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25 Most Stylish Bostonians of 2008 -- Colette Phillips

(Dina Rudick/Globe Staff)
By Hayley Kaufman
Globe Staff / November 18, 2008
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Colette Phillips

Age: 54

Residence: Brookline

Profession: Founder/owner Colette Phillips Communications

You grew up in Antigua. What did you first notice about American style - or specifically Boston style - when you came here? The thing that struck me is that I found people dressed very conservatively. People were just very buttoned down. This was in the early '70s. It's becoming less so. The pulse of the city is changing demographically. It's not as starchy as it was 25 or 30 years ago.

Has your style changed over the years? I grew up with a mother who was in retail. So my mom gave me my sense of style. I was a size 2, so I got the sample dresses. And they were always very unusual. I always liked clothes that were unique and distinctive. As I got more mature I looked at them more as investment clothes.

How would you describe your style? My style varies between eclectic and traditional. My eclectic wear is funky. When I go to a function I'm not going to see four or five other people in the same outfit. My clothes are distinctive. I shop at Sana Belle in Brookline. They have the best, unique jackets. They are reasonably priced but distinctive. And there's a place in Newton called Wow. And when I wear their clothes people really do say wow. Also a little boutique at Copley Place called Nouveau. I have a shawl from her and I was in New York and people literally stopped me to ask me where I got it.

What is the one article of clothing you couldn't part with? I would say it would have to be a nice pair of black knit St. John pants. I can wear it in the spring time and I can wear it in the winter time. You can travel with it, you can travel to Miami in the summer, and you can wear it in Boston in the winter. You just change the color top and switch it up with the accessories.

Are you going to the inauguration? If so, what will you wear? Absolutely, I'm going to the inauguration. I'd wear something by Joseph Ribkoff. His stuff is always wow - it's feminine, and I really like that.

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