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Fashion Jobs – 5 Office Approved Work Bags

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

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Today’s workplaces are a lot different than what they were five to 10 years ago. A big culture shift we are starting to see is employers starting to provide more work-life balance to their environments with some giving employees the freedom to use laptops to work from home, at off-site locations or hoteling stations within the office when required for their schedules. With that change in structure, a lot of us sometimes find ourselves bringing our work home, stuffing our files and paperwork in our purses, and lugging around a tired laptop bag given to us by the not so trendy IT guy. We scoured our favourite places to shop and found five office approved bags that are not only practical but look good too!

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The Bag You’ll Want
This nylon tote from Want Les Essentiels is a classic style from their line of bags and accessories. It makes a great bag to carry around your work essentials like laptop and paperwork and also has some side compartments great for organization of things like your stationary. Your option to carry it by the handles or strap it across your body makes it a perfect option for those who commute on public transit!

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The Backpack
For those of you wanting to take the backpack trend to the office or those who might bike into work but still want to look stylish, this Kate Spade striped one is not only super cute but functional too! It has a front compartment for things you might need easier access to like your phone or keys and a laptop pocket to keep it safe without needing a case.

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Keeping it Classy
We are loving this sophisticated and classic purse-style tote from Zara that has multiple zippers and compartments perfect for your paperwork and smaller style laptops. Its slim style doesn’t let you carry too much more in there other than your work essentials, but it’s over the arm strap makes it easy to carry along with a second purse or bag.

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Everyone’s Favourite Bag
The Regan line is known as one of Rebecca Minkoff’s most popular collections and this tote-style made from nylon with leather trim is a stunner! We love that this bag has a zipper closure and gives you more than enough room to carry everything from your laptop to your wallet and cosmetic bag.

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Clean and Simple
For those of you who already have your go-to purse for work (or several) but need an easy tote to carry around your laptop instead of a bulky laptop bag, this Liebeskind leather tote is totally for you! You’re not getting much help in the organization department with absolutely no pockets, but it’s got enough room to fit your laptop, planner and paperwork!

 

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Product Info:

  1. Want Les Essentiels: Black O’Hare Tote, $296, available at Ssense
  2. Kate Spade New York Tech Nylon Backpack, $258, available at Nordstrom
  3. Zara Quilted Leather Tote Bag with Chain Detail, $149
  4. Rebecca Minkoff Always on Side Zip Regan Tote with Charge, $355
  5. Liebeskind Viki Leather Tote, $188, available at Hudson’s Bay

 

By: M.J. Elle, Toronto, ON (@TheMJElle)

Fashion Jobs – Q&A with Creator of Evelynn by Nicole Snobelen

Monday, December 18th, 2017

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Despite being only “26 years young” Nicole Snobelen already has a long list of accomplishments under her (stylish) belt. Nicole is a 2017 Top 20 under 40 award recipient and founder of The Abby Fund, a volunteer initiative that works with sick children to design and create their dream dresses and superhero capes. Additionally, she is a published author, award-winning business owner and the designer of her own clothing line: Evelynn by Nicole Snobelen. We had the chance to chat with Nicole about her entrepreneurial journey and the hard work that goes into creating fun, feminine style.

 

SNTF: When did you know you wanted to start your own clothing line? 

 

NS: At the age of eight, my aunt gave me a designer game to create outfits with different colours and patterns. I became obsessed with the game and knew I wanted to do something with fashion when I grew up! After graduating college, I started making dresses for myself to wear to interviews. I would post photos of them on Facebook and almost immediately women started contacting me asking to order a dress. I then started doing custom work and eventually launched an online store! 

 

SNTF: What are some of the first steps to starting a clothing line? 

 

NS: The first step would be going to school for fashion design or fashion merchandising. This will teach you the ins and outs of creating garments and working in the industry. You’ll need to know how to sew and pattern make if you plan to develop the line independently. Also, some basic business, marketing and social media knowledge are important. I started my company with no business background and struggled a lot in the beginning because of it. It wasn’t until after I started my business that I started taking business workshops and courses.

 

Currently, everything is handmade by me and I work with a team of eighteen models. Having a photographer is super important when launching a fashion line as people will want to see your work displayed professionally. Access to start-up funding, grants or savings is huge. You need to spend money to make money. You’ll also want to register your business with the government. 


