The absolute best part about fall, in our opinion, is that it lends itself to a total wardrobe refresh. Between the change in weather and the frenzy of Fashion Month, we’re more than ready to set aside our denim cutoffs in favor of richer textures and creative layering—there’s just so much more to choose from when it comes to getting dressed. That, of course, becomes a problem when you’re operating within the confines of adult things like “financial responsibilities” and “budgets.” While fast-fashion has certainly made runway trends more accessible than ever, you’ll still go broke buying something every time Zara has a new drop. Thankfully, we’ve found a few genius ways around this—and just had to share.
A quality blazer can be a pricey investment, even though it will last a long time. Luckily, this also applies to nice blazers other people have already bought, meaning your nearest vintage store is bound to have a few in this season's plaid print. Pro tip: Check the men's section for the perfect boyfriend fit.
Chances are you already own a pair of over-the-knee boots. You know that annoying thing that happens when you either can’t pull them all the way on or they won’t stay up once you do? Conveniently, that slouchy look is this season's biggest footwear trend, so embrace it and push 'em down instead.
Asymmetrical hemlines are sticking around for fall, but the change of season doesn’t mean your asymmetrical dress with a summery floral print no longer works. Cozy it up with a chunky knit sweater in a complementary neutral tone and a matching pair of boots.
Wearing head-to-toe red is both very on trend and very intimidating. It also requires owning (read: buying) several matching pieces in the bold hue. Instead, pick out one or two affordable red accessories to test-drive the look.
If you haven't yet invested in a pair of unhemmed jeans, don’t bother. Whether you have an old pair of skinny, straight-leg or flared jeans, they can basically be reinvented with a little DIY fringe.