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Two years of stylin' in the city

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The best StreetStyles over the past couple years have truly taken my breath away. They've been stopped spontaneously on the streets, in coffee shops and at fashion events in Winnipeg and been willing to be daring with their choices and have confidence that seeps out in the air.

Their ability to be adaptable with trends, classic styles and accessories is noted. But having true style comes from their own way of sporting the look. I have always tried to find real people, at every season, any age who portray what they wear like a painting on a canvas, but not in a showy way.

Like the subtle man sitting in the corner of a coffee shop wearing a fedora hat, jeans and wing tips reading a paper. Or the university student who didn't opt for wearing sweatpants because all of his classmates are. The best find is when I am out searching and I see someone that catches my eye and I can't guess what stores anything that they are wearing on their body is from. I find out that the cardigan was the young ladies grandma's, and the boots are from the thrift store near her house. StreetStyle is real life style in real life settings.

The top five StreetStyle's photographed and interviewed blow me away with their stories, their clothes and the confidence that are just ordinary people wearing extraordinary things.


1 Bill Shell

From his famous quote that still rings in my ear, "You're not dressed up unless you're wearing a tie." Bill Shell, the oldest and best-dressed man on a daily basis I've ever interviewed took StreetStyle to a whole new level. For many of us, we have days where we are dressed more stylishly then other days. For Mr. Shell, it wasn't a matter of catching him on a good day because he is dressed well every day. He grew up in an era where wearing a suit and tie, hat and puff, (pocket square) as he called it, was the standard. Shell wore classic styles and cuts that will never go out of style and for him, dressing up is imperative because he mentioned how much his wife Ruth liked to see him that way.


2 Karina Slobogian

A beautiful long turquoise dress paired with a chestnut-coloured belt, sandals and backpack worked so well outside in the late summer evening. I love this look because it is romantic and elegant, but yet looking closely it's comfortable and relaxed, which probably comes from the blue denim jacket in Slobogian's hand.


3 Koray Demirbag

You wouldn't think that finding a man in a suit during the lunch hour downtown would be a difficult task? It can be a rarity finding a man who has more going on than just a typical suit -- that is, the confidence confidence to mix and match a suit jacket and pants, adding a pair of suspenders for the fun of it, and have your pants hemmed shorter to show off some coloufrul socks. Oh, did I mention his coloufrul pocket square? You get the picture.


4 Eric Olek

Eric Olek carries the torch for men who add accessories to a casual outfit. Olek was spotted at a Winnipeg Fashion Incubator event and wore his fashion essential, "a hat," a pair of holsters (wrap-around upper-body bag) and a scarf. It was evident that he was the best dressed and accessorized man at the daytime show.


5 Brenna Holeman

Brenna Holeman was one candidate who made my mouth drop open at her sight. It's apparent looking at her photograph that she had a place to go, as it looked like she had just walked off of a movie set. Yet, interviewing her outside of Starbucks, I found she was just spending some time with family over the holidays, running errands and dropping in for a cup of coffee with her dad. She may have had nowhere special to go, but her way of thinking that there's always a reason to dress nicely makes me smile.


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Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 25, 2014 D13


Updated on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 12:07 PM CST: adds photos

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