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Fashion Jobs – 5 Tips For Landing the Fashion Job of Your Dreams

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

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Many of us have grown up with the dream of working in the fashion industry. Whether it’s in the editorial world, in a buying office or in the design field, there are endless opportunities to make a name for yourself in the industry. But how do you actually get in? Breaking into the fashion industry can be a seemingly daunting and exclusive task, but we are here to tell you that it can be done and you can land the job you’ve always dreamed of.   

So here are some proven tips that will help you make it in the industry.

Intern

If you were to ask anyone who currently works in the fashion industry, I guarantee you they got their start as an intern. At this point in the game, any experience is good experience, so cast your net wide and even if you don’t land an internship in the exact area you’re looking for, it’s still valuable to build up your resume and get your foot in the door.

Network

While your foot is in the door, it’s key to make connections for future employment (or more internship) opportunities. Attend events, hoard business cards, and make connections so when the time comes, you have a pool of people to get in touch with. Whether it’s someone who can introduce you to someone at a company you’re interested in or even just someone you see as a mentor who can give you advice, good old-fashioned networking is still a huge part of the fashion industry.

Go Above and Beyond

Showing up and doing your job is never a bad thing, but to really get noticed and ultimately to get hired, you need to go the extra mile to stand out. In an industry where there are so many people gunning for the same roles, being the first person to volunteer for a task, staying late or coming in early to help with a project, and taking every opportunity to learn will set you apart from the crowd.

Teamwork

Another thing anyone in the industry will tell you is that they didn’t get to where they are alone. Whether through networking or working on a project, working well with others is a major part of landing a job. No matter where you are on the fashion ladder, you want to be remembered for being helpful, not for how many people you stepped on to achieve your goals.

Be Kind

Although The Devil Wears Prada may tell us otherwise, you don’t need to be a hellish person to make it in the industry. Fashion is all about being authentic, and people can tell if you’re not being real, as quick as they can spot a knock-off Chanel bag. So if you’re true to yourself, hardworking, and kind, you will have no problem building a career in the fashion industry.

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Kelly McLeod, Toronto, @kellymcleod7

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Fashion Jobs – The Art of Networking

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

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Dear fellow fashionistas, let’s take a moment and absorb the ever so valuable advice from the one and only Anna Wintour, “In today’s world you have to interact. You can’t be some difficult, shy person who is not able to look somebody in the face; You have to know how to talk about your vision, your focus and what you believe in.”

2. Anna Wintour QuoteHere we are, ambitious, driven, talented and of course, extremely stylish prospects. Our potential to succeed in the fashion industry is great and there are opportunities floating all around us. But how can we seize these opportunities and meet our full potential? Well, it can all happen with a little tool we refer to as networking. 

WHAT: Networking in the fashion industry is connecting with others for an exchange of information with the hopes bettering your career. The keyword we want to focus in on here is connecting. We all have an idea of what it means to network, but the most important part of it does not have to do with just you and how you can advance in your career or how many business cards you can hand out in a day, it’s all about the connection you make with others.

Networking is a natural and free flowing art, without having the intentions of what that other person can do for you but rather who the person you are connecting with is as an individual.

We define networking as not shying away from being your authentic self, always being sincere and respectful of boundaries and ultimately making a valuable connection.

WHY: So why do even bother? Now let’s be honest, we all feel the most secure when we stay within our comfort zones and designated social circles and do what we always do. However, sometimes it’s necessary to put yourself out there and liberate your ideas and opinions outside of your usual circle.

Networking is not something that should be used as a means of self-promotion and advancement in contacts for your business but rather to pursue opportunities that you wouldn’t ordinarily find. We network because we want to learn more about the industry we are trying to get into, and we want to be able to take what we learn and use it to drive us towards achieving our goals and feel confident while doing so. It’s extremely beneficial to be educated about the industry you’re getting into, as it not only helps you figure out exactly what you want but also allows you to be that much more qualified for a position within that given field.

HOW: You can take advantage of networking basically anytime and anywhere. Networking opportunities are all around us: from reaching to a friend of a friend who has your dream job to connecting with someone on LinkedIn who worked for a company you’re dying to work for.

While social media platforms like LinkedIn and Instagram are great for connecting with like-minded individuals, the most powerful way to network is through face-to-face interaction rather than just staying within the limits of online.

The key here is to stay open minded, friendly, sociable, approachable and curious. Always be curious about who you interact with as you never know what you can learn from them and vice versa. Curiosity can lead to asking for opportunities, opportunities to speak with an industry professional and learn about what they do and receive advice rather than asking for employment. To network, you must be willing to ask questions, listen intently and learn. 

So, ladies, turn off your Netflix, put your phone on silent and get out of your house for a while; explore, interact and network.  Over time, you’ll find that you’ve built up an organic list of professional relationships that you share your passions and ideas with that will help you get closer to landing the fashion job of your dreams.

