be filtered out by date, location, position type and even company. A profile can be made where your resume can be stored, making it easy for you to quickly apply to jobs. Employers can then send you messages to set up interviews or to give you more information about the job position. Indeed is a great tool and the app is even better!

 

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Finally, there’s no better way to look for jobs in the fashion industry than with Style Nine to Five. Not only can you look for fashion and retail related jobs across Canada, but you can also head to the blog where you can find tips to help you land a job, and succeed at working within the fashion industry. You can also subscribe to the job feed in order to get notified when new jobs have been posted.

 

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By: Najja Morris, Toronto, @najjamorris

Fashion Jobs – 5 Sneakers Men Need On Their Radar This Season

Monday, June 26th, 2017

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Now that the warm summer weather is finally here to stay, it’s time to toss your old, worn-out shoes and make room for some slicker options. Sleek sneakers are here to stay and at Style Nine To Five, we’re here to help you accommodate yourself with the hottest new trends to breach the fashion world of men’s footwear. Whether you’re looking for an office-approved sneaker, something wear when you venture on evenings out or simply something for meeting up with friends to grab a bite to eat, here are the top five sneakers you need to keep an eye out for this season.

1. Yeezy

 

The Laidback Streetwear


You’ve probably seen these sneakers in every fashion blogger’s articles from NYC to TO.  These are the hype sneakers that keep finding their way back into your timelines. Despite the hefty price tag, Kanye West’s flagship design collaboration with Adidas has surely made an impact on men’s streetwear. The newly designed Adidas Yeezy Powerhouse “Calabasas” looks perfect when paired with a straight leg dress pant or green, tan or maroon chinos on casual days.

2. Ted Baker

The Dress Shoe Sneaker
This Ted Baker low-rise leather sneaker gives off a polished yet edgy look for men and is perfect for those who are not a fan of colours. The detailed trim of the shoe gives off simplicity but sophistication for every scheduled meeting you may have this week! It’s the best of both worlds, comfortability and style all in one shoe. If you don’t prefer black, this shoe is also available in tan, light brown, and red. Pair these shoes with a pair of tailored shorts and button-up short sleeve for the hot work days.

3. Mesh

The Athletic Sneaker


This sneaker is made with a lightweight mesh material that is perfect for the high temperatures that will be rising throughout the work day.  If you want to wear an office-appropriate sneaker but want to get some comfortability in your step, this Deross sneaker will be it. Pair these kicks with a black or white long sleeve button-up and cuffed jeans or navy trousers.

4. Slip-on

The Slip-On and Go Sneaker


If you’re a no shoelaces kind of guy and prefer not having to worry about your laces coming undone throughout the busy workday then these Vince Conway slip-ons are meant for you.  These slip-on sneakers are best paired with a straight leg pant denim or tailored and cuffed at the ankles to keep extra cool this season.

5. Vans

The Hi-Top Sneaker


Believe it or not, but Vans were first released almost 40 years ago, but they’ve never been cooler than they are today. These hi-top sneakers will add a vintage vibe to your workwear, whatever you decide to wear that day. These sneakers are definitely more appropriate for casual days or to a BBQ with some close friends!

 

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Product Info:
1. Adidas Yeezy Powerhouse “Calabasas”, $250, available at Flightclub.com
2. London Ted Baker, Kiing Classic Sneaker, $271.31, available at Nordstorm
3. Deross Sneaker, $180,76, available at Nordstorm
4. Vince Conway Slip-on, $312.85, available at Nordstorm
5. Vans Sk8-Hi Sneaker, $104.21, available at Nordstorm

 

By: Carly Brascoupé, Toronto, @carlyyr0se

 

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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 – 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.

3. In the detailsIn the Details

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 – Ditch the Heels and Welcome the Mule

Monday, May 15th, 2017

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Women everywhere anticipate the moment when they can (literally) kick off their heels and feel their toes again.

With open toe season quickly approaching, let’s ditch the uncomfortable heels and go for a more unexpected approach to our footwear options. Mules are having a serious moment this year and the new ‘it’ shoe has created quite the stir.

We can’t get over the ease and comfort this shoe brings, and with all the different styles available, ditch the straps and six- inch heels and opt for a chic backless option that will have you strutting around town like the fashionista you are.

You will find yourself gravitating towards this style due to its eccentric and effortless style and because it will elevate your look for every outing. From ‘90s-inspired metallic to millennial pink, here’s the inspiration you need to stock up on a few pairs for the season.

1.Metallic

The Eye-Catching Mule

Metallic shoes are having a moment right now and silver mules are an easy way to add some serious edge to your look. This eye-catching shoe style will quickly become a wardrobe staple and will go with more in your closet than you may assume.

2.Dressy

The Elegant Mule

When choosing a mule for a special occasion you’ll definitely want to increase the heel height and go for something a bit more elegant. To achieve this, we recommend exploring luxe suede and satin fabrics with classy detailing like subtle bows and jewels.

