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StreetStyle: Hillary Smith

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Hilary Smith

Hilary Smith is an artist. Her clothing was as eclectic as a painter's palette, with different colours, shapes and patterns that came together and somehow worked. We were struck by the complexity of her outfit; it took a few glances to understand the outfit visually. However, Smith's confidence overrode her daring look -- it's not the clothes that make it hard to pull off a look, it's the person's personality that determines whether it works.

Photographed in Osborne Village, the soon-to-be graduating art student was picking up a few thing to decorate her apartment with and attending a concert later that night.

What she wore...

Scarf -- "I can't remember; it's really old. I think it might be from Zellers."

Sweater -- "Sweater is from a thrift shop."

Hat -- Target.

Bag -- "This is Marc by Marc Jacobs. I have knitting and my lunch in it."

Purse -- "Purse is from Urban Outfitters."

Pants -- "Patterned trousers -- they are really light fabric and they're from Forever 21."

Boots -- Asos.com

Sweater -- Joe Fresh

T-shirt -- "I got it from what used to be Mixed Tape."

Rings -- "One ring is from an art gallery in Minneapolis, and the other is from house of Harlow, Nicole Richie's jewelry brand."

Watch -- Casio, American Apparel

Fashion essential

"I would say a good sweater or cardigan you can pull on. And a good ring, something chunky and flashy. For spring and summer, definitely denim shorts, graphic tees and light layers. I really like print on print, with some kind art deco print, like these pants. I think that's a really neat combination -- the more obscure the better."

Has your style always been like this?

"I think since I started university -- my first class was an intense colour theory class. And after that you don't look at colour the same. Definitely being in art school's changed my style."

Does being an art student and surrounded by artistic people help you wear bold prints?

"I do a lot of print-making and a big part of that is colour, colour theory, and knowing what's going to work well together. I wear a lot of patterned prints in my clothes. I love pattern, and I love the people I go to school with, it's a great group of people."

Style inspiration

"I look at blogs a lot, ones that do everything from DIY to arts and crafts to texture stuff, like Asos.com -- they also have a magazine -- and nastygal.com, which also has Instagram to look at. I'm definitely a street watcher. The university is a great place to people-watch with all walks of life.

"You have to kind of be restricted in art school. You have to appeal to your professors, and I think that's a big restriction in what I want to do, so my clothing and fashion choices are a little more out there, to make up for the lack of colour in school."

Fashion tip

"Try new things. I love high-waisted jean shorts... I'm looking for this one Chanel T-shirt that's dripping acid; it's awesome. I can't find it anywhere. I might have to make it. That's another thing -- don't be afraid to DIY. I've only started to get into textiles in my art, but it's something that I want to push and pursue more of. There's a huge world to tap into there."

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Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 13, 2013 E10

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