Archive for the ‘Style’ Category

September 25, 2014 2:55 pm

Dress Code 101: Men’s Fashion

As a sequel to our Dress Code 101: Women’s Fashion post, we felt we couldn’t leave out the men! See below for some handy fashion infographics for figuring out men’s fashion and dress codes.


Men's casual

Casual wear refers to the “everyday” outfit – something you might wear going to the grocery store or to hang out with some friends. A reasonable expectation of cleanliness is expected in casual situations – i.e. no holes in uncomfortable places, no visible stains, etc.

Business Casual

Business casual - men's

Business casual outfits are a step up from casual outfits. They are clean cut, crisp, and well-fitted. Avoid denim if you can and opt for a khaki or grey pant. A dress shirt complements the more casual pant look and a nice pair of polished shoes finishes off the look. Make sure you don’t have any wrinkles!


Business men's

In most cases, it is safe to assume that if the dress code is “business”, you need to wear a suit (black or grey), a suit jacket, and a tie. A belt is a really nice accessory that pulls the whole look together for that “polished” feel – just make sure the belt matches the motif (i.e. don’t wear a brown belt with a black suit).


Formal men's

Formal occasions, like a wedding or reception, require you to break out that bowtie and rock some cufflinks! Ensure that your pants and shirt are pressed and clean and that you have an appropriately coloured belt. Don’t forget to shine your shoes!

Black Tie

Black tie men's

Black tie events are about as fancy as they come. They are a step-up from formal events, and usually the dress code is specified as “black tie” on the invitation to attend. For these events, be sure to have a well-fitted tux jacket (black or white) and black dress pants. A cumberbundt, (that thing that looks like a sash) is tied around your waist where your pants meet your shirt. You could also consider having a boutonnière in your breast pocket.

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September 9, 2014 11:44 am

How to Dress for Your Body Type

Have you ever tried on the latest style to find that it just doesn’t suit you? Dressing for your body type can have quite the impact on your appearance. Following these fashion rules can help you put your best face/body forward. BUT don’t get us wrong: if it makes you happy, wear it!

There are 5 different body types:

  1. Apple
  2. Hourglass
  3. Pear
  4. Rectangle
  5. Strawberry

First, find your body type:



  1. Large midsection where most of the weight is carried and slim legs.
  2. Celeb example: Drew Barrymore, Oprah Winfrey, Catherine Zeta Jones


  1. Small waist with wider hips and shoulders. Hips and shoulder width generally mirror each other.
  2. Celeb example: Dita von Teese, Kim Kardashian, Salma Hayek


  1. Your shoulders are the narrowest aspect of your body, followed by a wider waist and wider hips. Most of the weight is carried on the hips.
  2. Celeb example: Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce, Shakira, Rihanna, Kate Winslet


  1. The width of your shoulders, chest, waist, and hips mirror each other, and your weight is evenly distributed.
  2. Celeb example: Venus Williams, Sienna Miller, Anne Hathaway, Nicole Kidman, Gwyneth Paltrow


  1. Wide shoulders, smaller midsection, narrow hips.
  2. Celeb example: Demi Moore, Teri Hatcher, Dolly Parton, Naomi Campbell

So now that you know your body type, how do you showcase it best?


With this body type you will want to showcase your legs and bust line while defining your waist. Depending on your bust size, you’ll want to either define your waist right below the bust line, or the narrowest part of your waist. Avoid clothing that will cut your legs off in the middle such as: mid calf dresses (unless you plan on wearing sky high pumps) or capri pants. Aim for items that end mid knee or just above the knee. Show off those legs girl! Keep your midsection free from any busy patterns, tightness, or embellishments if you’re trying to camouflage that area.


This body type is quite well balanced, so you’ll want to stick with that silhouette by keeping the waist well defined. Extra embellishments are not needed in the bust or waist area as this will add to much visual weight, so try to keep it simple.


Because of a pear’s accentuated hips, you will want to add width and volume to the bust and/or shoulder area to keep things balance. Avoid adding weight to the midsection with heavy pieces that are not tailored into the waist, as you will want to maintain your waistline. To avoid over accentuating the bottom, keep heavy fabrics and busy prints to the upper half and keep it simple around your hips and bottom.


