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As any good stylist will tell you that there are certain wardrobe essentials that you should spend a little more money on, and others that you really shouldn’t. Tee shirts are a dime a dozen (and really shouldn’t cost you much more than that), but a good blazer can last a lifetime.
In this series, we’re talking investment pieces – you know, the ones that you can (and should!) spend the extra money on. The blazer is one of the most hard-working items in your closet. Whether you dress it up or dress it down, you’ll look polished, put-together, and oh-so stylish. Instant fashion! Invest in a good blazer, and spend the extra money to get it tailored to fit properly. Believe me, it’ll be worth it.
Not sure what to wear with your fabulous blazer? We styled the same blazer 3 different ways, for 3 very different looks. Take a look at our inspiration boards below!
Look 1 – Blazer + Maxi dress
This look is perfect for a cool summer night. I love the highs and lows of the outfit – the super tailored blazer paired with the flowy, boho maxi dress. Top it off with a dramatic red lip for evening, and you’ll be ready for wherever the evening takes you.
Look 2 – Going out in style
Funky and fun, this look really plays off your personal style with the use of interesting accessories. It’s the perfect combination of both dressy and fun, meaning it could take you practically anywhere. This outfit is built off simple pieces that you probably already have in your closet – a standard blouse, cigarette pants, and black pumps.
Look 3 – Sunday afternoon
This look is the definition of Sunday brunch cool. What was once a slouchy tee shirt and boyfriend jeans, with the addition of a smart blazer, is a polished outfit that you can wear with confidence. As always, add your own accessories to personalize the look.
Make sure to check out some more of our stylish creations over on our Polyvore page!
Every girl needs at least one LBD – it’s such a versatile piece! Pair it with standout statement jewelry, a laid back scarf, or a funky fedora. In this video, Tylar of Ty Style Me shows us how easy it is to style a LBD and make it your own!
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When it comes to menswear, there’s a lot to be excited about in the SS14 collections this year if the catwalks are anything to go by. High street fashion always takes its cue from what goes on in the big design houses, so early indications suggest that it’s going to be a very cool summer indeed.
Take a look at some of our major predictions for the high street in the coming months.
Pale shades of pink have been popular for ages, especially light summer shirts and neck ties. Pale pink is the perfect foil for light blue and grey – colors that are versatile enough in the world of tailoring to fit occasion wear and business wear.
However, what we’re expecting for SS14 is that all shades of pink will be in fashion. The catwalks have come to life with everything from pastel pink blazers to hot pink summer shorts. The high street is likely to follow suit, even if it does tone things down a little.
Light, grey summer suits
Lightweight, comfortable, slim-fitting grey suits have been fashionable in the summer for some time, but we expect that even lighter shades of grey will become the norm in very sartorially savvy offices this year.
Resisting dullness seems to be on all the designers’ agendas for 2014 and the lighter the tailoring the better. In order to keep things bright and breezy, these suits are best matched with even lighter shirts – light pinks, light blues and whites are probably the most complementary.
Long summer coats
Depending where you live, coats can be an important part of the summer forecast. Even when the weather is great, temperatures can drop at night and the coats and jackets come out.
The trend in summer is usually to go for a short jacket, but designers are looking to mix things up a little in SS14. Instead of short jackets, expect to see long summer coats made from very lightweight material. They retain the positive aspects of winter style but they are practical for warm weather. This is great news for those men who look forward to winter purely because coat options make it easier to dress well.
Every season, one or two themes seem to capture the imagination of fashion houses. It appears as though designers have lately been inspired by the Beat Generation and there’s a 40s and 50s American feel about some of their spring and summer collections.
So what does Beat style really entail? Well, you’re likely to see quite loose cut trousers sitting high on the waist and chalk stripes will be in evidence. Peak lapel shirts might make a comeback and white shirts are almost certain to be on the agenda no matter what other patterns and colors designers choose to roll out.
Although keeping things simple is one of the key themes for business wear, it looks as though floral prints will be in throughout SS14 for casual settings. It’s all about cutting loose on nights out and in downtime and that means giving your wardrobe a colorful boost.
Floral prints are not limited to shirts. Expect to see plenty of vibrant floral prints adorning summer shorts, especially if we have a heat wave like last year’s.
Blocks of color have been in and out of fashion in recent times, with designers unsure of how to use them to full effect. SS14 sees a new experiment – not an entirely original one but one that seems to have a fair amount of mileage on the high street.
Horizontal block stripes allow designers to play around with subtle chromatics or make bold statements according to their whims and fancies. So far, we’ve enjoyed the different styles we’ve seen on the catwalk on this is definitely one of those trends that can be replicated in casual wardrobes.
