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Hailey Darling

Graduate architecture student Hailey Darling is working on her portfolio at the University of Manitoba and as a teaching assistant for environmental design history courses. Darling was spotted on Roslyn Street, wearing a beige vintage coat and embracing her natural curls.

Darling mentioned that can be fun to show your creativity through clothing, which can be the first -- and only -- way people perceive you.

Darling's position at the university has given her leeway to sport a more casual style, which she prefers to business attire.

What she wore...

Coat: "It's from Rhymes with Orange."

Scarf: "Fur scarf from Joe Fresh."

Shoes: "My shoes are from Value Village, Pembina."

Riding pants: American Apparel

Bags: "I have two, a Cambridge Satchel Company bag from the U.K., which is my purse, and my other bag is a laptop bag -- I was just at school. I got my laptop bag in Paris. I was in Paris travelling with my mom. We were in Paris for a week and London for a week."

Jewelry: "Anne Klein watch and mom's ring."

Did you pick up on any trends while in Europe?

"The fashion is amazing in Europe. Lots of little booties, which I have, with shorter jeans and streamlined jackets and shirts that are a boxier look."

Fashion essential

"Probably leggings, or some sort of comfier pant. And a vintage shirt that has a pop. It's just kind of my thing; a plain pant and a bigger coloured blouse is normally what I do. For summer, I'll change to shorts. I love winter dressing a lot better. It's cosy and you can layer. I like to be able to wear a bunch of things at once, as opposed to just a few items. In summer here it can get so hot that you want to wear the least amount of clothing possible."

Style inspiration

"I would say anything vintage, '50s or '60s. Mid-century modern looks. I like the retro prints and the simplicity of the cuts -- I really like the boxier cuts."

Did your trip to Europe inspire you?

"Yeah, they're always dressed up -- or at least a lot more than here. I think it's fun to show your creativity through your clothes, and walking on the street and seeing people dress well is fun."

Being an architect, do you have flexibility in your wardrobe?

"I think so. I worked one summer in a office in Calgary and I would say that was very much business-casual attire and not at all what I liked. In a smaller office, it's not that big of a deal -- or in Winnipeg, it depends but it can be more casual, which I prefer."

Do you think being around artistic people has helped you develop your style?

"Definitely. I follow a lot of interior design blogs, which are also posting runway pictures of what's in for fashion, which is often similar to what might be in with interior design."

Do you see a parallel between fashion and architecture/interior design?

"Yes, with colour, textures, shapes... but I find it more with interior design than architecture."

Fashion tip

"To curly-haired people: let it do its thing. Let it be. I use a diffuser and hairspray and keep it in one spot. Embrace it."

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Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 4, 2013 E10

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