The change of season calls for a few things: combing through all the pieces you bought last year (and may regret), reclaiming your favorite weather-ready clothes and maybe making room for a few new ones. Not sure where to start? Here’s a rundown of the staples you’ll want to keep and all my favorite looks of the season — for $100 or under!
Coats, Jackets and Wraps
After weeks of intense heat and humidity, there’s finally a welcome chill in the air. You know what this means: It’s time to break out the outerwear. Unfortunately, you can’t leave the house in your favorite old sweatshirt all the time. Feel free to throw on a classic pea coat, leather jacket or light, military-style frock. Even that plaid coat or window pane-printed jacket are ok. But, forget the one that’s tie-dye, acid wash or that one jacket from college that has a million holes in it. Looking for some new inspiration? I have you covered:
For the days when a jacket is just too much, you can always grab a comfy sweater from your closet. After all, there’s nothing like bundling up in your favorite knits. Color blocking, stripes and plaid will probably be your go-to looks for easy and chic styles. Just make sure to try them on before you switch out your wardrobe. Anything that looks like it’s been stretched or faded in color, needs to go. Cowl necks are still ok, just make sure it’s not the over-the-top kind that covers your face. Want something new? Here are a few options – and most are $50 or under!
Boots, Ankle Booties, Loafers and Oxfords
It’s time to switch out those clacking flip-flops for a cute pair of boots. Your classic black booties and those loafers you bought on a whim last year are still in style. Even leopard-print statement oxfords are popping up. (Apparently clogs are too, but I would still stay away.) Just avoid the pair with fake sheepskin or those UGG slip-ons – you’re not in high school anymore. For a refresh to your shoe closet, here are a few pairs you’ll want to look at:
Skirts, Pants and Leggings
Just because the weather is changing, doesn’t mean you have to put everything away. Continue to show off your legs in your favorite midi, short or floor-length skirts. You can even grab a suede one; the ’70s are back after all. Just avoid any linen or lighter options for a while so you won’t be extra cold.
On those days when all you want to do is throw something on and put your hair in a top knot, the right bag can make your outfit. In fact, it usually does. Here’s a few trends you need to know about: Street sign-inspired bags, suede purses with fringe, backpacks, tiled clutches and fur are sure to be in every store this season. But that doesn’t mean all of your coveted accessories are out of date. Keep the solid bags and your leather go-to. If you bought something from my post on kitchy clutches and crossbodys, Kate Spade has ensured those are still part of this season’s top looks. Just avoid going overboard with your accessories. You want to look chic, not like you’re holding a literal bear claw. Here are a few options to sift through:
Scarves and Accessories
Of course, no outfit is complete without the right accessories. If you’ve see the Target commercials, you know plaid is absolutely everywhere. Feel free to play up a bold printed scarf on an otherwise solid sweater. Or, combine the two. (There’s even a scarf from Uniqulo that doubles as a cropped, chunky sweater.) When it comes to jewelry, statement necklaces with Art Deco flair or long chains are still in. Feel free to add fringe, flower-inspired accents and brooches to your jewelry box as well, according to Harper’s. If you’re having trouble mixing and matching, remember less is always more. Wearing a thick scarf means you don’t really need that thick necklace or teardrop earrings. Check out these combinations for a few ideas:
That’s it for now! Check back soon for more tips, trends and styles.