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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 – Style Resolutions You Should Make for the New Year

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

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Happy New Year Style Nine to Five friends! Did you make any resolutions for 2016? Did you break them yet? If you haven’t, I applaud you for your determination. I broke my clean eating resolution three days into January after trying gluten-free vegan lasagna—there are certain foods that should not be tampered with and lasagna is definitely one of them. To be honest, I don’t feel too bad about abandoning my resolution so quickly, as it’s quite common. Only eight percent of them are a success and the rest fall by the wayside before the end of January. If you broke your resolution or it’s on the fritz, don’t give up on the idea of a new you this year; instead try making a style resolution. This is an easier and more realistic approach to self-improvement, motivates you to get out of your style rut, and is much more fun than running on the treadmill. I’ve listed some foolproof resolutions below to help you make 2016 your most stylish year yet.

 

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If your wardrobe looks like it could belong to the Grim Reaper, then maybe it’s time to experiment with a bit of colour. Are you a blazer fanatic? Next time you go shopping grab one that you love in mustard instead of your usual black. The key to keeping this resolution is to purchase pieces that you are comfortable wearing, but in a bright colour.

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Step out of your comfort zone and have fun with fashion by playing around with a trend or two. Flared jeans and prints reminiscent of your grandmother’s ancient sofa are two bold trends that I’ve been dying to try this winter.

 

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Attention impulse buyers! This resolution is specifically for you so listen carefully. Instead of buying a bunch of clothes that a) you don’t really need, b) will go out of style by the end of the year and c) will probably end up at the back of your closet, try purchasing a few quality wardrobe staples that you actually need. This year invest in a chic, timeless, and well-made dress for work, such as this one from J. Crew. Your closet and pocketbook will thank you for making the resolution to avoid thoughtless purchases.

 

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Unleash your inner rebel and break a few fashion rules in 2016: sport white after Labour Day, rock pajamas outside your bedroom, mix bold prints, and wear pink at the office. Worry less about the rules and just have fun with fashion.

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If you are the type of girl who wears the same pair of stud-earrings everyday, it’s time for a change. Add a bit of pizazz to your outfit by wearing an edgy ear cuff. If you truly are unable to part with your beloved studs, accessorize your hair. This bun holder from ASOS is a great way to put a stylish spin on an ordinary bun.

 

1. Zara Blazer with Zips, $40

2. The Castings Flare, $60, available at Aritzia

3. H&M Burnout-Patterned Top, $50

4. J.Crew Sheath Dress with Faux Leather, $193

5. Babaton Cohen Pant, $145, available at Aritzia

6. TOPSHOP Pajama Inspired Striped V-Neck Shirt, $28, available at Hudson’s Bay

7. Forever21 Faux Gem Ear Cuff, $7

8. ASOS Large Gold Ball Bun Holder, $18

Style Inspiration image courtesy of Molly Sims

 

By Sasha Smith

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Fashion Jobs – Winter Pink at the Office

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

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Maybe it’s the subzero temperatures or the lack of adequate sunlight, but winter always seems to draw us to the ‘dark side’ when it comes to our sartorial colour choices. Black, charcoal, navy, oxblood and camel—colours that are winter wardrobe staples for many women (myself included). This season designers decided not to cast a dark shadow over the runway; instead it was illuminated with shades of pink like fuchsia, punch, and rose. Once I saw the powdery pastels in Prada’s fall/winter 2015 collection, I immediately tossed aside my go-to black trousers and broke out the bubblegum pink.

 

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I truly adore colourful winter trends, because they push me to experiment with my work attire, which, to be honest, tends to be quite gloomy and boring during the colder months. To add some colour back into my life, I tend to wear simple and tailored pink pieces. A structured blazer is perfect, as it allows colour to be the focal point of the outfit. I would advise against wearing pink items with a lot of frills or glitter to work, because you might become known as the office’s resident princess.

 

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K.I.S.S (Keep It Simple, Sally) is a motto that I believe in when it comes to making choices in life as well as in fashion. With that said, I make sure that when I wear bold pinks the rest of my outfit is super neutral. For instance, I love these neon trousers from H&M, but they are quite the fashion risk. To make a piece this bright work for the office, I would incorporate it into an all-black outfit for a look that is both chic and modern. As long as you K.I.S.S, you can easily make the riskiest pink pieces work appropriate this winter.

