Monday confession: I can’t write

writing for the fashion business, london internship

I can’t write. I really can’t. Okay, you got me there. I just wrote 68 characters with spaces, so I guess I actually can. But is it good enough? I mean, some people like my writing… But I don’t get why? Is it fun to read? Is it even well written? I’m not on a hunt for compliments over here, but this post is called a monday confession. And since we are like… monday, I thought I’d just confess: I can’t write…

I bought the book Writing for the fashion business and well, knowing the lazy ass but always working Afrodite – a.k.a me :)I haven’t read the whole thing. . . yet! I just can’t seem to manage this crazy hectic twentysomething life (overreacting is my middle name)! But where’s this all coming from? Well, if you speak dutch and have read my tweets the last hours, you might have noticed the lack of confidence whilst writing my motivation/application letter for a London internship. Firstly, I don’t have a clue what to write. Secondly, will it be good enough? This London dream is playing in my mind 24/7 and while it is, I can’t seem to concentrate on actually getting there. I’m planning on finishing the book before I finish this semester and I’ll continue reading and writing in English… Let’s hope I make this dream happen!

In the pictures:

Writing for the fashion business by Swanson & Everett – Two articles I loved reading: #Brandbip by Rosamund Urwin in Company magazine & The man behind the shades: Karl Lagerfeld by Rebecca Lowthorpe in ELLE UK

Fashion at work & a giveaway

Before I start giving some more information on every look, I’m going to introduce this post to you. This is a collaboration between The Fashion Folio and Monster Belgium, the number one recruiting network out there. I was asked to gather a few pieces and make a few outfits that could be worn to go on an interview or to go to work. Some of these outfits can be worn for both but I’ll explain that later!

Monster.be and I are also giving away one €60 Zara voucher to one of you guys! Find out more at the end of the post ^-^

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This outfit was intentially made to go on an interview because it’s very good girl but not too simple. But since collars are so trendy at the moment, why not wear it to work as well? I’ve already worn this outfit for school, minus the shoes and the bag! You can also choose a different kind of dress, in one color for example. Just make sure the neck space isn’t too wide to prevent people from seeing the ends of the mock shirt. You can also pair the mock shirt with a pastel colored blouse and a high waist short, if you’re not so comfortable in a dress! Play around with your closet and you’ll find some great outfits ;-)

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This is one of my favorites! The burgundy velveteen boyfriend pants are high waisted which makes this look feminine and classy but you also feel very comfortable. Rolling them up will make your ankles visible which adds that little extra to the bottom part of the outfit. I wouldn’t wear chunky heels but rather small, thin ones. As for the sheer blouse, let’s stay on board of the collar train! The simplicity of both the shirt and the top combined with the eyecatching pants makes this outfit so 2012! Add some pastel painted nails with few accessories et voilà, you’re so ready for that interview or the event you have to cover for work!

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This is an example of work wear only. I think it’s a bit too colorful for an interview, but it’s really fun to wear for a desk job or in my – dreams – case: to run around the editorial office. And what do  we have there, in between the simple but fun dress and the nude colored accessories: oh yes, a collar necklace! Being both colorful on the outside and the inside makes you a warm and welcoming person. Colleagues will love you for your style and you might be some kind of inspiration. Belgians wear too much black, so it’s your duty to add some change to the work place! Be colorful, now!

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Another example of work wear only. I understand jeans is not allowed on interviews but that it gets forbidden? That, I don’t get. Okay, I do, in some circumstances. But when there’s no contact with one of the clients and you’re sitting behind the desk from 9 to 5, I think jeans should be allowed! In my case - still dreaming – it would be totally cool to wear jeans. If you can pull it off in a stylish way, jeans are more than welcome! A simple white tee combined with a lovely kimonothat one’s French Connection, in case you were wondering – is not only a step towards layering techniques, but also a bit warmer. We now it can get a bit chilly with all the AC at work!

I hope I served as some kind of inspiration. You do realise these outfits can also be worn outside the work space, this was just an idea to get you started!

Monster Belgium x The Fashion Folio Giveaway:

In order to win the €60 ZARA VOUCHER offered by Monster Belgium, you’ll have to do the following:

  1. Like The Fashion Folio on Facebook
  2. Leave a comment with your name, email and your ideal work outfit (you don’t have to choose between the ones above) on this post. Maybe you can inspire me as well!
  3. Check out The Fashion Folio on Sunday March 4 to find out who the winner is! (He/she will be chosen with a random machine)
So sorry, for Belgium only!

What I Wore: London – Day one

marc jacobs purple hobo bag, isabel marant willows sneakers, s.oliver aztec print cape, american apparel rose sweater, s.oliver black tights, levis jeans cutoffs, 501 jeans

marc jacobs purple hobo bag, isabel marant willows sneakers, s.oliver aztec print cape, american apparel rose sweater, s.oliver black tights, levis jeans cutoffs, 501 jeans

marc jacobs purple hobo bag, isabel marant willows sneakers, s.oliver aztec print cape, american apparel rose sweater, s.oliver black tights, levis jeans cutoffs, 501 jeans

marc jacobs purple hobo bag, isabel marant willows sneakers, s.oliver aztec print cape, american apparel rose sweater, s.oliver black tights, levis jeans cutoffs, 501 jeans

marc jacobs purple hobo bag, isabel marant willows sneakers, s.oliver aztec print cape, american apparel rose sweater, s.oliver black tights, levis jeans cutoffs, 501 jeans

Since there was no way I’d deny my Willow sneakers an awesome London trip, I decided to wear them the first day. No.Regrets.At.All! My feet didn’t hurt one bit – my leg did, but that’s totally not the same and the lasted for 5 minutes, no biggie ;-) I paired them with something comfortable and easy to take off, in case I decided to visit the changing rooms. (Un)fortunately, there was no way I’d do so in Primark… I was nearly about to faint over there. So I just grabbed every piece I liked, took a risk on the sizes and paid for it all. This resulted in a second trip to Primark the next day, to exchange a few things in another size, go figure. As for the bag: it was way too heavy! If you own a Marc by Marc bag, you’ll know the bags are heavy even without something in it. Add a DSLR, a wallet full of pounds, sunglasses and some other crap and you get red spots all over your shoulders by the end of the day. Luckily, I had spme nice weather to make me happy! Oh and let’s not forget the city itself. Oh London …

I’m wearing: Isabel Marant Willow sneakers, American Apparel Rose sweater, s.Oliver Aztec cape, Marc by Marc Jacobs Hobo Bag

P.S. Thank you Elien for making these awesome pictures!