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Fashion Jobs – Green is the New Black

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

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With elaborate settings based on conceptual themes that could only be envisioned by a creative genius like Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel’s couture presentations are always quite the spectacle and the most recent show was no exception. If you haven’t heard by now, the SS2016 Chanel collection was debuted at Paris fashion week, and the show was filled with a bevy of ‘it’ girl models (of course) and a focus on environmentalism. The Grand Palais was transformed into a tranquil garden with models emerging from a wooden, dollhouse-like structure in exquisite pieces. The environmental aspect of the presentation was quite noticeable in the garments, as some were made from organic and recycled materials. Although it is unclear as to how much of the presentation was sustainable in the literal sense of the word, conceptually the theme was obvious.


Regardless of whether the latest Chanel presentation was Lagerfeld’s attempt to jump on the eco-friendly bandwagon (as a few critics have accused him of doing) or a genuine statement about environmentalism, the designer certainly had a point when he said, “Sustainable fashion shouldn’t look like some sloppy demonstration stuff.” This got me thinking about ‘green’ fashion and inspired me to go on the hunt for chic apparel brands devoted to preserving the health of Mother Earth. Here are my top six shops that deliver eco-friendly clothes without sacrificing style.



Nicole Bridger


If you think that sustainable fashion means looking like a grungy, kale-munching hipster, Vancouver’s Nicole Bridger will change your mind. Described as a “fashion line for the effortlessly chic and environmentally conscious woman,” the brand is all about modern and beautifully draped styles. Nicole Bridger also designs maternity wear, which is great for the eco-conscious mama-to-be. The clothes are made from renewable and biodegradable fabrics and the majority of the garments can be washed at home, which eliminates expensive dry cleaning bills and toxic chemicals used in the cleaning process.





The brainchild of design duo Donna Smith and Michael Gaughan, Miik is a 100% Canadian company devoted to supporting the local textile industry by manufacturing sustainable and timeless pieces right here in The 6ix. Their sleek pencil skirts and figure flattering dresses are not only great looks for the office, but they are also long-lasting since the company uses rayon sourced from bamboo in many of their garments. When taken care of properly, items containing bamboo tend not to pill and loose shape like those made from other natural fibres.



Not Just Pretty


This one-stop eco-friendly shop located in Victoria, BC has everything (and I mean everything). Founder Pam Skelton, stocks the boutique with styles that exude a laid-back West coast aesthetic, footwear from some very well-known brands, delicate intimates, handbags, jewellery and oodles of cosmetics. Want another reason to love Not Just Pretty? As a member of the 1% for the Planet, the shop donates at least 1% of their annual net revenue to environmental organizations, such as the Raincoast Conservation Foundation. How could you not want to shop at an eco-friendly boutique with a big heart?



Brook There


Confident—a buzzword used in lingerie marketing to appeal to women’s emotions. I think we’ve all seen those ads with a gorgeous model that seductively flips her hair and utters, “Buy this push-up bra; you’ll feel super sexy…and confident” (*eye-roll*). Of course, you can get an added boost of confidence knowing that underneath your power outfit is a sexy leopard print bra, but that feeling of self-assurance can be hard to achieve if said undergarment is uncomfortable. This is where Brook There comes in. The line of intimates designed by Brook DeLorme stresses comfort (as in wireless bras), unique designs and garments sourced from organic wool and cotton, bamboo rayon, and real silk. These pieces are so soft and beautifully designed that they’re bound to give you some extra confidence.



Matt & Nat


Drawing inspiration from the beauty of nature, the Montreal-based handbag line Matt & Nat was born. The brand creates vegan Céline-esque purses that are made from materials like recycled nylon and plastic bottles, cork, and rubber. Diaper and yoga bags, wallets, and tech accessories are also on the list of fashionably sustainable goods by Matt & Nat.





