Yes, I work in fashion, I’m not the type to spend too much money updating my new-season wardrobe. I’ll pay attention to the runways during fashion week (it’s kind of my job), and I’ll definitely be doing some shopping (also kind of my job), but I tend to limit my investment purchases to classic styles I feel confident I’ll get a good cost-per-wear return on.
When it comes to seasonal trends I want to test-drive, I’m generally looking to scoop up pieces that ring in at under $100. If that rings true for you as well—and you’ve got a lot on your mind right about now, like which fall TV shows to get seriously invested in (hello, Maniac!)—you’ve come to the right place. Keep reading for my roundup of under-$100 pieces your fall wardrobe requires.
Some mornings I like waking up and putting pieces together. Most mornings, though, I rely on jumpsuits like this one from Reformation. Other affordable jumpsuits I’m eyeing? Urban Outfitters’ Striped Square-Neck Jumpsuit ($69) and Topshop’s wickedly fun leopard-print number ($80).
Think you can’t snag a wrap midi skirt for under $100? Think again, my friend. The one above is already in my cart, but I’ve also got my eye on this ’90s-inspired Urban Outfitters option ($69) and this button-down gem from H&M (just $35).
Light layers I can pile on during this transitional time are much appreciated. Case in point: the boxy oversize corduroy jackets—like this one and this one—I’ve seen all over my Instagram feed (you know, in between videos of puppies and outrageous travel content).
There are surprisingly good sub-$100 floral dresses all over the high street. In addition to this Vila pick, I’m also adding this lavender Fashion Union pick ($51) and this brown Farrow option ($88) to my fall shopping list.
Yes, a quick look around the L.A. office reveals that checked blazers are definitely still very much A Thing. Squeaking in just under that $100 price tag: this double-breasted pick from Mango. Or you could check out this bold Urban Outfitters pick (on sale for $50) or this longline ’80s-style blazer from Vero Moda (on sale for $76).
Contrary to popular belief, L.A. does occasionally get cold enough to warrant piling on a super-warm, cozy sweater like the About Us number above or ASOS Design’s pretty mint pick (on sale for just $24).
Sorry, I’m just not a sneaker girl. For fall, I’m stocking up on fun mules that’ll add a bit of interest to even the most basic of looks. See also: Intentionally Blank’s Scamp Mule Heels (on sale for just under $100) and Marc Fisher LTD’s patent-leather Hilda style (a steal at $96).
The midterm elections are just around the corner, and why not show up to the polls in style? (Also thinking about scooping up this fun Marika Vera graphic tee, $55.)
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