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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 Jobs Toronto – Spring Trends to Buy Now

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

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By the time February rolls around, most of us are dying to get a break from our winter garb and test-drive spring trends. Of course, sub-zero temperatures can make this a difficult venture. But it doesn’t have to be impossible! Here, I’ve adapted four spring trends so you can wear them now and also later! Read on for the full scoop:

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Blue

Blue is definitely the big hue for spring. Pick up a lightweight blue sweater. For now it layers perfectly with a button-up and sharp, skinny-cut trousers for work. In a month or two it’ll look perfect thrown on over shredded boyfriend jeans with flats. Marithe’ F. Girbaud Sweater, $220, available at Yoox.

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Pleats

Everyone from Dior to Viktor & Rolf featured pretty pleats for spring/summer 2014. Be sugary-sweet in a girly pleated skirt, thermal tights and a soft, fitted pastel sweater now. When the weather warms, try pairing that pleated skirt with a backless top and heels for a sweet-yet-sexy nighttime look. Valentino R.E.D. Skirt, $615, available at StyleBop.

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Sheer

Sheer fabrics are still all the rage this spring. In particular, pieces that have sheer panels are huge. The point is to show just a hint of skin or pattern beneath the sheer panel. Sometimes it’s sexier to give just a suggestion instead of a full taste, right? Topshop dress, $100.

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Boxy, cropped shapes

Boxy, cropped shaped tops and jackets ruled supreme at New York fashion week. These pieces are ultra-wearable and hide any flaws on the upper body. Pair them now with a slim-knit sweater, skinny jeans and chic riding boot. When the weather warms, try them over a tank top with a flippy mini skirt! River Island jacket, $120.

 

By: Morgan Mullin, @MorganRubyRed

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Montreal Fashion Jobs – St. Paddy’s Day

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

St. Patrick’s Day is always a fun occasion to celebrate and luckily this year will be very easy to coordinate outfits because the pantone colour of the season is Emerald Green. Neon colours are huge this season, but I’m excited to see this shade outshining others, because year after year colours, such as pink, blue and yellow, take the limelight. With that said, this weekend is a perfect opportunity to shop and focus on this beautiful shade to try on and stand out from the ‘default’ colours everyone else is wearing! I think it’s no ‘luck’ the Irish are so stylish; fashion is being individual and standing out from the crowd with confidence, beautiful colours that often get overlooked is a perfect palette to do just that. St. Paddy’s day will be a fun day/night as usual, but when you’re holding your green beer this year, hold it in style!

1. Style Inspiration: Eva Longoria at a Sheba event, image courtesy of People
2. H&M Dress, $35
3. Style Inspiration: Blake Lively’s Beautiful Earrings, image courtesy of Glamour
4. Stella & Dot Liz Drop Earrings, $64
5. Style Inspiration: Olivia Palermo in a fur vest and green skirt, image courtesy of InStyle
6. Club Monaco Lynnie Skirt, $45, available on Shopbop

By: Michelle Morton, Vancouver

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Fashion Jobs – To The Max

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

My style is very feminine, with that said my “go-to” staple is the maxi skirt. It’s my favourite article to wear because wherever I’m going I can dress up my maxi in the snap of a finger. The maxi skirt can take you from day to night and with spring around the corner, what better opportunity do you need to transition into the new season with a skirt? If you’ve never owned a maxi skirt, opt for a solid neutral colour with a high waist; it’s very flattering with a feminine silhouette. For a casual event, my favourite way to wear my maxi skirt is with a simple t-shirt, statement necklace and a fitted leather jacket; it’s effortlessly cool, comfortable and, of course, fashionable. Maxi skirts are so beautiful dressed up, with a beautiful embellished blouse, belt and pumps, you’re sure to be the belle of the ball.

1. Style Inspiration: Ashley Olsen, image courtesy of Bailey Valente
2. Free People Sahaying Slub Skirt, $72, available at Shopbop
3. Style Inspiration: Jessica Alba, image courtesy of Dress Me News
4. H&M Skirt, $40
5. Style Inspiration: Sarah Jessica Parker, image courtesy of Because I’m Fabulous
6. Enza Costa Chiffon Pleated Maxi Skirt, $292, available at Shopbop

By: Michelle Morton, Vancouver

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Fashion Jobs – New Year’s Eve Dresses

Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

New Year’s Eve is one of the most anticipated nights of the year; a night where hidden secrets from the year prior are revealed alongside promising hope for what lies ahead. It is the one night a year where you can promote a new you and a new attitude. I’ve rounded up the top five show-stopping trends for NYE dresses, to get you noticed on the dance floor; the dress alone will do all of the talking. These dazzling picks will give you the confidence to show your flirty side and land you the perfect New Year’s kiss. Avoid resolutions, just for the night, and be the life of the party!

