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Career Advice: Why Power Dressing is Important

Thursday, July 25th, 2019

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We all know the say, ‘dress for the job you want, not the job you have’. This is more important than many people think. It shows you put in the effort and value yourself. If you’re going that extra mile and putting the time into what you’re wearing, it shows that you will do this in other aspects of your life, such as work.

 

If you’re aiming to become CEO one day a power suit is a necessity. Not only are you going to feel amazing, you’ll look it to. The power suit is exactly what it sounds like. You will feel powerful, full of energy and ready to seize the day. There is no work task that you won’t be able to tackle.

 

You want to dress like you’re going to meet the most important person of the company you work for. One day that may just happen and you want to be prepared. You want to make a long, lasting, positive impression and that may just be what you are wearing.

 

To dress to impress, you don’t need to break the bank. There are so many great options where you can find work wear on a budget. If you splurge on a few key pieces like a pair of dress pants, a blazer, pencil skirt and work dress, these items will last forever. You can mix and match with budget ‘fashion’ pieces to put a spin on your style. 

 

It’s doesn’t take extra effort to look like you’re putting more effort into your outfit. Next time you’re getting ready for work look at what you’re wearing and think about what your outfit says about you!

 

Photo courtesy of: We The People Style

 

By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

 

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Working For a Major Office in the Canadian Fashion Industry- The Inside Scoop

Thursday, July 4th, 2019

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If you’re anything like me, working at the head office for a major fashion company is an absolute dream job. Just last year, I had a total “pinch me” moment, when I landed a job at a leading company within the Canadian fashion industry. Now I’m sure you’re wondering if this dream job lived up to expectations, and if it was truly what we all imagine (I know what you’re thinking… The Devil Wears Prada?)

 

Keep reading to get the inside scoop of what it was really like to work for a major office in the Canadian fashion industry!

 

Perks & Benefits

You might assume that working at the head office for a major fashion brand would come with all the perks and benefits, and you’re not wrong! In my experience, I was very fortunate to walk in to work everyday to an amazing office space with a grand skylit atrium, beautifully designed and decorated with amazing artwork. It had a subsidized cafeteria and specialty cafe (watch out Starbucks!), outdoor seating areas including staff garden plots, and of course a full gym and fitness studio. This is only the beginning of the perks, as we also had opportunities to enrol in language courses and fitness classes, join multiple teams and clubs, as well as the sign up to take part in various charity and volunteer opportunities. Daycare options, dry cleaning, carpooling, in-office vaccinations, car wash services…the list of benefits that comes with working at the head office is truly too long to list! I think my favourite perk was the amazing events that the office put on, like the Christmas party or Summer BBQ, or maybe it was the killer merchandise discount? Of course, this was all on top of our health insurance plan that covered basic health and dental. Oh, and did I mention summer Friday’s? That’s right, every Friday from the end of June through to September, the office closes at 1pm to get the weekend started early! While this might not be the case for all head offices, I do know that many companies offer some really great and unique perks, and in my experience these perks and benefits were a dream come true!

 

Internal Opportunities and Growth

One of the most important things to look for in starting a position with a new company, is the opportunity for growth. It is always key to know how you may be able to develop with a company, and what opportunities there are for you to move within the team to follow your career path to success. I think there can be an assumption that once you get your foot in the door with a large fashion brand, movement within the company is a breeze. In my situation, this was not exactly the case. While there were definitely lots of internal opportunities, and many different (and interesting!) roles available, there was one thing in particular that made it difficult to pursue these opportunities within the company. The company I worked for had a policy that indicates employees must be in their primary role for at least one successful year, before they can be considered for other roles internally. While one year may sound like nothing, it can be challenging to commit to a full 12 months in one position, when you are just beginning your career, and might be uncertain of where you’ll be (figuratively and geographically) in the next year. There is also no guarantee that you will even be considered for other internal opportunities after you complete a year in your role, which is dependant on your performance and the needs of the business  As it turns out, this policy is actually quite common in the industry, and does make sense in certain aspects. The benefit of this policy is that this time period allows you to accustom yourself to the company culture, the work environment, and the various policies and procedures, while also giving you the opportunity to prove yourself as a valuable employee!

 

Company Communication

Although there were over one thousand employees working in my office, I was honestly quite pleasantly surprised by how connected I felt to the company at large. Between the company’s internal website, effective email communication, monthly department meetings, and quarterly rallies, I always felt like I was “in the know” with the company happenings. The internal website provided information about holidays and vacation time, the cafeteria menu, volunteer opportunities, and any extra special offers like exclusive spa discounts, or produce box deliveries. Consistent company emails offered information about media mentions and news articles that the company was featured in, and also provided reminders for upcoming events or holidays. These emails also shared news about new leaders within the company, and other exciting announcements. I was very fortunate to be part of a department that was quite ambitious, and very successful in achieving our specific business goals. The leaders of my team consistently put on department meetings to keep everyone up to date on the progress of our work, and to share our goals moving forward. These meeting were not only helpful, but also very motivating. However, one of my favourite things about working in this office was the company-wide rallies that took place every few months. These rallies were very much like elementary school assemblies, where the whole office (yes, all 1000+ of us) shuffled in to the gymnasium to view a presentation about current happenings and updates within the company, plus any exciting plans moving forward. These rallies were complete with engaging videos, speeches from our CEO, and sometimes even special performances! They were truly an amazing way to “rally” the whole campy together, to feel connected to our greater purpose as a business. I always left these rallies feeling especially inspired, and excited to be part of something so in line with my passion for the fashion industry. Despite being just one small person within such a large company, it was truly amazing just how much thought and effort was put into making each employee feel united in the company’s mission. 

