Style Nine to Five - Fashion Jobs SNTF MIDI SKIRT

Ladylike lengths have undeniably taken over the fashion world. The new style staple is a perfect addition to any workerbee’s wardrobe as it can be styled in a variety of polished office looks; and for a more casual look, midis can be paired easily with a cute crop to create a more playful and laidback outfit.

Items:

Pure Sugar Patterned Midi Skirt • $54.97, available at Piperlime

Eight Sixty Nights Bloom Midi Skirt • Eight Sixty • $98.00, available at Piperlime

Pim + Larkin Basic Midi Skirt • Pim • $59.97, available at Piperlime

Tinley Road Midi Skirt • $79.00, available at Piperlime

Pure Sugar Jacquard Midi Skirt • $69.97, available at Piperlime

JOA Midi Organza Skirt • Sorbet • $59.97, available at Piperlime

By: Bree Aylwin, writer of The Urban Umbrella | @urbanumbrella29

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Online job boards are the first stop for almost every job seeker; and in most cases, the final stop. The strategy of placing all of your résumés in one basket means missing out on all of the other exciting opportunities out there – you just have to make a commitment to finding them. Job seeking can sometimes mirror dating in the sense that you may never find the right ‘one’ by looking in all the same places.

Wondering why companies don’t post all of their job openings? Perhaps the hiring manager doesn’t want to be bombarded with a slew of résumés, or someone may still be in the position, but they are soon to be let go. Also, most hidden opportunities are typically filled based on internal promotions, referrals and recommendations. Those are just a few reasons, but either way, those jobs are out there and you can be that referral or recommendation!

Your willingness to put yourself out there will yield more results, boost your confidence, and open your mind to opportunities and companies that you generally wouldn’t have even considered. Branch out beyond the job boards and seek job openings that aren’t being advertised using these tips:

1. Ask. It never hurts to ask. Create a list of companies that you would like to target, whether or not they are hiring, and reach out the hiring manager. Create an industry-specific résumé that highlights the role you are seeking and complement it with a detailed cover letter that is addressed to a specific person. Inquire about opportunities that may align with your experience and note that you are open to an informational meeting to discuss current or future opportunities. Can’t get to the hiring manager? Proceed to the following steps.

2. Network. Get the word out that you’re in the job market by reaching out to your network and starting a conversation around your area of expertise. The information you receive will depend on your approach and on whether or not they can picture you as a colleague or as someone they would recommend. If you’re sincere and you’re not coming off as desperate, you’ll find it’s fairly easy to open doors to influential decision makers. Current employees are privy to inside information such as upcoming projects, new departments, and expansions with the company. Staying in contact on a regular basis will keep your name fresh in their minds when an opportunity comes around.

3. Research. Take some time to find out what the innovative companies in your industry are up to. Is there a department that you can see yourself contributing to or improving? Without stepping on any toes, call out an area of opportunity and suggest how you would be able to improve the current methods or help to take things to the next level. Be ready to back it up with real ideas and examples of how you can make an impact.

Furthermore, using social networks like LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook are great ways to connect with the people who can get you one step closer to the hiring manager.

With all of these methods comes one requirement – patience. Applying via job boards may feel as though you’re quickly moving along in the right direction, but the automatic response stating that your application was received can be misleading. Asking for an informational meeting, reaching out to your network, and researching companies takes perseverance and commitment. It’s an ongoing process and patience will yield the results that will set you on the right path to your dream job.

By Malicia Basdeo, New York City, @maliciaism

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Fall is the time of year for new beginnings. Whether that means going back to school, seeking out your first professional job post-graduation, or transitioning into a new career path altogether, it is definitely the season of change for many. In Style Nine to Five’s new collaboration with Robson Street, I’ll be sharing weekly work-appropriate outfits that certainly don’t lack in the style department.


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Outfit details: Navy blue jumpsuit from Aritzia ($165), blazer from Dynamite ($39.90), statement necklace from Zara ($25)

This week’s outfit is all about an easy transition from day to night. While purchasing separates and pairing pieces up may be the route that many take, I’m personally a fan of the jumpsuit for both work and play. Not only is a jumpsuit super easy to slip into, it is also extremely versatile.

With a focus on being office appropriate for day, I chose a navy blue jumpsuit with cap sleeves. Navy is the perfect alternative to black as it can fit into any corporate office environment. Since bare shoulders may or may not be appropriate depending on your 9 to 5 dress code, cap sleeves offer just enough coverage without being too stuffy. If anything, you can always throw on a black blazer overtop (which is definitely a wardrobe staple) for additional coverage.