Decked out in white
We’ve already discussed light grey summer suits, but the designers aren’t stopping there. There’s been an awful lot of pure white on the catwalks of late and it’s becoming very clear that head-to-toe white ensembles will be in this summer.
This isn’t something that everyone can pull off – white can make your skin appear a little washed out but if it doesn’t then you’re onto a real winner. Of course, white suits mean you carry a lot of responsibility on your shoulders – no spaghetti and meatballs on your Tuscan retreat this year.
Those worried about whether white will work for them can always backtrack and stick with the light greys that will be just as stylish come summer.
Simon Peters is the founder and CEO of Simon + Simon. He’s spent over 20 years within the fashion industry, most well-known as the brains behind the Henleys brand. Now he’s redefining men’s essentials.
Meet Lindsay Rosso!
Location: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada
My name is Lindsay Rosso. I am a small town girl with big dreams (cliché, I know). I’m 20 years old from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada and I know what I want – To be a stylist in the fashion industry. Fashion has been a part of me for as long as I can remember. As a little girl, I would draw books and books of clothing designs. When choosing a career path, it was an easy decision for me. I knew my future was in the fashion industry. Fashion is something that always keeps my interest and ambition high. That is exactly what I need to pursue a successful career and more than that be happy to walk into my workplace everyday.
After high school I moved to London, Ontario to begin my fashion education at Fanshawe College where I studied Fashion Merchandising for 2 years. This program exposed me to every aspect of fashion. My time spent at Fanshawe inspired me to continue my education in fashion and learn more from the professionals in the industry. At this point in my career I’ve been exposed to several different ranges of retail, from high end menswear at Art Gabriel’s, to prom at Elizabeth Noel, to the Gap! Today I am an assistant manager at a local boutique called “Pink Chandelier” back home in Sault Ste. Marie. I have been fortunate enough to score a job I love right out of graduation. This year I also decided to work towards my certificate in styling through QC Style Academy and am loving it. I hope to continue my fashion education and keep working hard toward my goal of being a successful businesswoman and stylist.
Did you always see yourself becoming a stylist?
No. Going into college my aspirations were set out to be a buyer. By the time I graduated I got a better feel for what different kinds of jobs are out there in the fashion industry. I realized quickly that my strength is my creative side. I particularly loved my photo styling class and did exceptionally well too. My ideal job would to be an editorial stylist. If I was flipping through Vogue and saw an advertisement I styled myself, I think I’d pass out.
What are you enjoying most about your Fashion Styling course with QC?
I love my course with QC! It’s really nice to be able to continue my fashion education while working full time. This way I’m expanding both my work experience and education this year. I find QC to be very organized. The readings and assignments are very easy to follow, informative and fun! I’ve already filled the notebook that you sent with my course full of notes and I plan to use them as reference in the future.
We can’t stop looking at your Instagram photos! Did you have a strategy for growing your following when you first started out, or did it happen organically?
I have to be honest there is no strategy behind my Instagram photos. I got the app a couple years ago now and I absolutely love it. I definitely post a lot of fashion related photos, and never thought there would be an outcome of it but just because that is my everyday life! I love fashion and I love to be noticed for it. On a professional note I believe it’s important for a prospective client to be able to see my work and personality through social media. What better way to do that than through photos? I want my future clients to be able to see how I can put together a look, what inspires me. I want to demonstrate the passion I have for this business. Instagram can be an excellent creative outlet and also a great way to keep in touch with your family and friends!
We’re also loving your logo! Can you talk a bit about the process of building your personal brand, and how you ended up at that design?
My logo was designed for my portfolio in one of my brand development classes while studying Fashion Merchandising at Fanshawe College. I drew the logo myself in Adobe Illustrator. The girl is a cartoon influenced by my features and Marilyn Monroe’s. This way the viewer can identify Marilyn, who is a huge fashion icon, and relate that to my name and career. I’ve also used red, black and white continuously throughout my portfolio and social media because my last name “Rosso” is the color red in Italian.
Can you tell us about some highlights of your styling career so far? (What are some of your favorite aspects and what are some things you find tedious or trying?)
Currently I am enjoying where I am in my career. I can take my knowledge and skills of styling and apply them to my current role as an assistant manager at Pink Chandelier. I love to help customers feel and look good. Assisting a customer in finding what they are looking for is always a successful day in my eyes. My job is far from dull or boring at all thanks to my boss and co-workers. We have a blast working together and make the retail environment fun for any customer walking in. I strongly believe I have a natural ability for styling. I can easily identify what a customer is looking for, what will look best on their body type and target what their personal style is. Upon finishing my course with QC Style Academy I intend to open my styling services to the public. That being said, my biggest challenge will be finding clients while residing in Sault Ste. Marie. I will most likely have very few or no clients before moving to a larger city.
