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Style Profile: Retro fashions inspire West Fargo woman’s style

Kary Janousek describes her style as “midcentury meets Marie Antoinette.” Anna G. Larson / The Forum1 / 4
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FARGO - Red-lipped and wearing a vintage hat, Kary Janousek looks like she stepped out of the 1950s.

The 33-year-old West Fargo woman who operates Etsy shop High Hat Couture takes style inspiration from centuries past.

Her dream job is to become a milliner, and she appreciates well-made, classic clothing.

I spotted Janousek at Red Raven Espresso Parlor in downtown Fargo and liked her spunky retro look.

Describe your style.

Midcentury meets Marie Antoinette.

What are you wearing today?

A 1950s skirt from Repeat Boutique (2551 45th St. S.), sweater from Macy’s, American Eagle shoes, a hat from an auction, sunglasses from One World Boutique (614 Main Ave.) and a coat I’ve had forever.

Where do you shop?

Thrift stores, Etsy and eBay.

Who are your style icons?

When I was a teenager, I met a few women in their 70s and 80s who inspired the way I dress today.

They’d had years of experience curating their style with collections of coats, jewelry, dresses, etc.

I also admire Linda Rodin (a model and skincare line founder in her 60s), she has amazing taste. 

What are some of your favorite things in your closet?

My Mr. John black wool felt tilt hat, a sweater from my grandpa and a black wool princess cut 1940s coat my husband got me for our anniversary.

What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever worn?

I had a wide-brim hat with purple faux orchids that you could see for miles.

What’s the best style advice you know?

Fashion is fun but true beauty comes from within.

What would you never wear?

Khaki pants, shorts or capri pants.

What’re the top five things every women needs in her closet?

Suede boots, a tailored coat, a great hat, black jeans and a silk blouse.

Anna G. Larson

Anna G. Larson is a features reporter with The Forum who writes a weekly column featuring stylish people in Fargo-Moorhead. Larson graduated from North Dakota State University with a degree in journalism and joined The Forum in July 2012. She's a Fargo native who enjoys travel, food, baking, fashion, animals, coffee and all things Midwestern. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter: @msannagrace 

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