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Dress for the Job You Want!

I had written a post about this same topic three years ago but I felt it was time to revisit it. Here is a passage from the first post:

I can’t imagine you haven’t heard this English idiom. Essentially what it means is you should not prejudge the worth or value of something by its outward appearance alone, however, when the reputation of the business is lowered due to the “appearance” of its employees – the line needs to be drawn. When I interview a potential candidate for this relatively simple sales associate position, my first reaction is based on punctuality. My second thought is based on appearance. My third thought is based on personality (due to the nature of our small shop, personality is key to the team working well together.) My fourth thought is about the ability to do the job well.

Working in fashion retail for all these years and any appointment I have gone to in a business oriented environment, I am always seeing black. Black, black and more black. I understand though as black business suits are easy you just swap out the blouse underneath to change it up. Not to say there is anything wrong with that, but you didn’t come to this blog to hear me talk about basic black business attire! I love colour, even if its only present in my heels and jewellery. I feel a world of difference when I wear it.

I dropped off a resume and portfolio package to a potential employer one morning wearing this very exciting bright coloured combo. Although its not quite what I envisioned in my dark dreary basement wardrobe room that morning, I thought the coral blazer matched the dress perfectly, but as it turns out in day light its orange in the dress, not coral. Oh well the fun citrus colours do play well off each other!

My philosophy has always been to make a statement when dropping off a resume or interviewing. I first thought of this years ago when I was at an interview for a local government office position with dark brown hair, sporting hot pink underneath. I styled my hair up so that it was less noticeable and died it solid brown after I was hired for my first day. When the CEO walked into the office that day her first reaction was “Oh! Where did the pink go? It was so cool!” Over the next month different employees would walk in and say “you’re the girl with the pink hair, but where’s the pink?” Who knew it would make such a statement!

Now not only is bold bright colours and patterns part of my every day wardrobe, I make a point of wearing a striking bright dress with matching jewellery and a blazer for any professional meetings or events. Making a statement is everything! You can get lost in the crowd of black business suits so make sure you are wearing something “wow”!


Show Me The Denim!

13254522_869579383171868_3443448951467857891_nNow that the warm weather has finally arrived, along with it comes air conditioning! Haha we seem to go from one extreme to the other – personally I am not a fan of AC at all because you wait from October to May to have nice weather and the first thing you do is say “Ugh its hot turn on the AC”…

I have always liked jean jackets when paired with really feminine outfits. For years I was without one and resorted to cardigans but I think they look sloppy on me, I need more structure. I had found one from Cleo, a 3/4 length sleeve with sparkle buttons last year which wasn’t my favourite but it would do for the time being. Recently I found two fabulous jackets, a cropped version (cheap by Digital) and a full length dark denim by Parasuco.

Styling these is so easy, it actually allows me to wear almost any dress underneath whether to dress down or dress up, sometimes make it more country – I even dropped the word Coachella the other day but I was quickly corrected with a “no no far less effort, not the forced look of Coachella!” I find dresses to be the most comfortable thing in my closet currently. I was not built for shorts so I’ve removed them from my summer wardrobe and went back to my beloved dresses.

I snatched up this adorable lavender floral dress by Bar III last week, did a few alterations to make it fit better in the shoulders – story of my life! My lavender statement necklace finally matches something yay!

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Full Colour or Bust!

brightfloralskirt Ah yes, a new favourite! I’m sure I say this in every post, but its okay to have a ton of favourite newly-created looks!

Much like most of my other outfits, these pieces had to be altered in order to suit my body shape. This New York & Co floral skirt really didn’t fit at all when I tried it on, but every now and then there are pieces that you just have to have no matter how much work they will involve in the end. I took it in two inches to make it a high waisted style and brought up the hem about the same amount so it came closer to the knee. Anything past the knee on my height makes me look frumpy.

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Jade Green

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Stumbled upon this outfit completely by chance. Within the same week I obtained this necklace from eBay, tote bag and cardigan all with the same jade green colour accent. Its such a rich vibrant colour, naturally I was hooked instantly. It is not only an easy outfit to throw together but I decided to have fun with the unique prints and fabrics. You can dress it up or down, I think the bold jewellery makes it pop personally.

