Shopping for a new season can be tricky. As nice as it'd be to grab everything you've been eyeing for the past few months, you might need to keep a little thing called a budget in mind. Luckily, brands like Zara, Topshop, and ASOS have made it possible to shop affordable fall trends that are both exciting and easy on the wallet in equal measure.
Have you been looking to recreate a statement-making Gucci runway moment or the minimalism of Alexander Wang’s nearly all black-and-white runway (ok, ok there were three hot pink pieces in there!)? Or maybe you've been wanting to test drive a wild zebra-print dress without committing to an investment piece. You can do all those things — and keep your monthly spending in check.
To help you get started, we tapped expert stylist and street style icon Rachael Wang to narrow down the five biggest trends of the season. From there, we compiled a list of affordable options for each. Read on to get everything you need for a complete fall wardrobe.
“Animal print is one of my favorite prints that comes back time and time again and it’s easy to wear as a neutral,” says Wang. “I love the drama of zebra or leopard print on something modest like a long-sleeved dress or midi skirt.” Try this trend on for size with one (or all!) of the picks below.
As we keep our wardrobes sleek and classic, that doesn’t mean we're opting for boring and basic silhouettes. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. “I loved the voluminous and oversized Aran knits at Maison Margiela and Aalto,” says Wang. “The simple cable knit feels timeless and easy to wear but the silhouette is new.” Get cozy with one of the three knit pieces below.
Suiting really hit its stride as this year, and it's no wonder: The trend is somehow both streamlined and quirky at the same time. “I love the working woman corporate dressing seen at brands like Fendi and Altuzarra,” says Wang. “A skirt suit feels right for fall.”
Whether it’s via silhouettes, bright neon hues, or head-turning patterns, ‘tis the season to channel one of the most glam (and over-the-top) eras in history. “The ‘80s are back in a big way,” says Wang. “I think the strong-shouldered floral party dresses at Saint Laurent are a great evening update, especially for showing off legs.”
Yes, slip dresses are still incredibly relevant, whether you go mini, midi, or maxi. Easy to style by way of ‘90s grunge or ‘20s boudoir inspiration, Wang says, “Boudoir slip dressing, as seen at Givenchy, is so easy to wear and is especially gorgeous in rosy shades from wine to blush.” Shop our favorites of the season below.