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How to Wear a Jumpsuit at Work

Dressing for work in the summer can be difficult. It’s hot outside yet cold inside (why do offices insist on blasting A/C?) so finding the right outfit that will keep us cool yet professional can be a challenge.

Enter the jumpsuit.

jumpsuit

I’ve always been a fan but quite honestly, it never crossed my mind to wear it to wear until I found the right one. This one-piece wonder has changed the way I think about summer work attire (I typically stick to dresses) and has made getting dressed so much quicker. Anything that allows me to get even 5 extra minutes of sleep in the morning is a win in my books!

Here are 3 things to keep in mind when wearing a jumpsuit at work:

Find a professional fit

Jumpsuits come in all different shapes and styles. From cold shoulder to side-cutouts, the options are pretty much endless. Take the time to find one that has a sleek, professional look – one that isn’t shorter than just above your knee, fits well and isn’t revealing.

jumpsuit

Add the right layer

Still not sure about whether you can make the jumpsuit work for work? Add a layer. Whether it’s a cardigan or a blazer, you’ll find that this extra piece will instantly take your professionalism up a notch. Plus, it almost makes it look like you’re wearing two separate pieces!

Accessorize

Like any piece of clothing, there’s always an accessory that can add the perfect finishing touch. A great pair of earrings or a necklace can be exactly what you need to showcase more of your personality.

 

There’s something about a jumpsuit that instantly makes you look put together. Take your work style up a notch by incorporating a jumpsuit and you’ll find that you’ll transition from work to play with ease!

Jumpsuit: Ann Taylor

Heels: Call it Spring

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What to Wear to a Summer Networking Event

Oh, summer! I absolutely love this season as not only does it allow us to wear fun summer attire but as the temperature rises so does the amount of networking opportunities! I think it’s safe to say that no matter where you’re located, there’s an opportunity for you to get out and meet new people every single week. So if you’re eager to get out, take advantage of the warm weather and meet new people, there’s only question I have for you – what are you going to wear?

Related: Check out this post on How to Find Local Networking Opportunities

Dressing for summer networking events (and just dressing in the summer, in general) does pose a bit of challenge as since it’s so warm outside, many of us become tempted to dress super casually (I mean, flip flops and shorts type of casual) and show skin. Although summer events tend to be held in more casual settings such as a restaurant patio or rooftop, it’s still important to look professional as after all, first impressions are important no matter what season it is!

networking event outfit

When Nine West Canada provided me with the opportunity to select a pair of shoes from their summer collection, I knew immediately that I needed this red pair in my closet. They are a sleek and classic pair of wedges that you can easily transition for different dress codes.

I wore these shoes during the networking event I hosted in June and I was pleasantly surprised at how comfortable they wore! I was running up and down all afternoon and didn’t complain about my feet once. Finding a stylish yet comfortable pair of shoes can be tricky but it’s not a challenge you should back down from. I speak from experience when I say that if you wear uncomfortable shoes to a networking event, it will make you super miserable and you’ll end up leaving early. Do you want to potentially miss out on meeting someone important all because your shoes are uncomfortable?

Here are two different networking outfit options featuring the same pair of shoes:

The Fun, Patterned Dress

I love this outfit because it’s one that you can wear both to the office and an after-work networking event! In an effort to remain cool yet stylish, I recommend choosing a light dress that is flattering and exposes little to no skin. Try to find a dress that is hemmed just below your knee to achieve an elegant look. I also typically go for sleeveless dresses especially on super humid days to ensure that I avoid those embarrassing sweat pits.

networking event outfit

Summer is also the perfect season to wear some fun colours and patterns to your networking events. This dress is great because it’s super colourful but is still very clean and elegant. Of course, you should always wear a statement necklace when you can – not only is it the perfect icebreaker but it adds the perfect finishing touch.

I loved how the open-toe wedges really complimented my dress as they were a great match with the colours on my dress and they helped to give me an overall friendly and approachable look while still looking professional, as open-toe shoes typically do.

