October 22, 2015

How to Update Fall Wardrobe on Budget

1. Necklace: BP. ($18 + free shipping both ways!) // 2. Fedora: Forever 21
3. Necklace: Kendra Scott ($18 option) // 4. Turtleneck: Topshop (Other option: The Limited)
5. Tee: Topshop (Similar LOFT option)
6. Denim: BlankNYC (Other Nordstrom option) // 7. Poncho: Topshop (Under $30)
8. Jeans: Topshop (Similar LOFT and Nordstrom options) (Bootcut option)
9. Bucket Bag: MICHAEL Michael Kors
10. Cross body Bag: Emperia (Only $36 + free shipping both ways!)
11. Boots: Journee Collection (Under $80)
12. Lipgloss: MAC // 13. Lipstick: MAC // 14. Rollerball: Donna Karan

Each fall when my style magazines come out - and the new fall items hit the stores - I want to buy everything, but without an endless budget, I have to limit what I buy. Today, I am sharing how to update your wardrobe staples with a few simple, budget-friendly pieces - that can take an existing look and make it look “new”.  These trendy items will hopefully make you feel great and look super chic.  I know when I add something new - even something as simple as a new shade of lipstick - I feel prettier and more confident.

The look above I built from a few basic pieces - black denim, a white top (either turtleneck or tee or even a blouse), and black boots.  I incorporated faux leather jeans to show how to easily they can be styled (for any age) - but they can easily be swapped out for just black denim.  Also, you could switch the over the knee boots with short booties, tall boots (under the knee) or even flats.  And, if you don't like black jeans, you could wear a dark denim.  Also, if skinny jeans are not for you - flares would work great or even bootcut.

So, now, the four trendy "add on" items for fall, which you can add to your existing wardrobe....

Item #1: Fedora
A fedora is the hat to buy right now.  Back in my day, it was the baseball cap, and today the on trend option is the fedora. You do not need to spend a lot of money on one.  I have found some options for under $30 - some as low as $12.  If this is your first hat, I would stick to a neutral color - beige/tan, gray or black, because it is most versatile.  Depending on the colors in your wardrobe, you could try a burgundy one.

SHOP (All under $30)

Item #2: Poncho
The new “go to” cover-up is a poncho.  Ponchos from the seventies are definitely back.  You can spend as much or little as you want.  I got this plaid poncho for $38 - and I love it!  You definitely do not need to spend a lot of money.

SHOP (All under $50) 

Item #3: Scarf
I thought this trend might fade - but it is still going strong and does not seem to be fading anytime soon. These big blanket scarves you can wear loosely around your neck or you can even belt them and wear them more like a poncho.  Scarves are a great layering piece for the fluctuating fall temps, and are a great budget-friendly way to update an existing outfit.

SHOP (Under $50 - most around $30 or less)

Item #4: Something Burgundy
I think burgundy is a rich beautiful color - that just says “fall”.  You can easily incorporate some burgundy into your existing wardrobe - through a new bag, shoes, boots, or even something as simple as lipstick.

SHOP (Almost everything $25-50)

Here are some other looks for fall and ways to incorporate wardrobe basics of black denim and boots.

#1: Black denim, neutral tunic sweater, black booties - here.
#2: Today's look.
#3: Cozy long cardigan, jeans,  and boots - here.
#4: Plaid shirt, quilted vest (or shaggy sweater), black denim, boots - here

fringe, black denim, fedora, clare v leopard clutch, poncho, how to wear fedora

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  1. Awesome fashions, thanks for sharing!

  2. I love all of these picks! As a college student, I find it so hard to shop without my wallet being sad for months afterwards, lol! I'm so glad you posted this!


  3. Totally agree with this list! I posted about ponchos on my blog today, too! They are a great, versatile piece for fall!

  4. Great picks! One or two new pieces that you can mix in with your basics can really change up a look! I love all of the burgundy!

    Doused In Pink

  5. Such great tips! I love staples like my black denim and boots. I finally just bought a new pair because after two years mine was looking pretty faded. Your add on are great choices. I almost bought that striped oversize cardigan while in Topshop in NYC, and I totally regret not pulling the trigger.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  6. Fantastic picks! love the style ideas of #2 and #4...the faux leather pants are such a fantastic fall staple..

  7. Pinning this post! Those OTK boots are such an amazing find!

    Wishes & Reality

  8. This list is amazing! I want all of them!

    Life is Beautiful

  9. Amazing picks! The black over the knee boots and that burgundy cross body bag are beautiful! I also love that hat and the lipsticks, all of them are gorgeous shades for fall!
    Have a great weekend!

    xo, Esther


  10. I love the poncho , it's my favorite item out of everything :)

  11. Love all of these picks! I want it all! Those OTK boots are fabulous, and that bucket bag is a gorgeous color.
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  12. Quilted vest in the #4 outfit looks fabulous! Thanks for sharing these fall items!

  13. Those are some lovely outfits. I especially like the 1st and 3rd looks. So chic


  14. Some nice looking clothing for sure


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