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Lack of fashion orthodoxy is local badge of honor
Howard Wilson, left, Karren Little, center, and Margie Wilson discuss the Durango Discovery Museum at the museum’s Exhibit Benefit on March 25. “Dressing up” can mean different things to those in Durango.
Three women model the day’s fashion across from what is now Olde Tymer’s Café on Main Avenue in Durango.

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Howard Wilson, left, Karren Little, center, and Margie Wilson discuss the Durango Discovery Museum at the museum’s Exhibit Benefit on March 25. “Dressing up” can mean different things to those in Durango.
Three women model the day’s fashion across from what is now Olde Tymer’s Café on Main Avenue in Durango.
Guv adopts Durango style

DENVER – Durango style now has a follower in the governor’s mansion.
Many politicians shed their ties on the campaign trail in favor of blue jeans, cowboy boots and an open-collared shirt.
Gov. John Hickenlooper was no different. But after he took office, he has tried to keep the tieless look going.
Although he wore a tie for his inauguration and first address to the Legislature, he decided to try going six months without neckwear, he told the Colorado Press Association in February.
But there are times that the governor of a mid-sized American state just can’t avoid wearing a tie. He wore a tie for the CPA meeting, not because he was trying to show up the notoriously bad-dressing Colorado press corps, but because he had just met with the Canadian ambassador.
He also has worn them for national TV appearances, and he made a big show at his first bill-signing ceremony of walking up to the podium, then stepping back and threading a tie through the collar of his white shirt.
These days, Hickenlooper bases his fashion choices on the situation, said his spokesman, Eric Brown. If he’s talking at a business luncheon where all the men are wearing ties, he’ll probably wear one, too. But you probably won’t ever catch him in a tie on the west side of the Continental Divide.
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