With the idea of creating “killer clothes that don’t kill the environment,” Yael Aflalo introduced the world to Reformation. The brand is adored by stylish celebs like Taylor Swift, Rihanna and Alexa Chung for their on-trend pieces and commitment to ecology. With a fast-fashion, but eco-friendly, approach, the company is constantly pumping out fresh designs made from sustainable textiles, repurposed vintage apparel and deadstock fabric from other fashion houses. Reformation takes their ecological crusade a step further by using 100% recycled paper products for their packaging. Chic eco-friendly styles that can easily transition from day to night, sustainable manufacturing practices and free shipping—what’s not to love about Reformation?


1. Nicole Bridger Enlighten Skirt, $109; Wander Coat, $289

2. Miik Kasia Reversible Hourglass-seamed dress, $165

3. Dagg and Stacey Suvi T, $96; Dagg and Stacey Leg Pant, $150; White Stuff Punch Tassel Loafer $145, available at Not Just Pretty

4. Brook There Black Alchemy Organic Bra Silk Trim, $99USD; Black Alchemy Organic Brief, $63USD

5. Matt & Nat Sheenan, $84; Keely, $100

6. Reformation Pike Pant, $178USD; Tammy Dress, $138USD

Style Inspiration image Courtesy of Reformation


By Sasha Smith

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Fashion Jobs – Trends To Purge From Your Closet This Year

Monday, February 1st, 2016

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There are times when I look back at old photographs and cringe at what I was wearing! Each year with the good trends that carry into the next season, come the trends that are best to purge from your closet. This year, there are a few pieces of clothing that I will be getting rid of to make space for more up-to-date pieces.


Here are some trends that we have noted will not be, or shouldn’t, be making an appearance in 2016.

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By Tiffany Janzen

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Fashion Jobs – The Arty Block Heel

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

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Move over, stilettos! The arty block heel is the newest must-have item for every shoe connoisseur. During fall/winter 2015 fashion month, editors, bloggers and style obsessed Instagrammers were all talking about these eccentric heels, and with good reason—they’re absolutely gorgeous. With their sculptural and whimsical elements, this season’s block heels can give your outfit a much-needed boost of creativity, especially if you’ve fallen into a winter style rut. Despite their aesthetic appeal, the true beauty of the block heel is that it’s actually a quite practical shoe (no, I’m not kidding). Due to the chunky heel, these shoes are both comfortable and sturdy, which is a blessing when you’re walking on slush-covered sidewalks or doing the Whip/Nae Nae a little too hard on the dance floor. Here are a few drool-worthy arty block heels that will get you to give your stilettos a well-deserved break this winter.



1. B Brian Atwood Karina Heels, $180, available at Hudson’s Bay

2. gx by Gwen Stefani Madison Sandal, $151, available at Nordstrom

3. Miista Ryan, $199, available at Capezio

4. Nicholas Kirkwood Carnaby Prism Patent-Leather Pumps, $290USD, available at NET-A-PORTER

5. Rochas Furry Chunky Heel Pumps, $512, available at Farfetch

6. Acne Odessa Stretch, $690

7. Jeffrey Campbell Sayer Leather Loafers, $234, available at Nasty Gal

8. Kate Spade Dawson Too Block Heel Pumps, $471, available at Shopbop

Style Inspiration image courtesy of Roberto Cavalli


By Sasha Smith, Toronto

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Fashion Jobs – Spring 2016 Trends You Can Wear Now

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

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Just because it’s January doesn’t mean we aren’t already dreaming about the spring trends. It also doesn’t help that stores are starting to fill their shelves with spring product. Seasons come and go so fast that you might as well enjoy some of the trends early! As long as you stay warm that is. Layering is key to wearing some of these trends a bit early but nonetheless will you be ahead of the fashion crowd.


1. Zara Frilled Poplin Blouse, $49

2. Aldo Glaniel Loafer, $55

3. Babaton Hopper Skirt, $110, available at Aritzia

4. H&M Patterned Dress, $35


By Tiffany Janzen

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Fashion Jobs – Re-Vamp Your Classic Pencil Skirt

Monday, January 25th, 2016

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A classic pencil skirt is a staple in every women’s wardrobe. Its a timeless piece that can last you for many years. It’s tasteful, sophisticated and looks great on every woman.


As we are a month into 2016, lets try and revamp your classic pencil skirt and add some texture to your wardrobe through your essential office pieces. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with a classic black pencil skirt, but times are changing and adding that extra something to your skirt will be worth it.


