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Buying quality clothing is more cost effective, expert says

Natalie Fraser
Life Reporter

Fashion is many things, including art and self-expression. Students enrolled in the Humber College Fashion Management program are encouraged to make a statement.

Fashion program coordinator Bruce Sinclair explains how students target individualism.

“There is definite room for self-expression and to present a point of view. The students (create) build-up displays or mini-stores in Visual Merchandising, capsule collections they create for Product Development, or the businesses they create in their capstone project.”

The expense of fashion is a headache for some. Clothes can be hard to buy depending on the store or quality of clothing.

“Quality versus quantity is important,” said Humber graduate of Fashion Arts Morris Watson. “Buying fewer, high quality items is much more sustainable, plus higher quality clothing lasts longer.”

Watching the hallways of Humber, there are the students that dress based on program requirements, the athletes of the school, fashionistas, and the casual and the more laid back.

Students in programs like paramedics, nursing, culinary, business, or fitness programs tend to be dressed in clothing suited for their studies.

“My style is a combination of cultural and professional,” said second year Business Administration student Shanelle Facey. “I practice my religion while dressing as though I am in an office.”

She explains for many of her presentations, she’s expected to be dressed in professional attire such as a buttoned shirt or blouse underneath a suit jacket or cardigan. Her teachers set the expectation for personal appearance high to prepare for the workplace, she says.

Program coordinator Sinclair says there is plenty of available help with clothing choice.

“There are sites such as Fashion Revolution and various apps available to help you research. Also, think long term…look for high quality, well designed basic pieces for your wardrobe. Pay a little more, buy them less often, then have fun experimenting with trends from your fast fashion stores at a lower price point.”

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