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StreetStyle - Kevin Tipan

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Every Winnipegger knows the importance of dressing for winter.

Unfortunately, dressing in a stylish manner gets hidden by big bulky jackets in freezing-cold settings, especially the way this winter has been.

Kevin Tipan, a textile science student at the University of Manitoba, has been able to find a way to stay stylish even outside, and understands the importance of layering.

What he wore...

Coat, T-shirt and hat -- "My coat, shirt and hat are all from American Apparel. I used to work at American Apparel and Danali. Danali was great because I wanted to gain experience with a company that's knowledgeable about their products and has higher-quality clothes."

Sweater -- "My sweater's from Club Monaco."

Jeans -- "My jeans are from Danali."

Boots -- Little Burgundy

"I usually wear my grandpa's old vintage watch but the battery died so I have to replace it."


What is the greatest thing that you've learned working in retail?

"I think it's product-knowledge. It sucks going somewhere and dealing with someone who doesn't know what they are talking about, and meeting people is a huge thing for me. Getting to know them, building relationships is something I like best about customer service. I work at TD bank right now, I get to meet people still, but more related to the business of banking and the financial world then really what I'm passionate about."


How has your style changed working in retail to a more corporate setting?

"I got into dressing more formally -- it forced me to think about different outfits that I wasn't usually used to. I really liked that because I thought it was a challenge. My goal with what I wear has always been to come up with something functional. Something that works with and complements each piece. My style changes a lot but I am more comfortable now with my style than how I was before. I used to be a lot more into streetwear and graphic tees -- I'm still into streetwear but more into accessories."


What changed?

"My style is more simple, more fitted silhouettes and clean lines. I wore a lot of Levi's, which I still wear, but I've gotten into certain brands because of the knowledge that I've obtained with products now. Going from loud graphic tees to plain subtle tees and simple clean cuts. A lot more brands, A.P.C, Banana Republic more of the higher-end looks."


How can men dress formally, adding a sense of style into their workwear attire?

"Accessories, a cardigan adds a pop of colour. Neutral pant colours, a watch that sticks out, different coloured ties. I really pay attention to colour schemes. I could go fully neutral and then add an accent piece making the outfit pop out more. That's how I would dress up. Add at least one thing that would help pop the outfit out whether it be something small or large."


Fashion essential

"Jeans and button-ups, a basic shirt and a good pair of trousers. I do wear denim a lot. And fit is important to me. I usually get my clothes tapered all the time. I finally found a pair of jeans that fit me great without being tailored and they are called Tape Ted by Nudie's, you can find them at Danali or online."


Style inspiration

"Inspiration is really anything design-related. If I were to see different colour schemes that go well together I would use a colour palette and go from there. Architecture and music -- depends on my mood or what I'm into at the time. I'm not really into the blog world, I'm more inspired by people with similar interests as me in the city, so I look to them to get inspiration."


Winter fashion tip

"I would say layer. Start with a shirt like an undershirt and consider the temperature, light shirt or just a basic T-shirt. And then I have a long sleeve button-ups to choose (casual or not) that come in all different fabrics. In Winnipeg I know to find heavier cottons or flannels that provide warmth as well. From there you layer with a cardigan and then you can even layer on top of that with a vest, or a jacket. Then add on your coat. Even that doesn't have to be a Canada Goose jacket it can just be a simple down-filled jacket."

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Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 15, 2014 D13

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