Be the women at the office who stands out, own your style and be diverse.


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1. Adding something as simple as color to your pencil skirt is a great start for a playful look.

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2. Velour is a great way to add some sass and texture into your outfit. The body hugging stretchy fit is very flattering for any body type.

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3. This rustic look will elevate your old pencil skirt with its soft suede structure. The added slit is bound to make head turns with a classic yet cheeky touch to your ensemble.

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4. Let out your inner Coco Chanel with this classic tweed pencil skirt.

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5. This stretch fabric has a beautiful curve hugging fit. The sophisticated wrap front slit makes it the ultimate pencil skirt for your office to drinks transition.

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6. If you are wanting to keep your traditional black high wasted pencil skirt and just add a little bit of personality to it, this skirt is your go to.



1. Forever 21 Micro-Ribbed Bodycon Skirt, $29

2. Leith Velour Pencil Skirt, on sale for $46, available at Nordstrom’s

3. Alice + Olivia ‘Kori’ Suede Pencil Skirt, $1,332, available at Nordstrom’s

4. Halogen Fringe Detail Tweed Pencil Skirt (Regular & Petite), on sale for $78, available at Nordstrom’s

5. Cupcakes and Cashmere ‘Glenn’ Ponte Wrap Front Skirt, $148, available at Nordstrom’s

6. Le Chateau Ponte High Waist Midi Pencil Skirt, $49

Style Inspiration: Asos Utility D Ring Belt Leather Pencil Skirt



By Jordan Sangster, Vancouver

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Fashion Jobs – Style Resolutions You Should Make for the New Year

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

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Happy New Year Style Nine to Five friends! Did you make any resolutions for 2016? Did you break them yet? If you haven’t, I applaud you for your determination. I broke my clean eating resolution three days into January after trying gluten-free vegan lasagna—there are certain foods that should not be tampered with and lasagna is definitely one of them. To be honest, I don’t feel too bad about abandoning my resolution so quickly, as it’s quite common. Only eight percent of them are a success and the rest fall by the wayside before the end of January. If you broke your resolution or it’s on the fritz, don’t give up on the idea of a new you this year; instead try making a style resolution. This is an easier and more realistic approach to self-improvement, motivates you to get out of your style rut, and is much more fun than running on the treadmill. I’ve listed some foolproof resolutions below to help you make 2016 your most stylish year yet.


Zara-BlazerInject colour into your style

If your wardrobe looks like it could belong to the Grim Reaper, then maybe it’s time to experiment with a bit of colour. Are you a blazer fanatic? Next time you go shopping grab one that you love in mustard instead of your usual black. The key to keeping this resolution is to purchase pieces that you are comfortable wearing, but in a bright colour.


H&M-TOPExperiment with trends

Step out of your comfort zone and have fun with fashion by playing around with a trend or two. Flared jeans and prints reminiscent of your grandmother’s ancient sofa are two bold trends that I’ve been dying to try this winter.


JCrew-DressShop smart

Attention impulse buyers! This resolution is specifically for you so listen carefully. Instead of buying a bunch of clothes that a) you don’t really need, b) will go out of style by the end of the year and c) will probably end up at the back of your closet, try purchasing a few quality wardrobe staples that you actually need. This year invest in a chic, timeless, and well-made dress for work, such as this one from J. Crew. Your closet and pocketbook will thank you for making the resolution to avoid thoughtless purchases.


Aritzia-Pant Topshop-TopBreak fashion rules

Unleash your inner rebel and break a few fashion rules in 2016: sport white after Labour Day, rock pajamas outside your bedroom, mix bold prints, and wear pink at the office. Worry less about the rules and just have fun with fashion.


Asos-Bun-HolderMix-up your accessories


If you are the type of girl who wears the same pair of stud-earrings everyday, it’s time for a change. Add a bit of pizazz to your outfit by wearing an edgy ear cuff. If you truly are unable to part with your beloved studs, accessorize your hair. This bun holder from ASOS is a great way to put a stylish spin on an ordinary bun.