This silhouette is one you’ll often see on the runway, which is great for focus being placed on the garment. This is not-so-good in the real world, because you want to be the one wearing the garments, not the garments wearing you! For this body type, you’ll want to add some shape to the bust and hips. You can do this by wearing pieces that are curvy that come in at the waist to avoid a boxy look.


Because of the strawberry’s broad shoulders, you’ll want to balance shoulders with hips. Keep it simple up top and avoid accentuating the shoulder area and focus on accentuating your waist and hips with heavier curvy pieces for the lower half. If you are petite, avoid pant or dress lengths that will cut you off mid-calf. You’ll want to maintain a long silhouette with tapered waist to offset the shoulders.

QC’s Fashion Styling Course outlines even more about dressing for your body type. Check it out here!


August 13, 2014 10:49 am

Dress Code 101: Women’s Attire

Fashion styles and trends are constantly changing and evolving from year to year, which makes it pretty hard to keep up! But do you know the appropriate attire to wear on different occasions? Our handy graphics may help.


Casual Wear


Casual wear constitutes the “everyday” look, such as what you would wear while running errands or shopping for groceries. Faded skinny jeans, runners, and a comfy t-shirt are perfectly acceptable for casual events. You can dress it up slightly with some accessories or keep it simple. Just be sure there are no stains, rips, or holes in your clothing and that all of your clothes are clean and fit properly!


Business Casual


Just what does “business casual” mean? This is an outfit that is work-appropriate. Most business places will have a dress code that is made up of either “business” or “business casual” attire. In some cases, there is a mix of both. Business casual attire can involve dark denim or pants, a flowy blouse, flats, accessories, and an optional blazer. Clothes should be clean and pressed (no wrinkles!) and lint-free.



Business Attire


Business attire is made up of clothes that you would wear to the office. Some offices expect strictly “business” attire, which is more formal and dressy than its cousin, “business casual” attire. A skirt or pant suit, high heels, modest accessories and a mandatory blazer are acceptable for business attire. Ensure that clothes are well-pressed, clean, lint-free and polished.


Formal Attire


Formal attire is what you would wear to a cocktail party, work dinner, gala, wedding, or reception. If the invitation does not specifically state “black tie”, it is safe to assume the dress is formal. A dress (knee length is fine!), high heels, pantyhose or tights, accentuated accessories and classic makeup are expected at formal events.



Black Tie attire


Black tie attire is most often specified on an invitation well before the date of the event so that attendees have time to prepare their wardrobe. It is reserved for very formal occasions such as weddings, operas, and galas. A long, flowing gown, lavish jewellery, classy heels and a tasteful clutch are acceptable for black tie affairs. (Note: if an invitations says “black tie optional”, you should wear your black tie attire!)



Like most people I love travelling. And one of my favorite things to do (and this may strike you as strange) is pack for my trip!

Whether I’m packing for a weekend away or a trip halfway around the world, I always take the same amount of care when packing my things. I have a lot of fun putting together ensembles and squeezing them all into my suitcase(s) a la Tetris, and I especially like accessorizing for my time away. Which brings me to one of my biggest pet peeves: tangled jewelry. What’s the point in bringing along the perfect accents to my carefully planned outfits if they’re just going to get tangled up into a frustrating mess by the time I arrive at my destination? So, today I’m sharing my three favorite jewelry storage solutions, all using things you probably already have lying around.

1. The Pill Box

I love pill boxes, but not for the obvious reasons. Instead of storing my daily multivitamins I use them to store my precious earrings. I opt for the transparent ones so I can easily identify what’s inside. And to ensure everything stays contained during the hustle and bustle of my trip, I’ll throw each pill box inside a sock before rolling them up.


2. The Glasses Case

Chances are you have one or two of these lying around. I know I do. And they’re great for storing larger statement necklaces. I usually only bring along 2 or 3 statement pieces like this when I go away, and all I do is stash them in a hard glasses case. These are typically lined with a softer material, so I know my jewelry won’t get damaged.

jewelry storage

3. The Hair Clip

Over the years I’ve tried many bangle storage solutions, but this one is by far my favorite. I always bring along a large, curved hair clip to hold my bracelets because it’s a great way to keep them all together and my suitcase organized.

jewelry storage

How do you keep your jewelry organized when travelling? Share your tips below!


