As the crisp autumn air brings dimensions of color to the leaves of Central Park, our cabinets are simultaneously begging for a refresh. However, the task of overhauling our appearance can be more than daunting for our wallets. So while we seek inspiration from the runways and splurge on a few standout investment pieces, we’re also setting the stage for the season with accessible wardrobe staples.
Our personal styles also set us apart in how we combine luxury and function – that’s where fall fashion finds under $100 come in. As we work to build wardrobes that last and more sustainable long-term use, we’re thinking about the trend of fast fashion finds being added to our baskets this season. There’s a bit of an art to buying seasonal flights that comes down to the viability of the materials – think denim, wool or leather. We are also looking again at retailers like Zara who have rolled out a Join Life program with new Lyocell products or Mango who are committed to using 100% sustainable materials by the end of 2022. Not all products in our baskets are perfect, but we are also committed to changing seasonally with the parts we will be using. Yes, even a rubberized boot can be used for years when you find the right one. Below is a list of fall style flights we can get.
Diapers for less
I love everything about this jacket: the collar, the cropped fit, the zipper and the oversized pockets. Looks expensive. On top of that, I swear denim jackets have nine lives. This might be the best $59 I have ever spent.
It’s not your grandmother’s cardigan. It’s chunky, laid back and has a zipper that knows no bounds. I would say it’s a cardigan and a turtleneck in one. The best part? It is made of 100% organic cotton.
While I can plan on wearing bra tops throughout the fall/winter season, switching them to knits that pair well with sweaters might help me avoid frostbite. Enter: this ribbed wool bralette. It’s versatile, accessible, and might even keep me warm.
This pair of dark wash high waisted wide leg jeans is only $85. Ever since I divorced my black skinny jeans, I’ve had a crush on this pair of Revolve by Dr. Denim for every night to come. Now all I have to do is make my next dinner reservation.
Every fall season I lust after MaxMara and Burberry trench coats, and would never justify buying a poorly made replica of a belted slim-fit designer silhouette. This fluid Zara khaki green trench coat is completely different. He’s not trying to be something he’s not. This trench offers a determined yet effortless look (for less) in a unique color and oversized shape. I love it.
I just learned Lalela, which provides after-school arts education to young people from marginalized communities in South Africa and Zimbabwe. For $98 this season you can support the organization and feature this chic wearable artwork created by Bronson, Adolf, Grashem, Cikiwa, Lucy and Oneza. They have all grown up in the program since primary school and have a number of creative activities worth supporting. It is money well spent.
Most boots cost a fortune, which means they really shouldn’t be your go-to on a rainy day. These burgundy chelsea boots will work with leggings and denim when your investment pairs are safe from puddles outside. So that boot purchase is arguably an $89 insurance policy for your shoe closet as a whole. Plus, they’re cute.
Waffle knit scarves are basically wearable blankets and that’s what I’m here for. This neutral layer will add warmth and texture at the same time. I love that it’s also gender free and certified by the Responsible Wool Standard. Instant classic.
A shoulder bag that doesn’t require splurge? Yes, it exists. H&M prints have been on fire lately and this houndstooth conveys a bit of schoolgirl chic that I can put behind it. As a bonus, this wear-with-anything bag is great to have on hand for an impromptu beach getaway and could complement both sweaters and crochet.
A belt doesn’t have to be expensive to put the finishing touch on an outfit. It’s a classic that can elevate jeans and a turtleneck for almost any occasion. At $45, it might also be worth buying one in each color.