Dayís Fashion Tips
exclusive interview with Valorie
Day, conducted by her daughter-in-law,
of the most photographed women in Canadian
politics today is Valorie Day.† Her
appearances across the country have
increased dramatically since husband
Stockwell Day declared his candidacy
for the top post of the official opposition
party, the Canadian Alliance, for another
term.† Valorie, or ďValĒ as friends
and family call her, has become one
of the most recognized faces in the
country. As such, her personal appearance
must always be fresh, current and appropriate
no matter what the occasion.† I recently
had the opportunity to discuss her keen
Day and her granddaughter, Jayce.
we meet for the interview, Valorie looks great as usual
despite her crazy schedule and having just arrived by
plane from Vancouver (she travels to as many five cities
in one day).† Tall, elegant and blond, Val is wearing
a long black skirt, a three-quarter length black crepe
jacket and a light blue sweater to complement her blue
are your "staple" clothing pieces, the things
you simply canít leave home without?
have a basic black crepe suit that I have had for about
five years.† I find it is my favorite article of clothing
because I can dress it up or dress it down; it travels
and it doesnít wrinkle so I can take it out and put it
on quickly and I feel it always looks presentable.
do you wear when you donít know what to wear?
think I would wear the article that I just mentioned with
a dressier top and a nice piece of jewelry.
you dress up rather than dress down if you donít know
what to wear?
One time I wasnít given the right information for a fairly
dressy occasion, and I wore a cotton dress. There were
even women in ball gowns!† All night I felt like I wanted
to explain why I had the wrong thing on.† So I learned
that youíre always better off dressing up rather than
dressing down.† Itís easy to remove a few pieces of jewelry
or a jacket if you need to look a little more casual.
are some of your favorite places to shop?
I am a great ďsale girlĒ, so I like finding good buys.
Over the years I have learned what styles suit my body
shape. What suits one person will not suit everyone. Iím
tall and short-waisted so I know certain styles work better
for me.† I donít have one favorite store, but I love sale
of us are on a budget. Do you have advice for someone
with limited funds?
you have limited funds and you want a good piece of clothing,
you can sometimes find a beautiful suit in a consignment
store. You may have to pay $100, but it would probably
be $500 regular.† I have found a few articles that way.
I enjoy going to the mall and Dots and Winners. Winners
is one of my favorite stores because it has good buys
and I can find things for everyone in my family. Often
I will buy things at the end of the season that I canít
wear until next year because I know Iíll still like it.
Rather than paying $100, I might get it for $50.
do you maintain a sharp, professional appearance even
after being on the road and sleeping in hotels so much?
weíre traveling extensively, I have a rule: I always hang
everything up immediately. I press everything before I
go to bed so I wonít have any surprises in the morning.
packing Iíll use the plastic from the dry cleaners and
wrap things in between layers for cushioning.
never pack thicker or heavier wools. I try to pack lighter
weight crepes and other fabrics that have a bit of movement
to them. I find they donít wrinkle as badly.
are your days like right now?
very busy because
we are traveling from one end of Canada to the other.
We have meetings in up to five cities in a day.
do you dress for so many different functions?
I get up in the morning, I make sure Iím dressed in something
that will last the whole day for all occasions: for a
breakfast, a lunch and a rally. I wear suits most of the
time. I like a two-piece suit. I can dress it up or dress
it down; I can open the jacket to make it look a little
more casual. My favorite pieces of jewelry are pearls
and pearl earrings Ė they can dress things up.
functions do you have to dress for on a regular basis?
always going to banquets and fundraisers. So I usually
wear business or semi-formal. For dressier occasions I
wear long skirts or dresses.
you like to shop!
both laugh because Val is a renowned power-shopper)
a girl Ė I love to shop!† When the seasons are changing,
Iíll take a walk through the mall. I love to get an idea
of whatís coming in for the season, what the colors are,
what the styles seem to be Ė if itís the straighter skirt
or longer, stripes, flowers, prints. Once I establish
in my mind the new styles, it helps me keep my eye out
for something that appeals to me. I find window-shopping
gives me an idea of what I want.† I also like to compare.
would you suggest to someone who wants to spice up her
wardrobe a little?
would suggest jewelry. Sometimes I just put on a new broach
or necklace and earrings that are a different color. Iíve
been wearing a few different broaches lately and it always
surprises me how many people will comment how much they
like a particular broach.† You can get costume jewelry
at any of the department stores, usually for under $10.
summer I think there will be a lot of red, white and black
and a lot of stripes. So Iíd suggest adding a new top
to wear with a skirt or pants that you already have Ė
this can change your whole look. Sometimes I like scarves
too, for a change.
you for your time Val and good luck with the election.
Iím sure now that you have shared this great advice, people
will be watching television on election night to see what
been my pleasure. Iíll try not to let you
down,Ē she says with a smile.