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Dress Codes Decoded: Office Holiday Party

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Oy! The questions that whirl around this question each year – and the gossip that happens afterward! For work parties, I follow two simple rules: Remember that the first word in ‘Work Party’ is work. Yep, this is a test of your ability to combine a fun, festive attitude with your professional reputation Simple and elegant […]

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Dress Codes Decoded: Business Casual (men)

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

The Business Casual dress code is the norm for super casual offices.  At this level, denim can be worn and even more colours and fabrics can be used compared to the Professional level of business attire.  This level of business attire is also known as “Casual Friday” for Corporate and Professional executives.  This look is […]

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Dress Codes Decoded: Business Casual (women)

Monday, December 12th, 2011

The Business Casual dress code is the norm for super casual offices.  At this level, denim can be worn and even more colours and fabrics can be used compared to the Professional level of business attire.  This level of business attire is also known as “Casual Friday” for Corporate and Professional executives.  This look is […]

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Dress Codes Decoded: Professional (men)

Monday, December 5th, 2011

The Professional Dress Code is the most commonly seen level of business attire.  At this level, suits are optional, the rules loosen a bit more, and it’s possible to inject more personality into your daily dress.  Overall, the look should give off a comfortable vibe but still remain professional and maintain a ‘down-to-busines’s attitude.  As […]

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Dress Codes Decoded: Professional (women)

Monday, November 21st, 2011

The Professional dress code is the most common dress code in business wear.  At this level, suits are optional and the rules are less strict.  Women can have more fun with different fabrics, textures, patterns, and tops.  This level of dress has a comfortable yet polished look,  and gives the impression of a down-to-business attitude.  […]

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Dress Codes Decoded: Formal Corporate/Corporate (men)

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Now that the Ladies are settled, it’s time for a bit of guidance for the Men. The Formal Corporate/Corporate dress codes are the most formal and conservative levels of business wear. As for women, suits are mandatory and should be kept cool and dark (black, grey, or navy) for Formal Corporate or warm and neutral […]

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Dress Codes Decoded: Formal Corporate/Corporate (women)

Friday, November 4th, 2011

We know it’s hard to decipher all the different dress codes out there, especially when new ones like ‘Shabby Chic Wedding’ and ‘Urban Business’ are being invented all the time. So, we’re starting a new series called “Dress Codes Decoded” to help you dress for every occasion.  We hope that this series will help you along […]

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Don’t Sweat It: You CAN Look Hot at the Gym!

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

So how is that resolution to get in shape coming along? I’ve noticed a distinct change in the traffic flow to my favourite gyms in the past couple of weeks as enthusiasm wanes and the ‘February blahs’ take hold. I think it’s just about time for new riff on that commitment to fitness. After all, […]

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Thanksgiving Dressing – for YOU! Not the Turkey (or tofurkey)

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

In the Fall I always look forward to that day, that one day, where the leaves turn from green to shades of gold, tan, burnt orange and deep crimson. This year, it seemed to happen overnight! And yet, despite the leaves falling, the temperatures are balmy for this time of year. So what to wear, […]

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Ask Tamara: What does ‘Summer Chic’ mean?

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

A few months ago I wrote an Ask Tamara segment called Cracking Wedding Dress Codes for Men and now that we’ve hit summer full force, more and more invitations with creative dress codes are coming our way! On a recent shopping trip with one of my client-couples, we tackled outfits for a ‘Summer Chic’ event. […]

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