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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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Inspiration image courtesy of Matt G Style

 

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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Image courtesy of Style By Three

 

Product Info:

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

 

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

 

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

Monday, June 26th, 2017

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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SNTF: What inspires your own personal styles?

 

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

 

SNTF: What makes Fitzroy different in Toronto?

 

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

3. Fitzroy

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

4. Fitzroy

 

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

 

All images courtesy of Studio Fitzroy Boutique

 

By Ivana Pavkovic, Toronto, @iforeveronvacation

 

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Fashion Jobs – Q&A With Suzy Yahya

Saturday, June 17th, 2017

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Suzy Yahya is a Toronto-based jewellry designer that men and women need to get on their radar. She is the owner and designer of Expectancy Rings, a line of affordable luxury rings for expectant mothers and fathers to celebrate, announce and commemorate the expected arrival of their newborn. SNTF recently had the opportunity to chat with Suzy and learn about the ins and outs of running a jewellry business and what it takes to stand out from the crowd.

1. Rings

SNTF: So Suzy, can you first tell us a bit about the years before launching your jewellery line Expectancy Rings and what led you to start a career in the entrepreneurial world.

 

SY: After graduating from the Fashion Arts program at Humber College, I worked in wholesale, retail and buying before I launched my own online boutique, Shop Wanderlust, in 2013. The boutique, which I ran for over three years, sold beautiful clothing and accessories from talented independent designers all over the world.

Then I decided to expand my love of fashion into the bridal world and became a consultant at luxury bridal boutique White Toronto, which is where I was inspired to launch Expectancy Rings!

 2. Blue Rings

SNTF: Did you always have the entrepreneurial bug? When did you know it was time to take the plunge and start your own business? How did you know that Expectancy Rings was the idea to go with?

 

SY: Working on something I’m truly passionate about has always been important to me – it’s what led me to start my own boutique and eventually Expectancy Rings.

 

We all know the significance of engagement rings, wedding bands and even wedding gowns to mark two very important events in a person’s life – engagement and marriage. But I realized that there wasn’t an equally special way to announce and commemorate the next most precious and life-changing event – pregnancy. I developed Expectancy Rings to fill this void and to help expectant mothers and fathers announce a pregnancy and more specifically, the gender of their baby.

 3. Fashion Incubator

SNTF: Prior to launching your business, how much knowledge did you have of the luxury jewellery industry?

 

SY: Surprisingly, none! I entered a Toronto-wide design competition called Fashion Your Future put on by Toronto Fashion Incubator, where winners received a grant and mentorship to start their own accessory business.

 

I ended up winning with my Expectancy Rings concept and was set up with Jon de Porter, the most amazing, inspiring mentor who has taught me so much about fine jewelry and its industry.

4. Suzy

SNTF: What’s the most important thing you’ve learned so far since launching your collection?

 

SY: Keep it simple! Since Expectancy Rings is such a new concept – rings for expectant parents (mothers and fathers) to celebrate and announce their growing families – I needed to make sure my designs were easy to love and matched other significant pieces of jewelry my customers already owned. My most popular ring is the stackable expectancy band because it pairs beautifully next to an engagement ring and wedding band – it’s the perfect addition to your jewelry collection!

5. Ring 

SNTF: What would you say sets your company apart from others in the jewellery industry?

 

SY: Expectancy Rings is the first and only jewellry brand of its kind. Expectant parents (whether expecting a baby by birth, surrogate or adoption) can choose a design that suits their style (a thin stackable band, thick diamond band or signature half-swirl band), their favourite type of gold (18k yellow, white or 14k rose gold), and most importantly a solid pink or blue sapphire to represent a baby girl or boy on the way. The option for a solid clear sapphire is also available to those who prefer to keep it gender neutral or keep their child’s gender a secret until birth.

 

I think the excitement of expecting a child should be remembered for the rest of your life, and each Expectancy Ring will last a lifetime.  

6. Suzy Working 

SNTF: What’s your favourite part about being an entrepreneur? What about the least?

 

SY: Having full creative control over my brand is such an amazing feeling! I also love working with clients directly and going through the process of seeing them design their rings from start to finish, then announcing their pregnancies on social media with their new, personalized rings.

