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Philip Minaker

Philip Minaker

Philip Minaker has been a regular contributor to since its inception in 2009.  Many of his pieces on fashion, style and pop culture for 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!


Summer coolers

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Philip Minaker

Our style guy Philip Minaker reviews what’s hot in swimwear

Summer coolers

Okay! It’s now time once again for a little fashion sense with a whole lot of eye-candy! Swimwear is an essential staple for any summer wardrobe so let’s explore what’s hot. And with all the options available, show and tell has never been better! 

Regardless of whether you chose to just soak up the sun or expand on your workout regime with summer outdoor activities, you will want to don the most appropriate trunks.  Function as well as colour, silhouette and proportion are the key factors to consider when shopping for trunks that will carry you through this season with style. 

Like the rest of your summer wardrobe prints, electric colors and bold graphics are key options to consider when selecting swimwear. Checks, stripes and op-art prints offer an upbeat look that can depict a more whimsical side to your personality making you all the more appealing and eye candy in your own right. Trunks with contrasting colors utilized on edging and hemlines are also quite abundant and offer a flattering added touch. 

Advances in fabric technology have never been better in transitioning swim wear from the beach to the streets. Rapid dry fabrics, breathable synthetics and finely meshed or weaved materials allow your swimwear to breathe and prevent chaffing or unsightly rashes that can occur from non-porous materials that once were the norm in swimwear. This also adds to the likelihood of integrating swimwear into street wear without any repercussions or regrets that could occur with wearing over a long period of time. 

In terms of style, the tried and true favorite is the mid calf style silhouette that not only acts as the perfect swim suit but can serve as a walking short that can be easily integrated into your wardrobe adding versatility and function. Opt for this “short” style that best comes with a liner for added comfort and support. Whether you chose to strut around town or participate in a variety of outdoor sports these can be the perfect option. Walking shorts this season are also more fitted or tapered to the body enabling you to carry off this look without being judged as a fish out of water. 

Board shorts and even short shorts (whether fitted or not) can also fall into this style option but be careful with your own body proportions and whether they are age appropriate before selecting these as a staple in your wardrobe. 

Retro styles are also very prevalent for summer 2015! This short square cut or boxy and slightly looser fit than your typical Speedo has returned with a vengeance and is more flattering and less revealing than the more fitted options. And speaking of Speedo’s...body conscious square cut options are also a great alternative to the classic brief silhouette adding more comfort and less “cheekier” moments that can be interpreted as wardrobe malfunctions. 

A healthy dose of natural vitamin D combined with some added color to your skin tone will guarantee you look and feel better. It will also enable you to better carry off bright and flashier colors and prints that aren’t necessarily complimentary to your natural skin tone that are so on trend this season. 

Due to the various styles available in swimwear this season, you can easily beat the heat and relish those long dog days of summer with a sense of style that will make you cool, comfortable and set for whatever adventures you decide to take on. So dive into summer and make a splash!