What a coup.  Washable, tailored and stylish pieces that are WASHABLE.  Maybe I said that already. Kimberley Newport-Mimran, the woman behind Canada’s iconic fashion brand, Pink Tartan, knows a thing or two about looking chic. As the creative director and president for one of Canada’s most successful women’s wear lines and as a mom, Kim shares her style secrets for looking great on the go.

Kim Newport-Mimran’s top ten tips for effortless style
Timeless pieces are always in fashion

We’re all guilty of committing fashion crimes at some point, but building a wardrobe founded in timeless pieces will ensure your look is always on point. By choosing pieces you can wear season after season, you’ll also increase the lifespan of your wardrobe. To keep my washable pieces looking their best, I launder with Tide Pods – an item every woman needs to have in her fabric care arsenal.

Try out new trends through accessories

Developing your own personal style comes with finding cuts that fit your body and colours that compliment your skin. Stick to it and don’t be swayed by the latest runway trend. To incorporate seasonal trends into your wardrobe, purchase smaller pieces like a bag, scarf or shoes.  Accessories are great because they update your look without risk.

3.     Simplicity is the secret to elegance

I design pieces that look stylish and fit into a modern woman’s lifestyle. By focusing on the cut of the garment, the quality of the fabric and small details like an exposed zipper, these pieces not only last but have wardrobe presence for years to come. Invest in great basics that can be paired with a variety of pieces to keep your look effortless and elegant.

You don’t have to sacrifice style for functionality

As my collection evolves, I want to ensure I’m making clothing for the modern woman. The Washable Collection was developed for her.  Each piece is made from quality washable fabrics that can be easily cared for. I recommend Tide Pods to care for all washable garments as they dissolve quickly and are easy to use.

Fit, fit, fit

The correct fit of your clothing is essential to great style. Regardless of the cost of your clothing, finding a tailor that can make small adjustments to your pieces will make your look and feel better. Not one body shape is alike and every woman can benefit from a good tailor. If you find a piece you love but it’s not in your size, buy it in a larger size and take it to the tailors, they can do wonders. 

6.     Find inspiration from fashion-eras gone by

My fashion inspiration comes for timeless icons like Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Onassis and my grandmother. I remember my well-dressed grandmother serving tea sandwiches in pearls and the perfect top coat. From then on, I wanted to create iconic clothes that fit today’s modern woman. Finding inspiration on websites is a good way to expand your fashion mind and style.

Modern style is about care

Sometimes being chic is as simple as keeping your clothes looking crisp and clean. Imagine browsing your favourite shop if the clothing looked less than polished? It would completely alter the way you looked at the garment. The same is true when you wear something that looks worn out. I believe we should care for our clothing, as you would other items you cherish. Using Tide Pods protects your favourite pieces and helps keep them looking their best.

8.     Trending in my world

Some trends that we will be seeing from Pink Tartan this fall are digital floral prints in rich dark colours and super fine gauge cashmere. I also love a mid length skirt, whether it is a full or pencil skirt.

Sexy is what you don’t see

An understated confidence is the difference between you wearing your clothes vs. your clothes wearing you. By choosing clothing that fits your body, brings out your personality and makes you feel sexy, you’ll naturally ooze self-confidence and radiance.

Consider your overall look, not just an outfit

Instead of throwing together random pieces when choosing your clothing, try visualizing the overall look you’re trying to achieve. This will give you a polished style that you’ll feel good about. You can pull inspiration from fashion magazines or your favourite style icon.