Isabelle Gauvin  

By Isabelle Gauvin, Stylist

Isabelle Gauvin is a personal stylist for business people and professionals. A fashion speaker and TV commentator, she also creates looks for several Quebec artists and actors. In business since 2007, Isabelle Gauvin and her team firmly believe that image and style are of crucial importance in career success.

 

"Elegance is the only beauty that never fades." 
- Audrey Hepburn

It’s easy to succumb to the winter blahs. We’d all love to brighten up our winter look, but it sure feels difficult sometimes. The stores (like the trees) seem to be stripped of their entire colour, and even our skin takes a turn for the pale. But don’t despair: You can cut through the monotony of winter. Just follow these easy tips to brighten up your wardrobe.

It’s all in the details
It’s all in the details
From left to right: Marc by Marc Jacob 56205* frame, Kate Spade Blake* frame, J. Crew necklace and Bere Modelleri toque

When your overall look is on the sober side, all it takes is one eye-catching item to add a dash of flair. That one great item can anchor your whole outfit. Don’t bother trying to perfectly accessorize with matching colours. Go bold with a striking necklace, some colourful tights, or a great pair of glasses that will give your look that elusive je ne sais quoi.

Keep it light
Keep it light
From left to right: River Island coat, Lacoste 2691* frame, Valentino 2650* frame and New York Fashion Week street style picture

If you’re more at home on the conservative side of the colour spectrum, ease your way over. You don’t want to look like you’re dressing up as someone else, after all. Start with some pretty pastel pinks or oranges, or maybe a neutral beige or taupe. It’s a great way to lighten up your look while staying in your comfort zone. Remember: subtle is beautiful.

Choose deep, rich colours
Choose deep, rich colours
From left to right: Boden dress, Elin Kling x Guess by Marciano sweater, Joop 3186* frame, Calvin Klein 7925* frame and New York Fashion Week street style picture

Deep, rich colours are easier to get used to and grow into. Give it time! If you love blue but are not so sure about some of its more electric permutations, you can’t go wrong with navy. Mustard yellow, burgundy, and forest green also strike the right note, and make a great match with all your favourite outfits. A burgundy sweater with blue jeans, for example, makes a great foundation for a smart look. Remember: deep, rich colours look better with the paler skin and quieter colours of winter.

Play with pattern
Play with pattern
From left to right: Diego Zuko picture, Dries coat, For Love & Lemons outfit, Urban Outfitters outfit, Fysh 3516* frame and Prodesign 5628* frame

Want to make a statement? Patterns are a great way to spice up your look. First, choose an inspiring colour you feel comfortable in. Then add the pattern of your choice in a more neutral winter hue. Result: instant sophistication.

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