Lawyer Tonii Roulston, in Defense of Fashion-Forward Choices | Calgary’s Best Dressed 2018

The high-profile criminal defense lawyer uses fashion to connect and build confidence.

Miu Miu dress from Holt Renfrew; clutch, bracelet and ring by Alexander McQueen; glasses by Tom Ford. Photograph by Colin Way.

In a trial, small details can be telling. The same is true of Tonii Roulston’s fashion choices. She always wears a rectangular jade necklace after a spiritualist told her green would help open her heart chakra, allowing her to connect with people. “Whether it works or not, I don’t know, but it helps remind me to open up to what you’re saying,” she says. “We think too much with our heads and not with our hearts and [that] is where we connect.”

As a managing partner at Roulston Urquhart Criminal Defence Firm, Roulston dresses to reflect confidence and personal expression. The former blue-banged, pierced-all-over student is now a sartorially savvy lawyer taking inspiration from British Vogue and Vogue Italia, as well as street style. When Roulston puts on a Dolce & Gabbana suit, paired with Prada shoes and a Gucci briefcase, she exudes the self-assuredness her work requires. Outside of work, whether dining out or attending events like Parkluxe, you’ll see her in a Gucci flare-leg pantsuit, or a Valentino dress with McQueen shoes.


Clockwise from left: Jimmy Choo boots from Holt Renfrew Dolce & Gabbana dress from Holt Renfrew Dress, boots, bag and bracelet all Alexander McQueen from Holt Renfrew; Breitling watch from Calgary Jewellery; socks from Simons. Photograph by Colin Way. Styling by Kara Chomistek and Jessie Li; Makeup by Joanne Black; hair by Sue Thompson.


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