How to survive the black friday sales

There’s no doubt that Black Friday is the day when you have to put on your savvy shopper hat and hunt for the best deals around the city. There is also no better time to treat yourself with those pair of designer boots or the sequin dress you just couldn’t splurge on before.

The annual sales event, which officially begins the Friday following the American Thanksgiving Day, is a phenomenal one. It used to be that Canadians had to have across the border sales envy, but, luckily, the unofficial sales date and its festivities have crossed the border and expanded to the Canadian market.

Whether you are after a new outfit for that Christmas party at the office or looking for last minute bargain holiday gifts, chances of getting a good deal are everywhere. To help you get through the chaos and take advantage of the great prices, we’ve prepared a few strategies here that will make your shopping more enjoyable and productive.

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Make a list

Get inspired by browsing online or brick and mortar stores and write down a list of possible gifts (including ones you want for yourself!). You can also make a list of the people you want to give gifts to along with their hobbies or interests. You can never go wrong with classic gift choices, which will probably be on sale, like candles, silk eye masks, coffee table ornaments, or boxes of chocolates.

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Set a budget

Set a realistic budget. With sales ads everywhere, it can be very easy to get carried away if you don’t set your limits. A strict plan will help you fight the urge to buy something just because it’s on sale. Be prepared. Think of it as a mission — no distractions!

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Rise Early

Keep in mind that this isn’t just a single day event. Many retail and online stores extend their sale dates. You can take a breather here and there, or you can start early and track or compare prices between stores. Amazon’s already started its Black Friday deals and Indigo’s announced their pre-Black Friday sales.

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Go Online

If you can’t take the day off on the illustrious Friday, don’t worry — retailers often offer the same discounts online. Shopping online would actually let you avoid the inevitable in-store shopping madness. Join the pre-6am traffic of online sales and shop when you want, where you want!

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Be social

Get social and share and read others’ tips on the best deals. People are surprisingly nice and share locations and how-tos for deals you’d otherwise miss out on. Also, check your gram, Facebook, and Twitter often for by-the-hour deals and special offers. Be kind and share the good info with your friend!

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Tried and tested- holiday party outfit (anything but a dress)

As we get closer to the holiday season, we find ourselves looking for the prefect glam outfit to go with the holiday spirit. Normally, we associate the festive season with the Little Black Dress and, sure, there is no doubt that the LBD will always be a safe choice. But what if we feel the urge to pull off something bold and experiment with colors and textures. I believe the LBD deserves a little break once in a while. So I decided to find creative ways of putting together an outfit with ensembles that feature anything but a dress. Whether it’s a fancy jumpsuit, a metallic pleated skirt, or a tuxedo-inspired look, the following 5 pieces will not only get you into the festive mood, but also let you shine at any holiday cocktail parties.

Glitz and glam

Shiny pieces and metallics define the holiday season. They can definitely function as the ultimate neutral at any holiday party. For a festive punch, I opted for a pair of bold pants with a luxurious damask jacquard prints, which evoke a sophisticated feel. I paired it with a silky blouse with a metallic sheen and ruffle details along the neck and sleeves. This statement piece adds a touch of glam and gives a feminine twist to the holiday dress code.

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The velvet suit

This menswear-inspired look offers and alternative way to mix things up. Simply trade in your classic tuxedo suit with a velvet one. I chose this set because the shimmering kimono-like jacket paired with matching pants keep everything sleek and sexy. Velvet is my favorite formal fabric during the holiday season because it provides a warm sense of luxury. For those that fear an all-velvet look, you can break things up with a silky top, a contrasting texture.

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The ultimate jumpsuit

I always feel drawn to jumpsuits for some reason. The overall is an unexpected option when you need to look instantly put-together on casual days. It’s not only an easy to wear piece, but also one appropriate for special events. Choose a tailored and formal-esque jumpsuit — look for a balanced fit and avoid silhouettes that are too baggy. I love the idea of a monochrome jumpsuit that can flatter any body type. So I chose this burgundy piece and paired it with a statement necklace and a tailored coat with subtly metallic details.

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Rise and shine

Metallic skirts can be the go-to perfect option once the holiday party season is in full swing. You can wear it during the day in the office and at a cocktail party after work. Simply by switching to stiletto and adding a furry or a snakeskin clutch, you can elevate the look. I love how the shine factor is mixed with other textures and unexpected combinations. A black top with little frills was the first thing popped into my head. It’s delicate and feminine. Plus, you can layer it with a cool leather jacket for an edgy twist.

