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Fashion Design Jobs – 5 Flats to Mix in your Office Wardrobe

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

 

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Nowadays there seems to be endless options of office appropriate flats (from simple pretty ballet to the menswear inspired smoking slipper!) to keep our feet & toes comfortable throughout our busy 9-5 days. Though we all love our heels, for a busy day at the office the last thing you want to worry about is foot cramps, heel pain or blisters. Flats are now a great option that not only keep comfort on the radar, they also now sport a variety of colours, prints & patterns which make them a great piece to jazz up & personalize your office look.

 

1. OPPO Original Corp. Peached as Punch Flat • $29.99, available at ModCloth

2. Georgie fabric tassel loafers • J.Crew • $198.00, available at JCrew

3. Sabrina Tassel Loafers/Grey • Cole Haan • $149.99, available at Off Fifth

4. Anna Baiguera ‘Anneluxe’ ballerinas • Anna Baiguera • $144.08, available at Far Fetch

5. Report Reid Flat • Report • $59.00, available at Piperlime

By: Bree Aylwin, writer of The Urban Umbrella | @urbanumbrella29

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Fashion Career Advice From Christie Lohr – Reach Out to Break Out

Friday, August 29th, 2014

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To any fashion hopeful who is just starting out in his or her career, having a mentor is one of the best ways to gain invaluable information regarding the industry. Whether it’s interview advice, insider knowledge about what employers look for, or tips to succeed in your personal endeavours, speaking with a seasoned veteran will definitely be a rewarding experience. While the idea of reaching out to anybody you don’t know can seem like a daunting task at first, Christie’s here to tell you why it will all be worth it, and that it isn’t such a scary thing after all.

 

Christie Lohr: What inspired me to pursue a career in the fashion industry was a fated meeting with a fashion expert in my early 20s. I was an eager young fashion grad, fresh out of college and working as an Assistant Manager at Le Chateau. I was on my way to a Nelly Furtado concert at the Vogue on Granville Street in Downtown Vancouver when I was suddenly stopped by this fashion expert who wanted to take my photo for her upcoming street style feature for The Province newspaper. At the time, I was so excited to be featured in a major publication like The Province. This fated meeting definitely inspired me to explore my options in the fashion industry and learn more about how I could get involved. I thought to myself, how cool would it be to speak with this fashion reporter and see if I could assist her in any way? Acting on that thought, I found her email address online and proceeded to send her a message, thanking her for the feature, as well as inquiring if I could be a part of what she was doing. I don’t know if I expected a reply at the time, and quite honestly, whenever you do decide to reach out to someone, know that they probably have a busy schedule so don’t be discouraged if you don’t see a reply right away! I heard back from her after a few days and we scheduled a coffee meeting, where I was able to pick her brain and inquire if I could be of any help to her work. Although she wasn’t even looking for assistance, just because I reached out and asked, she brought me on board!

 

I think the moral of my story is simply to not be afraid to reach out to anyone you look up to as a mentor, or who you aspire to be like. Yes we’re all busy, but I can tell you that there’s nothing more special and flattering than receiving a thoughtful email from someone who’s truly passionate about the industry and who expresses a strong desire to learn from me. I know I was so eager to learn (and still am) back when I was in my early 20s and just starting out in my fashion career. I’m at a point in my life now where I want to give back by offering my time to speak with and educate any driven young individual, and I know that many industry insiders share my sentiments. We were all at the same place once upon a time, and I can definitely say that I would not be where I am today without my mentors.

Whenever you meet someone in the industry who you want to get to know more, send them a follow-up email and schedule out a time to talk! You’d be surprised at how many doors can open for you and how much you can learn just from taking the first step to connect.

 

Photo by Laura McIntosh

Written by Anna Zhao 

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Fashion Jobs – Bright White at Diner en Blanc

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

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What could be more glamourous than a parisian inspired dinner at a secret location where everyone is dressed to impress in fabulous all white ensembles? The evening of Diner en Blanc was glowing and felt as though The Social Concierge took guests on a trip to a majestic new realm.  

 

After attending DEB, my fashion sense grew a new appreciation for the ivory shade.  White is crisp and timeless, making the choice to wear it head to toe an excellent option to bring you from day to night.  The blank canvas is also an opportunity to accessorize with costume jewelry to add pop and sparkle or delicate jewelry for effortless chic.

