Lakeland College’s business club held their second annual Fashion on a Budget fashion show on Feb. 26 where students strutted not only their sense of aesthetics but their knowledge of how to save a dime when shopping for clothes.
Fifteen students across both Lloydminster and Vermilion campuses were held to a strict budget of $32.50, with the exception of shoes and accessories, then competed to see who could buy the most stylish outfit on that modest allowance.
“The idea is (that) the economy is going through a bit of a difficult patch and a lot of young people are not used to having to budget. Here’s an opportunity for them to learn how to budget and how to have some fun as well,” said Ben Acquaye, instructor in business and facilitator for the business club.
“I mean, it’s very cold out there and here’s a chance for us in the college environment to just have some fun, have some glitz, have some glamour going on, so that was the whole point.”
Acquaye said he was “quite shocked” at how well the students did with their budget, after they dropped the amount of last year’s show from $35. Many of the students bought their outfits for under the $30 mark, so next year they’re going to reduce the amount further to make it more of a challenge.
Lloydminster Mayor Rob Saunders sat in as the head judge for the show along with Nahreman Issa from Newcap News, Justin Roger from The Goat, image consultant Michele Gustafson, student Eleni Nolin and Angela Minish, who is an instructor at Lakeland.
“We had about 17 different categories for 15 students because we’re quite privileged this year to have the support of so many businesses and individuals in town who have supported us with very good prizes and we are most grateful to all of our sponsors.”
The top prize category was “best interview outfit and performance” sponsored by Holiday Inn, which was taken by Gina Huybregts, a second-year business student majoring in small business and entrepreneurship.
“It was wonderful. Just to see that my personality was shown through my outfit and that the judges really appreciated what I had to say,” she said. “It’s nice to know that you can actually buy things at modest prices and be successful at the same time.”
Huybregts bought her outfit, including shoes, for $24.92 and won herself a one-night stay at the jacuzzi sweet at the Holiday Inn in Lloydminster. She also won the award for most colourful and vibrant.
A big part of the show involved raising money and goods for the Interval Home and the Lloydminster Men’s Shelter.
The event was admission by donation and over $200 was raised in addition to clothes and non-perishable food.