1. Zara Blazer with Zips, $40

2. The Castings Flare, $60, available at Aritzia

3. H&M Burnout-Patterned Top, $50

4. J.Crew Sheath Dress with Faux Leather, $193

5. Babaton Cohen Pant, $145, available at Aritzia

6. TOPSHOP Pajama Inspired Striped V-Neck Shirt, $28, available at Hudson’s Bay

7. Forever21 Faux Gem Ear Cuff, $7

8. ASOS Large Gold Ball Bun Holder, $18

Style Inspiration image courtesy of Molly Sims


By Sasha Smith

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Fashion Jobs – Prints for the Office

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

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Gone are the days of black, white, and grey being the only colors filling your closet. Bold and colorful prints have returned to being a fashionable staple for office attire. It can be scary reaching out of your comfort zone to try a bold printed piece. However, it’s often the case that if you take the chance and try a bold pattern, you will start enjoying wearing a bit more color! Here are some of our top picks for prints to wear to the office.


1. Zara printed blouse, $69

2. Ted Baker torchlit floral top, $209

3. Pleonie v-neck blouse, $94, available at Nordstrom

4. Ann Taylor square dot camp shirt, $111

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Fashion Jobs – Hudson’s Bay Company & Herschel Supply’s Limited Spring 2016 Collection

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

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Have you heard the news? Hudson’s Bay Company and Herschel Supply have partnered up to bring us a limited edition five-piece collection! Launching in February 2016, the collaboration of travel essentials will bring HBC’s iconic stripes and Herschel Supply’s signature vegetable tanned leather and blue chambray liners together. The pieces include Herschel’s Heritage and Little American backpacks, the Chapter travel kit and the Novel weekend duffle – with prices ranging from $50 – $135 (CDN).


The two Canadian brands were delighted to work with each other, as they “share many of the same values, including a passion for heritage and commitment,” – Hilary Kelley, Vice President, Design, HBC Collections.


The pieces from the collaboration will be available in Hudson’s Bay stores and on on February 16, 2016. Don’t miss out on purchasing something from this exciting new collection that offers a modern take on a classic Canadian design!

HBC COLLECTION x HERSCHEL Chapter Dopp Kit, $50HBC COLLECTION x HERSCHEL Heritage Backpack, $80HBC COLLECTION x HERSCHEL Little America Backpack, $135HBC COLLECTION x HERSCHEL Novel Duffle Bag, $135HBC COLLECTION x HERSCHEL Heritage Kid Backpack, $60

1. HBC COLLECTION x HERSCHEL Chapter Dopp Kit, $50

2. HBC COLLECTION x HERSCHEL Heritage Backpack, $80

3. HBC COLLECTION x HERSCHEL Little America Backpack, $135

4. HBC COLLECTION x HERSCHEL Novel Duffle Bag, $135

5. HBC COLLECTION x HERSCHEL Heritage Kid Backpack, $60


By Claire Aiello

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Fashion Jobs – How to Dress Like a Perfectly Curated Instagram Page

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

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We all see those flawless Instagram pages throughout social media. Neutral palette, minimalistic chic, so simple yet catches your eye in amazement. You find yourself in admiration over how elegant and put together they appear. They’re clean, chic and beautiful, so who wouldn’t desire to dress that look?


Yes, floral and colours are great for your wardrobe, but this is all about the monochromatic neutral minimalistic approach. Think Victoria Beckham. She is known for her classic feminine appearance and is one of the biggest fashion icons in the industry.


We have rounded up a few outfits to point you into the right direction to master this look for the office. And the best part about this look is its simplicity.



Dresses are always a great go-to, they are simple and timeless, which is exactly the look we are going for.

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Jumpsuits are great if you’re looking for something simple yet wanting to add personality into your outfit. The flared bottom will do wonders for accentuating those long legs.


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Dress pants are always a classic staple piece for your monochromatic wardrobe


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If dress pants aren’t your thing, trade it in for this gorgeous textured knee length skirt.


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Pair your pants or skirt with a basic button up blouse


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To add extra flair to your outfit pair it with a cape, blazer or jacket. Remember to keep it neat and clean.


