Colorful leaves, cooler days, spiced lattes, and fresh fashion trends—there are a lot of things to look forward to when it comes to fall. And while a shift in seasons certainly warrants adding a few new styles to your wardrobe, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to break the bank by completely overhauling your closet. Give your wardrobe a boost for the new season—without breaking the budget—by adding these three looks to your fall lineup.
Off-the-Shoulder Top + Flared Jeans
Chances are, given its insane popularity this past summer, you already have an off-the-shoulder top in your arsenal. Thanks to the trend’s super-flattering neckline—which looks great on everyone, regardless of age, size, or shape—the cold-shoulder style will be sticking around well into the fall season. To easily take the off-the-shoulder blouse into cooler weather, pair a long sleeved top with flared jeans and a chunky ankle boot. With the fashion world taking inspiration from the ’70s, it was only a matter of time before flares made a comeback, and we’re not even a tiny bit upset about it. After all, as this post points out, flared jeans are less restricting than skinny jeans, and they give any other piece of clothing (like that cold-shoulder top) a cool boho vibe. Between the blouse’s flirty, feminine cut-outs and the leg-lengthening silhouette of the jeans, this look is a win-win.
Slip Dress + Turtleneck
Another hot trend this past summer was the ultra-sexy slip dress. But, just like the off-the-shoulder top, this baby is making the leap into the fall season—so don’t pack it away just yet. As seen in this designer collection, the slip dress remains a key style for fall, despite its inherently skin-baring nature. To seamlessly transition the trend into cooler temps, repurpose that go-to style you’ve been living in all spring and summer by pairing it with one of fall’s tried and true staples: the turtleneck. Not only is this cool-weather basic once again on-trend for the fall and winter months, it’s just the thing your slip dress needs to make the jump into the next season. While wearing a slip dress solo is perfectly acceptable in summer’s sweltering heat, the slinky silhouette requires a bit more coverage when chillier temps finally arrive. For an ensemble that is equal parts cozy and chic, layer a turtleneck (thin and light? chunky and warm? totally up to you!) underneath a midi slip dress and pair with thigh-high boots.
Chunky Knit Sweater + Culottes
It’s a well-known fact that no fall wardrobe is complete without at least one chunky sweater. The cool-weather essential is the definition of versatile: pair it with jeans, wear it with a suede midi skirt, or throw it on over a dress—the list goes on and on. To give this old favorite a new twist for the current fall season, try styling your go-to knit with culottes. We know that culottes aren’t exactly the first thing that comes to mind when you think of “easy to wear pants,” but this is one fashion trend that’s not as intimidating as it first seems. As this gallery shows, culottes come in every color, print, and fabric imaginable, which means that the perfect pair for you (and your wardrobe) is closer than you think. Whether you opt for a sleek and structured black style or a flowing floral design, your chunky knit sweater will look super-chic loosely tucked in at the front. To finish off your fall look, slip into a chunky heel or luxe loafer.
–Jessica Anderson is a freelance writer who covers a variety of topics, including fashion, beauty, and lifestyle. When she’s not writing, she’s probably watching HGTV with her cat Georgie.