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By: Ciara Koth @ciarakoth

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Fashion Jobs – Spring Weather Ready Bags

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

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Spring has sprung! And with the change of seasons comes a perfectly valid reason to revamp our closets with a little shopping spree, right? Spring is definitely the harder of the two transitional months to navigate when it comes to outfit choices; the cravings for summer sun and sandals get trumped by rainy days and Wellies. Our purse choices are just as difficult, as we fight wanting to bust out our favourite white tote, while muddy streets just aren’t cooperating. We thought we’d help you with these internal struggles by sharing some of our favourite spring weather ready bags!

1. Mackage Emilee Weekender

It’s All In The Bag

Who said Weekender bags are only for weekends? This quilted Mackage Weekender bag is perfect for those transition days with melting snow banks and puddles thanks to its wipeable polyester outer shell. Equipped with interior compartments and plenty of room for your work and personal items (and coat on those warmer afternoons), the Emilee tote is an easy choice for spring!

2.Bucket Bag

On The Bucket List

A must-have in every purse collection, bucket bags are perfect for those who don’t mind the lack of structuredness this shape brings. This faux leather bucket bag by Forever21 is the perfect size to fit your daily essentials and its over the shoulder strap makes it the perfect bag to use when taking transit to work or when toting around your laptop or other work essentials.

3. Gucci Soho Disco Bag

A Classic For Spring

No stranger to most of us, the Gucci Soho Disco bag is a classic that usually gets a seasonal colour refresh, and this Rose Beige version is the perfect hue for spring! Its over the shoulder strap and small size make it easy to shield from rain under your umbrella — which is essential for the inevitable drizzly spring days. This trendsetting number is the ideal bag to bring to work on a Friday when après-work dinner and drinks are on the agenda.

4. Zara Technical Backpack

Technical Support

Backpacks are (thankfully) staying for another round, and this nylon drawstring number from Zara is on the top of our spring shopping list for its functionality and style. Dual zip-up front pockets are perfect for your phone and music needs, especially if you’re someone who bikes to work, not to mention it’s the perfect size to fit your laptop and personal things!

5. Aldo Tote 2

Spring Shoulder Fling

This wouldn’t be a spring style list without some florals! This Aldo beauty comes in a variety of colours, but this floral pattern is perfect for camouflaging any dirt or stains you might pick up from muddy or rainy streets, and its varying strap options makes it a versatile pick.

6. Rag and Bone FannyPack

Trendy & Compact

Popping up everywhere this spring is fanny packs of all sorts, and we have to admit we’re kind of into it. Perfect for running errands or on those days where you’re carrying five tote bags and a laptop into the office (we’ve all been there), this Rag & Bone leather fanny is the perfect mix of practical and chic with multiple compartments and its grained black leather finish.

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Product Information:

1. Mackage Emilee Quilted Fabric Weekender, $295, available at Mackage.ca

2. Forever21 Mini Faux Leather Bucket Bag in Cream, $33.90, available at Forever21.com

3. Gucci Soho Leather Disco Bag in Rose Beige, $1,170, available at Gucci.com

4. Zara Technical Fabric Backpack, $49.90, available at Zara

5. Aldo Farkleberry Tote in Bone Misc., $60, available at Aldoshoes.com

6. Rag & Bone Black Leather Fanny, $600, available at Ssense.com

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

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Fashion Jobs – Cold Weather Outfits

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

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With the start of February, it feels as if the winter weather is getting colder by the day. And while we can’t actually do anything to improve the freezing temperatures, we can embrace the elements in a killer winter-approved outfit.  To make getting dressed that much easier this month, we’ve put together 3 cold weather outfits to stay warm and look cool.

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For the Office

To rule the boardroom this winter, revamp your look by investing in a pair of ultra chic wide-leg, plaid pants. These can be worn with turtlenecks and blouses or with a graphic tee if you work in a more casual office. Complete the look with a pair of warm boots and a maxi coat.

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For Running Errands

Ditch your go to leggings and UGG boots for a model off duty look. We love this street style look of pairing a bomber jacket with a pair of raw hem jeans and a designer bag.

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For Girl’s Night

A cape coat is a winter essential because it’s versatile and is the perfect outerwear for a night on the town. When dealing with heavy cape material, it’s important to avoid wearing bulky sweaters and pants. Opt for fitted tops and bottoms and complete the look with a strong heel.

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2. Proenza Shouler Plaid Wool-Blend Crepe wide-Leg Pants, $497.25, available at the Out Net

3. TOPSHOP Trumpet Sleeve Top, $60, available at The Bay

4. Ted Baker Lorca 3 Leather Boots, $199.17, available at Nordstrom

5. Lauren Ralph Lauren Double Breasted Military Maxi Coat, $439.44, available at Nordstrom

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7. Natalia High-Rise Skinny Jeans, $325.97, available at Revolve

8. Longline Bomber Jacket, $22.90, available at Forever21

9. Steve Madden Edit Bootie, $123.56, available at Nordstrom

10. Saint Laurant Mini Monogram Crossbody Bag, $2,266.56, available at Nordstrom

11. Wilfred Free Lizzie Peak Hat, $20, available at Aritzia

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13. Cape Coat, $39.99, available at Zara

14. Cyndi High Rise Flare, $102.18, available at Free People

Ainsley Smith, Toronto, @ainsleysmithy

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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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