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Fashion Jobs – Proof That You Can Wear a Bomber Jacket to Work

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

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Who doesn’t love a good bomber jacket, right? They can give almost any outfit the right dose of street-style cool and are a welcome change from the bulky parkas that we’re forced to wear during this time of the year. Plus, as far as jackets go, bombers are really comfortable. Chances are you probably have one or two (or maybe four) of them in your closet, but how often have you worn a bomber jacket to work? If you’re like most women, the answer is probably not often. Despite the weekend vibe that they exude, bombers are absolutely appropriate for the office. With so many one-of-a-kind designs made from luxurious fabrics, wearing this It-jacket to work is a breeze. But, if you’re in need of some style inspiration, I’ve assembled a week’s worth of outfits that will show you just how easy it is to wear a bomber to your nine to five.

 

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Gone are the days when bombers were just for tomboys—the modern spin on this classic jacket is quite feminine. For a look that is truly ladylike, wear a bomber jacket with pieces of a complimentary aesthetic, such as this pleated midi skirt. Incorporate knits and a pair of booties into the outfit to make it winter appropriate.

 

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Give your Tuesday outfit some oomph by adding a bomber jacket with intriguing and unexpected detailing. I love this one from Zara because the sheer squares allow you to craft a print that you can modify time and time again—it’s the perfect #TransformationTuesday piece. For instance, create a bold grid print by wearing a bright top that allows a bit of colour to peek through the sheer detailing of the jacket. The following week, restyle it by throwing a floral print top into the mix for a very mod look. With this bomber, the possibilities are endless!

 

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It’s the middle of the week and after two hectic days at work you’re probably exhausted and can’t be bothered to make the office hallway your personal runway anymore. On those lazy days I tend to break out my trusty office LBD (Little Black Dress), which, despite being a total and complete lifesaver, is a pretty boring dress. Remix your go-to frock with a bomber jacket that has a bit of shine or beading, such as this one from Mango. The metallic embroidery can help breath new life into a plain dress that you’ve worn one too many times.

 

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Have fun with your office attire by mixing hard and soft textures. A quilted leather bomber jacket adds an edgy feel (but not too much since we are at work, after all) to an ensemble with delicate and luxe fabrics like suede, chiffon and silk.

 

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It’s finally the day that you’ve been looking forward to since the week began: Friday. If your office partakes in the corporate tradition of casual Friday, then a bomber jacket might be the perfect look for you. To avoid pushing the limits of business casual attire, dress up the jacket with a simple blouse, unique piece of jewellery and classic pair of black pumps.

 

1. Zara Printed Bomber Jacket, $69

2. Mango V-Neck Sweater, $29

3. Zara Pleated Midi Skirt, $69

4. Forever 21 Pebbled Faux Leather Tote, $39

5. Sam Edelman Lucy Mid-Heel Bootie, $144

6. Zara Sheer Detail Bomber Jacket, $49

7. PrettyLittleThing Delty Blush Knitted Rib Turtleneck Top, $37

8. Topshop Cigarette Trousers, £30 (approx. $56 CAD)

9. Forever 21 Rhinestone-Encrusted Bib Necklace, $8

10. Aldo Aceida-U High Heels, $75

11. Mango Metallic Embroidered Bomber Jacket, $109

12. Topshop Clean Seam Midi Dress, $60, available at Hudson’s Bay

13. Shashi Double Ball Stud Earrings, $49, available at Shopbop

14. Nine West Nadya Almond Top Pump, $86, available at Nordstrom

15. Zara Leather Bomber Jacket, $179

16. Wilfred Nobel Blouse, $125, available at Aritzia

17. J. Crew A-Line Midi Skirt in Suede, $474

18. Selected Femme Mary Bracelet, $34, available at ASOS

19. Same Edelman Dea Pump, $160, available at Capezio

20. H&M Bomber Jacket, $50

21. French Connection Arctic Spell Blouse, $60

22. Rag & Bone/JEAN Skinny Coventry, $230, available at Aritzia

23. Express Crisscross Open Bangle Bracelet, $12

24. Vince Camuto Kain Pump, $141, available at Nordstrom

Style Inspiration image by I’m Koo, courtesy of The Cut

 