 

My least favourite? Don’t have one! Being an entrepreneur is so rewarding! I recently had a same-sex couple purchase matching unisex bands to announce the adoption of a baby girl. Each family is unique, and it’s really touching to see all types of parents using the rings as a way celebrating their growing families!

 

SNTF: Tell us about your design process? Where do you find design inspiration? How long does it take to design a jewellery collection from start to finish?

 

SY: My inspiration comes from real mothers in my life (including my own!). I try to keep my rings as wearable and classic as possible, making them easy to stack next to multiple rings for a trendy, layered look, yet striking enough to stand alone.

 

Since each piece in the collection is simple and classic, it only took me a week or so to come up with the design ideas, then I took my sketches to a digital designer to bring them to life.

 

The signature Expectancy Rings band took the longest to design because my inspiration behind that piece was to create a ring that was more intricate, yet classic and also correlated with the idea behind the brand. The half swirl design signifies the coming together of two people to create life, and the sapphire is nestled carefully in the centre to represent the child.

 

SNTF: How did you learn the ins and outs of running a business?

 

SY: I learned mostly on my own, through trial and error. My first business, Shop Wanderlust, was a great first experience for learning and a bit of a stepping-stone that helped me discover what works and what doesn’t in order to find success with Expectancy Rings.

 

SNTF: What’s some advice you’d give to any woman (or man) questioning their career path and considering starting their own business instead?

 

SY: It might sound a little dry, but my biggest piece of advice is to create a business plan. It takes a lot of time and effort (it took me almost an entire year!), but having a business plan ensures that you think of every single aspect of your business before you begin. If by the end you feel like your idea has a great shot at succeeding and you still love it – go for it and give it your all!

 

SNTF: Running your own business must keep you pretty busy. How do you find a work-life balance? What do you do to unwind after a long work week?

 

SY: As an entrepreneur, your mind is always running with deadlines, emails to get back to and new ideas – you never really “leave” work when you get home after a long day because you’re constantly thinking about your business and new, innovative ways to improve it.

 

For me, it’s important to make time for my friends, family and extra activities that I enjoy outside of work. To keep the balance, I try to stay as organized as possible and prioritize – I am a huge fan of to-do lists and make one just about every day. My favourite way to unwind after a long work week is to take a dance class. It’s a great way to shut it all off for an hour or two and just focus on yourself and your body while learning something new and sweating it all out!

 

SNTF: And finally, what do you wake up looking forward to? What’s next for your career and business?

 

SY: There’s an element of surprise when it comes to running your own business. I try to keep evolving and adapting based on what my clients are asking for, so I’m excited to see where that takes the business.

 

My next move for Expectancy Rings is to build a blog on the website where new and expectant parents can come to read tips and articles on parenthood.

To stay up to date with Suzy’s entrepreneurial and creative journey, make sure to check out her website or Instagram.

By: Ainsley Smith, Toronto, @ainsleysmithy

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Fashion Jobs – 5 Work Pants for Summer

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

Style Nine to Five - Fashion Jobs in CanadaIn a perfect world we would all be able to wear our favourite pair of cut-offs to the office during summer. You know, that pair that hugs you in all the right places and shows off your legs. But unfortunately, shorts aren’t always the preferred bottom in some work environments. This summer, rather than only feeling as if you can only wear skirts and dresses, we wanted to share a few styles of dress pants that are warm weather approved.

We’ve rounded up our favourite airy silhouettes and fun, colourful options that will take you just about anywhere from BBQ work parties, late-night deadlines and the usual case of running errands. We’ve selected pants that feature lighter fabrics, a variety of price points and included chic ways to style these pant for summer.

So, take charge and beat the heat this summer with these five styles of work pants that you need in your life ASAP.

1.Bold Print

The Bright Crop:

These stunning silk-twill pants will help keep you feeling cool and ready to take on anything that comes your way. They are meant to fit high on the waist, which helps to make your waist appear slimmer.

Style Tip: Style with your favourite white or pastel coloured short sleeved button-up and add a fabulous heeled sandal to make the body appear taller and slimmer.

