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Streetstyle: Laura Olafson

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Bundled up and cosy, Laura Olafson was seen walking home from a busy workday. How to stay warm is the big question these days, and then there's the issue of looking good in -30 C weather. It's all about the statement of your coat, since that's the only part of your outfit we see. Black is always a classic choice, but seeing a different colour and style is refreshing. Olafson, a vintage-clothing enthusiast, purchased her Yukon fur-trimmed white coat at Vintage Glory and swears by its warmth. The actor, singer and educational assistant loves expressing herself through her clothes and hopes to convince other people to dress well. Olafson posed for the camera outside Starbucks with rosy cheeks and a big happy grin before heading home to cuddle up indoors.

WHAT SHE WORE...

Coat -- "Vintage Glory, I bought my fox-fur earmuffs from Doug yesterday, too. I bought my coat from him a couple years ago and then went in there on Black Friday and bought the earmuffs."

Scarf -- "The scarf is made by a local girl named Brigette Guinette. She knits and sells them out of her own home."

Backpack -- Out of the Blue.

Boots -- "Sorel's design of last year at the Bay. They were half price after Christmas and they're not clunky and weird, they're sleek. I do recess duty at school so I wanted to come in and not be the freak with the big clunky boots on. I work as an educational assistant in the schools. I go out three times a day in my winter wear and then come back and be some what of a grown-up. These boots are great for that."

Gloves -- "Danier. I got them last year when there was a deal on -- pick out a couple leather items and pay for just the one. I always bargain-shop; I try and get the deals. It makes me feel good."

Ring -- "A gift from my Oma -- she liked to go antiquing. She's an influence on me. I love anything vintage, antiquing, anything old. I don't know why I've always been attracted to that."

 

FASHION ESSENTIAL

"I would say a funky scarf or tights because you can put a funky scarf over any outfit and kind of look put together. Leggings are great for rocking and layering clothes over top."

 

WHAT IS AN ESSENTIAL FOR THE WINTER?

"Leg warmers. I do a lot of walking and I have lots of different kinds. The store Brave New World has some and Harlequin dance shop makes really good dance leg warmers."

 

STYLE INSPIRATION

"Penny Lane from Almost Famous -- I try and emulate her vibe from that movie all the time. She's Kate Hudson's character. Big fur coats, anything leather, and anything '70s, bright exotic colours. A lot of girls in Winnipeg out and about are my inspiration -- I look at what's around me in my own city and then go with that. I just feel like a lot of prairie girls know how to shop and dress themselves. In the fall it's all about the really amazing sweater you can find with tights and boots. In the summer everyone's rocking soft, frilly dresses, and in the winter we're decked out in our Sorels and coats. I love to dress well -- it makes me feel good and I hope to liberate people around me to dress well. I realized it's about what you like and what makes you feel good to wear."

 

FASHION TIP

"A pair of fleece socks at Mountain Equipment Co-op was the best investment I've ever made. And SmartWool, merino wool. My friend in Ottawa made me buy a pair of $30 socks and I'm wearing them right now. They wick away sweat and are really warm and eco-friendly."

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Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 14, 2013 D13

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