Calgary Style: Publicist Ellen Parker Shows How to Dress for Four Seasons in One Day

It’s all about layers when dealing with unpredictable weather at this time of year, says Ellen Parker — plus a large handbag and beautiful silk scarf.

Hat, Dior; coat, Anine Bing; scarf, Gucci; shirt, thrifted at Goodwill Chinook Thrift Store (one of her favourite second-hand shops); cropped jacket, Chanel; skirt, The Bamboo Ballroom Calgary; belt, Gucci; handbag, Gucci (procured in Italy by a friend); boots, ba&sh; earrings, Gucci (purchased at Holt Renfrew in Vancouver); rings, NVR NUDE and Gucci. Photograph by Jared Sych.

As founder and CEO of public relations and communications firm PARKER PR, Ellen Parker is known to attend multiple events in one day. And, because this is Calgary, her outfits must not only be on point, but able to withstand quick-changing weather. “Calgary is super unpredictable,” she says. “But, I believe there’s no bad weather, only bad gear.” To dress for the elements, Parker wears multiple layers and carries a handbag big enough to hold essentials like sunglasses, gloves and a change of shoes. She prefers high-quality, natural materials like wool, silk and cotton because they’re breathable and comfortable. But her secret weapon is a silk scarf, a beautiful yet practical addition: “If there’s any little chill, put on a silk scarf. You’re all set.”

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This article appears in the March 2023 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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