2.Seamless Culottes

The Seamless Culottes

Viscose material showcases simplicity but also can be elevated when paired with the perfect shoe and blouse. This drapey but sensible culottes style will provide comfort to the fullest, especially on those days when you have back-to-back meetings. These flowy beauties will have you feeling as if you’re hanging beach side feeling every breeze.

Style Tip: These culottes look best when paired with an off the shoulder top, preferably in sky blue or sun kissed orange. If you want ultimate comfortability, pair with a loafer with a one-inch heel.

3. Cropped

The Cropped Wide-Leg

This tapered wide-leg has got what it takes to bring on the summer heat — all while looking polished and sleek. Its slight cropped feature makes it breezy enough to play with flats, sneakers or a block heel. The added self-adjusted belt makes it more appealing for the eyes and the figure!

Style Tip: We recommend styling with statement coloured tops in royal blue or dark green. A simple coloured t-shirt would also look great, just pair with a playful necklace or a printed neck scarf for a chic look.

4. Cropped Trouser

The Cropped Trouser

There’s no better way to stand out of the crowd than with a pair of fuchsia trousers. These chic beauties are not only a steal, but they are made with a breathable fabric so you can stay cool without sacrificing the look of a great trouser.

Style Tip: We recommend pairing these beauties with either a black or white short-sleeved blouse and a pair of black heeled mules.

5. Cuffed khaki pant

Cuffed Khaki

Nothing reminds us of summer more than a pair of khaki pants. But thankfully we’re not picturing the extremely fitted style we used to wear during middle school. Now, we’re all about the high-waisted, cropped bell-bottom style that is perfect for those warm summer days.

Style Tip: Wear with a structured white button up and a pair of white or tan slides or mules for an effortlessly chic look.

Inspiration Photo
Image courtesy of Pinterest

Product Info:
1. Emilio Pucci Floral-Print Silk-Twill Straight-Leg Pants, $980, available at Net-A-Porter

2. Talula Sullivan Pant, $60, available at Artizia
3. Brunello Cucinelli Cropped striped wool and linen-blend wide-leg pants, $1,245, available at Net-A-Porter
4. Zara Cropped Trousers, $50, available at Zara
5. SEA Cuffed Khaki Pant, $365, available at Intermix, Image courtesy of Pinterest

By: Carly Brascoupé, Toronto, @carlyyr0se

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Fashion Jobs – Statement Pieces to Revamp Your Wardrobe

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

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

1. Jumpsuit

Jumpsuits

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

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Kimono

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

3.Ankle Booties

The Booties

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

4. Metallics

Metallic Everything

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

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Embellished Bag

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

Oversized Blazer

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

7. Wrap Dress

The Wrap Dress

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

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Product Description

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

2. Kimono Street Style provided by Pinterest

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

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

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

6. Oversize Blazer Street Style provided by Pinterest

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

By: Ivana Pavkovic, Toronto, @iforeveronvacation

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Fashion Jobs – Style Spotlight: The Exaggerated Sleeve

Friday, June 9th, 2017

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

1.White

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

2. Mesh

Sheer Play

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

3.Bubble Sleeves

Bubble Sleeves

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

4. Pink short sleeve

The Tee

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

5.One Sleeve

One Shoulder

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

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Product Info

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

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

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

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

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

By: Ivana Pavkovic, Toronto, @iforeveronvacation

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Fashion Intern – Maximizing Your Summer Internship

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

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The internship could be considered one of the most important parts of your post-secondary education. It’s an opportunity to get first hand, real life experience and gain insight into a potential career path. Some will just find whatever summer position they can, while others take careful consideration into choosing the field and company they want to intern with. But if you’re looking to make the most out of your summer internship, here are important things that every intern should keep in mind.

1. Learn Something New and Valuable

While making some extra money and keeping busy during the summer is great, why not find an internship you can actually learn from? Try thinking of careers you’d like to explore or skills you’d like to acquire and find companies that offer internships that would suit you. Once you’ve found the right opportunity, make sure to let your supervisor know you’re eager and ready to learn and make the most out of your summer — not just getting coffee orders.