 

While every company will likely offer a very different experience, working for the head office of a major fashion company is definitely no retail job! It may not be the glamorous, and prestigious job like Andy’s from the Devil Wears Prada, but there will probably be some perks that you may not have ever expected. And there may be some policies or procedures that aren’t quite what you were hoping for either. Either way, working for a head office in the fashion industry is not only a very valuable and overall amazing experience, but will look great on your resume and will only open more doors in your long-term career! 

 

**Photo by James Stokes Photography via archdaily.com

 

By: Heather Murray @heatherungraceful

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Fashion Jobs – Straw Bags for Summer 2019

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019

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It seems like 2019 is all about trends resurfacing again. Bag trends are no exception. This year is all about the straw bag and all the different ways that it can work for you. We’re not talking about your classic oversized beach bag (although, those are super cute too) but taking this trend to the next level.

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The Mini, available at Zara, click here to shop.

 

Ladies, how much do we really need to carry in our bags. A phone, a wallet, a little bit of makeup and you’re set. The small bag makes any outfit a little bit more feminine and fun, which is what summer is all about right?!

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The Circle, TOPSHOP, available at the Bay, click here to shop.

 

There is nothing sleeker than a structured straw bag with rounded edges, giving it that circle (or watermelon) shape. It’s such a fun play on the typical straw bag with all the same functionality. Take this bag everywhere this summer and we guarantee you compliments will start flying in.

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The Clutch, available at HM, click here to shop.

 

Long summer nights mean more patio drinks that lead into nights out! Be prepared with a straw clutch. It can dress up any summer dress. Pair it with a pair of wedges and you are ready for the season.

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The Basket, available at Nordstrom, click here to shop.

 

When you think summer, you think picnics and that iconic straw picnic basket. Why not take that memorable shape and turn it into something fashionable? The basket bag is just that. Perfect for day to day, this bag will keep everything you need.

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The Shoulder Fringe Bag, Mango, click here to shop.

 

Picture it now: you’re out with your friends on the weekend in your ripped boyfriend jeans, airy blouse and slip on sandals. What would make this outfit even better? An over the should straw fringe bag. It’s a bit more playful and definitely a statement piece. This is a trend for those who love to try something new.

 

Inspirational image courtesy of: Be.Daze.Live.

 

By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

 

Fashion Jobs in Canada – Latest Software You Should Know For the Fashion Industry.

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

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When you work in the Fashion industry, at any level, there will always be some sort of computer software that you will need to know how to use. Whether it be in a retail store using the Point of Sale system for transactions or the inventory count or in the office writing copy for the website using programs like Grammarly or WordPress. It doesn’t matter what your role, you will be using software to aid in your job. So, what do you need to know now to ensure you are on top of your game?

 

Design has the most computer software usage out of all of the different fashion sectors.  There are several different types of design software that allow you to create pieces without having to use pen and paper. You are able to make more 3D renderings of how you want a piece to look, flow and fall on a person. Programs such as Adobe, Wild Ginger, Autodesk Design Software and C-Design Fashion are great tools for designers that let you have more freedom and a realistic view of a design.

 

Algorithmic Couture is also on the rise. Through software called Synflux, the program aims to reduce the waste of fabric when creating products. It scans the subject’s body to determine their proportions and create custom clothing. You are able to grab the correct amount of fabric for each piece of the garment and leave virtually no waste.

 

Another sector that is getting a software overhaul is Styling. Styling isn’t just looking at clothing and putting together trends and fashion anymore. Companies such as Stitch Fix are using AI (artificial intelligence) in order to style outfits. This is based on the customer’s preferences and shape, much like a stylist would do. There is an overlap starting to happen where AI is now designing original pieces catered to the consumer. Coding software for AI and being knowledgeable about AI, such as how to create it, work with it and fix it, is becoming more common in the backend of the fashion industry.

 

Computer software and technology are always changing. It is important to keep updated with technology and how it is interacting with the fashion industry to ensure you are staying relevant within the field.

Inspirational photo courtesy of: BOF and Forbes.

 

By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

 

Fashion Jobs – Fashion Career Advice: Dream Job

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

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How would you define your dream job? Where do you see yourself in 5 years? We’re asked that often in interviews but have you actually thought of this? Take a moment to truly reflect on what you, as individuals want, free from any external influences. These factors include family, peer, as well as societal expectations, and even pressures that we place on ourselves. Given all the distractions and disruptions in our immediate environments, it becomes difficult to think only of what would make us happy.

 

Christie: A dream job should lie at the point of impact between your passions and skills. It should be completely unique to you, because there is no other person like you out there. Why rely on conventional job titles to describe what you would call your ideal career? Who cares if your dream job description doesn’t exist? Create your own if you have to! Stay true to what you want, and make achieving that goal your Plan A. When I launched Style Nine to Five, I knew that I had finally taken the first major step in attaining what I had always dreamed of. I had no Plan B because I didn’t want one. While that may create a high pressure environment to succeed for many, I found it motivating as it forced me to work that much harder to make sure that I did not fail.

 

However, owning a business is not the right path for everyone. In fact, for many of you, your dream job already exists in today’s employment marketplace. If that is the case, then carefully examine your wants and needs when mapping out your career plan. Other aspects of the “job,” including the geographical location of where you will work and the company culture are just as important as the actual job description. If you know that you want to work in New York City, at an open concept office environment that is more casual than corporate, then you’ve just helped yourself narrow down your choices. This isn’t about eliminating possibilities, rather, it’s about staying true to what will make you happy. You should be especially picky when it comes to your future career! After all, who wants to waste their time doing something that they don’t enjoy?

By: Anna Zhao

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