Carolyne Brown, stylist, Mon­treal, Que.

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My love af­fair with colour be­gan in 1991. When I was eight years old, I wore a neon pink and green frilly dress with a match­ing bolero for my school photo. It was so ’90s, but I loved the re­sults, and I’ve been ob­sessed with colour ever since. In my early 20s, Paris Hil­ton and Lindsay Lo­han were my fash­ion icons (no lie). Re­mem­ber all the pinks they used to wear? I thought mix­ing every colour of the rain­bow would make me stand out like a celebrity, and it did—though not al­ways with the best re­sults. Pic­ture this: a turquoise state­ment neck­lace, a co­ral top, a pair of light blue jeans with crys­tal em­bel­lish­ments, fuch­sia pointy pumps and, to fin­ish it off, a bunch of mul­ti­coloured ban­gle bracelets. That was me clubbing in Que­bec City in 2003. What a mess! To­day I’m 34, and I’ve learned from my mis­takes. My re­la­tion­ship with colour has evolved. Like Solange Knowles, Lupita Ny­ong’o and Yara Shahidi, I’m not afraid to be bold. My walk-in closet is a Pan­tone pal­ette; neu­tral is not in my vo­cab­u­lary. I don’t mind spend­ing money on a fluorescent de­signer bag. I al­ways choose a piece that pops and let it be the star of my #OOTD. Colours make me feel en­er­gized, happy and con­fi­dent. They say that things in life are never black and white. Well, nei­ther am I.

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