If you’re heading out for after-work drinks or to an event, the jumpsuit can still act as a great foundation for an evening outfit. Simply accessorize with a statement necklace like I did here, rock a bold lip (Painted Love lipstick by Kat Von D, colour ‘a go-go’), and shake out your hair a bit. All it takes is a little lift to breathe new life into what was once an office look! In the shoe department, I chose a pair of pointed black pumps which you can never go wrong with. Finally, still sticking to the theme of conservative colours, I completed my ensemble with a well-loved Marc Jacobs bag. I’m a fan of the classic silhouette that will never go out of style and was well worth the investment. My advice for anyone who’s looking to invest in a great bag is to steer clear of any outrageous trends and choose a style that will stand the test of time. While trends fade, some items will always be “in.”

An additional note for any budget conscious shoppers, the jumpsuit may actually save you dollars when compared to the cost of buying tops and bottoms separately. Purchasing a jumpsuit makes for a win-win fashion situation as the piece offers top-notch transitional value while being totally affordable. If you don’t own one already, I highly encourage you to start researching the options for fall. Until next week!

Photos taken by Laura McIntosh

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Fashion Borrowed From The Boys

Woody Allen may have popularized quirky neuroses and the New York love story, but it was Annie Hall’s Diane Keaton who really stole the spotlight.  In tailored vests, ties, and men’s shirts, Keaton’s style in the 1977 film has had a lasting effect on the fashion world, popping up everywhere from this past men’s fashion week in Milan to J. Crew lookbooks to Manhattan streets.  Designers have been blurring the lines between masculine and feminine for decades, so there’s no shortage of inspiration – see Chanel circa 1930, a ‘70s era Lauren Hutton, and modern day muses Charlotte Gainsburg and Alexa Chung.  What’s new for the 2014-2015 season?  Longer vests, wide-legged pants that skim the floor, and brogues, hats, and watches in metallics and leather.  What’s more, adding a bit of menswear to your look is a perfect way to transition into the cooler days -  yes, you can throw a denim jacket or cardigan over your favourite sundress, but a pair of trousers, oxfords, and tailored blazer add polish to that tricky in-between season of early autumn.  So while cooler temperatures have you reaching for sumptuous fabrics like cashmere and velvet, there’s more to the new season than a thicker knit.  Save the heavier cloths for the first frost and borrow a piece or two from the boys.

1. Slackin’ Off Pants, US $78, Nasty Gal

2. Vogue

3. Michael Kors Ritz Gold-Tone Stainless Steel And Acetate Watch, US $225, Net-A-Porter

4. Sleek Moment Collarless Vest, US $28, Forever 21

5. Ophelie Hats Chain Band Felt Hat, US $58, Free People

6. Tomboy Workshirt, US $88, Madewell

7. Bobby Suede Lace-Up Shoe, US $120, American Apparel

8. Saint Laurent Leather Tie, US $690, Net-A-Porter

9. Loeffler Randall Fay Cutout Oxfords, US $350, Madewell

10. The Guardian

By:  Lisa Reddy

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It’s impossible not to have noticed that one of this season’s hottest trends takes inspiration from our favourite form of loungewear – jogging pants. No more skin tight yoga pants at the grocery store, classroom, or anywhere else! Now is the time for an ultra chic pair of drapey bottoms with tie up waist details and cinched ankles, for a look that offers as much comfort as it does style.

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Ann Taylor Drapey Pants, $102.16
J.Crew Turner Pant, $98 USD

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Aerie Skinny Jogger, $43.72
LOFT Mosaic Print Drapey Ankle Pants in Marisa Fit, $63.12

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Club Monaco Mariam Pant, $159.50
H&M Joggers, $39.95

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Gap Side-Zip Track Pants, $49.95
Rag & Bone Lena Wool-Jersey Track Pants, $350 USD, available at Net-a-Porter

By: Liz Doré, Toronto

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We’re only weeks (and for some, days!) away from the first day of school. Whether you’re onto sophomore slump, or fresh as a doe eagerly awaiting classes, first day style is up there with remembering your pencils and erasers. Back-to-school is that weird time in-between summer and fall trends that can leave you wondering if what you’re wearing is a little awkward for the season. So what’s a girl to do? Balance both! Shorts and sweaters, flannel tied around the waist, and great accessories to tie it all together!

Back to School Fashion: First Day Style

1. Fashion Not for the Faint of Heart, $35, available at Alexa Pope
2. Long Sleeve Hi Lo Basic Top, $38, available at In Pursuit

3. Tiffany & Co. Heart Slide Necklace, $125, available at The Real Real

4. PU Pleated Mini Skirt, $90, available at Top Shop

5. Hologram Silver Laser Backpack, $180, available at American Apparel

6. Summer Loafer, $59.95, available at Sole Society

Back to School Fashion: First Day Style

7. Boy Tee, $80, available at Organic John Patrick

8. Rails Hunter Plaid Shirt, $128, available at Shop the Trend Boutique

9. Beauty Bandit Shorts, $124, available at West LA Boutique

10. Maison Martin Margiela, $1,785, available at Shop Bop

11. TOMS Woven Slip On, $90, available at Neiman Marcus

Inspiration Photo Courtesy of: Style Forum

By: Kayley Reed, Fredericton, @wanderrluust

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