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We can’t forget accessories to finish off your monochrome office look.

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1. Tahara Seamed A-Line Dress, $189, also available in white at Nordstrom’s

2. Cynthia Steffe ‘Maya’ Tie Waist Fit & Flare Shirtdress (Nordstrom Exclusive), $263, available also in white at Nordstrom’s

3. Misha Collection ‘Delia’ Halter Satin Jumpsuit, $506, available at Nordstrom’s

4. REISS Joanne Dress Pants, $195, available at The Bay

5. Zara Tube Skirt, on sale for $23

6.  Zara Basic Shirt, on sale for $20

7. Crew Women’s Ludlow Blazer, $722

8. Lavish Alice Collarless Cape Blazer, $124, available at asos

9. River Island Premium Sleeveless Blazer, $138, available at asos

10. Matt & Nat David Black Briefcase, $180

Style Inspiration: Victoria Beckham, image curtesy of style advisor


By: Jordan Sangster

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Fashion Jobs – Winter Pink at the Office

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

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Maybe it’s the subzero temperatures or the lack of adequate sunlight, but winter always seems to draw us to the ‘dark side’ when it comes to our sartorial colour choices. Black, charcoal, navy, oxblood and camel—colours that are winter wardrobe staples for many women (myself included). This season designers decided not to cast a dark shadow over the runway; instead it was illuminated with shades of pink like fuchsia, punch, and rose. Once I saw the powdery pastels in Prada’s fall/winter 2015 collection, I immediately tossed aside my go-to black trousers and broke out the bubblegum pink.



I truly adore colourful winter trends, because they push me to experiment with my work attire, which, to be honest, tends to be quite gloomy and boring during the colder months. To add some colour back into my life, I tend to wear simple and tailored pink pieces. A structured blazer is perfect, as it allows colour to be the focal point of the outfit. I would advise against wearing pink items with a lot of frills or glitter to work, because you might become known as the office’s resident princess.



K.I.S.S (Keep It Simple, Sally) is a motto that I believe in when it comes to making choices in life as well as in fashion. With that said, I make sure that when I wear bold pinks the rest of my outfit is super neutral. For instance, I love these neon trousers from H&M, but they are quite the fashion risk. To make a piece this bright work for the office, I would incorporate it into an all-black outfit for a look that is both chic and modern. As long as you K.I.S.S, you can easily make the riskiest pink pieces work appropriate this winter.




For those days when I have an important meeting or presentation to give, my outfits are primarily comprised of two simple colours: black and grey. I usually end up hating those outfits, but I grin and bear it for the sake of looking ‘professional.’ Recently, I questioned why professionalism is synonymous with dark neutrals—*cough* antiquated, yet pervasive, stereotypes about women and femininity *cough*—and decided to do away with this notion implicitly guiding corporate office wear. Instead of being a complete rebel and wearing a monochromatic hot pink outfit to a meeting, I choose to sprinkle in some pink pieces. I think accessories in blush tones or a pastel pink coat are the perfect accent pieces for a good power outfit.


This winter I urge you to give your dark winter wear a break, and get pretty (and sophisticated) in pink at the office. I’ve gathered a few of my favourite styles below to help you get inspired.


1. Zara Double Fabric Blazer, $40

2. H&M Satin Suit Trousers, $70

3. Johnny Loves Roise Jaya Pear Ear Cuff Earrings, $45, available at ASOS

4. Babaton Cormac Coat, $199, available at Aritzia

5. J.Crew Collection Italian Wool Pull-on Pant in Beaded Tux Stripe, $130

6. Kate Spade Women’s Rumsey Watch, $150, available at Hudson’s Bay

7. Michael Kors Flex Mid Pump, $138, available at Browns

8. ASOS Jumper in Brushed Yarn with High Neck and Side Splits, $87

9. Topshop Wrap Midi Dress, £42 (approx. $86 CAD)

10. Orla Kiely Blushed Wool Mini Skirt, $265, available at Anthropologie

Style inspiration by Kim Weston Arnold, courtesy of Vogue


By Sasha Smith, Toronto

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