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.

 

“Fashion fades, only style remains”
- Coco Chanel

Some clothing styles live through the ages—only their manifestations change. Here are some styles that have glided effortlessly through time to arrive in stores near you this fall.

A classic touch
A classic touch
From left to right: Koali 7667* frame, Valentino 2624* frame, Luis Vuitton outfit and Hugo Boss suit

Black has an established reputation as a great classic. Straight-cut suits, dresses, and skirts are ever of-the-moment and always in good taste. These pieces are versatile, go with anything, and deliver instant chic. Choosing black, white, and grey hues will give you timeless pieces you’ll keep for years. Hugo Boss and Valentino are perfect examples—they’ve remained popular across generations.

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Prep-tastic
Prep-tastic
From left to right: Kliik 536* frame, Prodesign 6512* frame, Stella McCartney sunglasses, Theory pants and Brooks Brothers jacket, photo from Olivia Palermo and photo from Daniel D'Ottavio.

Prep style has carved out some prime sartorial real estate by staying classic while keeping it light. Preppy pieces are practical, but the colours are bright and fun. Think impeccable grooming, with a touch of jazz. You’ll find inspiration in the sort of private school style made famous by Tommy Hilfiger. Checks and stripes are definitely in!

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Sporty chic
Sporty chic
From left to right: Lacoste outfit, photo from New York streetstyle, WoodWood outfit, Lacoste 2723* frame and Nomad 2737* frame

Sporty chic’s been around awhile and it’s still as trendy as ever. Leggings have taken over for jeans, and sneakers have gotten a serious makeover. It’s still about comfort, but the pieces are more structured. The signature item for this look: the varsity jacket. Lacoste-style sporty chic has proven timeless and is without a doubt the ultimate reference. Remember: sporty does NOT mean sloppy.

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Vintage dream
Vintage dream
From left to right: Photo from Adam Katz Sinding, photo from Streetstyler website, MiuMiu outfit, Nine West 5073* frame and DVF 8042* frame

Whether it’s the 60s, 70s, or 80s, from one season to the next there’s always a decade that comes out on top. No matter your age, someone will end up telling you, “I wore that when I was young!” Style doesn’t get reinvented—it evolves. It’s little wonder second-hand stores are such a hit. Flared jeans and suede or fur coats have a way of working themselves into various designer collections. Whether yours are chic or bohemian, you’ll find they’re worth holding on to. You can get your inspiration from Zara and ModCloth.

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*Collections and models can vary from one clinic to another. Contact the clinic nearest you for availability.