The tote was brought in for consignment, and I yes I’m fully aware it was a “freebie” with purchase of makeup or perfume, but that doesn’t make it any less wonderful. I often see these at Value Village and their designs are so simple yet surprisingly beautiful. Not that I need another tote I certainly have an array of them, but this colour was beyond captivating.

Little Jack Dress

pinkjackdress I have the unique situation of seeing beautiful clothing on a regular basis by the job position that I hold. Now our shoppers love to comment that we must have huge closets, that we can’t possibly have pay cheques working here, etc. Our response is always the same because its something people don’t consider: it doesn’t always fit us. The shoppers always find that hard to believe, but we don’t necessarily need it just because it fits and looks good. Like you, we have bills to pay!

There are however, moments when certain consignors walk through the door and my heart pounds a little faster. Its that thrill of knowing there’s a great potential for some exciting treasures to be found by this woman walking towards you. Now this isn’t to say every time they bring things in to consign I end up with no pay cheque, but I’m always excited to see what unique things they have discovered in the “real” stores. One woman buys lovely things that she hardly wears. Any time she walks in, she’s on break at work, hard hat and painted jeans. But her clothing is beautiful brand names, fitted dresses and pristine jeans.

One afternoon this particular consignor brought in her usual load, and this stunning hot pink dress was in the mix. I can’t say I didn’t move quickly to get the items priced so I could try it on! This gorgeous rich pink print dress by Jack captured my complete attention. I was so thrilled at how beautifully it fit, no alterations required!

Neon Pink

hotpinkblackscarf I think I say this every day, but this colour is my new favourite! In fact, anything neon, much like my latest purse thrift! Although my skin tone is not exactly natural (thank you bronzer!) anything fluorescent or neon really pops against it. I received a ton of compliments on this outfit because of its bold colour.

To all the women that feel you need to go dark in the winter, I give you this outfit! I expect all year long I will be promoting thrilling colour and bold statement pieces. Why go dark when you can go bright?!

Last week I picked up this neon knit top by Gap at the Store, which I had just brought with me in case I was cold – but it ended up being a great addition to this outfit! Underneath it all is a half price white blouse by Banana Republic (from Value Village’s half price sale this month) and a simple black pencil skirt. This super fun scarf was also in my bag of goodies from the half price sale, only $2!

 

New Colour Palette

purpledressrwandco I have always liked purple, but I find it eludes me. If ever I’m shopping I admire the rich violets but more often than not they have a stain or a rip that prevents me from buying it. This RW&Co dress was consigned at the Store last week and I instantly fell in love with the colour and style.

Both formal and casual, easy to wear and only required a small adjustment. Just a quick stitch in the waist to wear to work, but later will need proper adjusting to make it hang correctly. Could this be the start of a new palette for my wardrobe?!

I Heart Coral!

coralfloralskirt One of my new favourite outfits that is just so easy and beautiful… months in the making! Who knew it would be so challenging to find the right shade of coral meets sherbert or orange with a hint of peach… Whatever colour you choose to call it, it was a challenge to find the right style top to work with the high waisted elastic of the skirt.

The skirt was a few sizes too large, and I wasn’t about to wear elastic on my hips, so I altered it by taking it in about 2 inches at the waistband so it would sit nicely on my waist. The look is finished by tucking in the blouse and adding a thick belt. I think what is most fun about this look is the blend of statement jewellery including this adjustable fashion ring (made up of a ton of little hearts!) and necklace.

The Dress Obsession

peachdress In my expert opinion: “Ain’t nothing wrong with that!” Dresses are such a great wardrobe staple for me, when they fit great, they are easy and comfortable. Not only that they are always fun to style up with accessories!

Let me tell you about two new favourite dresses, one snatched up for under $10 at Value Village – no label mixed into the long sleeved tops… the other a consigned dress by Gentle Fawn. Believe it or not I made absolutely no alterations to the peach dress! I was as surprised as you are. It’s one of my favourite colours this season and goes perfectly with all the jewellery I own.

gentlefawndress The printed dress by Gentle Fawn has the most beautiful print, everything that is me – not to mention a beautiful scallop detail along the bottom! When I saw it I had to have it. The only alteration required was my usual inch or so up in the shoulder straps! The necklace I’m wearing with both dresses was thrifted from Value Village for $4 (as a set) with the intent to take it apart. It was such a great style I decided to keep it!