Today marks the first in a series of posts dedicated to the mystery that can be accessorizing men’s clothing. Each week we’re going to detail a different way to spruce up a mens outfit, so be sure to check back week to week for the full series!

As a fashion-conscious man, I’ve always envied that women seem to have a limitless amount of options when it comes to making an outfit pop by accessorizing. For many years as I developed my own personal sense of style I watched women’s fashion from the sidelines, trying to get the same sort of impact in my own daily looks. After reading countless magazines, taking cues from other male fashion mavens, and racking my own brain, I can tell you that there is an answer my friends, and I’ve done the research so you don’t have to! So without further ado, I present the first of five ways to up the ante in your menswear looks.

1. Tie clips/bars: not just for making sure that tie doesn’t fly up into your face

Tie clips (or bars if you prefer) came to prominence in the 1920’s as a way to hold one’s tie in place due to silk becoming a more popular material for ties. Previously, ties were held in place by tie pins – a sort of tack you would push through your tie. This would totally ruin a silk tie, so the clasp-like style of tie clips were invented to address this new need.

Let me first say that tie bars are one of my favourite ways of accessorizing what could normally be a pretty straight forward look. My best kept secret for tie clips is The Tie Bar (dot com). They carry them in a variety of colours and styles. You can’t beat classic silver, but some of my favourites are the coloured ones. As you can see below, they’re a great way to give a little splash or accent of colour to the outfit.

A picture of a shirt and tie A picture of a shirt and tieA picture of a shirt and tie

The trick to keeping it modern is by going with a modern width. Try to avoid the full length ones that go all away across the tie – you’ll drum up bad flashbacks of an 80’s banker in most cases. If you’re wearing a modern width tie (usually 2 1/2” wide) stick with the 1” tie clips.

That’s it for our first installment; check back next week where I’ll be writing about what I think will be the next big thing in menswear accessories.

And if you’re interested in learning more about styling for men, look at our Fashion Styling Course. We have a unit in it devoted entirely to styling for men, so be sure to check it out!


March 25, 2014 12:48 pm

STYLE BYTES: Wearable Animal Print

This time last year we saw animal print everywhere. And we liked it, up to a point. It happened slowly at first, but eventually every Facebook photo we came across seemed overwhelmed by the bold print. It was time to take things down a notch. Fortunately, spring style seems to have gotten the memo.

Now, instead of wearing it to make one big bold statement, the focus is more on seamlessly integrating animal print into one’s everyday ensembles. Think whisper thin belts and understated earrings. By all means go bold, but keep it soft and wearable.

Let us show you how it’s done…

1. Add a classy pop of animal print to a monochromatic outfit.

animal print


2. Cinch in a colorful skirt at the waist with a thin animal print belt.

3. Keep it functional!


Check out this video from our style mentor Tylar for other tips on seamlessly incorporating animal print into your everyday style!

Curious to know more about Tylar and the QC Style Academy? Get a copy of our free brochure here.

Have some animal print styling tips of your own? Share them with us in the comments!


2014 spring style is going to FUN! Well, that is if you like florals, neon, metallics, pastels, geometric prints, mesh, full skirts, sweatshirts, white clothing, black clothing, clothing that is both black and white… the list really does go on and on.

With such a wide array of trends hitting the streets in the coming months you’re sure to find one or two that suit your tastes. But why not move a little out of your comfort zone and try some of the more daring trends?

Need some styling tips for the wackiest of the bunch? We’re on it.

1. Florals AND neon. Yeah, we went there.

2014 Spring Style Essentials

 get the look

2. A touch of mesh… because it’s only fair to give it a chance.

2014 Spring Style Essentials

 get the look

3. Full skirt + pastel. Your inner Disney princess has been waiting for this moment.

2014 Spring Style Essentials

get the look

Looking for more? Check out this video from our Style Mentor and YouTube Correspondent Tylar! She’s dishing on all her 2014 spring style essentials:

Do you have a flair for styling the latest trends? Check out QC STYLE ACADEMY to learn how you can put your flare for fashion to use!


