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Lana Belton

Belton, a young professional at a marketing firm, has leeway with her clothing at work, but as with all business-related jobs, looking put-together is encouraged, and she does so with an assortment of styles. Blending tailored silhouettes with thrift-store coats is how she expresses her look.

She also has an open-closet policy she's established with her friends. They're all allowed to browse through each other's closets, borrowing whatever they want. It's a way to add variety in your closet without breaking the bank.

Belton was carrying groceries on her way home from work; we stopped her just before crossing the Osborne Street Bridge.

What she wore...

Coat -- "I got this from Value Village, I think probably the one in Transcona -- it's just a little less picked over at that one."

Scarf -- "The scarf someone left at my house."

Purse -- "My purse is Calvin Klein; it's from The Bay."

Sunglasses -- "I got these online on eBay."

Leggings -- "These are American Apparel riding pants."

Boots - The Bay

Fashion essential

"I have a closet overflowing with coats, probably at least 15. I've got all kind of colours. This one's probably the brightest. I have a red Hudson's Bay coat that I wear. I've got some cream ones, some black ones, all the colours in a coat rainbow."

How about in summer?

"I have an embarrassing number of shorts. All kinds, I love patterned shorts and denim cutoffs, too.

Do you ever cut your own jeans?

"I try to, but I always seem to blow it."

Style inspiration

"Good question -- I think probably my friends; they're all good dressers. We shop at a lot of vintage shops and love Club Monaco. We share clothes; we have an open-door policy on our closets. We can often borrow whatever we want from each other; it usually becomes a free-for-all. There's also this fashion blog I read called Fashion Squad. It's a Swedish fashion blogger and I've just been reading her blog for years and really like it."

Fashion tip

"Dress seasonally appropriately and don't be cold. I like colour -- try and wear more colour."

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Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 20, 2013 E10

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