Posts Tagged ‘Patterns’

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 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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Toronto Fashion Jobs – Resort 2012 Trends

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Despite the gloomy weather that much of the Northern Hemisphere is still experiencing, one can still look to the recently unveiled resort collections as inspiration for warm-weather dressing. Every year, the inter-season resort collections give a hint as to what trends one should expect for the coming spring collections. There were quite a few common trends that many of the collections shared this year, so let’s take a look at three of them and how you can work them into your summer wardrobe now (if and when it warms up, that is).

Shades of Orange
Shades of orange ranging from burnished pumpkin to vibrant persimmon popped up everywhere in the Resort 2012 collections. Orange, one of the richest yet oft-forgotten colours, is making a refreshing return to the runway. Though orange pairs beautifully with neutrals (other than black for the most part – too Halloween), it looks equally great when paired with shades of blue, pink, and yellow.

The Wet Look
This slick textural effect was running rampant all over the runway. It gives a futuristic, modernist spin to any look, even if the silhouette itself is more traditional. These pieces look amazing paired with basics, but if the shiny material is in a darker or more subdued colour, feel free to play with other textures or patterns in your look.

Floral patterns made a huge appearance this year – from Yves Saint Laurent to Acne, bright pops of floral print were certainly the order of the day. However, patterns in general were big – they really elevated what could have been a simple shift or pair of trousers to a truly artistic, attention-grabbing piece. Though it’s easy enough to pair patterns with solids, mix your prints to create a truly bold style statement. If you’re not sure of where to start in terms of pattern-on-pattern looks, check out this easy pattern play guide!

By: Alexandra Grant, Vancouver

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Toronto Fashion Jobs – Pattern Play

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Pattern-on-pattern seems like such an easy styling technique in theory, but when it comes to actually executing it, many people become overwhelmed or end up with an outfit that looks more haphazard than stylish.

The Golden Rule of pattern-on-pattern styling is to ensure that both patterns share one element that will give the pairing cohesion. This can mean coupling two prints of the same pattern together or paying particular attention to the colour or size of prints to give an outfit harmony.

Here’s three examples of how to pull off the pattern game:

1. Pair two prints with the same pattern together.

This is the easiest and most effective way to make a style impact with your pattern-play. Assistant Fashion Editor of Vogue Nippon Viviana Volpicella, Vancouver blogger Jen of Her Waise Choice (and one of my favourite blogger-friends), and Swedish model Jazzmine Berger all represent this notion perfectly. To keep their looks from being fun without looking too busy, they maintained the same pattern in their looks and simply tweaked the colour and size of their prints.

2. Throw different patterns together but ensure that either the size or colours of both prints are in keeping with each other.

Things get a little trickier when you mix different patterns together, but the payoff is worth it. The tried and true trick is to keep one element of the look the same. In the leftmost picture, the similarity between the sizes of both prints gives two otherwise very different patterns unity. In the center, San Francisco blogger Liz of Late Afternoon proves that she’s an expert when it comes to pattern-mixing by teaming a floral top together with a pair of shorts that both emphasize a similar blue shade. Finally, Susie Bubble of Style Bubble throws two equally vibrant and loud patterns together but pulls it off by keeping both within the same colour family.

3. If you’re stuck, you can’t go wrong with animal print.

I treat animal print as a near-neutral – it goes with just about everything. As mentioned above, try to keep the pattern and/or colours along the same scale, but for the most part you can go wild with animal print!

At the end of the day, it’s easy enough to mix patterns together as long as some consideration is given to how the prints compliment each other. Try out these techniques and rock some new and fun outfits!

Image credit: Stockholm Street Style, Tommy Ton for, Late Afternoon, Her Waise Choice, Garance Doré

By: Alexandra Grant, Vancouver

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