 

Since there a few weeks left of summer, the all white ensemble is easy to put together with crisp pieces, mix & matching. For fall and winter, don’t pack your whites away either! Personal style has no rules, with that said, experiment with trousers, sweaters and accessories to keep gracefully warm, however, with a frosted edge. Here are few suggestions:

1. Start with a white dress and heels!  Choose a silhouette that compliments your body, add a blazer or cardigan for work and transition to an evening with girlfriends simply by pairing a character piece and jacket.

2. High waist skirts with a simple t-shirt is an effortless elegance that is trendy for the weekend, offering a uniform versatile for whatever adventures come your way!

3. For a whimsical boho-inspired look, opt for white denim shorts, loose tanks and kimonos for comfort; add long accessories for some sparkle.

 

 

1. CTV Vancouver anchor Norma Reid wearing a white dress, head piece from her wedding day and local designer Elsa Corsi earrings
2. Alicia Fashionista looking boho chic in a flower crown.
3. Diner en Blanc guest wearing an all white ensemble and rocking the trendy purple hair look.
4. Retro is always a classic choice as one DEB host proves.
5. Ashleigh DeMerit looking fabulous in a BCBG gown.
6. In ‘love” with Style Nine to Five Founder Christie Lohr‘s off the shoulder dress.
7. Diner en Blanc guest chose a figure flattering high waist skirt and blouse with lace shoes for original detail.
8. Interior Designer Joanna Kado sporting an Alice in Wonderland inspired look with a cute summer dress and headband.
9. Fashion Blogger Randa Salloum of The-Unprecedented rocks edgy jewelry with her all white ensemble.

By: Michelle Morton, @msmichellemorton

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Fashion Jobs – Midi Skirts

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

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Ladylike lengths have undeniably taken over the fashion world. The new style staple is a perfect addition to any workerbee’s wardrobe as it can be styled in a variety of polished office looks; and for a more casual look, midis can be paired easily with a cute crop to create a more playful and laidback outfit.

 

Items:

Pure Sugar Patterned Midi Skirt • $54.97, available at Piperlime

Eight Sixty Nights Bloom Midi Skirt • Eight Sixty • $98.00, available at Piperlime

Pim + Larkin Basic Midi Skirt • Pim • $59.97, available at Piperlime

Tinley Road Midi Skirt • $79.00, available at Piperlime

Pure Sugar Jacquard Midi Skirt • $69.97, available at Piperlime

JOA Midi Organza Skirt • Sorbet • $59.97, available at Piperlime

By: Bree Aylwin, writer of The Urban Umbrella | @urbanumbrella29

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Fashion Jobs – Actively Chic

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

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It’s impossible not to have noticed that one of this season’s hottest trends takes inspiration from our favourite form of loungewear – jogging pants. No more skin tight yoga pants at the grocery store, classroom, or anywhere else! Now is the time for an ultra chic pair of drapey bottoms with tie up waist details and cinched ankles, for a look that offers as much comfort as it does style.

 

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Ann Taylor Drapey Pants, $102.16
J.Crew Turner Pant, $98 USD

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Aerie Skinny Jogger, $43.72
LOFT Mosaic Print Drapey Ankle Pants in Marisa Fit, $63.12

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Club Monaco Mariam Pant, $159.50
H&M Joggers, $39.95

 

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Gap Side-Zip Track Pants, $49.95
Rag & Bone Lena Wool-Jersey Track Pants, $350 USD, available at Net-a-Porter

 

By: Liz Doré, Toronto

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Fashion Jobs – Career Advice From Christie Lohr: How to Answer the Unanswerable During Interviews

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

 

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No matter how much we prepare ahead of time for an interview, there’s bound to be one or two questions thrown our way that are just plain hard to answer. Every interviewer wants to know why you’re leaving your current position or why there was a gap on your resume since your last point of employment, but consequently, those are also the most difficult questions to answer. How do you communicate a bad experience in a previous position without turning recruiters off? What if you decided to take a year off of work? Since you’ll most likely be making your first impression during the interview, it’s important to understand how a hiring manager may perceive what you say. Having made many hiring decisions in the past, Christie certainly has her fair share of advice to share about the dos and don’ts of answering the unanswerable.