 

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For those days when I have an important meeting or presentation to give, my outfits are primarily comprised of two simple colours: black and grey. I usually end up hating those outfits, but I grin and bear it for the sake of looking ‘professional.’ Recently, I questioned why professionalism is synonymous with dark neutrals—*cough* antiquated, yet pervasive, stereotypes about women and femininity *cough*—and decided to do away with this notion implicitly guiding corporate office wear. Instead of being a complete rebel and wearing a monochromatic hot pink outfit to a meeting, I choose to sprinkle in some pink pieces. I think accessories in blush tones or a pastel pink coat are the perfect accent pieces for a good power outfit.

 

This winter I urge you to give your dark winter wear a break, and get pretty (and sophisticated) in pink at the office. I’ve gathered a few of my favourite styles below to help you get inspired.

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1. Zara Double Fabric Blazer, $40

2. H&M Satin Suit Trousers, $70

3. Johnny Loves Roise Jaya Pear Ear Cuff Earrings, $45, available at ASOS

4. Babaton Cormac Coat, $199, available at Aritzia

5. J.Crew Collection Italian Wool Pull-on Pant in Beaded Tux Stripe, $130

6. Kate Spade Women’s Rumsey Watch, $150, available at Hudson’s Bay

7. Michael Kors Flex Mid Pump, $138, available at Browns

8. ASOS Jumper in Brushed Yarn with High Neck and Side Splits, $87

9. Topshop Wrap Midi Dress, £42 (approx. $86 CAD)

10. Orla Kiely Blushed Wool Mini Skirt, $265, available at Anthropologie

Style inspiration by Kim Weston Arnold, courtesy of Vogue

 

By Sasha Smith, Toronto

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Fashion Jobs – Long Coats

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

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Designers seemed to all have one thing in mind when it came to fall coats this season: the longer the better. The long hemlines give a feeling of elegance to a coat that is harder to achieve with short hemlines. Another great reason, being a less fashionable one, to invest in a longer coat is the extra warmth it provides! Looking on point and feeling great making this trend a triumph!

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1. Babaton Jacoby Coat, $295, available at Aritzia

2. Topshop Wool Blend Wrap Coat, £195

3. Zara Double-Sided Coat, $179

4. Ted Baker Lorili Long Wool Wrap Coat, $619

 

 

By Tiffany Janzen, Toronto ON, Twitter: @ZencityBlog

 

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Fashion Jobs – Tied Up

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

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Neck-tie blouses are a fantastic option for office attire. They maintain a very professional look while also allowing room for some creativity fashion-wise. I love to pair a billowy neck-tie blouse with a midi skirt, like the Alexa Chung x AG one pictured. This look is so put together and feminine. I also love the option of pairing a neck-tie blouse with office appropriate shorts and a pair of black pointed toe heels. This blouse is very versatile and can be paired with basically any of your other office pieces. Even a sheer version with a tank underneath makes for a polished and stylish office look!

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1. Mango Sleeveless Blouse with Neck Tie, $65, available at ASOS

2. RED Valentino Tie Neck Shirt, $528, available at ShopBop

3. Alexa Chung x AG Suede Oritz Skirt, $1,201, available at ShopBop

4. Zara Tie Blouse, $49

5. Zara Check Bermuda Shorts, $45

6. Topshop Sheer Poet Blouse, $90

 

By Lindsay Mix, Vancouver (@lindsmix)

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Fashion Jobs – The New Dressy

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

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To me, a white button up is the ultimate staple in masculine dressing. Pairing this versatile item with a pair of shorts adds the perfect touch of femininity. My favourite type of shorts to pair this with are high-waisted cut offs along with some lace up sandals. Messily tuck in the button-up for an undone yet sophisticated look. For a more feminine look, pair a slim-fitting silk dress shirt with shorts in a matching colour. I love to pair navy with navy for this look and top it off with a pair of chunky heels. For an edgier look, I wear my silk black shorts with a sheer black dress shirt and pointed-toe booties. Pairing a dress shirt with shorts is so versatile, and can so easily be changed with a few simple accessories to create an effortless outfit.

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1. Pure DKNY Collared Button Down, $283, available at ShopBop

2. ASOS Boyfriend Shirt in Tan Stripe, $54

3. Wilfred Cicot Blouse, $110, available at Aritzia

4. Vintage Cutoff Short, $55, available at Aritzia

5. KATHY Ghillie Pointed Shoes, $141, available at TopShop

6. Halston Heritage Structured Crepe Shorts in Black, $245 USD, available at Bergdorf Goodman

7. For Love and Lemons Sex Kitten Bralette, $95 USD

8. American Apparel Basic Button Up Blouse, $62 USD

By Lindsay Mix, Vancouver (@lindsmix)   

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Fashion Jobs – The Best Black Pumps

