Fall not only marks a new beginning, or acts as an excuse to blast Red by Taylor Swift on repeat, but it is my favorite season for two words (no, not pumpkin latte): fall fashion.
I know I am not alone in professing my love for this season simply because of the clothing and accessories that go along with this change of weather. Fall fashion encompasses such a broad spectrum of clothes. From booties to beanies, there is not much that can’t be worn during this season.
The idea of fashion is often intimidating for many reasons. We all look forward to sweater weather, but sweaters can be pricey, and the thought of walking up and down aisles just to turn over a price tag and see “$300” for cashmere is far from ideal.
However, looking good doesn’t mean you need to be splurging on designer products or obsessively tracking trends. There are so many affordable options that look like name brands but are a fraction of the cost, while still being high quality.
The Fit has compiled a fall guide of the best knock-off items you never knew you needed. Dressing for fall just got a whole lot easier…
This year my sister got the chicest pair of Celine sunglasses for her birthday. As someone who has always had the worst luck with sunglasses, I have always been hesitant to purchase an expensive pair. I either crack the lense, the glasses become crooked, or I lose the pair altogether.Two weeks after she got them, I found an exact knock off from Urban Outfitters.
Boots are a fall essential– no matter the length, style or color.
You always need at least one pair of basic boots that make you feel like you have your life together. There is no better feeling that putting on a pair of shoes that makes you feel like you can conquer the world. I am a huge proponent of booties, but because I get sick of plain black shoes I always try to look for pairs with a bit of flare to them, adding accents to an already prominent style.
A classic example of this would be the Alexander Wang traditional black bootie. What I love about this shoe is its subtle heel with a cutout that adds an edge to any outfit. You can get a very similar pair from Steve Madden.
If you are sick of booties, I would consider trying an over-the-knee option. This trend started with Stuart Weitzman’s 5050 Boot, which took the fashion world by storm. The idea that a high boot could rise over a person’s knee opened up a whole new area for high boots to be paired with skirts, dresses and even shorts. While The 5050 Boots start at a price range of $700, DSW makes a pair for a fraction of the cost.
All Things Denim
People often hate the idea of denim on denim (lest we forget the iconic look of Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears at the American Music Awards in 2001?). However, if there is one thing that I have learned over the years is that denim will never go out of style. Recently I have found myself obsessing over everything denim. Not just jeans, but rompers, overalls and jumpsuits too. But I still draw the line at a denim fedora.
While owning a denim jumpsuit might seem like too much of a statement item, it can easily transition from summer to fall with the addition of a long sleeve t-shirt or sweater under the top. I absolutely fell in love with the Alice and Olivia Gorgeous Flutter Sleeve Jumpsuit, but I was determined to find an alternative version when I saw its price. The Urban Outfitters BDG Chelsea Jumpsuit captures both the accent sleeve and the wide pant look while providing a much more casual look.
While skinny jeans may never go out of style, boyfriend or bootcut jeans are a great way to change your look. Recently I’ve been gravitating toward jeans with looser fits, which are great investments because of how versatile they are. You can pair them with a t-shirt for a more casual look, but they can easily be dressed up with a bodysuit or a tight fitting blouse.
Jeans can definitely be more pricey, but it is important to differentiate when you should splurge for a pair. Stores like Zara and Madewell offer a variety of jeans that often look just as great as more high-end brands.
I absolutely love turtlenecks, but there is nothing worse than being itchy or sweating in an uncomfortable top. Because of this, I have always opted for a lighter version such as a short sleeve mock neck. A mock neck has the same aesthetic as a turtle neck but does not go as high up. Not only is this a staple in my closet, but it also can be layered under a thicker sweater or paired with a cardigan.
Fall fashion can definitely be expensive, but remember, there is always a more affordable and equally cute alternative.