By Sasha Smith

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Fashion Jobs – 3 Easy Ways to Go From Desk to Date

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

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Seeing that Valentines Day is just around the corner, this past weekend I ventured out to the mall in search of an outfit that would knock my man’s socks off. After wandering in and out of stores for about 40 minutes, I had found a drop-dead gorgeous dress and the perfect accessories—shoes and clutch included—to pull together the whole look. I was absolutely shocked that I got all that shopping done in under and hour. With an armful of shopping bags, I made my way back to the parking lot thinking, “how the heck did I manage to get all of this shopping done so quickly?” The last time I had a V-Day date, I spent 4 hours mulling over what to wear to impress my then significant other. As I tossed my purchases into the trunk of my car, the answer to my question suddenly hit me: Valentine’s Day fell on a weekday. Since I was going straight from work to my date, I had to create an outfit that would seamlessly transition from day to night, which proved to be a difficult task since it took me 4 hours to achieve. (Thank goodness Valentine’s Day is on a Saturday this year!) That day I learned a few great lessons about transitioning a nine-to-five look into a date night look, and I have decided to share them with you. These style hacks can be applied to just about any work-to-date night situation, whether it be a Valentine’s dinner with your sweetie or your first Tinder date.

 

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Choosing a key piece that is appropriate for both the office and your date venue is one of the easiest ways to make an outfit work for day and night. Let’s say you’re going to a basketball game, choose a pant that is both tailored and casual, such as these Babaton jogger-inspired trousers, in order to create a look that is work and courtside appropriate. For the office, add a classic pump, some minimalist jewellery and a waistcoat to dress up the trousers. Before you head off to the game, hop out of those heels and into a pair to comfy kicks. Adding a bomber jacket and a leather cap will give the look a bit of edge. Your date will have no clue you just came straight from the office.

 

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Going on a romantic dinner date after work and don’t know what to wear? Don’t fret because the perfect transitional piece is probably hanging in your closet right now: the LBD (little black dress). For a conservative office look, pair your LBD with some simple pearl earrings, a timeless watch, a big tote bag that you can toss your laptop in while running from meeting to meeting and a printed mid-heel for visual interest. When the day is over, swap out the tote bag for a wristlet like this one from Kate Spade. With multiple card slots, a built-in mirror and an iPhone 6 compartment, it is the ultimate day to evening wristlet. Give the look a touch of romance and sex appeal by swapping out your office earrings and heels for a pair of floral drop earrings and a black wraparound heel. Don’t lose the watch because you definitely do not want to keep your date waiting.

 

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By day, these coated ankle-jeans and relaxed-fit blazer are the basis for a sophisticated ‘casual Friday’ office look. Just add a lightweight sweater, some simple accessories and an edgy bootie, and you have a great outfit. For a Friday night pub-crawl date, exchange the basics for pieces that add drama, like this leopard-print blouse and beaded tassel earrings. Hopping from one bar to the next can be hard on the feet, so don’t toss out the booties when you’re switching into your night look—trust me, you’ll need them. Blazers have the tendency to make you feel a bit stuffy, so drape the blazer over your shoulders to create an effortless and chic look for your wild night out on the town.

 