Disco Fever: Perfect for a night of clubbing or a bar hopping night out on the town, where you’ll sparkle no matter how dim the lights may be.

Red Hot Tamale: Have a hot dinner date planned prior to watching the ball drop? Pop some bubbly and spice things up with one of these sexy dresses.

Modern Flapper Girl: Dressed with a sense of class and some added sass, and you have yourself the perfect “roaring 20s” party dress. Everyone will be reminiscing about the past just to strike up a conversation!

Lovely Lace: Lace is always feminine while remaining versatile. Both of these picks are muted chic, perfect for a girls night or get together.

Black Bombshell: The classic little black dress can never go wrong. Add some dazzling stilettos and mixed metal accessories, and you’re ready for all the adventures the night may bring.

Make it a goal to dress as unforgettable as the night itself. The countdown is on ladies!

1. ASOS Petite Exclusive Mini Dress With Sequin Front, $97

2. H&M Green Sequin Dress, $18
3. Guess Fit-and-Flare Scuba Dress, $79
4. Alice and Olivia Tracey Peplum Dress, $415, available at Holt Renfrew
5. Sue Wong’s Open Back Feather Hem Dress, $396, available at Bloomingdale’s
6. Parker Architect Beaded Dress, $382, available at Shopbop
7. Topshop Foiled Lace Skater Dress, $90, available at The Bay
8. Express Fit & Flare Lace Dress, $88
9. Motel Medusa Faux Leather Studded Dress, $110, available at Urban Outfitters
10. ASOS Dress With Feather Skirt, $127

By: Jenn McNaughton, Toronto

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Calgary Fashion Jobs – Skater Skirts

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

As temperatures lower, we tend to get into the habit of layering multiple pieces and sometimes go a littler overboard, resulting in a more frumpy than trendy look. Who says you have to stash away those cute minis just to bear the cold? The skater skirt is inspired by figure skaters, whom themselves year round dash out onto the ice for performance in flared miniskirts with a tight waistline, creating a flirtatious and playful look. This elegant skirt is figure flattering for any body type, creating the illusion of a smaller waistline and slimmer hips. Versatile for a variety of pairing tops, the skater skirt is especially paired perfectly with those comfy oversized knits or when rocked with a ladylike blouse.

Shown on many catwalks for Fall/Winter 2012, from designers such as Stella McCartney to Victoria Beckham, this structured piece is a wardrobe essential, updating your closet with some modern sass. With our festive picks, it is guaranteed you’ll score that perfect 10 at the office Christmas party or date night out – no landed triple axel necessary.

1. Style Inspiration: Stella McCartney Fall/Winter 2012 Ready-to-Wear collection, image courtesy of vogue.co.uk
2. Style Inspiration: Victoria Beckham Fall/Winter 2012 Ready-to-Wear collection, image courtesy of vogue.co.uk
3. Forever 21 Polka Dot Skater Skirt, $19
4. Topshop Green Speckle Skater Skirt, $25
5. Nastygal Houndstooth Skater Skirt, $38
6. Boohoo Melissa Metallic Leopard Print Skater Skirt, $36
7. French Connection Glacier Sequins Flared Skirt, $128
8. Kenzo Print Skirt, $822, available at Farfetch

By: Jenn McNaughton, Toronto

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Montreal Fashion Jobs – Work to Evening

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

The holiday season can get pretty overwhelming, trying to cross everyone off of your list, attending countless events while still maintaining your sanity. One way I cut down on the stress is to multitask with my holiday wardrobe. The difficult part is finding the pieces that are able to transition from the conservative office to a fun, fresh evening look. Lucky for us, many Canadian retailers have the same idea. I personally love Jacob and Club Monaco clothing; I find their attire to be so fun and feminine, yet conservative and classic at the same time. Another store worth checking out is Canada’s leading department store, The Bay which carries a wide range of designer brands from high to low end apparel including two of my favorite lines, Top Shop and BCBG MAX AZRIA. Don’t fret if you can’t make it out to the busy malls, check out websites like net-a-porter.com which offers a range of amazing designer clothing. No matter what you choose, these brands will help you look fabulous from day to night.

