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Philip Minaker

Philip Minaker

Philip Minaker has been a regular contributor to PositiveLite.com since its inception in 2009.  Many of his pieces on fashion, style and pop culture for PositiveLite.com have also been reposted on numerous sites around the world. 

Being diagnosed as HIV-positive in 1983 (when it was literally a death sentence) he initially chose to keep it to himself and continued to forge an extensive career in the fashion industry. It was not until the death of his grandmother (the love of his life), also in 2009, that he became comfortable with the idea of coming out regarding his HIV status. “For me, it was yet another ordeal I had to learn to live with while I continued to hope for better days ahead. Like other unpredictable and disturbing events that had occurred in my life, I have done my best to not let it fully define or consume me. I have however, recognized it as a part of who I am and made the necessary concessions over the years in my efforts to live a fulfilling, productive and happy life.” Philip has now been “undetectable” for nearly ten years. 

He officially moved from Winnipeg to Toronto in 1990 and continues to make a life for himself, which is an ongoing work in progress. Recently, Philip chose to combine his professional and personal passions into the pet industry by forging a unique ambience and perspective in managing and buying for an independently owned full service pet shop, naturally, right in the heart of downtown Toronto. He is having the time of his life!

Oct28

Check it out!!! 2016 fall styles!!!

Friday, 28 October 2016 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Opinion Pieces, Philip Minaker

PositiveLite.com's Philip Minaker with an overview of 2016 fall fashion trends.

Check it out!!! 2016 fall styles!!!

A new season has arrived and that means a new approach to dressing. For many, Fall denotes change and new beginnings. Commencing a new academic year during our youth is probably the reason why many of us have taken a particular shining to Fall. Despite the anxieties that we may have initially experienced, including what to wear, we began to embrace the possibilities of new opportunities enthusiastically as the years advanced.

For many, translating fashion into personal style is a process, like our education, that evolves with time.

The change in weather, lifestyle demands, fashion trends, knowing your self (inside & out) all factor into defining your own true sense of style. Deciding what truly works for you creates a comfort zone that enables your wardrobe to serve as an introduction to others without having to say a word.

Season after season, global designers offer an array of influences that are created to reflect the times in which we live. Each collection also interprets their pieces as an evolution of the label they represent. Fashion is a business and the competition is fierce. Colors, silhouettes, proportions and even various themes resurface from time to time. Techno, arty, sporty, romantic, destination/ethnic or even historic eras are woven into collections with hopes of generating appeal. Each theme is reinvented giving them a new slant making them all the more current, relevant and fresh.

Over the next few weeks we will be taking a look at the key themes being offered this season. Let’s start with a look at checks, plaids and tartans…

Whether the influence is sophisticated, classic, youth inspired, a revisited trend from years gone by or simply bold or subtle patterns one can easily spark up ones’ wardrobe simply by adding a piece or two. Pattern play is a sure fire way to update classic tartans, plaids and checks and add mileage to treasured pieces already in your wardrobe.

Wearing a variety of patterns together can initially be quite a science project! The solution is to find a primary color that is predominant in each piece you team up. It’s actually fairly easy to do. Creating a more unique look that coincides with your own sense of style can keep you on trend and yet maintain your individuality.

And regardless of the various sizes of the patterns having a color (or two) that is predominant in all the pieces can easily pull an outfit together ever so smartly. The pieces can also be separated and worn with solids or transferred from business to casual adding depth to ones wardrobe possibilities.

A checked blazer teamed up with jeans or worn with matching trousers is a perfect example of extending the variables. Two printed tops can bring back a Grunge flashback that can be fun for a night out. Wearing one under a suit can make a boardroom presentation all the more upbeat!

Opting for bright colors or more somber ones can also amp up or down this concept. Again the idea is to find key pieces that you will feel great wearing and that will compliment your practical needs as well. Perhaps a family tartan can be integrated into your wardrobe creating an easy topic of discussion or added source of comfort during those cold winter days.

The idea of using a bold pattern as an outerwear piece, complete with scarf and hat, can make your daily commutes an adventure that may even cheer up others and garner you favorable attention. Again you can make this piece sophisticated or funky simply by how you accessorize it. Hats, eyewear, scarves, shoes or boots are perfect options to add depth and versatility to your wardrobe pieces.

Whether you go mad for plaid or inject a few key pieces into your wardrobe this trend is a sure fire way to brighten up the coming months!

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