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Streetstyle: Leith Robertson

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Leith Robertson

Leith Robertson has had to learn how to dress in Winnipeg's brisk climate, since he's used to tropical temperatures back home on Australia's Gold Coast. He gives his Canadian friends credit for helping him keep warm over three years here. Robertson has learned the importance of layers and of having a good scarf to break the wind during the in-between weather Winnipeg is having. We stopped Robertson, a lawyer at Pitblado Law, on his walk home from work as he crossed over the bridge into the Osborne Village area on a chilly Tuesday evening. He not only stays warm but knows how to do so in a stylish manner.

What he wore...

Coat: "I've had it for about five years. It's from Seattle somewhere, I got when visiting."

Suit: "My suit is Alfred Sung. I think it's from The Bay."

Shirt: Ralph Lauren

Tie clip: Ben Sherman

Scarf: "This was a gift I've had for at least three years."

Bag: "My bag is a work briefcase. Property of my law firm I work at."

Shoes: "My shoes are Steve Madden from Nordstrom."

Watch: "Rip Curl watch I got in Australia, which is where I'm from."

Fashion essential

"A suit, because I wear suits to work. I probably have about eight suits -- I try to keep my shirts, ties and pocket squares mixed and matched, depending on the type of event. If it's more formal, I'll wear a darker suit; less formal I'll wear lighter suits, which is my general rule of thumb."

Style inspiration

"I know what I like and I stick with it. I wear a lot of greys and blues -- they seem to suit me. There are stores like The Bay and Nordstrom that I will window-shop if I'm looking for something and see whether it not it will look good on me, and then go with it. I have friends who I'll go shopping with on vacation and I love to get girls' opinions as much as I can."

What is the coldest it gets in Australia?

"Where I'm from, it doesn't get below the teens even in winter. So in the summers it's usually around the 30s and 40s -- tropical climate."

Fashion tip

"Choose style over fashion: fashion is fickle, but if you have your own style and you know what you like and what makes you feel comfortable, stick with it.

"I would say make sure you get your clothes properly fitted -- there's nothing worse then having a suit that doesn't fit you... Go with easy colours for suits -- stick with greys, charcoals and navys. With ties and pocket squares, mix it up with colour. I'm not wearing funky socks, but today they are a happy medium between my shoes and my pants."

 

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Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 27, 2013 E10

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