Fall is basically back-to-school-shopping season for adults. It’s that blessed time of the year when you can tuck away shorts and bust out cardigans. This autumn, a few key items can transform a ho-hum wardrobe into a surprisingly stylish one. All you need are three trendy pieces that work seamlessly with the clothes you already own. Whether you spend $50, $100 or $200, here’s how to get the best bang for your hard-earned buck.
G21 Destroyed Skinny Jeans (on sale for $8) at Walmart
Skinny jeans have been around the block and back. But to breathe new life into the silhouette, throw a printed pair into the mix.
Long-Sleeve Shirt Dress ($15) at Old Navy
Also offered in black and white, this shirtdress is a chic no-brainer. Rock it now with ballet flats or boots and black tights later in the season.
Contrast Trim Striped Top ($7.80) at Forever 21
Wearing multiple patterns at the same time is an easy way to jazz up simple pieces. Try this striped top with the Faded Glory skinnies mentioned above.
TOTAL SPENT: $30.80
Leopard Side-Zip Ankle Bootie ($35.50) at Charlotte Russe
Everyone should own at least one pair of ankle boots, and these little leopard numbers are extra special. The animal print definitely stands out yet is still toned down enough to pass as an everyday neutral.
Pencil Skirt in Airtex ($11.57) at ASOS
The pencil skirt is the shape of the season. As an added plus, it calls attention to your shoes.
Textural Bomber Jacket ($54.95) at Gap
Here’s a casual take on the coveted military trend. Throw this jacket over summer sundresses for a transitional look.
TOTAL SPENT: $102.02(okay, a tad overbudget, but use a coupon and you’ll be back under $100!)
Guess Studded Rhinestone Military Jacket ($99.99) at Macy’s
Speaking of military, this blinged-out rhinestone jacket really ups the ante, adding a feminine touch to an otherwise hyper-masculine piece. Combine the coat with slouchy boyfriend jeans or cropped pants for a perfect weekend outfit.
Mojo Moxie Bettie Pump ($49.95) at DSW
What’s not to love about this ultra-femme pump? Flourished with a textured ribbon and scalloped edges, this is bound to become your new favorite shoe.
Peter Pan Collar Sweater Tee ($49.50) at LOFT
The Peter Pan collar is a fresh new spin on the classic blouse and looks great with every pencil skirt, jean and pant in your closet.
TOTAL SPENT: $199.44
Old Navy: Through December 31, take 15% off $50 and get free shipping.
Charlotte Russe: Sign up for Charlotte Russe emails to receive a 10% off coupon.
ASOS: Get $10 off orders over $75 when you sign up for the ASOS newsletter.
Forever 21: Get free shipping on orders over $50.
Gap: Through December 31, get 15% off $50 and free shipping.
Macy’s: Get 15% off orders of $100 or more.
LOFT: Take 20% off $100 and get free shipping on purchases over $125.
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