Kelly Tutt.

Hi everyone! I feel so privileged to have this opportunity to be a guest blogger for the ethreeone. community and am so impressed by how active Brina and the e31. team have been in supporting the empowerment of women.

Photos by Brina.

[ FITDEETS | Jeans – American Eagle. | Blazers – Kenneth Cole. | Necklace – BCBG. | Heels – Payless. ]

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I am currently a business student at the University of Victoria and with just four more weeks until graduating, I couldn’t be more excited! I am specializing in entrepreneurship in the hopes to one day, become an operations manager in the manufacturing industry. I absolutely love travelling and have been working on my personal goal to travel to at least one new country every year; I’m at 13 so far!

As a business student, I’ve attended countless networking events, given presentations, and done my fare share of interviews. I soon came to realize that it’s become increasingly more difficult to set your self apart from the many other ‘suits’ that surround you. I would look over at the person sitting next to me and notice the same shades of navy blue, creams and of course the all-traditional black. This got me thinking about my look. I still wanted to stay classic and professional, but I wanted to have an edge.

That’s when I began structuring my outfits by a signature piece such as wearing a bright blazer to add a pop of colour or using a statement necklace to polish the look. This is also how I’ve organized my closet: with classic pieces that can be easily paired on one side and my more vibrant choices on the other – in what I like to call my ‘statement collection’. Meshing the two together is how I put a piece of “me” in my professional style.

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I think its important to remember that employers are people and want to get to know you as much as your skills. Accordingly, the way you dress is a great platform to showcase your personality.

I’d like to sign off with a quote that I look to, to remind me of the importance of just being myself:

“Find out who you are and be that person. That’s what your soul was put on this Earth to be. Find that truth, live that truth and everything else will come.” –Ellen DeGeneres

So be BOLD, standout, because we’re all excited to see who you are.

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