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

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A good pair of black pointed-toe pumps is a wardrobe staple. While this shoe can be worn any time of year with almost anything, certain styles are more appropriate for various occasions. For office wear, I love a great pair of pointed toe mules like the Schutz pair pictured. These are professional but also interesting and add some excitement into a conservative office outfit. A simpler pair of black pointed toe pumps (see Head Over Heels pair pictured) is better paired with dark jeans and a casual t-shirt or sweater to amplify the look. Lastly, I like to add some edge to a more feminine look like a dress or flowy skirt with a pair of black pumps like the TopShop or Valentino pairs pictured. This little touch adds an unexpected element to more girly attire. While these options are how I like to wear my pointed black pumps, the beauty of this shoe is its versatility, so choose a pair that goes with your personal style!

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1. Carvela Autumn Asymmetric Strap Heeled Shoes, $239.80, available at ASOS

2. Head Over Heels Callina Black Point Toe Two Part Heeled Shoes, $85.02, available at ASOS

3. Zara Combined Heel Strappy Shoe, $50

4. TopShop GILLIAN Ghillie Court Shoes, $140

5. SchutzQuereda Suede Mules, $238, available at ShopBop

6. Valentino Lacquered Rockstud Leather Pump, $1,145 USD, available at Bergdorf Goodman

By Lindsay Mix, Vancouver @lindsmix

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Fashion Jobs – Blue Jean Baby: Denim Dresses for the Office

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

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Times, they are a-changing. Once relegated to casual Fridays, denim in many cases has become more acceptable in offices and other workplaces and as a result, there are tons of diverse ways to wear it. Denim button-downs have been a staple for a few years now, but the spring runways (notably Gucci and Stella McCartney) have seen an onslaught of denim dresses that would work well for both the summer and fall months. As you may recall from a recentblog post discussing denim pinafore dresses, you can easily mix any given denim piece with other fabrics and textures to create a variety of different looks and moods. A looser, streamlined denim dress can look surprisingly sleek on its own, and a more frayed style will give you a gritty, urban feel – a far cry from the Canadian tuxedo. Almost as famous as the relationship itself, the world will never forget the denim gown Britney Spears wore in 2000 when she and Justin Timberlake first publicly acknowledged their rumoured romance. With any luck, your own denim dress will be just as memorable.

Style Inspiration: Cara Delevigne in a Chanel denim dress shot by YannisVlamos, as seen at Style.com

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1. Denim-Chambray shirt dress, $159 at Cos

2. Mega denim dress, $70 at Monki

3. Denim Shirt Dress, $50 at Dynamite

4. Funnel neck dress, $142 at ASOS

5. MOTO denim zip from dress, $77 at Topshop

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

 

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Fashion Jobs – White Blazers the Right Way

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

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Personally, I do not believe in the “no white after Labour Day” rule. For this reason, I love to wear a classic white blazer as a transitional piece coming into fall. This look is so classic and crisp and really pulls together any outfit. I love to pair my oversize white blazer with high-waisted denim shorts, a tee shirt and sneakers to add some contrast to the look. I also love to see a white silk blazer paired with a navy pencil skirt for a more professional outfit. For a dressier nighttime look, I wear my white blazer with high-waisted loose trousers, a crop top, and mules. This piece is so great because it can really be paired with any of the neutral pieces you have in your closet (dressy or casual), and adds that extra something to pull the whole look together perfectly!

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1. Lavish Alice Collarless Cape Blazer, $117, available at ASOS

2. Monki Duster Coat, $109, available at ASOS

3. Rebecca Minkoff Becky Jacket, $485, available at ShopBop

4. Helmut Lang Two-Button Linen Blazer, $415 USD, available at Bergdorf Goodman

5. TOPSHOP Longline Boyfriend Jacket, $112

6. Club Monaco Jannet Textured Jacket, $298 USD

 

By Lindsay Mix, Vancouver

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Fashion Jobs – Keeping Cool in The Office

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

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Dressing for the office in hot weather can become a challenge when faced with the question “is this office appropriate?” I often want to stay cool and comfortable in the heat but ensure I am maintaining a professional appearance. Finding clothing made with fabrics such as cotton, linen or silk can make a huge difference in cooling you down. I have rounded up some of my favorite pieces that are sure to keep you cool this summer.

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Style Inspiration: Olivia Palermo, image courtesy of style-spot.blogspot.ca

 

1. Zara V-Neck Top, $50

2. Top Shop Belted Crepe Trousers, £40

3. H&M Short Sleeved Dress, $30

4. The Loft Linen Utility Skirt, $80

 

By Tiffany Janzen, Toronto, ON

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