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Fashion Jobs – Your 101 Guide to Vintage Shopping

Friday, November 25th, 2016

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Do you love that thrill of finding a truly unique vintage piece? Yup, us too. There is nothing like digging through treacherous piles of clothing, driving from yard sale to yard sale, and finally finding the holy grail you’ve been searching for. After years of wandering consignment boutiques and sketchy markets, we’ve become pros and some might even say true collectors. Herein we share our takeaways, with the learnings that only experience can bestow.  Here are our top tricks and tips for successful vintage shopping.

1.Discard the list

Vintage stores are riddled with garments and accessories that know no bounds of seasons. This means that you might walk out with the perfect pair of denim shorts in the mist of winter. So do yourself a favor and walk in with an open mind, you will thank yourself in the future.

2. Don’t expect perfection

This one should be a no brainer. Vintage stores are rife with slightly loved clothing that hold special memories of their previous owners, and as such will come with slight imperfections. Learn to love these small flaws and make sure you read tip number 4.

3. Find a tailor

Touching on tip number 3 comes the trials and travails of vintage clothing. Nothing, with the exception of that rare unicorn, will fit perfectly.  Therefore, it’s standard protocol to find a tailor to modify the garment with specific measurements to your body.

4. Unleash the barter beast

With vintage shopping comes the ancient art of bargaining. You should ask in a sweet and polite manner “Can you do a little better on this?”. In most cases sales associates are open to cutting the price down a couple of dollars if it results in a sale.

5. Be adventurous

Vintage shopping is amazing for finding unique and daring pieces that aren’t offered in mainstream department stores. Have fun styling with different colour palettes and patterns but don’t forget to balance it out with some basic pieces as well.

6. Patience is key

It goes without saying that the hunt for the perfect vintage piece takes dedication and more importantly, patience. You run the risk of searching through racks and racks of musty clothing and possibility leaving empty handed. But for routine vintage shoppers, finding that one rare piece every once in a while makes the chase all the worthwhile.

Inspiration image curtsey of: Vogue

By: Jennifer Wilcox

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Fashion Jobs – Get Ready for Sweater Weather With Our Fall Sweater Guide

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

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Even though fall is synonymous with every girl’s favourite things — pumpkin spice lattes, apple orchards, and pumpkin patches — fall fashion is definitely the season’s number one perk.

While cozy layering essentials, chic wide-brimmed hats, and over-the-knee boots are definitely on our fall shopping lists we’re most excited about adding some new sweaters to our wardrobe this season.

Sweaters are the perfect cold weather necessity, as they’ll keep you warm and cozy without sacrificing style. This season, we highly recommend investing in a few different styles and luckily for you there are endless sweater options available, these just happen to be our favourites…

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Feminine Details

Get cozied up for fall in a dreamy cream sweater featuring soft, feminine details.  We currently love this Vanessa Bruno fringe number; it would be perfect with a pair of dark jeans and a pair of camel over-the-knee boots.

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Statement

When it’s cold and dreary out, there’s no better way to brighten your mood but with a statement sweater in an attention-getting colour. This season, treat yourself to a sweater in your favourite bold hue and you’ll be turning heads for all the right reasons. We’re falling for this stunning red Tory Burch sweater with gold details.

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Shades of Tan

Tan is quite possibly the chicest, and most timeless colour there is and this fall we can’t wait to get our hands on cozy sweaters done up in varying shades of tan. From soft camel to warm honey and muted khaki, this is a shade we can’t get enough of.

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Cashmere

Arguably one of the nicest and most expensive wools available, cashmere sweaters are a closet staple that every woman should eventually invest in. Cashmere sweaters are perfect for fall, as they’ll keep you warm without adding the extra weight. Invest in a classic design and you’ll be able to wear it for years to come.

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Graphic

This hot fall trend might remind you of your rebellious teenage years, but graphic sweaters with funky prints, patches, and designs are the perfect outfit addition for date-night, the office, and your weekend plans. For the office, pair a graphic sweater with a black (faux) leather skirt and ankle boots.