1. Zara Flowing Waistcoat, $69

2. H&M Polo-Neck Top, $14

3. Weekday Gold Pipe Necklace, $32, available at ASOS

4. Matt and Nat Minka Bag, $180

5. Babaton Dexter Pant, $145, available at Artizia

6. Aldo Unenan, $42

7. Converse Madison Mono Lea, $80, available at Little Burgundy

8. Zara Nylon Bomber Jacket, $49

9. Wilfred Free Emesa Hat, $35, available at Aritzia

10. J.Crew Cap Sleeve Dress in Super 120S Wool, $262

11. Forever 21 Faux Pearl Ear Jackets, $5

12. DKNY Silver and Rose Gold Watch, $140, available at Hudson’s Bay

13. Zara Reversible Tote, $45

14.  Nine West Raelynn, $69

15. Steve Madden Presidnt, $125

16. Kate Spade New York ‘Cedar Street’ iPhone 6 Leather Wristlet, $169, available at Nordstrom

17. bebe Floral Drop Earrings, $22

18. MANGO Crepe Blazer, $99USD

19. Vince Camuto Translucent Stone Stud Earrings, $36

20. MANGO Fine-Knit Sweater, $29USD

21. Zara Geometric Tote, $45

22. Jeffrey Campbell Orwell Suede Ankle Boot, $285, available at Nasty Gal

23. CURRENT/ELLIOT Coated Ankle Jeans, $198, available at Hudson’s Bay

24. ASOS Unlined Purse With Faux Pony Flap, $45

25. EXPRESS Dusted Sparkle Cross Bracelet, $19

26. H&M Sleeveless Chiffon Blouse, $30

27. Rebeke Jewelry Long Beaded Tassel Earrings, available at Etsy

Style Inspiration image courtesy of Love Maegan

 

By Sasha Smith, Toronto

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Fashion Jobs – The Arty Block Heel

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

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

 

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

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

3. Miista Ryan, $199, available at Capezio

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

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

6. Acne Odessa Stretch, $690

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

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

Style Inspiration image courtesy of Roberto Cavalli

 

By Sasha Smith, Toronto

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Fashion Jobs – Lady in Red

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

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For years and years I avoided wearing anything red like the plague because of my complexion, which is inclined towards looking quite pink at the best of times, and even more so after a glass or two of bubbly at a Christmas soiree. Little did I know, that between crimson, scarlet, vermillion and maroon there’s a shade of red for everyone to ignite your passion and heighten your sensuality. Perfect for the holidays, take inspiration from some of the creations below.

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1. Chain neckline dress, $89 at Zara

2. Embroidered tulle mini dress by Marchesa Notte, $1070 at Net-A-Porter

3. ASTRO dress, $145 at The Store on Queen

4. Cutout back dress, $37 at Forever XXI

5. Long chiffon dress, $19 at H&M

6. SLOAN cutout sheath, $58 at Banana Republic

7. Sheath dress with embroidered detail by Reem Acra, $2700 at ShopBop

Style inspiration: Street style shot by Nabile Quenum for Vogue.com

 

By Alyson Linke, @alysonlinke

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Fashion Jobs – Puff Daddy

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

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Puffer jackets are something that you can undeniably count as a staple each and every winter. Looking put-together in -20 weather can be a challenge, but there’s something about the way that a puffer accentuates your frame without being bulky that makes it a must-have investment. Whatever hat, scarf, or boot trend there is, the ever reliable puffer jacket can be counted on to go with anything while keeping you looking both stylish and toasty, even if you may be wearing 12 layers of clothes underneath.

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1. GEMMA performance fabric down parka, $549 at Danier

2. CALGARY jacket, $650 at Rudsak

3. FREESTYLE jacket by SAM, $396 at Shopbop

4. QUEREN lightweight down coat by Mackage, $390 at Ssense

Style Inspiration: Blogger Carolina of The Fashion Squad

 

By Alyson Linke, @alysonlinke

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Fashion Jobs – Floral Trousers

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

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Florals for spring are not exactly groundbreaking (cue the eyeroll), but the oft-overlooked fall floral is a whole other animal. Moody and romantic with a darker palette and rich textures, floral print trousers for fall and winter are an unexpected choice that can be so worn many different ways. The floral trouser works great as a transitional day-to-night piece paired with a structured blazer and statement jewelry, can be dressed down for a Netflix and chill sesh with a chunky sweater, or you can bring out your inner 60’s bossa nova and wear them with a black turtleneck.

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1. Cropped floral trousers by Dorothy Perkins, $26 at Hudson’s Bay Company

2. Floral trousers, $70 at Zara

3. Floral print wide leg pants, $25 at Missguided

4. Pull-on floral trousers by Derek Lam 10 Crosby, $531 at Shopbop

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By Alyson Linke, @AlysonLinke

 

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Fashion Jobs – Rascal Flats

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – life is too short for uncomfortable footwear. As much as I so want to be one of those chicks who can sashay through the day effortlessly in six inch heels, I find myself batting for #teamflats more often than I’d like to admit.

