If there’s one thing that never changes, it’s that trends come and go with the seasons, making it expensive to keep up. For that reason, I’m more of the mindset that you keep your big ticket items classic and add in affordable pieces that will help you stay on trend. So, if you’re looking to add in some of the season’s hottest items on the cheap, here are my recommendations.
First up, a military jacket. These have actually been on trend for several seasons now so you may already have one. But if you don’t, make sure you change that this season. Whether you go with the jacket or a vest, these military-inspired menswear pieces are perfect neutrals that will seamlessly transition you into cooler weather.
These pieces look great paired over my next must-have, the striped shirt. Fortunately, striped shirts are a classic and you can never have too many. So if you don’t have one, get one and if you do, one more won’t hurt 😉 This one from B.P. has deep side vents and a high-low hem, making it perfect for layering and super comfy.
Also essential is a good long cardi (or three) to layer over striped shirts, basic tees, and camis as the temps cool off. I love this one from Old Navy with the tassel trim and pockets while the B.P. cardigan, another favorite, features a cozy knit and low-slung pockets. Both are a great length made of fabric that is lightweight enough to layer without adding bulk.
Next, we have the burgundy jean. I know, I know, you’ve been there, done that. But this time, we’re pairing them with a neutral like navy, black, tan, white, ivory, brown or grey, which makes them surprisingly versatile! The rich, wine-infused tone adds just the right amount of color into an otherwise drab palette during the cooler months and offers a break from the age-old blue shades without sacrificing the comfort of your favorite jeans. But, let’s be real, this is yet another trend, so we don’t want to break the bank. Below are my faves from Articles of Society, which are currently on sale and made from super stretchy denim with a raw hem (another current trend).
And last, but not least, some neutral booties with fun details. I love the perforations on these Lucky Brand ones that I purchased during last year’s Anniversary Sale at Nordstrom and they have been my go-to with jeans and dresses alike. But now that they’re back to full-price, I’m happy to report that there’s a dupe to consider for about 1/3 of the price.
So, there you have it! Five pieces that will keep you on trend without busting your budget. And here are a few ways I styled them together in different combinations.
Happy Fall fashion, y’all!