Favorite item of clothing in your closet right now?
My favorite item of clothing I have in my closet right now is a dress I bought on my high school Europe trip in Rome back in 2010. It is a deep purple, in a light chiffon fabric, has a high neckline with light purple sleeve and gathers at the bottom with hints of turquoise. It’s been my favourite dress for years (and that means a lot coming from someone who searches through hundreds of dresses everyday). It is very unique and feminine and still to this day I have seen nothing like it. I bought it at a shop called “Fornarina”. It was definitely a splurge but I love it and only wear it for special occasions.
What would you like to see trending in 2014?
In 2014 I’d love to see more high-waisted denim and color moving into spring and summer. I got a pair of high-waist Mavi jeans a few weeks back and I am in love. The high waist look is so flattering and is making a huge comeback in fashion. We carry Mavi denim at Pink Chandelier (which is by far my biggest obsession this year), and have ordered in the high waist jeans to carry in store.
Another trend I’d like to see is more color moving into spring/summer 14. One of the biggest trends for 2013 was black and white, which is particularly unusual for summer. I missed the pastels in the spring and the vibrant colors in the summer. For me, that’s what makes spring and summer my favorite seasons is the vibrant and fun fashion pieces.
Tell us! What does the future hold for Lindsay Rosso?
I have a few options for the near future. I have been looking into school in Europe for over a year now. I’d love to study in France because I fell in love with Paris the first time I visited and could benefit greatly from an experience like that. However, I’ve recently made an amazing contact in the fashion industry who has encouraged me to pursue an internship in New York, which again would be a great experience for me. Currently I’m focusing on getting my applications sent in with the right documents, a killer portfolio, and hoping that everything falls into place! Farther down the road I’d love to pursue editorial styling but something else I’ve always thought of pursuing is being a creative director for a luxury brand. Wish me good luck!
A look at Lindsay’s work to date…
“Under the Sea” Fashion Show – Recycled garment designed and sewn by Lindsay Rosso, Francesca Scandale and Megan Welsh.
“Rossolette Grand Opening” Campaign Poster – completed in Adobe Photoshop by Lindsay Rosso
Photo styling “Estee Lauder Pure Color Lipstick” Advertisement – Photograph, styling and editing by Lindsay Rosso
Photo styling “Nasty Gal Spring 2013 Collection” Advertisement – Photograph, styling and editing by Lindsay Rosso
“Fashion Rocks Hair of the Dog” show – Merchandising Comittee Co-coordinator (Fundraiser for Paws United). Photo credit: Christian Varsava
“CONNECT 2013” Fashion Merchandising students set up booths to demonstrate portfolios. Lindsay gave out customized mugs with her logo and business info along with mug cakes.
Interested in pursuing your fashion styling dream? Check out QC Style Academy’s website to see all that we have to offer!
It was so much fun putting together the following looks, I think it’s time to go shopping! From accessories to outerwear and everything in between, graphic and prints are going to be big this year. Not sure how to get it right? Keep reading for graphic inspiration!
This season, we’ll be seeing more and more midi skirts (also known as tea length) both on and off the red carpet. The retro vibe of this hemline is a great match for a modern graphic print in bold colors. It keeps everything fresh and updated. It’s a common myth that a bold print can only be worn by certain body types. We say, in 2014, wear what makes you feel fabulous!
Because the length of this skirt is a bit on the conservative side, I decided to pair it with a crop top (which will be sticking around for at least another year) and pumps, to give it a sexier side.
This outfit would be great for a versatile day to night weekend look in the warmer months.
The ultimate way to wear graphics is the graphic tee. Yes, it’s finally cool to wear your favorite animal on your shirt again, just like you did when you were six. I chose a neon tee, because I’m not quite ready to say goodbye to the neon trend just yet.
To balance out the baggier tee, skinny jeans (or jeggings) are a must. This look is a little rock and roll, so I paired it with a biker jacket and boots. But I went with more muted jewelry to keep things feminine.
This outfit would be great for a relaxed night out with friends, or a concert.
I couldn’t help myself. These leopard pants are amazing, and are a great way to go graphic this year. The best part is that they’re pretty much stylish sweatpants. That means you can dance the night away in comfort and style.
I’ve paired them with some bold accessories, because why not? That colorful clutch is amazing, and those T-strap sandals will help elongate the leg, and eliminate bulk in the hips.