SNTF: What kind of education or training did you pursue to prepare yourself for the demands of this project? 

 

NS: I took a three-year fashion design course at Fanshawe College and several business workshops and courses at various places like Leap Junction and the Small Business Center.  

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SNTF: Did you have any mentors who helped you along the way? 

 

NS: Leap Junction has been a huge part of my recent success this year – this is an entrepreneurial campus service at Fanshawe College. The owner of Illbury & Goose, Daniel, is also a mentor of mine.

 

 SNTF: What was the biggest hurdle you had to overcome in order to start your label? 

 

NS: Oh there have been many! Since my business idea fell into my lap, I had no start-up funding or business background! I lived dress to dress for a long time, which made it difficult to get ahead. Every time I made a sale, I would invest that money back into my business, so you can imagine how difficult it was to live my first year in business.

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SNTF: Where do you find inspiration for your designs? 

 

NS: In school, we were always taught to design a garment then source materials to best fit your design. I am the opposite, I find inspiration from materials and prints first and then design something from that! Colours and bright prints are what inspire me the most. I also enjoy creating things that are stylish, but also very comfortable. All of my designs are made without closures, making them super comfortable to wear and easy to put on and take off. 

 

SNTF: How would you describe a typical day for you?

 

NS: I usually wake up around 7-7: 30 AM and end my day of work around 8 PM. Some days it can be hard to self-motivate, especially for someone who does not drink coffee! I spend most of my day pattern making, sewing new dresses/scarves, promoting a product on social media, updating my website and packaging orders. My favourite days are ones when I have photoshoots booked or pop-up shows! 

 

SNTF: What do you see for the future of Evelynn? 

 

NS: Right now, I am collaborating with another local business to open a storefront for five weeks in downtown London. If this trial run is successful, I hope to open my own Evelynn store one day. I’ve reached a point in my business where it’s time to hire a seamstress and look at manufacturing opportunities. It is part of my core values to keep Evelynn 100% Canadian made.

 

SNTF: Do you have any advice for those looking to begin their own clothing lines? 

 

NS: If this is your passion, go for it! I’ve struggled a ton with my business over the years but when I look at how far I have come, I am so glad I never gave up on my dream! Volunteering or interning with designers you admire is a great opportunity to gain experience. I truly believe you can learn something from everyone you meet. 

 

To follow along with Nicole’s journey, make sure to check out her website and follow her on Instagram.

 

All images courtesy of Nicole Snobelen

 

By: Avery Lafortune, Toronto

Fashion Jobs: Q&A with Gentle Fawn’s CEO Carla Hogg

Friday, December 1st, 2017

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Passionate, hardworking, and inspirational are just a few ways you could describe Carla Hogg, GENTLE FAWN’s  President, and CEO. We had the chance to chat with Carla and ask her a few questions about her position, what it takes to land a career with the powerhouse brand and also receive some advice for those looking to launch their career in the world of fashion.

 

SNTF: First of all, can you tell us a little about you. Who you are, what your role is for GENTLE FAWN?

 

CH: My name is Carla Hogg, and I’m the President / CEO of GENTLE FAWN.

 

SNTF: When did you start working for GENTLE FAWN?

 

CH: GENTLE FAWN was started in 2003 by my husband, Danny Hogg, and I. Sold in over 650 multi-brand stores across Canada and the USA, we’re known for our effortless designs and thoughtful, handmade prints.  

 

SNTF: What makes GENTLE FAWN such an appealing brand to work for?

 

CH: Straight up: We’re growing. Aside from being an up-and-coming brand, our team is a group of creative, hard-working, driven individuals with big goals and determination.

 

SNTF: What kind of skills or personality traits are you looking for when interviewing candidates?

 

CH: When interviewing, we’re looking for someone who is a genuinely nice person with a great ‘can do’ attitude and proven work ethic. Someone who is charismatic with a positive demeanor.  

 

SNTF: What would make someone successful in a position with your company?

 

CH: To be successful at GENTLE FAWN, we’re looking for someone who is proactive, strategic and works in alignment with the company goals. Being solution-oriented is key.

