December 5, 2013 Sections
Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION
DEVELOPING a personal style takes time. It should be a matter of knowing what styles and colours work with your body type. Fashion changes but style should be everlasting.
Karly Troschuk knows that solids, neutrals and basics work well for her. Just because yellow might be in for a season, doesn't mean you have to conform to wearing it.
Troschuk, a Para Mix employee and mannequin styler, tells her clients "it's not a matter of pulling it off, it's a matter of putting it on." The music lover and Academy of Broadcasting graduate has dreams of starting an alternative radio station. Troschuk was spotted in Osborne village grabbing some lunch on her break.
Cardigan -- "Cardigan is from Aritzia, It's Wilfred."
Crop top -- "Forever 21. This is embarrassing," she said, laughing.
Maxi skirt and jewelry -- "My skirt was $5 from Urban Planet on Kenaston. Watch and bracelets were also super-cheap."
Purse -- Marc Jacobs.
Boots -- "My boots are from Little Burgundy."
Sunglasses -- "Sunglasses are from Aldo."
"Right now, probably a maxi-skirt because it's so hot out but I don't like to show too much skin. It's easy, but it looks dressy. And I never leave home without this purse. I always have a lot of things with me so the size is really great and I think a purse brings together an outfit. I have quite a few maxi-skirts, definitely what I wore throughout the summer. But I like neutrals and this is the most colour I'll ever wear. I wear a lot of black usually. I'm a very plain girl -- I have such fair skin so I don't think bright colours look that good on me."
"I see things on Pinterest, and I really do like the clothes at Aritzia. Inspiration probably comes from seeing what other people wear, and paying attention to that. I visit the Aritzia website, their clothing is very basic and good quality and they keep bringing the same things back every year. So I'm not constantly buying new clothes but seeing different ways of how they're putting things together. I work at Para Mix and do all of the mannequins and I'm trying to think about what other people wear as well. Not just what I think looks good. So I think I'm starting to find a way to put colour on the mannequins, but if you walk by there you will see a lot of black and dark grey.
When styling the mannequins, are you told what's in for this season?
"No, with Para Mix it's very different, we were just interviewed the other day about fall fashion and both Candy, the owner of the store and myself said we both don't really follow fashions, we wear things that are in but we kind of stick to what we think looks good and what people are comfortable in."
"Honestly, this is so funny. A while ago, my friend was wearing high-waisted denim and she's a curvier girl. And I thought that I could never pull that off, and she said, 'it's not a matter of pulling it off, it's a matter of putting it on.' It doesn't just have to apply to girls, but I know girls struggle with body image. So now I always tell people that. Not to think that everyone should be wearing red denim. But if it works and you can wear is confidently that's all that matters."
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Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 21, 2013 D13