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Fashion Jobs – Q&A With Topshop Personal Shopper Jessica Luffman

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

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Welcome to the world of Topshop. Jessica Luffman is a Topshop Personal Shopper and is well known in the hectic city of Toronto for her incredible style and styling skills. Jessica is trendy, organized and all around fantastic. From styling Liz Trinnear with Topshop’s on trend pieces from having clients come to her for everyday wardrobe style; she is the it girl in the Personal Shopping department. We were lucky enough to snag a few minutes of her time to chat about her role and grabbed some advice from Jessica on how to become a Personal Shopper.

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SNTF: First off, can you tell us about your position as a Topshop Personal Shopper? What do you like the most about it?

JL: Topshop Personal Shopping is a complementary service! My clients book appointments with me for new updates to their wardrobe, outfits for an upcoming event or a complete style makeover! I love dressing all different body types and the relationships we build. It’s so rewarding to see my clients feel confident in what they’re wearing. I also love that there is no age restrictions to my clients. They range from 12-67 years old.

SNTF: What does a typical day for a Personal Shopper look like?

JL: A typical day is to first check my emails and calendar. I like to be organized and know what to expect for the day. I will then start to pull head-to-toe outfits for appointments and set up our personal shopping suites, with the help of my assistant. It’s exciting to meet new creatives and build relationships with them! When I don’t have appointments set up, I will walk the shop floor and help customers. I bring them into PS and let them know about the service. Most people don’t know that it’s complementary! I’m also always on the hunt for what my clients would love. When I’m not with customers, I also provide content to Topshop Canada’s Instagram page with fun photos of new arrivals we have in store.

SNTF: As a Personal Shopper for Topshop, you must have a bold and unique sense of style. Where do you find inspiration to get dressed every morning?

JL: It really depends on my mood, as my style is all over the map! I prefer to plan my outfits the night before so I can take my time in putting it all together. If I wait until the morning, I find I’m more rushed and I don’t have as much time to put thought into it – this could also be because I’m not a morning person! I like to stand out so I build my outfit around a bold piece. For example, bright red boots or a fun printed jacket. Also, accessories are an important part to complementing any outfit.

SNTF: Your style is amazing, what influences your personal style?

JL: I’m half Singaporean, a quarter English and a quarter Canadian. I grew up in Burlington, Ontario and at school I found that I wanted to express myself through my style because I was always so shy. This made me feel more confident in a strange way. My mom kept all her great pieces from Singapore so I loved going through her closet! I’ve always been influenced by my mom’s style and tweaking it to make it my own. I’m also very inspired with Asian culture and fabrics. I will look at blogs or street style for inspiration. I also really love thrift shopping. Hunting down hidden gems is my favourite part!

SNTF: I saw on your Instagram that Liz Trinnear came in with etalkTV to talk about holiday style this past Christmas. How was that experience?

JL: I love Liz Trinnear! We’ve known each other for four and a half years, since I started working for Topshop. She is one of our brand ambassadors and wears Topshop so well! I love styling her. It was so much fun working with her for the eTalk holiday segment. I was nervous at first because I’m so used to being behind-the-scenes, but she quickly made me feel so comfortable and we had a great time talking about the top holiday trends.

SNTF: The fashion industry in Toronto and in general is very competitive. What keeps you focused when trying to land a job?

JL: In September, it will be five years that I have been with Topshop and I can’t imagine working anywhere else! I know that the fashion industry in Toronto is very competitive, so I would suggest making as many connections as possible, put your best foot forward and have a positive attitude. Always be on top of the trends and know what’s going on in the industry.

SNTF: When a customer is in for an appointment, what are the steps you take before going to grab outfit options for them?

JL: These are the steps I take before pulling outfits for my clients.

1.      Request their sizing

2.      Ask what they are looking for – an outfit for an event or new spring pieces?

3.      Do they have any celebrity style icons or trends they’d like to try?

4.      Is there anything they are hoping to avoid? Ie. colour, shape, style

5.      Book the appointment based on their scheduling

SNTF: What are your five ‘must-haves’ that you need in a day?

JL: My five must haves that I need in a day:

1.      Comfortable, yet fashionable shoes. I’m on my feet running around all day. I’ve tried to wear high heels but those last for about three hours max! Heeled boots are my favourite.

2.      Cell phone/agenda. I need to be organized for my day of appointments with clients, stylists and brand ambassadors.

3.      Walking the sales floor each morning. This is very important because not only will it help me inform my clients on new products, but it also helps me put outfits together for Topshop Canada’s social media. The visual merchandising team is always changing the store around to keep it fresh and exciting. I need to know where everything is for when I pull outfits together for appointments.

