3 Designer Looks for Less


It’s expensive to keep up with seasonal trends. Many of us will invest here or there in a designer piece, but what about those additions that might not stand the test of time? Whether you want to try out a new look or add some spice to your basics, affordable options are available.

The hard part is finding affordable pieces that don’t look affordable. Luckily for you, we’ve done some research. If you loved the Spring and Summer 2012 runway looks but can’t blow this month’s rent on new digs, keep reading.

Using affordable staple stores in Toronto – H&M, Zara and Joe Fresh – we’ve put together a few designer looks for less. Get the full look, or pair these pieces with your existing wardrobe. Either way, you’ll be feeling fresh and fashionable without the anxiety of wondering how you’re going to pay off that credit card bill next month.

Option 1Dsquared2
Approximate total – $1300

Our Solution:

Description: Simple v-neck, orange chinos, moccasins and statement belt.
Approximate Total – $200

All pieces available at ZARA.com. Pants, $59.90; V-neck, $11.90; Moccasins, $89.90; Belt, $39.90

Option 2Acne

Approximate total – $950

Our solution:

Description: Denim button-up on navy chinos, paired with simple sandals.
Approximate total – $88

Denim button-up, JOEFRESH.com, $29.99; Chinos, HM.com, $34.99; Flip-flops, HM.com, $12.99.

Option 3Louis Vuitton
Approximate total – $2500

Our solution:

Description: Light blazer paired with pressed, light trousers and a bold scarf.
Approximate total – $200

Blazer, HM.com, $129; Scarf, ZARA.com, $29.90; Trousers, JOEFRESH.com, $39.



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