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5 Pieces to transition your wardrobe from recent grad to professional

The month after I handed in my final university project, I walked through the doors of my first job at a downtown Toronto design agency. I can’t remember what exactly I was wearing, but I vividly rememberfeeling like I ran out of outfits to wear to work that first week fast.

I knew I wasn’t going to wear a power suit and pumps, but I also knew my collection of oversized, skin-tight, or semi-sheer tops didn’t feel right.

At first black leggings felt like my secret professional weapon, but soon they made me feel like a total professional-fraud.

That wardrobe I had—the carefree whimsical eccentric unique wardrobe—stopped feeling like me. And instead started to feel like a weight holding me back from where I was going.

And when I changed my wardrobe, something more changed.

I started having creative ideas at meetings.
I started speaking up when my opinion differed.
I started owning my skills and expertise.

And I didn’t have to wear pumps and blazer to do it.

Today, I’m sharing with you, my dear friend, 5 little pieces that can make a big impact in looking (and feeling) like the professional and expert you now are, from stepping out your front door to leaving a post-work happy hour.

...Or as I like to say:
Feeling like your best self from coffee to cocktails.

Let's go!

5 PIECES TO TRANSITION YOUR WARDROBE FROM RECENT GRAD TO PROFESSIONAL AND EXPERT

 

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A spring recipe: 2 parts classic + 1 part saucy

Did you crack one of my go-to spring recipes yet?

It’s not a Margarita—it’s an outfit recipe and in the last few posts it’s been spring coat + dress {ahem, see look #1 here, and look #2 here.}

Same pieces, yet they all look and feel different, but still like me.

That's because there’s always a little more going on than the type of garment. There’s the style—the feeling, the tone, what it seems to say about me and my style.

Let’s look at this classic-with-a-kick outfit…

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Outfit dissection: Spring coat layering

This weekend, sun, patios, and even bare-legs came out in full spring effect. {Heck yes.}

As I pulled out a dress and spring jacket, I was reminded of one of the true beauties of warm weather: oneoutfit. Come spring, we no longer have the added hassle of planning two outfits—the outfit we wear outside AND the striped-down version of it we wear inside.

We get to focus on picking + wearing just one outfit that will give us confidence, comfortability, and joy.

And one of my favourite spring pieces—that takes you effortlessly and elegantly from coffee to cocktails—is a tailored spring coat.

Today, I’m showing you one of the ways I style my spring coat, and giving you a little inside look by dissecting what exactly is at play in this seemingly simple outfit.

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Spring 2016 Trends Breakdown: Where and how to save & where to invest

Ah, trends.

I want to be able to write that I’m immune to the allure of trends.

I want to be able to say that as a wardrobe stylist, I know what works for my body and my lifestyle, that I’m confident in my aesthetic preferences, and that trends come and go but they don’t affect my purchasing whatsoever.

But this, my friend, would be a lie.

The truth is I still find myself spotting a trend and totally falling head-over-heels in love with it.

So, I’m still a romantic. But here’s what I have learnt: how to tell which trend love will be a passing spring fling, and which are worth investing in for a long-term relationship.

And here’s my guide, from me to you, breaking down 7 trends for spring: which ones to save on, and which ones to invest in.
 

SPRING 2016 TRENDS BREAKDOWN ON A BUDGET: Where to save + where to invest >>>

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3 Tips for integrating patterns into your wardrobe

This spring, patterned trousers were on my buying list. (PS: I recommend creating a buying list for every season’s shopping—I walk you through how to do this using Pinterest here!) After purchasing this polka dot pair from Zara and a striped dress from H&M, I realized they were my first two pattern pieces in my otherwise solid closet.

If you’re like me and wanting to add some playful patterns into your solid-filled closets, I’ve put together this post just for you!

(And I’m actually utilizing all these tricks in this single outfit!)

3 TIPS FOR INTEGRATING PATTERNS INTO YOUR WARDROBE >>>

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Making friends through style

The other week was Fashion Week in my city. When I’m attending events with the potential to meet + mingle there’s one style principle I like to keep in mind: dress remarkably.

So I reached for this fire-engine red jacket, because it’s worthy of remarking upon.

So I reached for this fire-engine red jacket, because it’s worthy of remarking upon.

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