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Librarian shelves Dowdy Stereotype

Edmonton Journal – “Welcome to My Wardrobe, a peek into the closets of Edmontonians known for their style savvy. Every other week, we’ll ask one of the city’s best-dressed to show us around and tell us what their closets say about them. Most librarians, muses Kathy West, own a beige or navy trench coat. “It’s basic. It’s classic. They’ll wear it forever.”West, however, is not like most librarians. Her trench coat, by Escada, is electric blue, in a light, shimmery fabric.”The stereotype is that we dress boringly and conservatively,” says West, who heads the Winspear Business Reference Library at the University of Alberta. The assumption is that librarians only wear buns, cat-eye glasses and, to put it kindly, sensible shoes.”

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