The Statement Jeans

I know this outfit might not work for many office settings but it’s a look that I love for super casual weekend events! In fact, this is the exact outfit I wore when I hosted my event last month. Embroidered jeans seem to be “on-trend” this summer and although you know I’m not a big fan of following fashion trends – I can appreciate embroidered jeans as they are a great way to make a statement! Pair them with a neutral top so that your jeans become the focal point – I’m sure you’ll even get a compliment or two on how great they look! To bring out some of the colour in the embroidery, the wedges were perfect and of course, super comfy!

 

So, there you have it – one pair of shoes styled for two different types of networking events! Any pair of shoes that I can wear from work to weekend is a winner in my books. Find yourself your own pair of comfortable networking shoes and you too will be ready to make a great first impression no matter where you go!

Outfit details

Wedges: Nine West Canada (they’re on sale!)

Dress: Zara

Statement Necklace: H&M

Earrings: Charming Charlie

Top: Zara

Embroidered Jeans: Zara

Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Disclosure: My shoes were sponsored by Nine West Canada but all words and opinions are my own.

 

How to Feel Confident and Comfortable in a Suit

How do you feel when you wear a suit?

For many people, suits are considered very “corporate”, boring and simply non-stylish. It’s something they just put on for an interview and then take off as soon as possible afterwards.

suit

If this is you, don’t worry – I won’t judge but unfortunately I can’t relate. As soon as I put on a suit, I feel happy, comfortable and super confident. But you may be thinking – why does it really matter whether or not I feel comfortable in a suit? 

Well, have you ever noticed how some people look so effortlessly cool in their suits (or just business attire in general) while others look like they’re a fish out of water? In other words, they can’t wait to get back in their jeans and sweatpants.

Here are 3 things to consider so you can get that confident and comfortable look?

1 – Find the right fit

It’s important that your suit isn’t too tight or too baggy or else your overall appearance will suffer. If your suit isn’t the right fit when you buy it, take it to a tailor. For my fellow petite ladies, I highly recommend checking the petite section if possible as it will instantly give you a more neat and tailored fit.

2 – Pick a colour

When you think of suits, I bet the first thing that comes to mind are simple black and grey suits, right? Depending on your office dress code, you may not be able to get away with a pink suit but try to find something with a little bit of style! This could be a subtle pattern or a light colour shade that’s still professional for the environment you’re in. Suits don’t always equal boring and there are tons of options out there.

3 – Be yourself

I know this may sound super corny but if you try to act like someone you’re not, it will be completely obvious. Don’t overthink your outfit or what others will think. I actually wore this suit earlier in the year to a presentation and although I knew I’d be “overdressed”, it was more important for me that I wear an outfit I feel most confident and comfortable in.

As soon as you put on the suit, look in the mirror, admire how amazing you look and then go out and conquer your day.

Feeling and looking comfortable in a suit will not only allow you to build your confidence but you’ll demand attention and respect wherever you go.

Photography by Gooseberry Studios

Why You Should Dress Up For A Phone Interview

When contacted by a company for a job opportunity, it’s likely that before you are invited for an in-person interview, you need to complete a phone interview.

Now this may seem pretty easy – you get to sit at home and simply talk on the phone without having to deal with the added stress surrounding an in-person meeting. You know what I mean – it seems much easier since you don’t have to worry about your body language and attire.

The thing is though – what you choose to wear can influence your performance during a phone interview.

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How to Make a Style Statement even with a Corporate Dress Code

I think I have a love/hate relationship with dress codes.

I mean, yes, I completely understand that they are put in place to ensure that our clothing meets a particular standard but a corporate dress code for example (otherwise known as business formal) typically leads to thoughts of neutral colours, plain black suits and simply lack of style.

I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve heard, “I wish I could wear that to work but my office is so corporate”. So, you know what happens? They end up wearing boring outfits because they feel as though that’s their only option.

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How to Dress for Work in the Summer

Well, it’s (almost) officially summer! If you’re anything like me, you’ve been embracing the heat by wearing shorts, dresses and skirts any chance you get. However, when it comes to dressing for work (especially in a corporate setting), we can’t just throw on any dress or skirt with reckless abandon. It may be warm outside but when we’re inside the office, it’s imperative that we still maintain a professional image. So, how do we embrace the heat in a work-appropriate way?

