Shopping for your fall looks? Girl me too.
It’s finally fall and it is one of my all-time favorite seasons for fashion. If you follow me on @averageshrub…you know I’m a BIG fan of fall neutral tones. I also love being able to layer different pieces and break out my boot game.
So, since what I do here is advise on how to live your best and most fabulous life on a budget, lets get to it.
Here are my top picks for where to shop this fall, broken down into four categories – layering staples, denim, shoes and accessories.
#1 – Layering Staples
In fall, I love layering. I like to take neutral turtle necks and layer them with sweaters or light jackets and if I’m feeling really sassy (& cold,) layer another jacket on top.
However, with layering you need to start with the staples. Those neutral go-to pieces that match with everything. I personally don’t like to spend a lot of money on my basic turtle necks or tanks so I look to H&M, Target, Zara and even Walmart to find tanks and tops that can go with everything.
#2 – Denim
Denim for Fall? Who is she?! Okay, I am obsessed with denim right now. I love a wide leg pant, a thick mom jean and even a boxy, straight leg jean. Pair that with a french tucked sweater and issa look!
Good jeans start with a good foundation. I have just recently started buying Madewell jeans and this brand is my fall one-stop-denim-shop. But, I know what you’re thinking… and yes, Madewell jeans are expensive. However, if you know when and how to shop for them, you can get a deal.
The jeans I’m wearing above are the Slim Wide-Leg Jeans in Lunar Wash and they originally went for $128 but when I purchased them they were on promo for $98. Then, I worked some sale combination magic on them. (see below)
Madewell was hosting a 30% off denim sale which is why I went to shop in the first place (pro-tip subscribe to your favorite brands emails so you can know when the dealz are.) Then, if you didn’t know, when you donate any of your old denim, Madewell will give you $20 towards your new jeans so that’s a nice little discount in itself! My final Madewell pro-tip is to use your student I.D. (if you have one) when shopping because they’ll give you 15% off as well.
So…when all was said and done I got these jeans for $55. Can we get a yeehaw for affordable fashion?
#3 – Shoes
Okay, I have a shoe obsession. I’m openly addicted to shoes and I’ve decided that’s fine…for now. So, when fall comes around, how can I resist a good fall bootie? You’re right, I can’t.
The black, faux-croc western booties pictured above are from Lulu’s. I have been really loving a point-toe boot and when I started my search for these boots, I went to Steve Madden first. As much as I love Steve Madden, a similar pair of boots cost $130 and I just wasn’t willing to spend that much on shoes. But, to my luck and internet sleuthing, I found my $55 Lulu boots that fulfilled all of my criteria!
Unfortunately, these Croc boots are no longer on Lulu’s website, but if you’re into this pattern, I think these are really cute. Lulu’s also has a lot of great shoes on its site that I would check out if you’re looking for a fall bootie!
#4 – Accessories
Last but not least, accessories. To be honest, my accessory game has been cultivated over years of just shopping in random places and finding things I like. However, there are a few places I look to for belts, earrings, necklaces, etc.
The belt pictured above is from Free People. The brand has some really beautiful accessories but when I shop at Free People, I make sure to look for the more durable pieces. Free People is that pixie dream girl brand so some of their jewelry (in my opinion) doesn’t hold up. BUT if you inspect your jewelry before you buy and it feels more durable, I support.
And if you’re just looking for some cheap layering pieces… My go-tos are Zara, Mango, H&M and Forever 21 for fun jewelry. Specifically, I get a lot of my jazzy earrings from these brands.
SO, I hope you found this post educational and inspirational! If you have questions about any of the pieces in this blog post or want to chat more about other brands you love for fall– drop a comment below and let’s chat!