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A Recessionista’s 5 Ways to Update Her Fall Wardrobe

This fall it is all about layering and a new twist on 80’s fashion. Since an entire new wardrobe seems to be out of the question right now, here are a few key pieces I am looking at to mix in and update my look this fall.  I tried to keep most items under $100 except small splurges on denim and leather.

J. Crew's Silk Pleated Posy
J. Crew's Silk Pleated Posy

Ruffles. Ruffles are hot this fall and can be seen everywhere from shoes to bags to clothes. In the right top they can be a great layering piece. There are many different ways to wear ruffles. Those of us larger chested girls may wish to opt for a top with a few less ruffles. I like the “Sleeveless Cascade Ripple Top” from Ann Taylor, available in a few colors. It can be worn on its own or under a jacket or cardigan. For a dressier version, I also like the J. Crew “Silk Pleated Posy Top” for $89.50.

Anthropologie Cooling Cardigan
Anthropologie Cooling Cardigan

Open front cardigans and chunky knits.These essentials are not only cozy but very much in style this fall. Pair them with something slim, add some accessories and you are all set. The “Cooling Cardigan” from Anthropologie is the perfect layering piece. It comes in jewel toned yellow, black or taupe. Retails for $88. 

Distressed denim. The ripped look is in and this trend is popping up everywhere. I had

7 For All Mankind’s 'Roxanne' Skinny Stretch Jeans
7 For All Mankind’s ‘Roxanne’ Skinny Stretch Jeans

to hit two price points with denim. For under $100, check out the “Always Skinny Destructed Jean” from Gap for $69.50 or the “Skinny Stitch Jean” from Bebe for $99. In the under $200 range, try the Paige Premium Denim ‘Laurel Canyon’ Dark Stretch Destruction for $185.00, I love the fit of Paige jeans. Or for an edgier look, I like 7 For All Mankind’s ‘Roxanne’ Skinny Stretch Jeans (Super Vintage Nakita Wash) for $198 available at Nordstrom.

Boyfriend jacket. This boxy jacket has made a return and looks great thrown over a dress or worn with leggings. Pair it with a t-shirt and pencil jeans for a stylish casual look. Try the Trouvé “Double Knit Boyfriend Blazer” from Nordstrom for $88.

Leather Motorcycle Jacket. The fitted leather motorcycle jacket is also making a comeback. A perfect go-to piece for the fall, pair it with a feminine top for a chic look. Check out the “Tall Leather Mix Biker Jacket” from TopShop for $265 or the “BB Dakota Nora Leather Jacket” from Piperlime for $215.

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