 

SNTF: Do you offer any mentorship or internship programs for those looking to break into the fashion industry?

 

CH: Instead of a formal internship program, we host design and marketing students who want to volunteer to gain an understanding of how the industry works, and what the different job opportunities look like in a clothing company. Internally, all of our staff have the opportunity to use an education fund, where we encourage everyone at GENTLE FAWN to take advantage of going to conferences, taking courses or attending industry events.

 

As an example, a few members of our team are attending the Create + Cultivate Conference in LA next year, where we will be attending seminars and workshops that tackle topics from branding, to content creation and number crunching.

 

SNTF: How can a candidate ensure they start off on the right note at the beginning of an interview?

 

CH: We wear our hearts on our sleeves – if you’re hitting all the right notes, you’ll know. We know what we want when we find it, and don’t drag out the interview process. Our time is precious, and we know yours is too.

 

SNTF: What would you say is a typical day at work like for you?

 

CH: Whether we’re strategic planning or viewing SMS samples, no day is the same at GENTLE FAWN. The best thing about working for a growing company is that you get to work on many cross-functional projects with a wide scope.

 

SNTF: What are the overall goals your company works towards daily?

 

CH: At the end of the day, we all work towards our vision of designing easy to wear trends with a flattering fit for a stylish individual who wants to leave a lasting impression.

 

SNTF: Can you describe the work culture or atmosphere at the GENTLE FAWN head office?

 

CH: We’re a tight group at GF HQ. We have team activities and lunches and connect through slack on the daily. We’re a creative and welcoming bunch.

 

SNTF: What advice do you have for someone looking to join your team?

 

CH: Be confident, and be yourself. Whether you’re a fit now or in the future, we’ll never let someone slip by. Ask questions, be curious, and show interest.

 

SNTF: There are certain positions within a fashion brand that are widely known such as marketing intern or graphic designer; however, there are many other industry jobs that are not as widely publicized. Are there any jobs within your brand that our readers may not have heard about to consider?

 

CH: Product Development – you understand the product inside-out and backwards.  You are analytical and have your finger on the pulse to understand what the needs of the market are and how to translate them for your muse.  You may also run the product calendar – a critical lifeline for any brand!

 

Customer Service Administrator – you’ve got the power to ensure our customers have the best experience possible. You’re great at mastering relationships, and holding everyone accountable – from our warehouses to our sales team. It’s an opportunity to be the link between our team and our customers. We’re currently hiring for Customer Service Administrator, apply now!  

 

Fabric Specialist – You are on the design or production team.  You understand texture, drape, and set the stage for inspiring the designers to dream up silhouettes to fit every occasion.  You are extremely organized, tracking costs, communicating with fabric mills and stocking a great library of reference fabrics.

 

SNTF: What advice would you give to someone looking to break into the fashion industry?

 

CH: Jump in! Start doing your research; look at highlights from online news sources and blogs and attend industry events (there are plenty going go to, and it’s a great opportunity to get to know people).  Vancouver is a small city, and the fashion industry here is even smaller.

 

SNTF: Finally, where do you see GENTLE FAWN headed in the future?

 

CH: We’re gearing up for big growth at GENTLE FAWN. Now more than ever, it’s a great time to join the team. The possibilities are endless, and we see no end in sight!

 

To follow along with Carla’s journey with GENTLE FAWN make sure to give her a follow on Instagram.

 

By: Avery Lafortune, Toronto

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Fashion Jobs – How to Pull Off a Slip Dress During Winter

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

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Like the pyjama top, the slip dress has also been a major hit in the boudoir-dressing trend. Apart from providing good comfort and a sensual vibe, this supposed undergarment has the potential to be very versatile – especially when it comes to layering. Like the jumpsuit, the slip dress does not necessarily have to be attributed to warm temperatures because of its open and form-fitting features. It can also be coordinated with many pieces that not only provide a chic appearance but also sufficient warmth to aid in the colder seasons.  The ultimate goal is to achieve a composed look by bringing out lux style from basic loungewear. Here are four “spicy” ways to rock the slip dress in the winter season that will make you forget about that nasty freezing temperature.

