It’s almost time to start packing away the bikinis and getting all of your cozy fall wardrobe essentials out of storage. It’s always rather exciting to rediscover all those cool weather treasures that have been hibernating through the sultry summer months—it can make last year’s clothes feel new again. But then there are those encyclopedic September issues of Vogue, Elle, and Bazaar reminding you of the latest luxurious must-haves that you don’t have.
Even if a whole new wardrobe straight off of the fall runways isn’t in your budget, there are plenty of easy and inexpensive ways to update your style so you can strut into Autumn looking fabulously on-trend and superbly chic.
PETER PAN WITH AN EDGE
Last year the detachable Peter Pan collar made a comeback—this ladylike accessory is still going strong. In fact, it’s evolved into a terrifically versatile statement piece that can completely transform a plain blouse or tee. Topshop has a myriad of embellished and lacey versions to suit every taste.
Why do equestrians always look so effortlessly regal? Their upright posture certainly helps, but the real key to a perfectly pulled-together look is a smart blazer. Throw a great fitted jacket over a basic blouse and pencil skirt for instant office chic. Or try a more relaxed boyfriend style for a casual, cool vibe. J.CREW has tons of totally affordable options.
The leather moto jacket is a wardrobe staple. Cropped, bezippered, sharply tailored, or distressed, this style chameleon goes with everything. Mango has lots of affordable styles to choose from.
Highlight your waist and add a pop of color with a skinny belt. At only $10.22 each, you can get all the colors of the rainbow with these Jaelie belts by Pieces from ASOS.
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Vividly colored, patterned tight sare an easy and foolproof way to work brights and bold prints into your wardrobe. Look From London has an eclectic array of trendy legwear that will add just the right amount of zip to your ensemble.
T-strap heels are making a huge comeback. This feminine shoe is a nod to Dancing With the Stars and The Great Gatsby rolled into one. Chie Mihara has a range of whimsical and wearable styles that look fantastic with skirts or trousers.
IT’S IN THE BAG
A quality leather bag is a true investment that will last for generations. Coach very accurately describes their new Legacy Collection inspired by styles from their archives as “…a vibrant study in color…classic, yet completely new.” One of these gems will carry all your necessities and make last year’s trench look brand new.