 

Christie: “I know that job seekers want to be honest with their interviewers, but it’s important to view yourself through the eyes of a hiring manager first. Although you may have had a bad experience in a past position, I always tell candidates to never play the role of the victim, even if your past management was at fault. No interviewer wants to hear a candidate bad-mouthing their previous company in any way because we will immediately wonder what you may say about OUR company if we were to hire you. Internal company discord should be kept separate from the interview discussion.  If asked the question of why you are leaving your current company, try and keep the topic of the conversation on the new company. Perhaps your old job didn’t offer you enough growth opportunities which you believe the new position would? Do you feel like the culture of the new company is a better fit for your personality and style? These are all great ways to keep the focus of the interview on why you want to work for the company you are interviewing for while still answering the original question of why you are leaving your previous role. Even if the situation was bad, never let the “bad” and “negatives” creep into your interview. Stay focused and also positive!

 

Similarly, a gap between the present and your previous term of employment could raise red flags for the interviewer. We want to confirm that you weren’t fired or let go from your previous position. The interviewer is probably wondering why you didn’t wait to find a new job first before resigning from your previous post. A good way to approach this question is to attribute the period of absence from employment to self-improvement of any sort. Even if you were just taking a break to switch gears, make sure that you don’t come off as lazy in any way. Instead, frame the time off as a means to work on yourself so that you could become better for it. It’s important to reassure the interviewer that you are most definitely ready to re-enter the work force with all of the newfound takeaways from your period of absence. Remember, everyone wants a go-getter! And while a lot of what you say comes down to the delivery itself, your words do have an impact on how the interviewer will perceive you. If you are unsure, then air on the side of caution when answering tough questions, while placing a larger emphasis on what you can bring to the new role. ”

Photo: Laura McIntosh

 

By: Anna Zhao

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Office Style: The Pencil Skirt – #SNTFxRobson

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

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Fall is the time of year for new beginnings. Whether that means going back to school, seeking out your first professional job post-graduation, or transitioning into a new career path altogether, it is definitely the season of change for many. In Style Nine to Five’s new collaboration with Robson Street, I’ll be sharing weekly work-appropriate outfits that certainly don’t lack in the style department. DSC_0196-ddEdit

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September marks a new beginning, and with fashion week looming, there’s inspiration all around. The way you dress is the perfect way to make a statement. When it comes to your career, you don’t want to go overboard with the trends, even if you are working in fashion. While in-the-moment pieces can definitely be incorporated into your work look, I still rely on the basics to tone down any loud items.

 

This week is all about the pencil skirt. The silhouette of a high-waisted pencil skirt is flattering, accentuating the smallest part of your body- the waist. Not only does the length make it work appropriate, there are also many styles and fabrications to choose from. Since we’re heading into fall, I chose a white faux leather pencil skirt. While the basic piece is timeless, the white is a fresh take on leather.  Yes, you CAN wear white after Labour Day. In fact, rocking white during fall is a great way to make a statement.

 

I paired the pencil skirt with a black sweater, sticking to a theme of black and white (colour blocking). I love how the sweater has a built in leather collar, that ties back to the leather of the skirt. When choosing heels for work, I always recommend a lower heel for maximum comfort. These pointed, strappy pumps fit the bill, and the red was a subtle way to work in a pop of colour into my look. I kept my accessories to a minimum, opting for a pair of classic studs as the rest of the pieces already had quite a bit of attitude.

 

The important thing to note is that my finished look featured pieces from various price points. I’m a huge fan of mixing higher and lower price point items. It’s all about mixing the right pieces together to look like and feel like a million bucks.

 

Outfit details: sweater from Club Monaco ($159.50), skirt from Zara ($59.90), heels from Aldo ($90), bracelet ($5.80) and earrings ($4.80) from Forever 21

 

 

Photos taken by Laura McIntosh

 

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Fashion Design Jobs – Shirts With Sayings

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

 

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Over the last few months, sayings on t-shirts have been making a couture comeback – long gone are the days of seeing sweaters plastered with “Angel” across the front (I can’t be the only one who remembers those, right?) in gaudy oversized print.   A simple t-shirt with a sweet saying like, “Love Makes Me Happy”, is a great piece for a casual everyday look, or layer a blazer over it for a funky office outfit.