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Coordinating with Basics
Similar to the jumpsuit, basic tops may be worn underneath the slip dress for a layered look. Wear a short or long sleeve tee for a casual look or a turtleneck for a dressier appearance.

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Coordinating with Bottoms
Don’t worry about your legs being bare because it IS possible and acceptable to wear a pair of bottoms underneath a slip dress. Jeans provide a smart casual look while dress pants give off total sophistication.

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Coordinating with Sweaters
You may also choose to layer over top of the slip dress rather than underneath. For more warmth, consider wearing an oversized and chunky funnel neck or crew sweater for a chic look.

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Coordinating with Accessories and Shoes
For a classic vintage look, you may consider putting over a fur stole or scarf over the slip dress. For shoes, knee-high boots are recommended for adequate leg coverage.

 

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By: Franz Tabora, Mississauga, @phranzzzz

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Fashion Jobs – Trend Alert: Pyjama Tops

Monday, October 30th, 2017

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The definition of balancing comfort and style cannot get any more literal with the modern pajama top trend. Inspired by the remarkable Coco Chanel and the boudoir dressing of the twenties, pyjama tops have been popular amongst fashion fanatics because of their classic style and accessibility. However, styling them now might be a little trickier than we think because we are upgrading their versatility by treating them as daytime (or nighttime) modish pieces. Thankfully, we’ve had many high profile stylists and A-list celebrity models that have successfully pulled off the loungewear look, embracing the trend not only on a regular basis but also in the most elite gatherings of the fashion industry. Here are a few sensible pyjama top styling tips that will make you value these pieces more than you should!

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In a Casual Look
The main idea is to look poised and not sluggish. To make the pyjama top wearable in the public, pairing it with the right bottoms is crucial. One of the easiest is coordinating it with skinny jeans or any fitting bottoms. Complete the look by rocking some heels, mules, or boots.

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In a Formal Look
Pulling off an upscale look with pyjama tops entails choosing the right fabric and bottoms. Satin or silk pyjama tops are perfect choices then pair them with culottes, faux leather leggings, or even a pencil skirt. You may also consider wearing a matching pajama set! Again, make sure to coordinate with heels, mules, or boots.

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Layering
Pajama tops are light and airy pieces therefore layering is a consideration if you’re planning to make them your staple wardrobe pieces for the cold seasons. Wear either a turtleneck or a long sleeve tee underneath to provide warmth.

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Accessorizing
Accessories certainly make a difference especially since you’re stapling a loungewear piece. For earrings, wear studs for a casual look or glam up the outfit by wearing statement danglers (i.e Pom bon earrings).  Compliment the look further by carrying a swanky clutch or shoulder bag.

 

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By: Franz Tabora, Mississauga, @phranzzzz

Fashion Jobs – 5 Ways To Get Your Career Back On Track

Friday, October 27th, 2017

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Life is full of highs and lows, and the same goes for your career. You’ll have times where you feel you’re exactly where you want to be and have a sense of accomplishment. In other cases, you might be at a part in your career where you feel stuck or need more of a challenge to continue growing. Whether it’s looking for that next opportunity, or finding ways to grow with a company you love, having to refresh your career is nothing to be ashamed of. If you’re looking for that je ne sais quoi for your career check out our advice for getting back on the right career path!

 

1. Set Goals, Have A Plan

That one piece of advice everyone in your life has given you, from your dad to your financial advisor of having a plan is by no means a gimmick. Setting career goals and building an outline of some sort of plan -five years, 10 years or even three months, is extremely important to working towards your ideal of success. What’s the key to the master plan working? Knowing that you can never really plan out life, and the plan is more of a template.

 

2. Network Is Your Networth

Talking to your friends and family is always a great way to get advice. But sometimes looking to your professional network to discuss career planning might be more beneficial. Your colleagues and superiors can give you a perspective based on their first-hand experience of you on the job, and the industry you’re in. Whether it’s feedback on your strengths and opportunities or insights on potential opportunities, your professional network is a goldmine of potential.

 

3. Work With A Recruiter

If you’re looking to make a move from your current organization, you might want to try connecting with a recruiter. Once you get to a certain level in your career, the best companies and opportunities are usually filled by a recruitment firm or consultant. Not all recruiters and processes are the same, so we recommend finding someone who specializes in your industry and is dedicated to getting to know you, in order to find the right fit for you. Starting on our job board is great for finding your new career in fashion and retail!