Looking good is a priority for many men and women, but with so much conflicting advice out there, it can sometimes be difficult to get it right. Here, we take a look at some of the most common fashion mistakes that you should try and avoid.
Choosing quantity over quality
The perfect wardrobe is one that includes just a few high quality pieces that can be mixed and matched for the ultimate in looking fabulous. Instead of rushing out each season and buying whole new outfits, invest in just a couple of well made pieces from fashion houses known for their attention to detail. In the longer term, you’ll save money and reduce the clutter in your home.
Putting trends ahead of style
Trends change all the time, but true style never goes out of fashion. Rather than following what’s on the catwalks, focus on cultivating your very own signature look. When you become known for always being true to your personal style, you’ll turn heads for all the right reasons. Whether it’s understated, gothic, or sporty, work out what’s best for you.
Failing to consider accessories
Clothes are important, but it’s often accessories that really complete an outfit. Choose pieces that can be matched with several outfits for different occasions, and invest in a good watch. Timepieces from the likes of Michel Herbelin are classic items that will put you ahead in the style stakes, and will remain a treasured part of your look for many years to come.
Fashion is a very individual matter, and what works for someone else might not necessarily work for you. If you steer clear of these common mistakes though, you’re in a great position for getting noticed as a fabulous and stylish fashionista.
Sarah is a digital marketer who has an interest in fashion and currently works closely with many brands including Michel Herbelin.
Static cling is my hair’s number one enemy. Every year around this time the heaters turn on full-blast and snuggly sweaters and blankets take over my life. Unfortunately it’s not as dreamy as it sounds. Because this chilly winter air has positively charged my finicky tresses, they spend most of their time in “flyaway mode.” And nothing ruins a great outfit day like hair that stands straight up in the air and clings to absolutely everything.
If static cling has ruined more than a few of your good hair days as well, then try a few of the tricks below to banish it for good.
- Grab yourself a dryer sheet! It’s been said many times that quickly running a fresh dryer sheet through your locks can reduce the static buildup. You most likely have a few (or a lot) of these lying around, so throw a couple in your purse for static emergencies.
- Use a heavy hair serum or oil. Simply warming up a dime size amount of hair oil in your palms and running it through the ends of your hair can do wonders for keeping your ‘do in check. Just be sure to do this after you’ve dried and styled your hair, or it won’t have the same effect. Body lotion will work as well if you’re in a pinch.
- Stop washing your hair. Well, not exactly. Just try waiting a day or two between washes, as this gives your natural oils a chance to tackle the static buildup on their own.
- Brush it out. I know it seems like taking a brush to your strands is the exact opposite of what you should be doing, but just give it a chance. Instead of your regular old brush, try running a natural boar bristle brush through your hair from root to tip. The boar bristles are great for picking up the natural oils from your scalp and distributing them throughout the lengths of your hair.
- Turn on the humidifier. Adding moisture back into the air in your home will greatly diminish the static buildup on and around you. Turn it on at night while you sleep, and you should see an immediate improvement.
Have you tried any of the above methods for removing static cling? Let us know if you have any other tips to share by leaving us a comment below!
It’s officially the Christmas season. I barely have time to shop for all the people on my Christmas list, let alone myself! And even though I’m tired, stressed, and (a little) broke, I’ve somehow got to look good for the dinners and parties that are coming my way like a snowstorm at the North Pole.
So…I set aside my gift wrapping to put together 3 easy holiday outfits to help get you through the most common Christmas parties. Save your money for Boxing Day sales…you’ve probably got most of this stuff in your closet already!
Ugly Christmas Sweater Party:
I have a confession to make: I don’t like wearing ugly sweaters! That’s why I’m pairing this fabulously ugly sweater with some trendy (and a little quirky) accessories. My absolute favorite pieces here are the chunky faux-croc ankle boots.
Cheap tip: Hit up your favorite thrift store to find a suitably ugly sweater, or DIY one yourself! (and then enter it in QC Style Academy’s Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest!) Dig out your childhood jewelry box. You’re sure to find Christmassy jewelry that will break the ice.
Office Christmas Party
The office Christmas party can be the hardest to dress for. It’s a fine line between party-girl and work-appropriate. That’s why I chose this high-necked, sleeveless party dress. You’re not showing much skin, but you’ll still look great! A deep shade of green or burgundy makes it festive.
If you live in a climate as snowy as I do, booties are a must. They keep the outfit sleek and streamlined while still keeping your toes warm and dry.
