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Anna G. Larson, Published October 07 2012

Style Profile: Stylyish pastry chef swears by boots, perfect fit

FARGO – Last week’s Style Profile candidate Abby Swegarden told me that her fashion rule is “Listen to Minda.”

I found Swegarden’s friend Minda Ringdahl downtown at Nichole’s Fine Pastry, where she works as a chef and manager, to see what her style is all about.

I discovered the young chef has a thing for cowboy boots and adding vintage elements to her look. I admired her wide-legged pants, sky-high pink Mary Janes and blunt-cut bangs.

What are you wearing? My shirt is J. Crew, cardigan is Guess, pants by Anthropologie, shoes are from Forever 21, my belt in vintage and my bag is from T.J.Maxx.

Where do you shop? T.J.Maxx, Clothes Mentor, and I’m an avid thrift store/consignment shopper. I have collections of things.

Describe your style. I try to incorporate a bit of vintage into my outfits. I like to look in magazines and then go shopping for vintage things that look similar. It’s a bit of a hobby. I like the hunt and chance of it all.

Where do you get fashion inspiration? I get a lot of magazines that I rarely buy anything out of, so I try to find cheaper things that are similar. As a kid, I would garage sale with my mom. She’d always buy me something at the garage sale. It encouraged me to be creative.

What influences your style the most? Whatever kind of mood I’m in. It’s kind of comical because we can wear solid colors at work, and I usually look like a giant rainbow – I feel like purple pants and a yellow shirt today.

Every color matches every color – that’s my philosophy. I also like clothes to fit really well.

Favorite art: Japanese prints. I also like to look at Japanese street style. I love the bright colors and tall shoes.

What can’t you live without? My cowboy boots. I’m kind of sad I’m not wearing them today. I wear them most days. They seem to go with everything, maybe because I want them to.

If you could buy any fashion item right now, what would it be? Snakeskin cowboy boots.