2. Grow Your Network

Your professional network begins growing the minute you have your first internship interview. This is why it’s extremely important to make the most out of every interaction with a potential employer. Because you never know who could potentially become a future mentor to help shape your career. You’ll quickly learn that a big key to professional development is having a good set of mentors or advisors that you can seek out advice and knowledge from. If you haven’t already, this is a great time to open a LinkedIn account and get your professional online presence going. Not sure where to start? Check out our article on tips to growing your LinkedIn profile here.

3. Speak Up
Being intimidated as an intern is common, but you this should never get in the way for speaking up and sharing your opinions. Just because you’re an intern, doesn’t mean your thoughts, ideas or questions are invalid. Speaking up will also help you score some brownie points with your employers, as they will appreciate you making the effort.

4. Find Even More ways to Help Out
Once you’ve completed all your tasks and projects it doesn’t mean it’s time to scroll through Instagram. Use this as your chance to ask your supervisor for more tasks so you can gain as much experience as possible.

5. The 8-Week Interview

As much as your internship is a short-term contract, look at it as a long-term interview for future opportunities. Most interns who prove to deliver great results, interact well with the team and contribute to the overall company can find themselves with either a part or full-time position, or even a guarantee for an internship the following summer. But don’t get down on yourself if after your 8-weeks you’re sent on your way, companies don’t always hire interns for a variety of reasons.

Remember, if you’re going to dedicate your summer to a company, try and make the most of it regardless of the position. At the end of it all, the experiences you’ve gained will be a great addition to your resume especially if you haven’t had any job experience previously.

Have you had a successful internship in the past? What tips have helped you succeed? Let us know in the comments below!

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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.

2.Colour CrazeColor Craze

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 – Three Ways to Style a Slip Dress

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

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If the fashion gods could speak, we’re pretty sure they’d say that the slip dress isn’t going out of style anytime soon. But how could it? It can be dressed down with sneakers, a basic Tee, and a bomber; dressed up with strappy sandals and a bralette, or styled with a blouse and a pair of ankle boots for the office — clearly showing no indication of losing its allure anytime soon. If you have yet to try out this boudoir-inspired trend for yourself, you’ve definitely come to the right place. We’ve put together our three favourite ways to style a slip dress, from the boardroom to brunch, to a night on the town.

1. For the Office

2. Long slip dress 3.Oversized Blazer 4.Ankle Booties

For the Office

When it comes to styling a slip dress for the office, you want to ensure that you adhere to all dress codes, while still remaining fashionable. This means aiming for a dress that covers your knees. Style a longer slip dress with a pair of ankle boots and an oversized blazer for a sophisticated look.

5.For Brunch 6.Bomber 7.Yellow Slip Dress 8. Nude Sock Booties

For Brunch

We have to say, Hailey Baldwin nailed this afternoon street style look, and it can easily be replicated for your next girl’s brunch or afternoon patio drinks. When it comes to styling a slip dress for summer, we recommend going for a more playful hue like yellow, mango, or navy blue. This piece can then be styled with a complimenting bomber jacket and a pair of subtle ankle boots or sneakers.

9. For a night out 10.Rose Slip Dress 11.Rose Duster 12. Thigh High Boots

For A Night Out

If you have a night on the town coming up, we recommend taking a few style notes from Kendall Jenner and make a statement with a monochrome ensemble. Style a nude, peach, or light pink slip dress with a matching duster coat and a pair of thigh-high or ankle boots.

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Product Info

1. Image courtesy of the August Diaries

2. Raey V-neck Silk Satin Midi Slip Dress, $330, available at Matches Fashion

3. Oversized Checked Jacket, $159, available at Zara

4. 3.1 Phillip Lim Kyoto Booties, $1,076.90, available at ShopBop

5. Hailey Baldwin street style via Who What Wear

6. Gucci Floral Jacquard Bomber, $3,750, available at Gucci

7. Loup Charmant Cross-back Cotton Slip Dress, $215, available at Matches Fashion

8. Emily Sock Fit Stretch Boot, $60, available at Public Desire

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10. Alessandra Short Slip Dress, $466.83, available at FWRD

11. Coryn Rose Gold Silky Duster Coat, $157, available at House of CB

12. Kendall + Kylie Ayla Thigh High Boots, $166.75, available at ShopBop

By Ainsley Smith, Toronto, @ainsleysmithy

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