4. Higher Education

Sometimes that promotion or new opportunity requires a bit more training or education and it’s never too late to head back to class! Some people choose to study a full degree or diploma program, while others might prefer taking a couple courses or getting a certification. There’s an endless supply of free online training that can easily be completed after work, and some companies even offer internal development courses. Whatever way you choose to go, know that education really is power!

 

5. Find A Mentor

One piece of advice any senior level manager or executive will give you, is to find a professional mentor. This is someone who has insight into your industry or company and that can provide you with advice, inspiration and knowledge to help you grow in your career. Look to people within your industry, organization or network who either you would like to learn more from or have enjoyed communicating with. Big organizations often have mentorship programs senior managers and executives participate in, so be sure to take advantage of that.

 

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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!

 

Style Nine to Five
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 – Biggest Trends for Fall 2017

Monday, September 25th, 2017

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Fall may have technically just kicked off in Canada, but with all the warm weather we’ve been experiencing lately, it hardly feels as if autumn has actually arrived. But before our favourite fashionistas hit the streets decked out in the latest fall trends, we wanted to share what we predict will be the must-have trends for fall. So keep your eyes peeled, we predict these will be the 5 biggest trends of the season.

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Red
The colour red is said to be the hottest hue for fall. This fall, get your hands on something in fire engine or cherry red, like this pleated dress from H&M as it’ll add the perfect pop of colour to your wardrobe and can be worn to and from the office with booties, flats or heels.

 

Shop the Look: Pleated Dress, $29.99, available at H&M 

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Power Suits
After checking out the street style looks from our favourite bloggers at New York Fashion Week, we have a feeling that power suiting will be everywhere this season. But rather than fitted silhouettes, you’ll see more relaxed and ‘90s-inspired office attire. If you want to try a power suit for yourself, we recommend opting for a luxe fabric like velvet or a statement colour like hot pink. We currently can’t get enough of this velvet suit combo, as it’ll bring a touch of high fashion to any office.

 

Shop the Look: Velvet Palazoo Trousers, $39.90, available at Zara and Oversized Velvet Blazer $49.90, available at Zara 

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Bold Patterns
There’s nothing better than an attention-grabbing outfit in a playful, bold pattern. And this season, you’re going to see bold patterns everywhere. From funky florals and polka dots to stars and bold stripes, you’ll find bold patterns on all your favourite fall pieces.

 

Shop the Look: Maples Pleat Playsuit, $595, available at Zimmermann

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Belted Trousers
Drawstring and belted bottoms were seen everywhere this summer, and it looks they are going to be even hotter this fall. We’re loving these chic belted trousers from Aritzia, as they can be worn dressed up to the office or worn casually with a pair of mules and a graphic tee.

Shop the Look: Wilfred Jallade Pant, $135, available at Aritizia

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Baker Boy Hats
The final trend we think will be blowing up this season is the baker boy hat. It will add a subtle touch of sophistication to any look and will give you serious cool points. Style a baker boy hat with a pair of bell bottoms and a striped tee for ultimate French girl vibes.

 

Shop the Look: Glamorous Navy Baker Boy Hat, $29, available at Asos. Also view this style.

 

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Product Info:

1. Pleated Dress, $29.99, available at H&M
2. Velvet Palazoo Trousers, $39.90, available at Zara
3. Oversized Velvet Blazer $49.90, available at Zara
4. Maples Pleat Playsuit, $595, available at Zimmermann
5. Wilfred Jallade Pant, $135, available at Aritizia
6. Glamorous Navy Baker Boy Hat, $29, available at Asos

 

By: Najja Morris, Toronto, @najjamorris

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Fashion Jobs – Trend Alert: Frills in Fashion

Friday, August 4th, 2017

Style Nine to Five - Fashion Jobs in CanadaFrills in FashionWhether you call them ruffles or frills, they are currently the hottest trend of the summer. Following the spring and summer ready-wear-shows, frills have been dominating the fashion world and can be seen on just about everything from dresses and blouses and skirts and shoes. This high fashion trend can instantly make any look fun and girly and is the perfect trend to rock this summer. If you have yet to snag a frilled item for yourself, here are five stylish items to add to your wardrobe.