Affordable Jewellery

jewelleryebay I know my claim to fame is thrift and all things second hand, but on the rare occasion, sometimes finding a bargain can be found in “real” stores, or in this case online. I am above all else bound by a budgeted lifestyle.

I go a few months forgetting all about the wonders of eBay. It can be wonderful and deadly at the same time. If you are looking for bright statement jewellery for a fraction of the retail price you might as well go direct to the source and skip the middle man. When using eBay, you can set your search parametres so that you can’t accidentally agree to pay a price you are not comfortable with.

My search criteria is strictly based on price and free shipping. I absolutely will not pay for shipping (there are thousands of sellers overseas that offer free shipping to Canada) as Canadian shipping is completely outrageous. You’ll know what I mean if you’ve ever tried to ship something here or order from a Canadian retailer. My maximum price range is anywhere from $3 to $5. To be safe I set it at $4 usually and click my free shipping.

The next thing I do is change the sort feature to show me only items ending soon as I for one, want to know my odds of winning an auction. Yes you can “Buy It Now” but a lot of times you can get it cheaper if you chance it on an auction. I don’t necessarily win them all as a neat necklace might start at .99 cents but climb to $8. To me that isn’t worth it. I put my maximum bid at whatever I feel it is worth and am willing to pay.

Now looking at this image I had posted on Instagram, I asked my followers what piece they thought was most expensive and least expensive. There is a bangle in there that is 925 silver stamped… but believe it or not the most expensive piece was the silver rhinestone bracelet for $5 and the black triangle necklace for .99 cents. The rest were roughly between $1.50 and $3.

Try Something New!

emeraldgreenwithlace Once week I have a goal for myself to re-inspire, if that’s even a word, to mix and match different items in my wardrobe. I often find pieces that I really like but can’t seem to find anything to match. The same story I hear every day from women I meet: “Its pretty but what do I wear with it??”

Women all over the world are exploring the exciting side of fashion, mixing prints and patterns, florals with stripes, poka dots with houndstooth… As much as I’d like to say “go nuts!” I myself, am reserved in this trend. I still get stuck in having the same tones, more matchy-matchy at times than these die-hard fashionistas. I saw an advertisement for a local boutique and the mish-mash of fabrics hurt my eyes, honestly it would give me anxiety to combine two wild prints in the same outfit!

Now this lace skirt was consigned at the Store a few weeks ago. No label just a unique style and a perfect fit. I had no idea what I would wear with it at the time, so for a solid week it hung there on my rack. It tormented me. Finally I sat down and looked at all the tops I had in my closet and then turned my attention to all the tank tops I had piled up on a multi-hook hanger. This rich emerald green (or Christmas green as they say) struck me instantly. I knew I had a bold necklace with a variety of greens mixed together, it just might work!

And this you see, is the final outfit. Not at all what I would normally wear, but with the same accents and finesse that I seek to incorporate into my outfits. Sometimes all you need is a thick belt and a high waist to make a look come together!

Royal Blue

bluegreenplaidskirt I think its safe to say I have converted to the love of blue. This rich royal blue skirt by Dynamite was consigned at the Store the other week and I thought it might be a bit cutesy for me, turns out its perfect! Its the right length, has the premade loops for a belt and sits perfectly on my waist. Way to go Dynamite!

Up until recently I didn’t own much that was blue, never cared for the colour honestly but this deep rich royal blue really has me hooked. I’m currently sporting two different looks incorporating the colour, my Cleo blouse (that gets constant compliments!) and my American Eagle plaid shirt.

blueskirtdynamite I have been following tons of stylish ladies on Instagram, admiring their use of blended prints and patterns. I still do not feel that I am that adventurous, but when I wore the plaid combination to work yesterday the responses were along the lines of “now how cool is that?” It was an easy-no-brainer look I put together, letting go of my usual insistence that the colours be exact.

I know how a great selection of stackable bracelets in the same colours too!

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