We love content creator Milaine Astride’s vacation style

“I guess I’m the heroine of a TV show or a movie.”

Milaine Astride wearing a sparkly pink jumpsuit for a piece on personal style this holiday season.

(Photo: Valerie Doucette)

For Milaine Astride, the end-of-year celebrations are synonymous with sparks. “Time to have fun and dress up a little more,” says the Paris-born, Ottawa-based content creator. When preparing for festive evenings, take inspiration from Astride and imagine yourself as the star of the show. “I like to create a story in my head around each outfit,” she explains. “When I dress for the day, I imagine I’m the heroine of a TV show or a movie.”

Her go-to evening outfit is a jumpsuit (this one’s from Eloquii) with a cute handbag (like her bubbly-inspired Aldo bag from a few years ago) and trendy shoes. “It’s so easy,” she says of the unique look. “I feel like I’m ready to take the stage – it gives me a mix of Elvis Presley and Harry Styles vibes.”

Here, she shares the style lessons she learned from her mother and the secret to an eye-catching holiday look.

What is your approach to fashion?

I like dopaminergic clothes with lots of bright colors, and I believe in dressing the way you want. Often you hear things like “you shouldn’t wear stripes if you’re a certain size”. Forget the rules! Many people are afraid to wear different silhouettes and colors. This is one of the reasons I started posting my outfits on Instagram. I wanted to show people that you can dress how you want, no matter your size or age. I hope when women see these looks on me, it inspires them to try something new. I want people to get into it. Fashion is supposed to be fun, it’s okay to try something new and not like it.

How did you develop your personal style?

I grew up in Paris, but when I moved to Canada I became bolder with fashion, more willing to experiment. I don’t think I would have ever worn a crop top or tried a short skirt in France, for example. Or, I would have covered myself with a sweater. Nobody knew me here, so I was not afraid of being judged.

I learned the style with my mother. She went to fashion school, so for a very long time she was the one who dressed me. As a teenager, I would have just worn black all the time, but she introduced me to colors. She taught me how to dress, how to mix colors. I remember thinking my butt was too big and trying to cover it up. And my mother used to tell me to “show what you got”. So I learned to wear color and I learned to embrace my curves from her.

In magazines, I didn’t necessarily see models who looked like me. But on Instagram, I was finding more and more inspiration from content creators who were my size. There was a shift in my mind because I saw people wearing clothes that I had always been told not to wear.

My hair is also something I play with. I choose my hairstyles by imagining myself on magazine covers. I’m always looking for something unique. A big hair inspiration for me is Tracee Ellis Ross. When I was younger, I wanted straight hair; I embraced braids and their history later in life. Technology has really given me a chance to see more hairstyles and the creativity that goes with it, and I’ve found pride in my hair.

What is your process when choosing an outfit?

I like to create a positive atmosphere. An outfit can change your mood, so I’ll try to choose something that makes me happy or puts me in a good mood, like a lucky charm.

When I dress for the day, I imagine I’m the heroine of a TV show or a movie. I like to create a story in my head around each outfit, depending on my mood or the weather. Say it’s raining, it’s like a love movie. I’m going to dress up in nice boots and a raincoat, like I’m going to meet a stranger on the street and it’s going to be love at first sight. Or, I get dressed to go to the spa, and I imagine myself meeting my girlfriends and we all get dressed up and we go to a cafe and I base my outfit on those sex and the city vibes. Even when shopping, I think about the stories I can create with the outfit and where it can take me.

How is your holiday season style different from what you would wear on a typical day?

It’s time to have fun and dress up a little more, to get into the happy mood. For me, the holidays are synonymous with sparks, but I know it’s not for everyone. If you’re someone who wears a lot of black or gray, maybe try a little red, a little green, it doesn’t have to be a full outfit. Wear that little red skirt you’ve been waiting for the perfect wearable occasion. Put glitter in your hair and your outfit.

For occasions, I love dresses and jumpsuits. It’s so easy because you don’t have to think about matching a top and a bottom. You’re dressed for the night in one piece, and all you need to add is a nice handbag and some shoes.

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