Tomorrow is the first day of Fall. When I went to write my Fashion Friday post for today I found that I already had! Last year. So I’m reposting similar advice from last year’s post since my essentials don’t change with some updated photos/products for 2012.
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Fall means it’s time for pumpkin spice lattes, leaves falling from the trees, and weather that changes daily here in the Northeast. It seems every day is different and we get varying temperatures every hour it seems! So how are you supposed to dress when the weather may be sunny and warm at noon but overcast and cold at 8am. You may have some ways to transition your summer wardrobe to fall, but you also need to look at building a fall wardrobe if only for the gorgeous fall color palettes you can wear.
10 Fall Fashion Essentials on a Budget
I may have a slight obsession with cardigans it’s true. But they are an easy way to add warmth when you need it. I find that even on a warm day I need a cardigan at the grocery store or the local Starbucks because it’s always chiller inside than it is outside. If you can only afford to buy one pick an oversized neutral color (tan, gray, black, white) or pick a pop of color if most of your wardrobe is one palette or black.
Again, I have a slight obsession. Look for summer weight scarves at deep discounts right now. They are perfect for the fall to add a pop of color without too much weight, and typically made from lighter materials than fall scarves.
You can get a pair for $10-20 at places like Target or H&M. Sunglasses are key for those super sunny fall days, and they also help hide the bags under your eyes from staying up late watching fall TV shows. (side note: What show are you most excited to see premiere or see come back?)
4. Dark wash jeans:
Dark wash jeans can be dressed up or down. You can throw them on with a tee shirt and cardi for early morning dropoffs and change into a blouse or fitted tee when you are headed to work or out on errands. Skinnies are still in, and bootcuts are always a flattering fit. Speaking of boots…
Boots and booties are where it’s at for fall. Off brand sheepskin boots are my favorite way to save and keep my toes warm in the morning. Nordstrom Rack, Marshall’s and TJ Maxx are great places to shop for either faux or not Ugg sheepskin boots. Round out your boots with a pair of riding boots, grab a pair of ankle booties, and maybe some rain boots and you’re set.
I normally keep my pricepoint pretty low, but boots tend to cost more. You’ll find one drop dead price in the above boots, but they were too cute not to share!
6. Tights, leggings, jeggings:
All a must for updating your favorite summer looks for fall. Pairing a colorful summer dress with tights and a cardi can be an adorable way to stay chic this fall.
7. New makeup:
You know you should get new makeup every few months right? You don’t even want to think about the bacteria that’s growing in there. Toss all your spring stuff (in general it’s only good for 4-6 months) and try a new palette for fall. Berry colors are always a favorite for fall, and neutrals are still popular.
8. Get a haircut:
If you’re like me you go all summer without a haircut because you’re too busy chasing kids to make time. Set aside an hour or two and go get your hair trimmed. If you color your hair try something a little darker for the fall-maybe an auburn or honey blond.
Pull out all of last year’s sweaters, clean them up and wah-la new wardrobe! I totally forgot about the sweater dress I bought at the end of the winter last year-score! You can definitely have some fun with sweaters especially if you have a classic wardrobe.
10. Put together your own lookbook:
While you’re trying on your fall clothes, sweaters, and seeing what summer dresses and clothes you can work into your fall wardrobe take photos of the looks you like. That way you won’t have to stare at your closet every morning or try on multiple combinations.
What ways are you planning to spruce up your wardrobe this fall?