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Vancouver Fashion Week stylists offer tips for high style on a low budget 0

By Dana Bowen, 24 hours Vancouver

Models Will Chung and Jayce Voyer sport outfits created by Vancouver Fashion Week stylists Yana Petrova and Taran Mullhi (all for under $100). From left: Chung's first outfit is Joe Fresh, and Voyer's first is H&M. Chung's second outfit is H&M and Voyer's second outfit is Joe Fresh. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS)

Models Will Chung and Jayce Voyer sport outfits created by Vancouver Fashion Week stylists Yana Petrova and Taran Mullhi (all for under $100). From left: Chung's first outfit is Joe Fresh, and Voyer's first is H&M. Chung's second outfit is H&M and Voyer's second outfit is Joe Fresh. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS)

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With Vancouver Fashion Week in full swing, patrons are expected to arrive in the highest of heels and the most eye-catching ensembles to watch top designers showcase their lines on the runway.

To help Vancouverites find big style with a small a price tag, two VFW stylists shared some secrets with 24 hours.

Taran Mullhi said that with Vancouver’s many options in clothing stores, shopping on a budget isn’t that tough a feat.

“I think the great thing about Vancouver is that fashion week is really not snobby,” said Mullhi. “It’s entertaining in showing off local designers and unique styles.”

Faced with a challenge of creating fashionable outfits for under $100 at H&M and Joe Fresh, Mullhi and Yana Petrova offered the following tips:

Left pair: Yana Petrova pairs basic with trendy

The key to finding great looks for cheap is all about the basics, said Petrova.

“Go for things that are on trend and spend more on those,” she said. “Then get the basics that will complement those pieces.”

That was the rule she followed when assembling model Jayce Voyer’s first look at H&M. Petrova matched the bold-patterned jeans with a simple T-shirt and then tied it together with a chunky necklace.

“The necklace is a nice complement with the pants,” Voyer said.

Right pair: Taran Mullhi pulls together smart-casual ensembles

While pulling a pair of tailored shorts to go with a bright-coloured blouse for model Jayce Voyer, Mullhi said she was looking for smart-casual pieces.

“Always try to add pops of colour and inject your own personality into the outfit,” she said.

The key to shopping on a budget is to mix and match from what you already have at home, she said.

“It doesn’t necessarily have to mean that you’re buying really basic items. Just think about your own style.”

 

 

 

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