Product Details:

1. Vanessa Bruno Cream Fitted Fringe Jumper, $780, available at Avenue 32

2. Tory Burch Sardy Striped Turtleneck Sweater, $250, available at Net-a-Porter

3. Uniqlo Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater, $89, available at Uniqlo

4. J. Crew Long Sleeve Italian Cashmere Sweater, $273, available at Nordstrom

5. Marcus Lupfer Lara Lip Natalie Sequin-Embellished Merino Wool Sweater, $300, available at Net-a-Porter

By Ainsley Smith, Toronto, @ainsleysmithy

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Vote for us!

Sunday, January 17th, 2016

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We’re so excited to be nominated for a Notable Award for Best Online Business for the Ontario Region! We’d be so grateful if you voted for us! Voting closes January 28.  www.notableawards.com/categories/online-business

 

Thank you,

 

Christie Lohr and the Style Nine to Five team

Fashion Jobs – 5 Ways to Get a Fashion Job

Monday, January 4th, 2016

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Take these 5 actions and you will most likely get that fashion job.

 

1. Have a professional and attractive social presence; most importantly Instagram and LinkedIn. The first thing I do when a candidate applies at Style Nine to Five is look them up on Instagram (remove those party pics) and LinkedIn (is this up-to-date?). Your profile photos on each of these accounts should be different. For example, your LinkedIn profile will be more professional, while Instagram might show a bit more of your fashion sense and personality.

 

2. The most successful job applicants do research. Even for someone who doesn’t have a lot of experience or is looking for an entry-level position, a well-written and thoughtfully composed cover letter can be impressive enough. No cover letter? Slim chance of getting an interview.

 

3. Follow-up. Send thank you notes or emails immediately following your interview to stay fresh in employer’s minds.

 

4. Explain what you can do for the employer and not the other way around. This shows you’re ambitious, positive, passionate and want to help the company grow and reach their goals, and believe that the only way to do that is if you’re hired.

 

5. Ask questions in interviews to demonstrate your knowledge and enthusiasm.

 

Here are a few examples of interview questions to ask your interviewer:

• What do you love most about your job and/or working for this company?

• What are some of the challenges someone in my position would face? If it’s something you can offer a solution to, your chances of getting hired just went through the roof.

 

Image: Anna Wintour’s Instagram.

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Fashion Jobs – Style Nine to Five’s 5 Year Anniversary

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

 

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One of the best days of my life, that’s for sure! Style Nine to Five celebrates five years with some of our favourite media, influencers, bloggers and friends. Put on by Sparkle Media and held at Leah Alexandra Jewelry’s loft style studio in Gastown, the atmosphere was elegant, soft and pretty complete with cake, cocktails, white balloons, candles and gold cutlery.

I founded the first ever fashion job board in Canada in 2010, and my goal has always been to help job seekers find their dream job. Style Nine to Five works with over 500 fashion employers (including Hudson’s Bay, Topshop, Coach, Lululemon, Le Chateau, independent boutiques on Queen Street, many designers) and has recently expanded to the NYC market.

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My mom and I!

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Connie Chau and Viranlly

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Alexandra Grant of To Vogue or Bust, Randa Salloum and Michelle Morton

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Alexandra Grant and Erin Ireland of To Die For Fine Foods

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Tessa Lindsay Garcia of Shop Maccs and Monika Hibbs of SHOPbyMonika

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Owner of Barefoot Contessa Boutique, Eva and her hubby

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Two skirts from Barefoot Contessa Boutique.

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Roberto Sousa and Erin Sousa of Sparkle Media

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A huge thank you to Erin SousaLeah Alexandra Jewelry, Sparkle MediaSwany Booth, Hugos Churros, Legend Distilling, Hopcott Farms, Black Hills Wine, Sweet Bake Shop and Bespoke Decor Rentals for making my dream party happen! Dream BIG!

 

xo

 

Christie Lohr

 

Photo credit: Erin Sousa

 

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Fashion Jobs – Style Nine to Five Turns 5!

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
Style Nine to Five turns 5!
Dream BIG! Since I founded the first ever fashion job board in Canada in 2010, my goal has always been to help job seekers find their dream job. Style Nine to Five works with over 500 fashion employers (including Hudson’s Bay, Topshop, Coach, Lululemon, Le Chateau, independent boutiques and many designers) and has recently expanded to the NYC market.

Please join us on social media today/tonight to celebrate our 5th year anniversary by using and searching the hashtag #SNTFturns5 on Instagram and Twitter!

Illustration of me by NYC artist Deanna First.

