9 Fall Wardrobe Updates You Can Make Without Spending a Fortune
Whenever a new season comes along, there's that inevitable feeling of desperately needing a wardrobe update. But with all the fresh merchandise hitting stores, it can be tough to prioritize exactly which Fall trends you really need to have in order to feel like your closet is up to date. Plus, most people aren't working with an unlimited budget, so the more you can get for your money, the better. So as you transition from thinking about what to wear when it's too hot outside to the closet switch-ups that will get you the most bang for your buck in the season ahead, here are some key trends to keep in mind.
The color red was all over the runways for Fall, so investing in a dress you love in the bold color is a smart move. Wear it now with your best white sneakers and shades and later in the season with a khaki trench and boots.
Suiting pieces and menswear patterns are trending for Fall, so you can make the most of both at the same time by picking up a checked blazer that will work with everything from jeans to trousers and tees to romantic ruffled blouses.
For something with a real hit of menswear style, try the Zara Double-Breasted Jacket With Lined Buttons ($100).
While you weren't paying attention, statement belts sneakily made a comeback. Fall's version is wide and classic in black or brown with a silver or gold buckle, meaning it will go with most of the pieces you already have in your closet. Wear it at your waist to add definition to your shape or slung low on your hips with a flowy dress for a more bohemian vibe.
With stripes, argyle, varsity, Fair Isle, and more, you'll want to get in on this season's novelty knit trend. Wear one with jeans, a skirt, or over a dress for an instant outfit refresh.
This Forever 21 Contemporary Multi-Stripe Knit Top ($16) mixes well with basics for a quick and easy update.
This season's varsity jacket is the varsity sweater. Snag one like the & Other Stories Jacquard Varsity Striped Sweater ($95) ASAP.
If you're not afraid to try out something a little louder, the Aqua Cashmere Intarsia-Emojis Sweater ($198) might just be your next closet all-star.
It's all about the details this Fall, which makes a skirt with standout buttons a must have. In on-trend neutrals like khaki and navy, these simple yet outfit-making skirts will bring any ensemble to the next level.
What could be more cool-weather-worthy than velvet? The material was everywhere on the runway this season, so if you haven't already invested in this Fall classic, now is the time to go for it. Luckily, it's become so popular that you don't have to spend a fortune to get in on the trend.
Layered outfits are more popular than ever, and the Intimately Meow Meow Velvet Maxi Slip ($98) looks just as great over your favorite tee or turtleneck as it does on its own.
The best thing about this season's folk-inspired florals is that they're available in every silhouette and color palette you can imagine. Silky pantsuits, off-the-shoulder tops, billowing blouses, and date-night dresses are all represented in the trend, making it one of the most painless to add to your closet.
Metallic pieces have been floating around for a few seasons, but silvery statement items are the most current version of the trend. From wear-with-anything jackets to separates that are easy to mix-and-match with your existing staples, adding something shiny to your assortment for Fall is a no-brainer.
This Silence + Noise Iridescent Packable Windbreaker Jacket ($79) mixes sporty with slick for a look that's fully of the moment.
Sure, puffer jackets are a cold-weather mainstay, but these days, you can find them in all kinds of fun colors and thoroughly updated shapes. Wear these as your outerwear in the early days of Fall and later on as layering pieces.