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Career fashion tips for women

Outfit Posts – Great Everyday Fashion!

I love it when I stumble across creative blogs and this blog  Outfit Posts is one of those great finds.

choosingclothesOne day I was looking for travel fashion ideas and in particular how to mix, match and pack all the outfits. What caught my attention was Outfit Posts’ – One Suitcase Series which featured clothes that the writer had in her closet and advice on how she made the most out of those items when traveling. Whether for business, personal or travel she had some practical suggestions and photo examples.

What I enjoy most is the detail she shares along with who has inspired her fashion pick of the week and where to buy the items. Brilliant!

After perusing her site for a while I decided to reach out to MK, (that’s her name) introduce myself, and let her know how much I loved her blog. I asked if I could share Outfit Posts with my readers and she replied, “Sure. If you want to mention my blog on your site – that’d be awesome.”

From time to time I provide some inspiration for career fashion but I’m sure you will appreciate MK’s good mix of fashion to suit any occasion. If you are looking to get more ideas on how you can amp up your everyday fashion or travel without half of your closet crammed into a suitcase then check out  OUTFIT POSTS!

Thanks, MK. 

 

Wide Leg Pants Are Back

Wide leg pants are back! This doesn’t mean we have to shelve the skinny leg pants but it does provide more options. Of course, I never did really give up my wide leg linen pants – I could live in those.

If you are tall the wide leg pant really accentuates your legs but even those of us who are “vertically challenged”  (otherwise known as short) can wear this style. I find the lower waist style with a pair heels works best for me so that I don’t look like I’m drowning in the pants. Having said that, I can’t resist the bohemian look for summer with a cute pair of sandals.

When I travel I wear my wide leg pants on the plane and have another pair for days out site-seeing. Just thinking about the look and versatility of a flared, wide or palazzo pant makes me want to go shopping for more but I shall resist….for now. It will be nice not having to squeeze into my skinny jeans and instead slip into something a little more comfortable.

The wide leg pant fits well into our work wardrobe too. Pick your style for any occasion and rock the look!

 

Wide Leg Style

Dress appropriately when job hunting

What you wear matters when applying for a job but all this person was hoping for was a large desk to mask what she was wearing. Yes, you heard me right, a large desk between her and the receptionist.

Here’s a story about a woman who wanted a last-minute review of her resume and cover letter. She had found a job posting that appeared to meet her needs and offered a good compensation package. After reviewing her papers and suggesting some minor changes I wished her good luck and gave a friendly reminder to put on work appropriate clothes before dropping off her resume. I noticed she was dressed casually with her blouse, boots, jacket and a pair of dark jeans so I said, “You can never underestimate the power of the front desk staff as they often take notes on how you present yourself.” Initially, I felt certain she didn’t intend to drop off the resume without changing first, but I was wrong.

She said, “Oh, I’m just wearing this because I’m driving my scooter there but they will probably have one of those big desks so they won’t see my jeans anyway. Hopefully they will just look from the waist up.” The woman thanked me for helping with the editing  and off she went out the door with helmet and paperwork at her side. I learned later that she has been looking for employment for a long time and this is likely one of the reasons why. She may have the education and even meet most of the qualifications for the position but her personal presentation is completely inappropriate for the jobs she is seeking.

When job hunting you can’t cut corners and expect to stand out in the crowd. From application to presentation everything has to say, I’m thorough, I care and I’m the one for you. This woman was applying for a community based position and at the very least should have been wearing a proper blouse, blazer and if she wanted to wear pants there are plenty of business styles that would have looked far better.

Hoping for a big desk…what’s up with that?

Frustrated Business Woman

Career Fashion for Spring and Summer

If you haven’t already done so, it is time to switch out that closet of yours. Go to those stored clothing bins or underused drawers and assess what you have for spring and summer.

Breaking out of standard greys and blacks we can now burst into the season with some great graphic and floral prints.

Add pops of colour with your accessories or a really cute blouse and don’t be afraid to mix and match.

If you do feel you need a little help with your career wardrobe choices then step in to the stores and have the sales associates put together a great outfit for you.

