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How To Be Fabulous On a Budget: Fall 2006 Trends

It'll cost you just four or five bucks to pick up one of the phonebook-sized fall fashion magazines, but you could easily go bankrupt trying to chase all of the hot trends contained within. So try this smart shopping strategy: Splurge on what are likely to become classic wardrobe staples, and find cheap options for trends that will probably look silly by next year. Here are some tips for following the fall trends without breaking the bank.

  • Lean on Budget Chains
    For very of-the-moment looks that probably won't last—like wool short-shorts, leggings, and animal prints—scoop up cheap clothes that also won't last long from stores like Forever 21, H&M, and Old Navy. Target's Paul + Joe line, for instance, has some very cute wool roll-up shorts for $30.
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  • Scour Thrift Stores
    Not surprisingly, a lot of this fall's trends have been around before and can easily be found in thrift stores. Scour the racks of your local Buffalo Exchange or Goodwill for second-time-around trends, including wide belts, vests, and gold-toned accessories, like this mod 1960s handbag, available for just $25 here.
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  • Alter Last Year's Looks.
    Get out your needle and thread (or call your ace alterations person) and give old clothes a modern look. Taper a pair of bootcut jeans to turn them into skinny jeans. In addition, an A-line or circle skirt can be taken up and turned into a bubble style like this LaRok design, sold here for $99.
  • Splurge Selectively
    Fortunately, many of the trendy looks this season—namely, high, flat boots, dressy flats, and red accents—are borne out of very classic styles that are likely to be contemporary for years to come. So if you're looking to splurge, save it for the styles most likely to last, like these Kate Spade flats, available for $354 here.

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sanD13 sanD13 10 years
They're opening another H&M in Pasadena too. I loved the H&M's in Europe but I doubt the ones here will be as good.
caligirl1201 caligirl1201 10 years
Kristinb you should come down to visit San Fran, we have a huge H&M.
kristinb kristinb 10 years
What bugs is I live in Seattle where we have no H&M. You can't buy it online right? The stuff that's sold on ebay is either 1) overpriced or 2) crap So sad!
Kaciegrrl Kaciegrrl 10 years
That's what I've been trying to do this season - uber trendy stuff is coming from Old Navy, Target, and department store juniors departments, lol. The classic stuff like bags and jewelry and purses is where I'm investing. And, of course, shoes.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 10 years
I think we need more posts like this. I'm a girl on a budget and even some of the "bargains" on this site are too much for me!
Ophelia2 Ophelia2 10 years
Oh my, I love that vintage bag. I find myself going more and more vintage these days, especially with jewelry - You never see anyone else with the same piece and it doesn't go out of style - good investment all around. Revolution People. Revolution
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Awesome advice!
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
All great ideas! I saw those Paul & Joe shorts the other day - they are very cute! The only problem with thrift stores for me, is that nobody in this town has EVER been fashionable. :)
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