3.Mesh

The Edgy Mule

For the girl who is low- key but still wants to show some edge to her outfit, a shorter, block heel with mesh is the way to go. This style is sleek and sexy and is perfect for a night out, not to mention you’ll definitely be comfortable the entire night.

4.Satin Fabric

The Flat Mule

We all need a great flat in our shoe repertoire, a go to when you have ten seconds to throw on a pair of shoes and get out the door. A satin mule adds a touch of fun to an outfit, but still says, “I have business to take care of.” Looking smart and polished is exactly what a satin or leather flat mule will give you.

5.Vibrant

The Vibrant Mule

A vibrant mule is perfect for the bold woman who loves channeling her inner Carrie Bradshaw by strutting her stuff in a statement shoe. If this sounds like you, a hot pink mule with floral detailing is all you need this season. This style goes with everything from a crisp white tee and jeans to a flirty, floral dress, easily making you the liveliest woman in the room.

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Product Info

1. Silver -Toned Mules with Vinyl Straps, $50, available at Zara

2. KG by Kurt Keiger Jessika Pink Suede Bow Heeled Mules, $245, available at ASOS

3. Faux Suede Block Heels, $40, available at Forever 21

4. Intentionally Blank Library Satin Slides, $178, available at Anthropologie 

5. Loeffler Randall Flower Mule, $641, available at Nordstrom

By: Ivana Pavkovic, Toronto, @iforeveronvacation

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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.

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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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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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Fashion Jobs – 5 Tips For Landing the Fashion Job of Your Dreams

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

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Many of us have grown up with the dream of working in the fashion industry. Whether it’s in the editorial world, in a buying office or in the design field, there are endless opportunities to make a name for yourself in the industry. But how do you actually get in? Breaking into the fashion industry can be a seemingly daunting and exclusive task, but we are here to tell you that it can be done and you can land the job you’ve always dreamed of.   

So here are some proven tips that will help you make it in the industry.

Intern

If you were to ask anyone who currently works in the fashion industry, I guarantee you they got their start as an intern. At this point in the game, any experience is good experience, so cast your net wide and even if you don’t land an internship in the exact area you’re looking for, it’s still valuable to build up your resume and get your foot in the door.

Network

While your foot is in the door, it’s key to make connections for future employment (or more internship) opportunities. Attend events, hoard business cards, and make connections so when the time comes, you have a pool of people to get in touch with. Whether it’s someone who can introduce you to someone at a company you’re interested in or even just someone you see as a mentor who can give you advice, good old-fashioned networking is still a huge part of the fashion industry.

Go Above and Beyond

Showing up and doing your job is never a bad thing, but to really get noticed and ultimately to get hired, you need to go the extra mile to stand out. In an industry where there are so many people gunning for the same roles, being the first person to volunteer for a task, staying late or coming in early to help with a project, and taking every opportunity to learn will set you apart from the crowd.

Teamwork

Another thing anyone in the industry will tell you is that they didn’t get to where they are alone. Whether through networking or working on a project, working well with others is a major part of landing a job. No matter where you are on the fashion ladder, you want to be remembered for being helpful, not for how many people you stepped on to achieve your goals.

Be Kind

Although The Devil Wears Prada may tell us otherwise, you don’t need to be a hellish person to make it in the industry. Fashion is all about being authentic, and people can tell if you’re not being real, as quick as they can spot a knock-off Chanel bag. So if you’re true to yourself, hardworking, and kind, you will have no problem building a career in the fashion industry.

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Kelly McLeod, Toronto, @kellymcleod7

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Fashion Jobs – The Art of Networking

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

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Dear fellow fashionistas, let’s take a moment and absorb the ever so valuable advice from the one and only Anna Wintour, “In today’s world you have to interact. You can’t be some difficult, shy person who is not able to look somebody in the face; You have to know how to talk about your vision, your focus and what you believe in.”

2. Anna Wintour QuoteHere we are, ambitious, driven, talented and of course, extremely stylish prospects. Our potential to succeed in the fashion industry is great and there are opportunities floating all around us. But how can we seize these opportunities and meet our full potential? Well, it can all happen with a little tool we refer to as networking. 

WHAT: Networking in the fashion industry is connecting with others for an exchange of information with the hopes bettering your career. The keyword we want to focus in on here is connecting. We all have an idea of what it means to network, but the most important part of it does not have to do with just you and how you can advance in your career or how many business cards you can hand out in a day, it’s all about the connection you make with others.

Networking is a natural and free flowing art, without having the intentions of what that other person can do for you but rather who the person you are connecting with is as an individual.

We define networking as not shying away from being your authentic self, always being sincere and respectful of boundaries and ultimately making a valuable connection.

