5 Shopping Tips For Fall Fashion

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Autumn comes with many great things: cooler temperatures, fun seasonal holidays and pumpkin spice lattes – what’s not to love? If the arrival of the fall weather has got you reaching for your jumpers over your jumpsuits and you’ve got a relatively tight budget for new clothes, then the change in the seasons may not be welcome.

If you’re more of a summer-person and prefer a floaty dress and sandals to chunky knits and boots, what happens when the weather begins to cool and you have to start dressing warmly again? There’s no need to worry. Chances are that you already have enough autumn fashion staples already in your wardrobe, but by adding in a few pieces, you can navigate a tight clothing budget or still wear your beloved summer dresses. Here are some shopping tips for you to make the most out of your wardrobe staples, but with a few on-trend twists.

Wear Tights

Tights are the perfect way to experiment with colours, textures and patterns in fall. Tights are a cost-effective way to add something a little different to your outfit, especially if you still want to wear your favourite summer dresses and skirts. Cable-knit opaque tights add a wide variety of texture to any outfit and a pair of grey ones work wonders with your favourite boots and a corduroy khaki shirt.

If you’re not a huge fan of tights, invest in a few pairs of leggings instead. Some styles work and look the same as pants, but have plenty of stretch and are warmer – perfect for crisp autumn days. If you still want to wear your favourite summer dress with a little more coverage, then a pair of leggings is the way forward.

Add Layers

Layered outfits aren’t just hugely on trend, with streetwear and animal prints drawing hugely on this, but they’re also perfect for fall fashion. Adding your favourite summer clothes into the mix will not only create new looks, but they will actually keep you warm when the weather starts to turn colder.

But, as with all fashion trends, do you actually know what to layer? There is one rule that is perfect for this trend – long over lean. This rule means that you can match up longer tops, cardigans and dresses over leaner bottoms, such as skinny jeans or a pair of tights. This rule can help you extend your summer favourites for a bit longer and helps to avoid the bulkiness that can sometimes come with layering. Then, once you’ve sorted your base layers, just add a jacket or a sweater, a pair of ankle boots and a scarf to complete your look.

Invest In A Statement Jacket

One of the best ways to spend your fall-fashion budget is by investing in a statement jacket. A statement jacket can make such a huge impact on the most simple of outfits and can easily transition a summer dress into fall-appropriate fashion. However, if you are not careful, you could end up spending a large amount on jackets each season. The best investment is one that really stands out, but will look amazing with all of your spring and summer clothes, too.

Spending money on just one statement piece will mean that you don’t need to splurge on several lower-cost items. A jacket or blazer can easily stretch your wardrobe and will allow you to create new combinations with the items you already have.

Buy A Good Pair Of Boots

Boots are a classic autumn staple that can make all of your autumn outfits so much more practical. Whilst it is easy to spend a lot of money on a single pair of designer boots, investing in a few pairs of lower-cost boots will mean you can extend your wear on everything, from jeans to dresses.

A summer dress paired with knee-high boots and a leather jacket is a beautiful fall outfit or a chunky knit jumper with jeans and ankle boots is perfect for a city look. Boots are the ideal item to stretch out what you currently have in your wardrobe, so be sure to allocate some of your budget on a pair or two.

Add In Deeper, Autumnal Colours

There are some beautiful colours that occur as a result of the changing of leaves in the fall. Suddenly, the neon and pastels colours that are loved in summer make way for more earthy and autumnal colours tones. But, there is no need to worry if your wardrobe is a little lacking in these colours. You can add in a couple of pieces to not only extend the wear of your summer clothes but to also add a bit of freshness to your wardrobe.

If you have a lavender dress, for example, that you wore for a summer party, you may feel like you need to stash it away until next summer. If you pair the dress with some heavier textures and jewel-like tones, you can wear it all year round.

Lookout for lost-cost pieces in jewel tones that will transform your summer pieces into fall fashion. Whether it is a pair of rust-coloured jeans or a mustard scarf, these things will add splashes of fall colour for cheap.


Natalie Wilson is a freelance writer. She loves writing about the latest fashion and beauty trends and travel. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and planning her next shopping trip or travel destination. You can connect with her on Twitter @NatWilson976.

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