Thank you for your support over the years! I’m truly grateful!

– Christie Lohr

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Fashion Jobs – Layering At The Office: #SNTFxRobson

Tuesday, September 9th, 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 collaboration with Robson Street we call #SNTFxRobson, I share stylish work-appropriate outfits that are 9-5 approved.
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Outfit details: Coat from Zara ($129.95), scarf from Zara ($29.95), cropped sweater from Club Monaco ($129.50), camisole from Artizia ($55), skirt from J.Crew ($150), boots from Forever 21 ($39.80), hat from Le Chateau (last year)

Do you have that favourite piece left over from summer which you’re still dying to wear into fall? Luckily, with some strategic layering, even the most summery of clothing can be transitioned into cooler months. In fact, layering IS this week’s focus.

Cropped styles were all the rage for spring and summer, and going into fall, I chose a thicker, cropped and sleeveless cable knit sweater to pair with a billowy tank, both in white. The key to taming cropped pieces for fall is to layer them on top of longer pieces. The sweater over top of a shirt look is still going strong, and I certainly borrowed inspiration from that for this pairing. When done right, this can make a cropped piece appropriate for the office!

For additional warmth, I opted for an oversized cardigan-turned-coat in cream. I’m a huge fan of whites and creams for fall as it’s a nice departure from the often dull palettes that seem to dominate as soon as September rolls around. I also loved the boxy shape of this coat as it provided me with tons of room for layering on more pieces underneath.

Although the rest of my look was white hot, I also wanted to incorporate a few earthier tones into my outfit that are a bit more on trend for fall. I love this army green pencil skirt (perfectly work appropriate) and camel ankle boots which go with everything. I also accessorized with a shawl scarf in a classic plaid pattern that complemented the rest of my colour choices while also adding in another pop along the way. The kicker is that it looks great layered over top of my coat, or wrapped around bare shoulders.

Aside from playing around with unlikely colours for fall dressing, I especially enjoy mixing different fabric textures to create more visual interest in my outfits. With so many options to choose from, knits to leather to wovens and back again, it would be a shame to stick to a single texture throughout. Remember, building a great look no matter the occasion, often comes down to the details!

Photos by Laura McIntosh

Photos edited by Priscilla Locke Photography

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#SNTFxRobson – Jumpsuit From Day to Night

Tuesday, August 26th, 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.
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Outfit details: Navy blue jumpsuit from Aritzia ($165), blazer from Dynamite ($39.90), statement necklace from Zara ($25)

 

This week’s outfit is all about an easy transition from day to night. While purchasing separates and pairing pieces up may be the route that many take, I’m personally a fan of the jumpsuit for both work and play. Not only is a jumpsuit super easy to slip into, it is also extremely versatile.

 

With a focus on being office appropriate for day, I chose a navy blue jumpsuit with cap sleeves. Navy is the perfect alternative to black as it can fit into any corporate office environment. Since bare shoulders may or may not be appropriate depending on your 9 to 5 dress code, cap sleeves offer just enough coverage without being too stuffy. If anything, you can always throw on a black blazer overtop (which is definitely a wardrobe staple) for additional coverage.

 

If you’re heading out for after-work drinks or to an event, the jumpsuit can still act as a great foundation for an evening outfit. Simply accessorize with a statement necklace like I did here, rock a bold lip (Painted Love lipstick by Kat Von D, colour ‘a go-go’), and shake out your hair a bit. All it takes is a little lift to breathe new life into what was once an office look! In the shoe department, I chose a pair of pointed black pumps which you can never go wrong with. Finally, still sticking to the theme of conservative colours, I completed my ensemble with a well-loved Marc Jacobs bag. I’m a fan of the classic silhouette that will never go out of style and was well worth the investment. My advice for anyone who’s looking to invest in a great bag is to steer clear of any outrageous trends and choose a style that will stand the test of time. While trends fade, some items will always be “in.”

 

An additional note for any budget conscious shoppers, the jumpsuit may actually save you dollars when compared to the cost of buying tops and bottoms separately. Purchasing a jumpsuit makes for a win-win fashion situation as the piece offers top-notch transitional value while being totally affordable. If you don’t own one already, I highly encourage you to start researching the options for fall. Until next week!