The classic black jacket and pant will always be a staple along with the pencil skirt and a crisp white shirt; however, there is much more that says ‘professional woman’ in the fashion world so check it out!

Spring Fashion2

 

 

Hiring a personal fashion consultant

About a month ago I hired Michelle Addison to come in to my home and do a basic cleanse of my wardrobe. This was particularly helpful because…

1. I finally parted with clothes that really needed to be donated or consigned

2. I gained an education on what is working for me and what isn’t

3. I now shop differently for clothing

4. I feel more like me with an increased confidence and love of my style

Having said all that, I want to be honest and say this service was an investment on my part. Unlike many socialites, celebrities and fashionistas that probably have the means to hire a personal stylist I had to justify in my mind that this was worth a portion of my pay cheque. It was and I would highly recommend this to anyone either as a gift to self or gift to someone they love who is struggling to feel good in their clothes.

Where this got a little out of control was when I met Michelle at Hudson’s Bay City Centre in downtown Vancouver. When we talked before she had mentioned there were great sales on a the Bay right now and so it would be a good time to meet where she could provide free personal styling. I poked around a week or so before and noticed the seasonal sales were in progress and thought, Wow, this is actually going to be fun and within my budget!

I arrived, went to THE ROOM on the second floor and was escorted to a changing room area that I assume is exclusive for this service. The first thing I noticed was Michelle, beautifully polished and trendy as ever, and then I noticed a rack of clothes and accessories. I switched my head from work to me time and quickly realized the magnitude of my good fortune. The first outfit was carefully thought out and ready for me to try on and once I stepped out of the room I was in love.

This love grew with multiple outfits and like a good student I carefully committed to memory what and why this works. At different points when I closed the changing room door I took a brief moment again to think about this opportunity and the likelihood that it will not happen this way again. This was a first, (different from being in a store with a great sales person) and the joy that comes from experiencing such personalized service is unexplainable. This was not lost on me because I had just come from a place where women have never experienced such attention and I couldn’t help but wish I could give them this gift.

Here’s the down side to this service… I overspent. There were only maybe one or two items on sale, the rest were high-end prices. I felt a little duped in the previous mentioning of sale and now she was placing regular priced items like $150 belts to $340 blouses in front of me. It seemed advantageous to her and not so much for me. However, I’m in THE ROOM and I’m working with someone who has picked perfectly for me and I can see in her world this is no longer extravagant.

Shopping again

My advice to you if you are thinking about hiring a personal fashion consultant or stylist is do your homework:

1. Check out their website to get an idea of their philosophy about fashion, who their clients might be and who they are. There is a fair bit of  branding and PR but most of it will likely be true and that can lead to the next step.

2. Talk to the stylist by phone or meet to discuss their services. They will ask questions and you may have a few of your own.

3. Establish your budget. What I learned from this, is that it is important to communicate what you can afford. Given free rein both consultant and client can take this experience from pleasurable to regrettably costly.Trips to return items you love can be heart breaking.

4. If budget is your problem then see the value in a consultation but find ways to get what you want through online deals, consignment or thrift store purchases. For instance: A Helmet Lang wool tuxedo blazer looked fabulous on me! It was $575. I thought it will be an investment piece as the style pairs well with pants, jeans or skirts. When I went to Turnabouts Consignment Store I managed to find the exact style, by a different designer, minus wool fabric and hidden button, for $25.99. Guess which one is hanging in my closet?

5. Upscale consignment stores often provide fashion consultations to customers. One such store is REWIND Consignment in South Surrey. In a recent discussion with one of the staff I was told that for under $30 (price to be confirmed) Bianca and Alex will book an appointment time with you for a personal consultation. Contact your local consignment store to see if they offer a similar service or if you want to travel out the sunny South Surrey go to REWIND.

If you want to build your self-esteem, need to connect with your stylish side, have been feeling worn out or have a wardrobe that no longer wows you then I say,

Invest in hiring a personal fashion consultant ~ Internally and externally you will reap the benefits.