Full name, age and occupation?
Dr. Andrea Gelinas. I’m a dentist.
What does your day-to-day look like?
I’m a general dentist. I opened my studio, Gelinas Dental Studio, two years ago after working for other practices for 12 years. We focus on bridging the gap between health and beauty and provide customized comprehensive care. Most days are non-stop! As soon as I walk in, I’m seeing patients all day with paperwork sprinkled in between.
Does your company and/or industry have a dress code?
Most dentists wear scrubs, but I refuse to do that. Clothing to me is such an important part of my identity. Watching my brother, who is a fashion designer [Chris Gelinas, whose label is CG], hone his craft over the years really made me pay attention to clothes and details in a different way. I also want my staff to be able to express their style and not wear the traditional clinic uniform.
Describe what you usually wear to work.
I gravitate toward a modern, sharp aesthetic with clean lines. I always have a cropped trouser and high-waisted jeans in the rotation. I also love a good jumpsuit – Horses Atelier is my go-to and has become part of my work “uniform.” It’s so easy – you put it on and feel instantly put-together and polished. And it’s comfortable to be in all day long. I also have statement pieces from my brother’s line because his textiles are stunning and unique. Great shoes are important to me! An unexpected sneaker or platform boot is practical for me when running between operatories and it also pulls my look together so I feel properly styled. It’s very important to me that my look and the look of the office leaves people feeling good about their experience.
This week I wore my black Horses Atelier belted jumpsuit, cropped wide-leg black trousers with a Knix tank and a printed kimono of my brother’s and cropped black cigarette pants with a three-quarter-sleeve tunic, all from Cos.
Do you wear heels?
I do. I have days when I have mostly new-patient exams so don’t have to do a lot of bending or standing. I stand when doing surgery, so if I have a surgical day I’ll wear a flat, like the Prada running shoes with the lips on them, because that still at least looks put together. You can find things that are elevated that are still comfortable and functional – you just have to do a bit of digging sometimes.
What do you think about when you’re deciding what to wear?
First and foremost, does it represent me? Then, can I move my arms properly in it? No one wants their dentist to feel or be restricted or distracted in any way.
Whose style inspires you?
Jenna Lyons, Tilda Swinton and Daphne Guinness.
What challenges, if any, do you face when it comes to getting dressed or shopping for clothing?
The biggest challenge the past few years has been how my body has changed since having my son, Nico. It’s made me think about and shop for clothes in an entirely different – but good – way.
What’s one item you wear all the time/was the most worth-it purchase for you?
I have a heavy leather jacket from one of my brother’s first seasons – I wear it from September to April because I can layer it. The details are perfection – rose-gold hardware, laser-cut leather, pleating and a killer belt hemline.
What’s one item you wish you hadn’t bought/wasn’t worth it/you never wear?
A Louis Vuitton canary-yellow exaggerated A-line skirt in this amazing bonded fabric. I absolutely love it, but it’s just not practical. It made more sense when I lived in New York.
How do you shop for clothes?
I have a ritual of going to New York twice a year and shopping with my brother for must-have pieces. He challenges me to think outside the box and buy pieces that I feel comfortable in but that I wouldn’t normally consider for myself. In the spring, it was Marni platform running shoes and a pink coat. In Toronto, I usually make a point to shop at Cos two to three times a year and pick out a few elevated basics. Mixed in are some sporadic, insomnia-driven designer eBay gems.
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