You can’t miss Michelle Addison’s playful yet effortless ensembles, as she hops from chic boutiques to fashion events in her busy day as one of Vancouver’s top fashion stylists. Michelle’s penchant for fashion can be traced back to her childhood years, learning the art of dressing from her grandmother. Few possess the talent to fuse eclectic runway pieces from Comme des Garçons and Proenza Schouler with wallet-friendly favourites like Topshop and Zara. Her down-to-earth sartorial approach is exactly why so many women flock to Michelle for her style expertise and advice.

A quintessential West Coast woman, she reaches for Céline heels on weekdays and hiking boots on weekends. Approachable and straightforward, this fashion expert lives by the credo that style is something that can be thought, when given a right set of tools. Michelle has dressed a wide spectrum of inspiring women, from stay-at-home moms to business professionals to celebrities, particularly as a personal stylist at Nordstrom Vancouver, where she often handpicks garments from her front row seat at New York Fashion Week.

On her blog, this fiery go-getter shares her style tips and tricks, her personal style and her chic life with her adorable seven-year old daughter Stella. Like mother, like daughter: Stella is a burgeoning fashion virtuoso, proving once more that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

When she’s not running her fingers through clothing racks, Michelle can be spotted hiking through the many beautiful BC trails, kite-boarding in Squamish, or biking with her family on weekend jaunts to Granville Island. Whatever the occasion calls, it is always accompanied with a picture-perfect outfit.

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Generally speaking, most financial planners agree that about 3-4% of a person’s net income should be spent on fashion.

Indeed, the natural average spent on clothing in the U.S. is around 3.8%.

With Purpose0%

61 percent of those who don’t shop with a specific purpose or list purchase an additional one to three items.

Make sure your shopping trip has a mission, and whatever you do, don’t buy an item for an occasion you have yet to be invited to!

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Are you a woman between the ages of 18 to 33? We hate to break it to you, but you statistically have a tough time resisting impulse buys. In fact,  52 percent of millenials are more likely to make impulse purchases than any other generation, and women are more prone to impulse buy in the ten days before their periods!

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Consumers are proven to be creatures of habit. Once you find a certain item or style of item you like, you’ll tend to buy it again and again, even if the ones you already own are perfectly serviceable. Fight this habit by taking stock of your closet, and asking yourself, “Do I really need another striped top?”

MY WORKING WARDROBE

I usually gravitate to towards a R13 skinny jean, Barbara Bui heeled ankle boots, Isabel Marant tee or Equipment silk blouse and leather jacket or Comme des Garçons Blazer.

LATEST STEAL

I wore this amazing Zara mustard-coloured coat all winter. I paid maybe $165 for it and wore it to death!

POWER PIECE

My power piece is my Balmain blazer. If I don’t need to drive or pick up a child, it’s amazing.

TRAVEL ESSENTIALS

  • J Brand legging jeans on the plane
  • Faliero Sarti scarves are great for warmth
  • A Rick Owens leather jacket is versatile with both jeans and dresses
  • Demy Lee cashmere cardigan for layering
  • Laura Mercier’s travel makeup brush set – it’s everything you need in a smaller size
  • I always pack scented candles.

7PM SWITCH-UP

A chunky necklace by Marni or Lanvin can dress up a silk blouse. A quick change from my Acne boots to Margiela peep-toe bootie or a Gianvito Rossi gold pump usually does the trick.

WEEKEND MVP

I love my Lanvin high-tops in wintertime and my J.Crew strappy flat sandals in the summer. And always a good tote – I’m currently carrying an AUX tote from Aritzia.