4.      My assistant! She’s a gem and helps me with pulling outfits for appointments, admin work, stylist returns, cleaning the personal shopping suite so it’s ready for the day, and so many other things!

5.      Keeping informed. Topshop has a weekly informer that keeps all employees up-to-date on company initiatives, trend info, campaign launches, collaborations and visual merchandising updates. I also do my own research through blogs and magazines to see what is on trend or what celebrities wore most recently.

SNTF: Finally, do you have any tips for becoming a Topshop Personal Shopper?

JL:

1.      I think the most important tip is to understand and know how to dress all different body shapes.

2.      Listen to your clients and understand what they are looking for. Never dress a client solely based on your own personal style. Always be honest and don’t ever lie if something does not look great. There is always something else to find that will be flattering. It is not about a sale but building a trusting relationship.

3.      Have your finger on the pulse. Be on top of all the trends and celebrity styles. Many clients will refer to these when booking appointments so you need to be informed.

4.      Dress the part. Your everyday style should be inspiring to others!

By: Marisa Horvath, @marisahorvath

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Fashion Jobs – Mastering The Cold Shoulder

Sunday, March 6th, 2016

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We as women love to feel sexy. It doesn’t mean dressing inappropriately; it is looking classy, by showing off that little tease of skin, giving you that confidence that you are one HOT woman! Many of us think that we can’t feel like this while at the office, you thought wrong. Showing some skin in the right places is more than appropriate to wear to work. It is called the Cold Shoulder; showing off subtle skin, while still representing your classic office ensemble.

 

 

These cut-out shoulder tops are perfect for a girls’ night out, a fine dinner, and most importantly are office applicable. The trick is to not have too much shoulder showing. Make sure you’re not wearing a full ‘off the shoulder’ top. You want to keep a large amount of fabric covering your high shoulder/neck area before the cut out begins.

 

We have rounded up a few of our favorite cut out shoulder tops to guide you into the right direction when shopping this look.

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1. Roland Mouret Roche Cold-Shoulder Kimono Top, $2484, available at Saks Fifth Ave

2. Topshop ‘Kit’ Print Cold Shoulder Top, $105, available at Nordstrom

3. Topshop Long Sleeve Ruffle Top, UK $34

4. Rebecca Minkoff, Cold Shoulder Silk Blouse, $278, available at Nordstrom

5. DKNY Cutout stretch-silk shirt, UK $90, available at The Outnet

6. Bailey 44 ‘Angelica’ Cold Shoulder Top, $177, available at Nordstrom

7. Cooper & Ella ‘Willow’ Cold Shoulder Top, $205, available at Nordstrom

8. Bailey 44 ‘Take It Easy’ Cutout Stretch Jersey Top, $180, available at Nordstrom

 

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By: Jordan Sangster

 

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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 – The ‘Groutfit’: How to Wear All-Grey at the Office This Winter

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: looking stylish in the winter is hard. When you have to schlep your way to the office in blistering cold temperatures, practicality tends to come first and fashion second (unless you’re okay with being a human popsicle). Once February rolls around, winter has most likely given your style the old one-two punch and knocked it out of your work wardrobe completely.

 

Instead of letting the cold weather get the better of you this year, try sporting a ‘groutfit’—the all-grey outfit that everyone from Kim Kardashian to Drake has been wearing this winter. Not only are these monochromatic and minimalist ensembles quite chic office looks, but they also keep you warm, since a good groutfit often requires layering and are incredibly easy to style. Here are a few Dos and Don’ts for achieving the perfect all-grey outfit:

 

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DO play with prints. In the absence of bright and bold colours it is important to create visual interest within the look or else you run the risk of appearing quite dreary. Mixing prints, such as horizontal stripes and plaid (contrary to popular belief these prints do go together), in grey tones is an easy way to attain a groutfit with much more depth and style.

 

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DO consider texture. The key to styling a groutfit is to wear pieces that differ in texture. For example, pair a knit cotton item with wool and a smooth fabric like silk. My go-to trick for creating an all-grey outfit with dimension is to add accessories that have a unique print or are made from fabric. This Pieces Torell necklace (pictured above) gives the illusion of texture due to the marble-effect; thus further elevating the sophistication of the groutfit.