WHY: So why do even bother? Now let’s be honest, we all feel the most secure when we stay within our comfort zones and designated social circles and do what we always do. However, sometimes it’s necessary to put yourself out there and liberate your ideas and opinions outside of your usual circle.

Networking is not something that should be used as a means of self-promotion and advancement in contacts for your business but rather to pursue opportunities that you wouldn’t ordinarily find. We network because we want to learn more about the industry we are trying to get into, and we want to be able to take what we learn and use it to drive us towards achieving our goals and feel confident while doing so. It’s extremely beneficial to be educated about the industry you’re getting into, as it not only helps you figure out exactly what you want but also allows you to be that much more qualified for a position within that given field.

HOW: You can take advantage of networking basically anytime and anywhere. Networking opportunities are all around us: from reaching to a friend of a friend who has your dream job to connecting with someone on LinkedIn who worked for a company you’re dying to work for.

While social media platforms like LinkedIn and Instagram are great for connecting with like-minded individuals, the most powerful way to network is through face-to-face interaction rather than just staying within the limits of online.

The key here is to stay open minded, friendly, sociable, approachable and curious. Always be curious about who you interact with as you never know what you can learn from them and vice versa. Curiosity can lead to asking for opportunities, opportunities to speak with an industry professional and learn about what they do and receive advice rather than asking for employment. To network, you must be willing to ask questions, listen intently and learn. 

So, ladies, turn off your Netflix, put your phone on silent and get out of your house for a while; explore, interact and network.  Over time, you’ll find that you’ve built up an organic list of professional relationships that you share your passions and ideas with that will help you get closer to landing the fashion job of your dreams.

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By: Ciara Koth @ciarakoth

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Fashion Jobs – Spring Weather Ready Bags

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

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Spring has sprung! And with the change of seasons comes a perfectly valid reason to revamp our closets with a little shopping spree, right? Spring is definitely the harder of the two transitional months to navigate when it comes to outfit choices; the cravings for summer sun and sandals get trumped by rainy days and Wellies. Our purse choices are just as difficult, as we fight wanting to bust out our favourite white tote, while muddy streets just aren’t cooperating. We thought we’d help you with these internal struggles by sharing some of our favourite spring weather ready bags!

1. Mackage Emilee Weekender

It’s All In The Bag

Who said Weekender bags are only for weekends? This quilted Mackage Weekender bag is perfect for those transition days with melting snow banks and puddles thanks to its wipeable polyester outer shell. Equipped with interior compartments and plenty of room for your work and personal items (and coat on those warmer afternoons), the Emilee tote is an easy choice for spring!

2.Bucket Bag

On The Bucket List

A must-have in every purse collection, bucket bags are perfect for those who don’t mind the lack of structuredness this shape brings. This faux leather bucket bag by Forever21 is the perfect size to fit your daily essentials and its over the shoulder strap makes it the perfect bag to use when taking transit to work or when toting around your laptop or other work essentials.

3. Gucci Soho Disco Bag

A Classic For Spring

No stranger to most of us, the Gucci Soho Disco bag is a classic that usually gets a seasonal colour refresh, and this Rose Beige version is the perfect hue for spring! Its over the shoulder strap and small size make it easy to shield from rain under your umbrella — which is essential for the inevitable drizzly spring days. This trendsetting number is the ideal bag to bring to work on a Friday when après-work dinner and drinks are on the agenda.

4. Zara Technical Backpack

Technical Support

Backpacks are (thankfully) staying for another round, and this nylon drawstring number from Zara is on the top of our spring shopping list for its functionality and style. Dual zip-up front pockets are perfect for your phone and music needs, especially if you’re someone who bikes to work, not to mention it’s the perfect size to fit your laptop and personal things!

5. Aldo Tote 2

Spring Shoulder Fling

This wouldn’t be a spring style list without some florals! This Aldo beauty comes in a variety of colours, but this floral pattern is perfect for camouflaging any dirt or stains you might pick up from muddy or rainy streets, and its varying strap options makes it a versatile pick.

6. Rag and Bone FannyPack

Trendy & Compact

Popping up everywhere this spring is fanny packs of all sorts, and we have to admit we’re kind of into it. Perfect for running errands or on those days where you’re carrying five tote bags and a laptop into the office (we’ve all been there), this Rag & Bone leather fanny is the perfect mix of practical and chic with multiple compartments and its grained black leather finish.

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Image Courtesy of @LisaDNYC

Product Information:

1. Mackage Emilee Quilted Fabric Weekender, $295, available at Mackage.ca

2. Forever21 Mini Faux Leather Bucket Bag in Cream, $33.90, available at Forever21.com

3. Gucci Soho Leather Disco Bag in Rose Beige, $1,170, available at Gucci.com

4. Zara Technical Fabric Backpack, $49.90, available at Zara

5. Aldo Farkleberry Tote in Bone Misc., $60, available at Aldoshoes.com

6. Rag & Bone Black Leather Fanny, $600, available at Ssense.com

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

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