Christmas with the Family
For most people, your family doesn’t get to see you very often, so you want to put in some effort for the big holiday feast. But, you also want to eat the following: turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, carrots, stuffing, buns, soup, shortbread cookies, oranges, chocolates, and pecan pie. And you might go back for seconds. That’s why you need a stretchy skirt and flowy blouse to keep you comfortable throughout the night. I’ve paired it with some gold accents for an extra bit of sparkle.
Cheap tip: Every time I’m home, I dig through my mom’s 80s jewelry. You wouldn’t believe the treasures you’ll find in there!
In one of our recent Style Bytes with Ty from Ty Style Me, we received some great tips for wearing the monochrome trend without looking costume-y. We love the look because it’s so easy to dress up and down, and can work for so many body types and with so many different styles. Take a look!
Aside from the two looks shown in the video above there are other ways to use the monochrome trend to your advantage…
If you’re petite – when you dress in a few similar shades of the same color you present a more unified and vertical appearance. That’s just a fact. So if you’re on the petite side always try and keep the various pieces of your outfit within the same color family. Dark skinny jeans paired with a stark white blouse will visually cut your body in half, making your already short silhouette appear even shorter – not what you want at all. Instead, try pairing dark bottoms with dark tops (we love this ensemble), and vice versa.
If you are smaller and you want to try a more dramatic look like the ones showcased in Tylar’s video, opt for vertical stripes on either the top or bottom half of your body (like this). It will help add some length to your torso. This would not be a look for you! Bold, graphic patterns will overwhelm your figure, so keep it simple!
If you’re curvy – you can dress in monochrome to either emphasize or minimize your curves. To emphasize, go with horizontal stripes in any monochromatic color scheme. But as with petite figures, I’d stick to only wearing stripes or a pattern on one half of your body – if your shape gets lost you risk looking frumpy. To minimize your curves, go the opposite and keep your colors simple and in the same family. This is a great example.
Some people worry that monochromatic dressing will look a bit dull. While that can sometimes be the case, it can easily be avoided by purchasing pieces in interesting cuts and fabrics, and getting creative with accessories. Don’t be afraid to experiment and have fun it!
Have you been wearing the monochrome trend this fall? Share your thoughts, or even links to your favorite monochrome outfits, in the comments below! And don’t forget to check out Tylar’s other Style Bytes on our YouTube channel.
Fashion is an extremely versatile career path – the possibilities are endless! With your interest, work experience, and career training, there can be so many work opportunities available to you. Take a look at the following video, where our resident fashion expert Tylar Schweickert (of Ty Style Me) explains the job opportunities for fashion stylists. Keep reading the post! After the video, we break down exactly what you can expect in each of these career paths.
1. Personal stylist
As a personal stylist, you’ll coach your clients about the fashion and accessory choices that best work for them. This position can also be called a wardrobe consultant or a personal shopper.
Duties include: Finding new clients; client consultations; creating a wardrobe plan; and making fashion recommendations. You might also purchase items in the new wardrobe and get rid of any items from the existing wardrobe that aren’t working well. You’ll also educate your client on how to maintain this new image in the future.
Job opportunities: Retailers; production studios (in television or movies); self-employment.
2. Fashion blogger
As a fashion blogger, you’ll produce regular online content and deliver it in a unique and personal tone.
Duties include: Developing and planning your internet presence; create unique content, including text, images, and possibly video; respond to blog comments and emails; research, write, and edit blog posts; promote blog posts using social media.
Job opportunities: Many blogs start out as a hobby, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have professional benefits. As a successful blogger, you could be contacted from major companies to write sponsored posts. As well, the online presence you create on your blog can help you break further into the fashion industry.
3. Fashion merchandiser
As a fashion merchandiser, you’ll work in the retail industry to create the store’s ambience and ensure all products embody the store’s brand. You’ll work closely with buyers, and in some cases may be in charge of buying.
Duties include: Communicating with the sales team; planning the upcoming season; purchase merchandise that fits the brand; creating visual designs.
Job opportunities: Mainly large retail department stores and independent boutiques, although a fashion merchandiser could also find opportunities in the growing online retail market.
4. Retail sales associate
As a sales associate, you’ll work closely with customers to select outfits that suit their needs.
Duties include: Creating solid customer relationships; assisting customers with choices; providing product knowledge; operating cash register; manage inventory; stock shelves; maintain visual appearance of the store
Job opportunities: If you’re interested in moving up in the fashion world, starting as a sales associate is a great place to learn about the industry. Opportunities are available in any major department store and smaller independent boutique.
Why not get started now?
QC Style Academy offers at-home training in fashion styling – a great first step to your exciting career in fashion. To learn more, visit www.qcstyleacademy.com today!