San­dra Benum

Winnipeg Free Press - Section E - - STYLE - By Ce­line Bon­neville

What she wore…

COAT — Danier PURSE — “This is from Shop­pers Drug Mart in Cal­gary.” CARDI­GAN — “This is from Costco — se­ri­ously.” WHITE BUT­TON-UP-SHIRT — Joe Fresh, Su­per­store Lo­cal per­former San­dra ex­plained how work­ing in the arts has helped her de­velop her sense of style, and ex­press her­self through dress­ing on and off the stage. She has al­ways had a flair for cos­tum­ing and flam­boy­ant looks, tak­ing her per­for­mance style and show­cas­ing it in her daily life. “I’ve worked with a lot of tal­ented cos­tumers and re­ally been in­trigued by cloth­ing and de­sign — that’s re­ally been im­por­tant to me,” said Benum, whom we spot­ted roam­ing through St. Vi­tal Mall, killing time be­fore her den­tist ap­point­ment. NECK­LACE — “Holt Ren­frew, about 15 years ago in Win­nipeg.” PANTS — “These are from a con­sign­ment store in Car­man, Man­i­toba.” SHOES — “Jones Ac­ces­sories on Academy.” EAR­RINGS — “These are Hi­lary Drux­man — she’s my favourite. If I’m go­ing to buy good jew­elry, that’s where I go.”

Fash­ion es­sen­tial

“I would say an ac­ces­sory, whether it is a scarf, a neck­lace, or bracelet. Ac­ces­sories are nor­mally re­ally im­por­tant. I like lots of state­ment pieces. You can take a re­ally in­ex­pen­sive out­fit and just add a lot of panache with them and it makes it look like a very ex­pen­sive out­fit. This neck­lace I have on from Holt Ren­frew prob­a­bly cost me, I don’t know, $100 or so but I’ve had it for 15 years so it’s paid for it­self.” “I’ve al­ways been in­volved in the arts — I’m ac­tu­ally a per­former, I do Rain­bow Stage, opera, and I per­form with dif­fer­ent jazz cabarets and what­not. I’ve al­ways had a flair for cos­tum­ing and flam­boy­ant looks so I’ve taken what I wear on­stage into my life; it’s just a part of me. I’m not afraid to try dif­fer­ent things and be dar­ing and I guess that’s the thing. I’m 56 and peo­ple should just have fun and not be afraid of change.”

Fash­ion tip

“Al­ways wear lip­stick and mas­cara — ev­ery­thing al­ways looks bet­ter when your eyes and lips pop. An­other tip would be to ex­plore vin­tage con­sign­ment stores. They have great stuff.”

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