 

Photos taken by Laura McIntosh

 

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Fashion Jobs – Career Chats With Christie Lohr: Asking For What You Want

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

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For many individuals that are just starting out in their careers, one of the biggest mental hurdles to overcome is not being afraid to express opinions openly and transparently in the face of management and professional networks. To clarify, the opinions which I speak of are purely professional in nature and relate directly to career development. Speaking from personal experience, I know that it’s so easy to fall into the trap of believing that if we just work hard enough in our given roles, we will eventually be discovered and then whisked off for bigger and better things. What we often forget is that when it comes to career growth and development, it’s up to ourselves to seek out opportunities that reflect our fields of interest. Sometimes that means that we have to ask for what we want; there really isn’t anyone else to do it for us. Yes, that seems like a daunting task initially, but perhaps Christie can shed some more light on this topic and in turn, give us all a well needed confidence boost to just go for it.

Christie Lohr: “I’ve always recognized myself as a bit of an introvert and some of my shyness has stayed with me throughout my career. With that said, that has never been an obstacle that has obstructed me from asking for what I want. I think too many people have the misconception in their heads that “asking for what you want” is the equivalent of demanding something: a raise, a promotion, or otherwise, hence the reservations that come up in regards to doing so. For me, I’ve never approached the task of asking for more opportunities as a demand, rather, I see it as a chance to openly express my personal interests regarding various ventures. If you’ve already proven yourself as a reliable worker in any present roles, then chances are management or contacts also recognize the same ability in you. However, here is where a lack of communication occurs that often prevent people from moving forward in their careers. Yes, you may be recognized as being great in what you currently do, but if you possess aspirations for other things that you don’t vocalize, then who would know to consider you for any aligning opportunities?

 

When I did fashion segments on Breakfast Television as a representative for Le Chateau (with my appearances coordinated by Le Chateau’s PR), I had the idea to represent myself and showcase other brands by doing style segments as simply Christie Lohr, and not Christie Lohr of Le Chateau. I knew that I already had an established relationship with Breakfast Television so I went ahead and expressed my interest in being an all-around fashion expert. This wasn’t merely for me. I knew that showcasing other brands would definitely increase the range of topics that could be discussed on their style segment, therefore appealing to a wider audience. Breakfast Television recognized that too as they agreed it would be a great idea and thus, I became their fashion expert.

 

If you see an opportunity within your current company or within a personal connection’s company, then express your interest! Start by presenting a reason as to why you think that you could be a great fit for the role and any ideas that you would execute if you did adopt the role. Most people in management positions are quite receptive to ideas promoting the growth of their respective companies. You’d be surprised at how many people would be willing to give your ideas a shot if you simply put them forward. Think of being open and transparent regarding what you want as a chance to showcase your skills and aptitudes. Are you into fashion merchandising while you’re in a sales associate role? Then speak openly of your interest and approach your management with your personal inspiration/style boards! Perhaps you know that you could definitely fulfill a position that you were initially rejected for. Try to get in direct contact with recruitment to ask for feedback. The worst someone can say is no, and that really isn’t so bad (it’s not personal, and remember that!).

 

I requested an interview with Fashion Canada even after 3 internship rejections because I knew in my heart that I could fulfill the position well. They agreed to the interview request and I got the internship in the end. Would the results have been the same if I had just left it off after the rejections? Certainly not.”

 

I think what Christie discussed is a great way of approaching the task of “asking for what you want.” She’s right, most of us think of “asking” as “demanding,” and that’s definitely not the way to go. If we simply aimed to express our ideas and interests more openly in the face of our professional networks, then perhaps opportunity inquiries would become wholly less daunting of a task.

 

Have you ever had a missed opportunity because you were afraid to express your interest for fear of rejection? Make it a personal resolution to start asking for what you want by Christie’s terms to truly fast track our career development!

 

Be sure to tune in on Wednesday from 5-6pm PST for our live Twitter #SNTFCareerChat. This is the perfect time to tweet out any of your personal career questions for Christie to answer!

 

By: Anna Zhao

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Give 1 Job Posting Away!

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

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Is there an amazing fashion company (boutique, designer, showroom, etc) you think should be posting with us who aren’t already? Tweet at them with @StyleNineToFive and if they reply, they’ll get 1 free job posting! It’s THAT simple!

* Companies must not already be Style Nine to Five customers.

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