My Journey Finding Affordable Fall Fashion

If you’re anything like me, you know what it’s like to want a closet makeover as soon as fall hits. That being said, the dream of an inspiring new wardrobe is often curved by the realization of how expensive new clothes can be. This season, I was determined to spruce up my wardrobe in the most affordable way possible. Whether you’re looking for outfits you can wear to class or out on the town, the idea is the same! Set a goal, aim for basics, and keep your eyes open for the best deals – they’re often where you’ll least expect them!

Before starting my mission, I knew that I needed a new pair of booties, a belt, a fall jacket and jeans. Starting my adventure with this goal in mind kept me on track and helped prevent me from buying any unnecessary items. Once I had a general idea of what I wanted my goal pieces to look like (dark wash jeans, pea jacket, black booties), I looked up stores that were having sales, as well as for any coupons that may come in handy. Once I had done my research, it was time to start shopping!

The first piece I bought was this grey wool pea coat from Old Navy. The exact style I bought is currently out of stock online, but this one is similar!

(Photo courtesy of Old Navy)

This jacket is extremely soft and warm, and can be dressed up or down which I love. The best part is I only paid half price for it! Old Navy is well known for having great sales. They also have an awesome Super Cash rewards program, where you get $10 back for every $25 you spend.  

My next purchase was also during my trip to Old Navy. I bought this blue and white pinstripe blouse:

(Photo courtesy of Old Navy)

This piece pairs perfectly with dress pants or denim. It’s relaxed enough to wear to class untucked, and dressy enough to wear to a job interview paired with a blazer. I didn’t have to pay full price for this blouse either, as it was 30% off when I went to the store.   

Before I left Old Navy, I figured I would give their denim a try. I’ve heard great reviews. As much as I love a good pair of Levi’s, paying upwards of $100 for a pair of jeans is not ideal. Old Navy seemed like a good alternative. I must admit, figuring out their styles and sizing was slightly overwhelming at first, but I wound up finding a dark wash pair that fits well.   

(Photo courtesy of Old Navy)

My next stop of the day was Marshalls. Stores like Winners and Marshalls have amazing pieces from brands that we know, as well as unique pieces you might not find elsewhere. The best part is that everything is always discounted, so prices are reasonable. The stand-out piece of the day for me was the studded red felt hat I found. At first, I knew I loved it but I didn’t know if I would have the confidence to wear it day-to-day. When I discovered it was only $12, I decided to give it a shot, and I’m loving it!

(Photo by Tasha O'Neill)

On my way to the cash register, I decided to take a look at the purses and wallets. I found the perfect item; it was practically meant to be. Months ago, I was at an outlet mall and found the mini backpack of my dreams. It was Calvin Klein, so it was upwards of $200. I wasn’t able to justify spending that amount of money on a bag I didn’t necessarily need. I left it there, only to find a similar one at Marshalls by Jones New York for only $40. I’ve been pairing it with all of my outfits and am so glad it’s now a part of my wardrobe.

(Photo by Tasha O'Neill)

My final stops of the day were Urban Planet and Walmart. I headed to Walmart first, hoping I would find a new pair of black booties. I was pleasantly surprised by the selection of styles that Walmart had to offer. There were more options than I could have asked for, and they were all affordable. I eventually decided on a black suede pair, with a short heel and zippers down the side as pictured above. Because they are black, they match everything and add a touch of class to any outfit. I must add, they are extremely comfortable for walking around campus all day!

While at Walmart, I also picked up this adorable blanket scarf in the classic red, beige, and black plaid made famous by Burberry. I love this scarf for its length, as it’s not ridiculously long like some others. Rather, it has a flattering length that ends just at the waist. I couldn’t say no as it was only $12.

Finally, I made my way to Urban Planet in hopes of snagging my final goal item: a black belt to match my new booties. It didn’t take long to find the black ringed belt pictured (which may arguably be a dupe for the classic Gucci belt). This belt is thin enough not to distract from the rest of my outfits, but still adds a touch of metallic. Just like the black booties, it matches everything. This belt was originally $8 which is already an amazing price, but I got it at 40% off, which was even better.

I hope you have similar luck with your fashion endeavors this fall – happy shopping!

(Photo by Tasha O'Neill)