Getting Fall Fashion on a Budget
Thinking about what to wear for fall already but worried that your small budget will put a damper on things? Don’t worry, your bank account doesn’t have to be as huge as you want your wardrobe to be. By investing in a few key fall fashion items and keeping your eye out for deals, you can look as fashionable as anyone else.
Get the most bang for your buck by investing in a few quality fall basics in the right colors and fabrics. Buy sweaters, cardigans, and jackets that will go with things you already own by sticking to colors including black and gray. If you want trendy colors and patterns, limit them to low cost accessories instead. Picking the right fabric is just as important. You don’t want items to be too heavy when coupled with other clothes. Look for cotton and silk pieces—they’re breathable fabrics and, depending on the weave and thickness, they can feel comfortable in both warmer and cooler weather.
Extend your Wardrobe
Just because it’s a little cooler doesn’t mean you can’t wear your skirts, dresses, tank tops, T-shirts, and loose blouses. Stretch your spring and summer wardrobe into fall with accessories and shoes.
Pair skirts and dresses with black and gray opaque tights, which look great for both casual and career outfits. You can also wear tights underneath thin pants for extra warmth. Combining opaque tights with tall boots means you can walk out in a dress or skirt without shivering even when it’s raining. Even miniskirts are appropriate for fall with over-the-knee boots. For after work and weekend wear, tuck skinny jeans and leggings into your boots.
Buy a few quality cardigans in basic colors to wear over your thin tops. Add on scarves, hats, and gloves for extra warmth. These types of accessories are where you can splash out on rich fall colors and patterns, including burgundy, dark brown, dark green, and plaid, to add some personality to your base color outfit.
Shop Fall Fashion Preview Sales
Many retailers have a fall fashion preview sale during the summer, in which they offer the upcoming season’s fashions at discounted prices for a limited time. While it may be hard to think about sweaters and jackets when it’s 90 degrees outside, you can snag items at low prices ahead of everyone else at these sales. Be sure to join the mailing list of your favorite retailer or become friends with its associates to be notified of any sales.
Flash Sale Sites and Coupons
As with shopping for other seasons, you can save big bucks on luxury items by shopping sample sale sites. These sites offer limited quantities of surplus inventory at steeply discounted prices for a limited time. While these sites usually require membership, it’s typically free, requiring only an email address to join.
Coupons are another great way to lower your shopping bill. Search online for coupon codes, many of which can be combined for additional savings.
Keep these tips in mind and you’ll painlessly update your wardrobe for the fall and have enough money left over to start getting excited for the winter fashions!