1. BCBGMaxAzria Kloe Lace Dress, $322, available at the Bay
2. Club Monaco Rilei Wide-Leg Pant, $99
3. Elizabeth and James Larissa Knotted Stretch-Tulle Mini Dress, $385, available at Net-a-porter
4. Jacob Bow Neckline Satin Shift, $99
5. Marc by Marc Jacobs, Clarice Flower-Print Twill Skirt, $295, available at Net-a-porter
6. Topshop Black Scuba Peplum Skirt, $60, available at the Bay

By: Layan Barakat, Toronto

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Toronto Fashion Jobs – Emblazoned Embellishments

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Enchant your wardrobe this season with emblazoned embellishments on the prettiest party skirts for 2012. Designers let loose with decorations on the fall runways by adorning pieces in ornate embellishments like intricate embroidery, floral appliqués and bejeweled trimmings. To get your shine on, dazzle onlookers in a playful piece like a pretty party skirt for sophisticated standout sparkle. From glistening gildings in the shape of sequins, crystals, beads and studs to textural trimmings in soft feathers and three dimensional designs, no holiday soiree or festivity is complete without the gleaming glamour of an embellished skirt. With an accent here and a glisten there, your wardrobe shines in the spotlight with sparkling metallics, shimmering jewels and luxurious textures thanks to intricate and ornate craftsmanship this season.

1. Alice + Olivia Magnum Classic Tiered Mini Skirt, $396
2. No.21 Black Embroidered Embellished Skirt, $773, available at Stylebop
3. Gryphon Glitz Embellished Mini Skirt, $391, available at Boutique1
4. All Saints Embellished Dreamcatcher Skirt, $270
5. DKNY Embellished Paillette Skirt, $295, available at Net-A-Porter
6. Markus Lupfer Flower Embellished Skirt, $413, available at Farfetch
7. Topshop Feather Embellished Mini Skirt, $80
8. H&M Metallic Embellished Embroidered Skirt, $30

By: Megan Correia, Toronto

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Toronto Fashion Jobs – Lady Luxe Leather

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Luxe leather toughens up this ladylike staple to create an elegant edge in your fall wardrobe. From sophisticated pencil skirts to sleek minis and polished pleats, leather is the sexy and bold alternative to traditional fall fare for the modern woman. Luxe leather and skirts team up in a variety of new contemporary cuts and cool colours with unconventional finishes like animal skins, woven stitching and quilting for a versatile piece that works throughout the season for day or night. There’s no denying this powerful fabric works wonders on the feminine silhouette for a sultry authoritative look that’s every bit as strong as the woman who wears it.

1. Alice + Olivia Box Pleat Leather Skirt, $396
2. French Connection Navajo Leather Skirt, $288
3. H&M Leather Skirt, $149
4. Oasis Leather Skater Skirt, $42, available at John Lewis
5. Mango Leather Panel Mini Skirt, $60
6. Topshop Quilted Leather Skirt, $42
7. Tibi Leather Pencil Skirt, $690
8. H&M Croc Leather Skirt, $31

By: Megan Correia, Toronto

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Vancouver Fashion Jobs – The Mod Squad

Monday, September 24th, 2012

What’s black, white and fabulous all over? Why the mod look, of course! Twiggy, Edie, Mary Quant – these were the style icons of an era in which the style was mainly black, white and micro-mini, to say the least. Think clean cuts with bold impact, color blocking, shift dresses and variety in texture. Complete the look with a dramatically lined eye for the perfect doe-eyed, feminine finish. If you haven’t yet, try geisha ink – it won’t budge, has intense pigment, and will without a doubt give you the flawless 60s feel. This is a great trend to introduce to your look, and as we all have black and white in our wardrobe, let’s bring it up to date with a little mod throwback, the perfect fashion contradiction for the season.

Inspiration image: Edie Sedgewick via Dressing Up in Daisies

1. Zara Striped Sweater With Cable Knit Sleeves, $55
2. Joe Fresh Houndstooth Dress, $49
3. Geisha Ink Eyeliner, $30, available at BeautyMark
4. Nasty Gal Patent Tote, $85
5. Love and Lemons Skirt, $96, available at Revolve Clothing

By: Kate Horsman of Bullet With Butterfly Wings, Vancouver

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