11 Stylish Calgarians Talk About Their Personal Style

Each month we search out Calgarians with a distinctive style that we admire. We ask them a bunch of questions and photograph them for our Style Q+A column. This is our 2016 lineup of stylish Calgarians.


Karen Ball

“I like [my style] to be a bit playful, particularly if I have a job where I have to stand and deliver in front of a room. I like to set a mood where people feel comfortable, and I think sometimes a hot-pink pair of tights can do that. You put your personality out there and people are more willing to put theirs out there, as well.” – Karen Ball, culture and community engagement consultant

From Avenue‘s January 2016 issue.

photograph by Jared Sych; styling by Aldona Barutowicz; hair and makeup by Kate Barutowicz; Photographed at Cannibale

Top and loafers, both from Zara; Garcia skirt from HauteLook; fur collar from Hudson’s Bay Fur Salon; belt from BCBG Max Azria; earrings by Kari Woo; bracelet from Ball’s personal collection; Hue fishnet stockings from Hudson’s Bay.

Aeryn Twidle

“I’m a big-bag girl. It has to have room for lunch, computer, an extra pair of shoes, hair stuff, my wallet and purchases, too. Right now, I’m liking a large bucket bag.” – Aeryn Twidle, operations and marketing for the Esker Foundation

From Avenue’s February 2016 issue.

photograph by Heather Saitz; styling by Aldona Barutowicz; hair and makeup by Kate Barutowicz; PHOTOGRAPHED AT Esker Foundation

Dress from Oak + Fort; necklace purchased on Ebay; rings are vintage; Prada eyewear.

Sumer Singh and Karen Matharu

“[When working] I’m usually wearing my work boots, my jeans and cotton shirts, so I don’t burn through them when I’m grinding steel. But, when I’m out meeting clients or when I’m out for a get-together, I’ll dress up. I love wearing wing-tip shoes. I think they’re very classic.” – Sumer Singh, co-founder of Mtharu

“[For a night on the town] I’d probably wear my rag & bone boots, a pair of skinny jeans and a T-shirt. I like to wear my trench coat – that’s why I love fall and spring because of my trench coats.” – Karen Matharu, co-founder of Mtharu

From Avenue‘s March 2016 issue.

photography by Lori Andrews; styling by Crystal Mckenzie; hair and makeup by Teslin Ward

On Karen: Dress from BCBG Max Azria; shoes from Michael Kors; pearl earrings from Tiffany & Co.

On Sumer: Shirt and jeans, both from Scotch & Soda; Nike Air Jordan 1 2003 high tops were purchased in Los Angeles; bullet necklace from Han Cholo; ring and bracelet are both by Sumer Singh. Day bed and end table, both by Mtharu.

Edward Tsang

“I have a drawer for my rings. I’ll always wear a big, chunky ring. I have my watch section. I like to wear a more classic watch. I have a section for my cuffs and bracelets. Then I have a section for my brooches and pins. I like to wear brooches centred on my dress shirt to work. I have a section for scarves and bandanas and necklaces. It’s quite fun.” – Edward Tsang, interior designer at B+H Architects

From Avenue‘s May 2016 issue.

photography by Nathan Elson; styling by Leah Van Loon; hair and makeup by Vered Amir (Artists Within)

Kaadiki shirt and vest; Levi’s jeans; scarf, private collection; Dean Davidson ring; white spine ring was purchased in New York City.

Alida Visbach

“I like the quality and durability of vintage clothing, which sort of suits my career choice because I’ve been in the museum business for the last 30 years or so. So I guess my style would be eclectic. I know a lot of people say that, but I can’t say that I emulate anyone in particular. I just have my own whims and my own moods, and that’s what I react to.” – Alida Visbach, president and CEO of Heritage Park

From Avenue‘s June 2016 issue.

photography by Jared Sych; styling by Kara Chomistek ; hair and makeup by Erica Piebiak (Artists Within)

Poncho was purchased in Cabo, Mexico; Tory Burch blouse and Chlo shoes, both from Nordstrom; Ralph Lauren belt; Karen Wilson Hand Bags purse from Corner Emporium at Heritage Park; earrings were purchased in Thailand.

Carole Birch

I wear a lot of neutrals, but I like things with detail, like interesting hemlines or piping or lots of zippers. I like texture and proportion and layers.” – Carole Birch, front-end director at Hedkandi Salons, Butter Beauty Parlour and Johnny’s Barber + Shop

From Avenue‘s July 2016 issue.

photography by Jared Sych; styling by Crystal Mckenzie; hair and makeup by Karen Malcolm-Pye; photographed at Hedkandi, 8th Street location

Vintage dress was purchased in Florida; earrings from H&M and Urban Outfitters; belt once belonged to Birch’s mother.

Jameela Ghann

I would say my personal style is business casual with African print. I like high-waisted skirts, I like crop tops and I like made-in-Canada. If I’m going to buy something here, it has to be made in Canada. I like fitted pieces, so whenever I go to Ghana, I always get clothes made for me that fit my body. My style isn’t overly dressy or anything; it’s kind of whatever I see and like and feel comfortable in.” – Jameela Ghann, half of the mother-daughter duo behind Alora Boutique

From Avenue‘s August 2016 issue.

photography by Lori Andrews; styling by Aldona Barutowicz; hair and makeup by Kate Barutowicz

Crop top from Joyce’s Closet; skirt was purchased at the Dress for Success sale; shoes from Fond Boutique; all jewellery from Alora Boutique.

Tara Anand

I like having a base that’s classic and then I add an edge, whether it’s with jewellery or makeup. I’m not afraid to wear blue eyeliner or an orange lipstick. I’ll wear my classic, fitted knee-length slip dress with amazing booties and big earrings.” – Tara Anand, founder and director of Artists Within Makeup Academy

From Avenue‘s September 2016 issue.

photography by jared sych

Phelan top and skirt from Nordstrom; Wolford body suit.

Shiva Jahanshah

“To me, true personal style means feeling fabulous and being comfortable in your own skin. I think you can change up your style 15 times a week, if you like. I can go from punk rock to full-on elegant from morning to night, as long as I feel comfortable and confident – that’s personal style.” – Shiva Jahanshah, Shaw TV‘s senior producer and reporter

From Avenue‘s October 2016 issue.

photography by Jager & Kokemor; styling by Ricky Zayshley; hair by Jenni Galantai (Salon Fli); photographed at The Guild

Leather cape jacket from BCBG Max Azria; Rachel Roy dress from Hudson’s Bay; earrings from Aldo Accessories; bag from Michael Kors.

Erin O’Connor

Undoubtedly, I would say my style is continuously evolving. Dressing for the occasions of my career trajectory has been quite diverse. [I dressed] “artsy-vintage” when I was at Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, “creative-downtown” at One Yellow Rabbit, and “designer-contemporary” at Contemporary Calgary. I have quite a broad range of activity at CFC, so here I dress “industrial chic.” I meet with all different kinds of people, from technicians to movie moguls. I’ll have meetings downtown. I’ll be on a panel discussion. I also attend lots of evening events.” – Erin O’Connor, Calgary Film Centre‘s general manager

From Avenue‘s December 2016 issue.

photography by Jackie Duncan; styling by Julie Redmond; makeup by Teslin Ward; hair by Ann Connolly; photographed at William F. White

Phillip Lim blouse and pants, both from Nordstrom; jacket from Zara; Skagen bag from Winners; Prada shoes; rings worn throughout were O’Connor’s mother’s.

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