Even though sleek heels may have the market cornered on elongating your frame, there’s no reason why flats can’t be a professional and stylish alternative! A pointed toe looks classic and powerful, a bright hue will add youthful vibrance, and an animal motif will look cheeky and clever.

Flat shoes add an element of fun and laissez-faire attitude to your ensemble, and your feet will thank you for the break.

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1. ABC flats, $625 at Charlotte Olympia

2. CHRISTY leather flats by Aquazurra, $909 at Net-A-Porter

3. LEVEL UP lace-up ballet flats, $63 at Asos

4. BEE HAPPY smoking slippers by Del Toro, $431 at Shopbop

5. ‘Lacey’ Oxford, $152, Nordstrom

 

Style Inspiration: Valentino studded flats photographed by Tommy Ton

 

By Alyson Linke @AlysonLinke

 

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Fashion Jobs – A Touch of Summer

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

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Transitioning skirts into your fall wardrobe can make for some really stunning and unique looks. I love to pair a suede mini with tall boots and a chunky knit sweater.

This look is weather-appropriate and has just the right amount of sexiness! Another great skirt option for fall is a fuller midi skirt paired with a long sleeve crop and a pair of ankle boots.

This can also be easily dressed up with a pair of stilettos for night. Fall skirts are also awesome paired with an edgier coat like a leather motorcycle jacket or an oversize bomber. The perfect touch of femininity!

 

 

1. Babaton Jude Skirt, $110, available at Aritzia

2. Reformation Bonilla Skirt, $268 USD

3. Alex Leather Pencil Skirt, $68 USD, available at Modern Citizen

4. Alberta Ferretti Collection Suede Boots, $2069, available at ShopBop

5. ASOS Reclaimed Vintage High Rise Mini Skirt in Real Suede $213

6. BDG Elbow Patch Sweater, $72, available at Urban Outfitters

 

By Lindsay Mix, Toronto @lindsmix

 

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Fashion Jobs – Leather Pants

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

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The story of how my leather pants and I came together plays out like an unexpected, star-crossed romance. I had originally bought a pair to use for a Halloween costume, but I quickly found that wearing them gave me a sense of confidence and mystique that nothing else in my closet even came close to, and I fell hard. What surprised me the most was how easy it was to incorporate them into both casual and professional settings. Worn with a crisp white shirt, a slouchy sweater, or a simple tee, leather pants make a powerful statement no matter where you are.

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Style Inspiration: Blogger Alison Liaudat of BANGBANGBLOND

1. Vegan leather pants, $165.95 at Free People

2. Faux leather biker trousers, $69.90 at Zara

3. IONA stretch lamb leather leggings, $149.00 at Danier

4. ROWE leather pants by Parker, $774.87 at Shopbop

 

By Alyson Linke (Follow/lurk me on Twitter and Instagram)

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Fashion Jobs – Lace-Up Shirts

Friday, October 9th, 2015

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Consider for a moment the enigma of the corset. Outdated? Absolutely. Repressive? Some may say so. How, then, has it managed to hold our cultural imagination over 100 years after having gone out of mainstream fashion? Ultimately, the allure and glamour associated with it is difficult to follow. The line of the ribbon, painstakingly tied, which runs down a woman’s back meets a modern match in the on-trend lace-up shirts of today. Modern designers such as Emilio Pucci, Derek Lam, and Tamara Melon appear to have taken inspiration from the seventies (if you haven’t started to see a common theme this season…) and the late nineties (think Britney Spears on the cover of “Oops… I Did It Again!”), but today’s chic lace-up tops remain relaxed and bohemian while hinting at a pointedly old-world “peek-a-boo” sex appeal. Check out some of the options below that will put your crisp button-downs to shame.

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Style Inspiration: Blogger Brittany Xavier of Thrifts and Threads

1. Soft shirt with lace up detail, $67.26 at ASOS

2. CORBEN blouse, $135.00 at Aritzia

3. NEOPOLITAN tunic by Free People, $196.13 at ShopBop

4. SALENA top, $65.00 at The Store On Queen

5. Leather-trimmed silk top by Emilio Pucci, $1210.00 at Net-A-Porter

 

By Alyson Linke, Twitter and Instagram

 

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