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The Dress
This simple off the shoulder dress from Free People is very on trend this season. The cut is perfect for dressing down with a pair of gladiator sandals or up with a pair of wedges. The bold frills add a unique feature to the dress. If you are daring to bare some skin and rock frills then this dress was made for you!

Shop the Look: Phi Phi Dress, $214.63, available at Free People

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The Top
If you’re looking for a light and breezy fabric for summer, we highly recommend picking up something in Chambray. This is why we love this frilled chambray top from Club Monaco, it’s a basic that can jazz up an otherwise simple outfit. 

Shop the Look: Shilen Ruffle Tank, $139, available at Club Monaco 

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The Office-Approved Dress
Kate Spade is known for her unique and feminine pieces, and this dress is definitely no exception. This dress is perfect for the office thanks to its Oxford-style cut and tailored shirt component. The cascade of frills along the hem adds a playful touch Kate Spade is notorious for. If you are looking for a fun dress to wear at the office this summer, this is the one!

Shop the Look: Pinstripe Ruffle Dress, $149, available at Kate Spade 

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The Romantic Top
We can’t get enough of this little number from Free People. The cascading frills can add a romantic touch to any outfit. When wearing a bold top like this, make sure to keep the rest of your look simple – think slicked back hair and minimal jewellery.

Shop the Look: Kiss Kiss Top, $86.36, available at Free People 

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The Shoes
Play around with the season’s hottest trend by picking up a frilled shoe in a fun colour, like millennial pink. When rocking something as bold as a frilled shoe, make sure to keep the look minimal, think a sweater or blouse and kick-flare jeans.

Shop the Look: J.W Anderson Ruffled Suede Ankle Boots, $298.50, available at Net-a-Porter

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Product Info:
Phi Phi Dress, $214.63, available at Free People
Shilen Ruffle Tank, $139, available at Club Monaco
Pinstripe Ruffle Dress, $149, available at Kate Spade
Kiss Kiss Top, $86.36, available at Free People 
J.W Anderson Ruffled Suede Ankle Boots, $298.50, available at Net-a-Porter

By: Najja Morris, Toronto, @najjamorris

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Fashion Jobs – How to Have a Successful Fashion Career Today

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

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When I started Style Nine to Five, there were no categories like ‘E-Commerce’ and ‘Social Media’ on my job board to select when posting. I had to add those categories two years ago after seeing such a shift and growing demand. About 50% (or more) of jobs posted these days are now in the E-Commerce industry. Some roles include Coordinators for Influencer agencies, E-commerce Specialists or Buyers for online retailers.

 

While we still have a number of Editorial roles regularly posted, it’s usually for digital media. Skill requirements for these roles typically include blogging, social media, and graphic design knowledge. I would suggest learning graphic design so you can stand out in today’s competitive world.

 

You need to be able to adapt to change while still keeping your voice, and to realize that you always need to work hard and prove yourself. I hear this a lot from employers. They find it challenging to find someone who is both driven and hardworking. Everyone wants their dream job NOW, but in reality, it doesn’t work that way. When you see the success of your peers on social media, it’s easy to forget that a lot of crucial steps went into how they got there. These steps aren’t posted on social, just the final product is.

 

Retail is still here, doing great and can be a very rewarding and lucrative career. Lots of internationally known companies have come to Canada (UK’s Ted Baker, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue) in the last three years, offering great opportunities for Canadian retail hopefuls. A high volume store manager’s salary can start at $75K and a Visual Merchandise Manager for Canada can be up to $100K. I’ve seen both and helped in the hiring process for these roles.

 

I’ve also noticed there’s has been a bigger push for ‘shopping local’. Therefore many local labels are really booming right now, Vancouver’s Gentle Fawn, Native shoes, Oak and Fort, to name a few, which has helped create even more job opportunities.

 

While the days of flipping through a magazine and smelling the fragrance ads or having a stack of Cosmos on your coffee table might, unfortunately, be coming to an end, there are so many new exciting things happening in this tech savvy world which we can look forward to.  And your knowledge and love of fashion as a career is still 100% achievable and relevant. 

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