 

Product Info: 

Happiness C’est Cool Tee • $33.00, available at ShopBop

Joie Oui Oui Linen Rancher Tee • Joie • $82.80, available at Saks Firth Avenue

Anchor & Buffalo Wonder Tee • $40.00, available at shoptiques.com

Peace Love World You & Me Heather Sleeveless Fashion Parachute Top • $67.99, available at 6pm.com

Laundry Room 100% Happy White Tank Top • $67.00, available at LuLu*s

Peace Love World Summer Love White Oversized Comfy Top • $71.99, available at 6pm.com

Peace Love World Love Compass Deep Sky L2L Light Tank • $34.99, available at 6pm.com

Peace Love World Mia V • $54.99, available at 6pm.com

Peace Love World Love Is My Religion Heather Mia V Fashion Top • $62.99, available at Zappos

PEACE LOVE WORLD ‘Oversized Comfy’ Top • $72.36, available at Nordstorm

By: Bree Aylwin, writer of The Urban Umbrella | @urbanumbrella29

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Fashion Jobs – 10 Tips to Looking Stylish at Work

Monday, August 18th, 2014

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After recently sharing my Office Attire Essentials recently here on Style Nine to Five, I figured what better time than now to also share a few tips to looking stylish from 9AM – 5PM!

 

1. Invest in pieces that have a bit of pizazz to them. A chevron print scarf, bright statement necklace or a pair of oversized earrings are great pieces to add on to that simple white blouse & black trouser combination.

2. Always have a “back up” on hand. When you’re at home, pick out an outfit that you always tend to like on yourself. This outfit will prove as a great back up on those rushed mornings or when the outfit you’ve previously chosen just doesn’t “work”.

3. Have a simple black blazer on hand. A classic black blazer will always layer over a casual look or simple dress and elevate the look to be a bit more office appropriate. We all have our “casual days” but try to sophisticate the look by adding a blazer into the mix.

4. Carry a stain remover pen in your purse. Ever spilt coffee on your crisp white blouse first thing in the morning? Yeah, me too – a stain eraser is a life-saver in these moments!

5. Invest in your shoes. A comfortable pair of flats, great pair of boots or a classic pair of heels can make your outfit. Scuffed, distressed or shoes with holes need to be tossed as they do not exude the level of professionalism that a job requires.

6. Stick to dark denim for work. Reserve your light or distressed denim for weeks.

7. Keep a mini lint roller in your bag. Nothing ruins a professional look like being covered in fluff and lint!

8. Have a great completer handbag. I recently shared my tips to snagging the perfect professional handbag here because nothing polishes a look off like a great structured purse.

9. Have a garment steamer at home! Wrinkly clothes never look professional but you can eliminate this pesky problem easily by just keeping a steam iron at home!

10. Never wear light denim to the office — save that for the weekend!

By: Bree Aylwin, writer of The Urban Umbrella | @urbanumbrella29

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Fashion Jobs – Looking Forward to Fall – Cool Cardis

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

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One of my favourite fashion changes I look forward to for fall is the ease of adding a cardigan to just about any outfit. With so many different cuts, colours, and lengths to try, it’s hard not to stock up and wear a different cardi every day. For work, go for a cropped style that is easy to layer over dresses, and has a polished look to them. For the weekend, try long and textured styles paired with skinny jeans and you’re good to go.

 

 

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1. Nic + Zoe Double Trim Cardigan, $108 USD

2. Lanvin Intarsia-Knit Beaded Cardigan, $980, available at MATCHESFASHION.COM

3.H&M Fine-Knit Cardigan, $24.95

4. Diane von Furstenberg Intarsia Wool Wrap Cardigan, $330 USD, available at Net-a-Porter

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Weekend:
5. Tibi Mohair Oversize Cardigan, $395

6. J.Crew Merino Wool V-Neck Cardigan, $91.50 USD

7. Joe Fresh Merino Collared Cardigan, $49

8. Hanna Andersson Pointelle Sleeve Cardigan, $119

 

By: Liz Doré, Toronto

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