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StreetStyle: Mellissa Houle

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The country look comes in and out of style, but not for Mellissa Houle, a soon-to-be business student and country girl at heart. Her current look was dressier then usual because of an interview that took place before we caught her walking out of Smoke's Poutinerie with a friend on Tuesday afternoon. Houle grew up on the farm, so jeans, a T-shirt and some cowboy boots are her normal day attire, but her love for the 1950s comes out when she dresses up.

 

What she wore...

Dress -- Urban Planet

Boots -- "I'm not exactly sure. I got them as a gift from my grandmother. I know they were made by an Italian designer, Roberto Vianni."

Pearl bracelet -- "From my best friend as a gift."

 

FASHION ESSENTIAL

"Jeans and a tank top. It's just me and it's what I wear. I like the simplicity of it. I'm only dressed like this because I had a meeting at school today to get into business administration. And I'm a girl -- I like to feel pretty sometimes. I actually grew up on a farm, believe it or not, so I love plaid. Last week I went on a party boat and wore a lace dress with my cowboy boots and I braided my hair."

 

STYLE INSPIRATION

"If I had a choice of what era I could live in, it would be the 1950s. I absolutely love everything about the 1950s -- how they dressed, how they talked, the music, everything. Just because when I was younger I watched a lot of old black-and-white movies because we didn't have TV on the farm, so we watched whatever we could and that's usually what was on. When I can, I try to play up the style. I really like lace and crochet; it's all coming back now but I was wearing that years ago, before anybody starting wearing it."

 

FASHION TIP

"Wear whatever makes you feel good about yourself -- that's how I dress."

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 18, 2012 E10

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