Don't Sacrifice Style For Budget
As we transition from summer to fall, you may be tempted to run out and buy a whole new wardrobe. The reality is, however, that most of us are shopping on a budget. While you may not be able to spend a fortune on new fall fashion, you can still look like a million bucks with a few key pieces and the right accessories. Let's take a look at ways you can save money on fall accessories.
Invest in the classics.
Don't spend a ton on trendy fads. Instead, save your money for the classics. A rich leather saddle bag, a pair of knee-high riding boots and a cashmere wrap will never go out of style -- and are perfect for fall.
Head to the thrift shops.
The good thing about trends is that they come and go -- so yesterday's discards can be today's treasures. At thrift shops and consignment sales, you can find fall favorites like funky fedoras, wool scarves, vintage jewelry and other must-have fall accessories.
Sign up for newsletters and sales alerts at your favorite stores' websites to get a head start on the bargains. Also, use sites such as Shop It To Me, where you select the brands you like, and receive email alerts when items from your favorite brands go on sale. You can choose daily, weekly or semi-weekly alerts. It's like having a personal shopper!
Use sample sale sites.
You don't have to hit the streets for the best sample sales anymore, thanks to the emergence of online sample sale sites in recent years. These invitation-only sites include Editor's Closet, Gilt Groupe, HauteLook, ideeli, Rue La La and many more. These sites offer apparel, jewelry, handbags and accessories.
Pick affordable must-haves.
This fall, you can't go wrong with the following accessories. And they aren't just trendy -- they can be inexpensive too:
Who says sunglasses are just for summertime? Aviators are the hot choice for fall in fabulous colors such as purple. Fortunately, you can find aviator sunglasses at most department stores and sunglasses shops for $50 to 100.
If the weather gets cold in your neck of the woods, you'll want a hat to keep your head warm. This fall, knit caps and beanies are very trendy. We saw an array of these types of hats on the runways at Fashion Week, and we'll see even more on the city streets. Pick up at least two: one in a safe neutral and the other in a daring bold hue.
Glossy patent handbags in deep colors such as cranberry, chocolate and plum are ideal for fall. You don't have to invest in patent leather. Patent PVC, coated canvas and other materials offer all the shine you are looking for without the big price tag.
You can wear your mini skirts and dresses from summer throughout the fall by adding legwear. Tights are usually under $10 a pair and come in rich colors and textures that are perfect for fall. For fun weekend wear, neon tights are "in," particularly when paired with grey apparel. Thigh-high stockings with heeled oxfords, as well as colorful socks with open-toe booties and sandals, are trendy options this season.
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