My office dress code states that if you would wear it to the beach, don’t wear it to work. I couldn’t have said it better myself. I mean, really…does it make sense to be wearing something to the office that you would lounge around on the beach in? Save the flip flops, shorts and any other beachwear for weekends and vacations.

Here are 3 dresses that I picked up from H&M recently that I’ve found to be absolutely perfect for work. They are all made out of a great lightweight material, sleeveless and the hem reaches right below my knees:

dress for work in the summer

I call these “easy-breezy” dresses because they are literally so easy to throw on and the lightweight material allows you to keep cool throughout the day. If you’re looking for a summer go-to outfit, I highly recommend picking up some of these dresses. I like to pair mine with a cardigan or blazer and of course, a statement necklace.

dress for work in the summer

dress for work in the summer

Another key piece of advice? As the temperature rises, don’t let the professionalism of your outfit drop. Why? I mean, not only will you look unprofessional (and that’s bad enough) but opportunity rarely comes with any notice. I’ll share a story with you – one summer I was searching for a job as my contract job at the time was unfortunately coming to an end. Like all desperate job seekers, I was sending out my resume left, right and centre to any job that caught my interest. One day, I received a call back and this is how the conversation went:

Company: Hi Chanele, we’ve just reviewed your resume and we’d love to have you in for an interview.

 

Me: Thank you very much for the opportunity. I’m definitely able to come in this week – please just let me know what day is best and I’ll accommodate to your schedule (or I said something along those lines…)

 

Company: Well, we were hoping you could come in right now.

 

Me: *looks at the phone like this person is crazy* Um, you mean, today? Wow, um, I don’t know what to say – I don’t have my portfolio on me and to be completely honest, I’m not exactly dressed for an interview.

 

Company: Don’t even worry about it. We like spontaneity! Just come as you are and let’s chat! See you in an hour.

 

Me: Okay, great, I’ll see you then!

There’s two things you should know: 1) This company could only suggest the idea of an interview on the same day because my current office was literally across the street from it and I could interview on my lunch break and 2) I really wasn’t badly dressed but definitely less casual than I would have liked. I was wearing a dress, sandals and a jeans jacket.

So did I actually go the interview? You bet I did. I wish I was wearing a more “formal” dress and heels, but hey? As I said, opportunity rarely comes with any notice! With this in mind, you always need to be dressed for opportunity because a job offer or a meeting could pop up out of nowhere and you need to be ready and look ready. I mean, thank goodness, my outfit was still acceptable to be interviewed in but can you just imagine how embarrassing it would be if I got called for a same-day interview and I was wearing…flip flops? I actually just cringed as I wrote that out.

Of course, everyone has different dress codes but remember, even if your workplace allows you to wear flip flops…that doesn’t mean you have to! There’s so many fun options to explore when it comes to summer dressing. From stripes to bold colours to floral print, you can use prints and colours to express your personality and embrace the essence of summer without compromising your professionalism.

The Wrap Dress

wrap dress

Today’s post is going to be quite short. Why?

A dress this easy and beautiful speaks for itself.

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Spring/Summer Wardrobe Essential: Pleated Skirt

pleated skirt

I don’t know what it is but every spring, I like to experiment with my wardrobe. I don’t know, maybe blame it on the weather changing but something about the transition into a new season makes me want to also transition my look. Each year, I like to find a new style that I haven’t tried yet and figure out how to incorporate it into a look that fits my personality.

The winner of my new spring/summer look? A pleated skirt.

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Why Every Professional Woman Needs a Go-To Outfit

go-to outfit

 

Do you have a go-to outfit?

You know, that outfit that you turn to on your busiest days when you don’t have a lot of time to pick out an outfit.

That outfit that you can always count on to make you look and feel good.

That outfit that gives you an instant confidence boost as soon as you put it on.

Yes, that’s what I mean when I talk about a go-to outfit.

So, do you have one?

As a busy, professional woman on-the-go, I know that you may not always get to spend as much time on your outfit as you’d like to. With late nights and early mornings as the norm, you’re lucky if you’re able to grab a quick breakfast as you head out the door. The thing is, taking the time to create a go-to outfit can help you to simplify your busy mornings by giving you one less decision to make.

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