Ladies and gents, it’s time to get metallic. Just, not too metallic. A small touch here and there will do, as the key is not to let it overwhelm your entire ensemble. This past week our Style Mentor and YouTube Correspondent Tylar gave us some of her helpful tips for wearing the metallic trend without going overboard. Check out her  video below.

Spring is the perfect time to try out new trends, so go ahead and slip a little something shiny into your next ensemble. The key, as Tylar explained in her video, is to pair metallic pieces with neutrals and basics, and to keep accessories to a minimum. Need some inspiration? Keep scrolling…

metallic trendSKIRT / TOP / FLATS / EARRINGS


metallic trend




February 27, 2014 12:00 am

Wear It with Style! The Pastel Trend

Have you heard the news? Pastels are back in style this season! When I made this announcement around the office, I heard a collective groan from all the ladies. Pastels are tricky. You run the risk of looking like a little girl or, even worse, a giant bubblegum!

But they’re also oh so pretty, and can be a lot edgier than you think. Here’s how to get it right.

1. Go for sophistication

As I mentioned above, pastels can make you look really young if you’re not careful. To avoid that, try to stick to more mature styles and clean lines to look sophisticated rather than too sweet. For example, a pale pink pencil skirt for the office would probably work better than a full, bell-shaped skirt.

Of course, there’s always an exception to the rule! You know your style best, and if you can rock a pale pink ballerina tulle dress, you go girl!

2. Add some edge

The perfect way to tame down the girliness of pastels is to pair them with harder, or more masculine pieces. Take a look at the outfit we put together below…

How to wear pastel this seasonShirt / Boots / Shorts / Sunglasses / Blazer / Necklace

Keep in mind that the trend works best when you just add a pop of pastel, instead of giving everyone a cavity just by looking at you! We went with classic, more androgynous pieces here like the chambray shirt and boyfriend-style blazer to tone down the pretty watercolor shorts (seriously, love the shorts!). The boots, glasses, and necklace add a bit of rock and roll to the look, and definitely take it into cool territory.

3. It’s all about the accessories

Another great way to rock the pastel trend is in your accessories. This is a great way to try out trends in general, as they’re not as expensive to buy as clothing, and you can incorporate them into your wardrobe for a lot longer. Pastel necklaces, bracelets, and even sunglasses add a nice touch. If you’re really bold, go for a pair of pale shoes, too!

4. Or, just watch this video!

Our very own Style Mentor Tylar put together this great video tutorial on how you can make the most of this trend. Take a look!


February 19, 2014 12:13 am

Task Management Tools for Small Businesses

task management tools

Here at QC we completely understand what it’s like to be busy. Really busy. All the time. On one hand this might mean that your business is thriving and everything’s going just great, but it can also mean that you’re not managing your time as effectively as you could be.

After developing 20+ courses and managing 6 different schools, we like to consider ourselves experts in task organization and time management. So gather around everyone, today we’re going to share some of our favorite tools of the trade.

Caution: this first one isn’t for the faint of heart. StayFocused is a Google Chrome extension that allows the user to set a maximum time limit for certain websites. Select a site, set the timer, and get to work! Once the timer runs out, you’ll lose access to the site for the rest of the day. We find this is especially great when working on sites like Pinterest and Facebook. It’s incredibly easy to get sidetracked on social sites, and before you realize it a 5 minute status update can turn into a two hour creeping session. Admit it, this has happened to you on multiple occasions.


If StayFocused seems a bit too extreme for your taste, you might like this next one. FocusBooster is pretty much the same, just slightly less extreme. Well, a lot less extreme actually. Once the timer is finished counting down you simply get a polite notification letting you know. This is a great option for all you self-disciplined folk out there.


Now, moving on to our all-time favorite tool – Trello. We like it, we love it, we just can’t get enough of it. This easy-to-use task manager is incredibly helpful when creating detailed to-do lists and getting your business organized. It’s as easy as jotting down your tasks on virtual cards and placing them into lists.  You can categorize your cards and add checklists, due dates, attachments, comments, emoticons and so much more. The cherry on top of this delectable ice cream Sunday is that one account can have multiple users. This means that all employees (even if it’s just you and one assistant starting out) will be able to view and interact with the same cards. It makes delegating and communicating a synch, and it’s way prettier than a spreadsheet. Oh, and it’s also incredibly easy to learn. Go team go!


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