 

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DON’T be afraid to play with shades of grey and bold colours. Yes, a groutfit is supposed to be all grey, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t wear multiple hues or add a pop of colour to the outfit. For a modern look, combine light cool greys with darker shades like pebble and fossil. Use accessories to incorporate luxe colours like bordeaux and emerald green into the outfit in order to enhance the contemporary feeling.

 

1. Mango Dolman Sleeve Sweater, $59

2. Banana Republic Dillon-Fit Striped Shirt, $47

3. Express Front and Back Fireball Post Earrings, $22

4. Topshop Check Peg Trousers, £40 (approx. $79)

5. Aldo Kediredda Black Suede shoe, $95

6. Wilfred Chevalier Jacket, $225, available at Aritzia

7. Babaton Nathan Knit Top, $75, available at Aritzia

8. Pieces Torell Marbled Necklace, $27, available at ASOS

9. Mango Cotton Pencil Skirt, $69

10. Call it Spring Coola shoe, $49

11. Boohoo Laura Turtleneck Long Sleeve Top, $32

12. Chicwish Elegant Demeanor Pinafore Dress, $78

13. Muk Lucks Dark Grey Stockings, $22, available at Shoebuy

14. Aldo Digosien shoe, $56

Style inspiration image by Kuba Dabrowski, courtesy of Women’s Wear Daily

 

By Sasha Smith

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Fashion Jobs – All Over Prints For The Office

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

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Wearing prints to the office is professionally and evidently fashionably acceptable. I wouldn’t go too eccentric, but it is definitely doable for the workforce. In order to keep you on track for wearing the most professional prints, we have listed our top 3 favourite prints to wear that are appropriate and trendy for your everyday ‘work’ look.

 

Windowpane checks

 

The great thing about wearing windowpane checks is that instead of squares, it is essentially slightly elongated rectangles, giving you a lengthened and slimmer look on your body.
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Stripes

 

Stripes are always a simple, classic and easy print to pull off. A tip to remember when wearing stripes is that horizontal stripes will elongate the area where worn, and horizontal stripes will widen the area wear worn.

 

 

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Leopard print

Wearing leopard print is a head turning, ‘riskay’ print to wear, when wearing it with confidence you’re bound to make heads turn. This is the ultimate statement print.

 

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1. ASTR Windowpane Plaid Oversized Jacket, $112, available at Nordstrom

2. Topshop Check Crop Pants, $108, available at Nordstrom

3. Topshop Check Print Cigarette Pants, $108, available at Nordstrom

4. Topshop Check Mock Neck Tee, $64, available at Nordstrom

5. DKNY Pure Windowpane Check Shirt, $232, available at Bloomingdale’s

6. Sanctuary Olivia Windowpane Tee, $59, available at Bloomingdale’s

7. Vince Windowpane Check Silk Shift Dress, $159, available at Saks

8. Hugo Boss ‘Dikan’ Stretch Check Print Sheath Dress, $417

9. James Perse Stripe Blanket Coat, $688, available at Nordstrom

10. Halston Heritage Long-Sleeve Striped Coat, $297, available at Neiman Marcus

11. Revolve Clothing Destino Stripe Coat, $103

12. Brooks Brothers Non-Iron Fitted Stripe Dress Shirt

13. Vince Camuto Stripe Organza Fit & Flare Dress, $242, available at Nordstrom

14. Classiques Entier ‘Gallery Stripe’ Pencil Skirt, $242, available at Nordstrom

15. Henri Bendel Centennial Stripe Turnlock Satchell

16. Gianvito Rossi 100 Leopard-Print Calf Hair Pumps, $965, available at net-a-porter

17. Sigerson Morrison Leopard Print Calf Hair Point-Toe Flats, $158, available at The Outnet

18. Topshop ‘Jessica’ Genuine Calf Hair Leopard Print Pump, $80, available at Nordstrom

19. Anne Klein Women’s Leopard Print Short Sleeve Mock Neck Top, $46, available at Amazon

20. Altuzarra Shadow Leopard Print Sheath Dress, $697, available at Neiman Marcus

21. Rag & Bone Leopard Print Silk Dress, $267, available at The Outnet

22. Ellen Tracy Metallic Jacquered Sheath Dress, $138, available at Nordstrom

23. Topshop Leopard Print Tube Skirt, $65, available at Nordstrom

24. Topshop Leopard Print Funnel Neck Tunic Dress, $86, available at Nordstrom

Style Inspiration: photo of Adam Katz Sinding, curtesy of the zoe report

 

By Jordan Sangster

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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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Asos-Bun-HolderMix-up your accessories

 

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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Style Inspiration, Gigi Hadid, image courtesy of whowhatwear.com

 

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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