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Fairy tale story

A maxi tulle skirt is a great substitute for a traditional dress. The luxurious fabric creates a fairy tale look and will help you stand out in a crowd. There are so many options when it comes to tulle. For a full glam effect, you can pair the voluminous skirt with an embellished or sequins top. For a classy look, pair it with a basic blouse an a statement accessory. I paired the tulle here with a silk fabric with dotted mesh and lace details, and finished the look with red pumps.

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Five Rules For Ageless Style

There’s not denying that getting older changes things, but these days the mature woman sure knows how to cherish her sense of style. Thanks to social media and influential icons beyond their 40s, the fashion industry is finally changing gears to speak to women of all ages. Since fashion is a form of art and creative self-expression, age shouldn’t dictate style. Though we still have a long way to go, the latest runways reflected this vision of beauty and style. For example, Simone Rocha showcased generations of beautiful women in her Fall/Winter 17/18 runway show. models in sixties to nineties marched on the catwalk to prove that her collection speaks for women in all age groups.

Versace’s runway show was a reflection of the real world shoppers. The director Piergiorgio Del moro decided to cast multiple generations of powerful and fashionable women like Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Claduia Schiffer, Carla Bruni, and Helena Christensen, who are in their 40s and 50s. They brought confidence and glamor to the stage.

This approach seeped into fast fashion retail stores like Zara, which decided to cast a more diverse group of women. The brand launched a new Timeless collection for FW18 with classic and modern wardrobe staples, featuring three industry veterans — Malgosia Bela, Yasmin Warsame, and Kristina de Coninck.

Jane Fonda is another example that age is just a number and that a sense of style is eternal. The 79-year-old actress walked on the red carpet and attended fashion events wearing the latest trends by appraised designers. Fonda defies the notion that good looks are exclusively for the younger generation.

Here are some tips to help you maintain your sense of style at any age:

Confidence

Timeless style comes from understanding who you are and standing behind your fashion choices. Once you feel comfortable in what you are wearing, no matter your age, it shows on the outside. Always remember that the outfit you pull off should make you feel beautiful.

Rules are meant to be broken 

When it comes to ‘dressing your age’, forget the rules. Nowadays, fashion is all about combining high and low fashion. An ‘anything goes’ attitude is the current trend. You can push the fashion world forward and break some rules from time to time. Simply look at Iris Apfel’s signature style, which includes rounded giant eyeglasses, outfits from different cultures mixed with haute couture pieces.

Back to the basics

There are a few timeless pieces that every woman should own in her closet. For example, a tuxedo jacket that can be worn from day to night, dressed up or down; a classy high-waisted trousers that flatters your body shape; a white button down shirt, which is one of those pieces that never go out of style. Once you find pieces that work for you and flatter your figure, stick to them.

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Less is more

The art of dressing becomes more refined with age. The older you get, the less shiny and glossy items you should have in your wardrobe. That doesn’t mean you can’t add drama to your outfit. Just keep in mind that elegance is key. Opt for classy shapes and structured pieces and add a pop of color or prints with an unexpected accessory. The simple and the quite can make a bigger impact than the loud.

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Fitted not frumpy

Don’t be afraid to reveal the parts of your body that show off your assets. You can still wear slim silhouettes and beautifully fitted dresses that show flesh. Wearing baggy and oversized pieces can achieve the opposite of the effect you’re looking for. For example, a pencil skirt can work to your advantage and increase confidence.

One Month, One Style: Statement Feathers

This season we found a new way to build up an outstanding look and to add flair to your wardrobe: feathers is our choice for October. From the fashionable cities like New York, London, Milan, and Paris to the catwalks, these fluffy 1920’s details have been seen everywhere and it’s crystal clear that this trend is making a major comeback. You can add some drama to your outfit by wrapping yourself in fluffy feathers, as seen in Balenciaga’s fall 2017 RTW, or treat your little plumes as fashion accessories with feather trims as seen in PradaAlexander McQueen, or J.W. Anderson, that added a glamorous laid-back vibe to the modern collection.

We are totally agree that wearing feathers can be tricky, the key is balancing it with more relaxed styles, so you can make a fashion statement without looking over the top. Below, five creative ways to add feathers in a fresh, new way to your fall wardrobe :

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Like a bird

If the idea of wearing feathers intimidates you, there is a subtlety option: Feather details that appear on the sleeves. It’s lighter than fur and adds a texture that can upgrade a simple top. A cotton shirt with a little plume is a classic take on the trend and also the easiest to wear. You can pair it with jeans for a casual day look or team it with a fancier skirt for a night out.

