WHY I ONLY WEAR COLOUR
Carolyne Brown, stylist, Montreal, Que.
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.