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Move it move it

Another way to take the classy piece to a whole new level is by adding feather to the bottons of your pants. The fluffy embellishment would totally evoke a uniqueness in a fresh way. It’s a new mix that brings some movement and playful elements to your outfit, but it’s also appropriate enough to function as a day wear, as long as the feathers are delicate and come in a solid colour.

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 Bohemian soul

If you still need some time to get used to this new feather trend, there are some subtle ways to welcome them into your wardrobe. Feather embellished jewelry in a variety of colours and lengths, as earrings or necklaces, will give a bohemian-cool vibe to the overall outfit. It is also a great way to refresh your daily office outfit.

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 Fluffy feet

Another big trend this season is feathered shoes. Fluff embellished stilettos were very popular on the fall/winter catwalks and among celebrities and fashionistas like Gigi Hadid, Rihanna, and Leandra Medine. The extraordinary details are fun alternatives to an evening wear and also unique enough to get noticed. You can balance it with a polished suit or pair it with a fluffy coat for a full impact.

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Showgirls  

Feather trimmings,  added to the hem of a skirt or all over the garment, are a bolder way to add a youthful charm to your appearance. The flirty skirt allows you to channel your inner fashionista and embrace the playfulness of loud textures. To maintain a sophisticated feminine look, stick to black, but keep in mind that vibrant colours like pink can be also a great choice, since they evoke glamour with a pinch of sex appeal, especially for a fashion-forward girl.

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One month, One Style: Statement Zippers

Whether you like it or not, summer is coming to an end. But if there is something that really makes me excited about fall is that the new season refreshes our wardrobes. Though, truth be told, the athleisure trend will continue to play a role in the industry this fall. To maintain practicality, which goes along with the sporty casual lifestyle denoted by athleisure, designers draw inspiration from little details related to the après-ski look. Zippers is one of them.

Zippers have been spotted everywhere from the runway to the streets, and, since in fashion every detail counts, it’s impossible to ignore the fact that circle zipper pulls found their way, slowly but surely, into the world of everyday fashion. Just a functional accessory? Not anymore. Below, five creative ways to let the versatile sporty style transfer from the treadmill to your daily life.

Zip-neck sweaters

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This fall, fashion is serving up a fresh way to pull off the sweater weather look. Zippers give a modern twist to the cozy sweater — it’s not only versatile but also gives your appearance a sense of effortless sophistication. You can tuck the sweater into the waist of a wide-leg trouser for a ’70s inspired look, or pair it with a long flowy skirt for a perfect balance between sporty and feminine. For an office look, pair it with a formal suit – the contrast between the casual zip neck sweater and the classy elegant suit blend together and complement each other.

Polo shirts 

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The exposed zipper can also appear on shirt fronts, usually with a circular pull. It’s not only a practical thing — it acts as an accessory and lifts your outfit, especially in cases where the puller is large enough to make a statement. A singular zipper has the power to upgrade a basic black polo, as it gives the shirt a retro feel. It can also function as a layering piece once the temperature starts to drop. For a fashion forward look, choose a neon color plastic zipper that gives the top a sporty feel with a modern vibe.

Ankle length boots

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As genuine a wardrobe staple, ankle boots are one of the most versatile item all year round, plus it’s never goes out of style.

As a genuine wardrobe staple, ankle boots are one of the most versatile items all year round. Plus, it’s never really out of style. This fall, they are getting a little update. The conspicuous zipper on the side brings modern edge even to the simplest classic booties. For the early days of autumn, simply pair these boots with a floaty sundress and a biker jacket, or style them with a pair of leggings and an oversized knit.

Dresses

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Visible zippers on a dress makes it edgy with a sexy twist. Whether it is a little black dress, full skirt bottom, or a gown, almost every style can look great with a zipper in the front or in the back. For a glam evening look, add a bit of drama by wearing a dress with an open zipper on the back as part of the design. you will turn heads with your every step.

Jeans and trousers 

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Designers are constantly looking for creative ways to spice up their collections. Vetements is definitely one of them. In their last collaboration with Levi’s, the brand designed front to back zipper jeans that also zips down in between the butt cheeks. We do not encourage you to take the zipper trend too far, but we do believe that adding an edgy twist to a standard pair of jeans never hurt anybody. Exposed zipper pullers work very well with A line silhouette trousers or high waisted skinny jeans. The outstanding zippers give a fashionable yet casual feel, while minimizing the need for additional accessories.

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