The weather is finally starting to cool down, the leaves are changing, and we are beginning to switch out our iced lattes for warmer, more cozy beverages. It’s ~officially ~ fall and it’s time to stock up on cold weather essentials. From one fashionista to another, I am here to hook you up with the must-have pieces of the fall. Below you’ll find the 10 items from shoes to skirts that are turning heads on and off the screen. Bonus: they’re all affordable because college is expensive. Happy shopping!
1. Faux Leather Pants
First thing’s first, let’s talk leather! Every fall/winter season leather makes a comeback, but this year it’s back with a new retro twist. This flared style of pant is so easy to dress up into a cohesive monochromatic look or pair down with a classic tee and booties. I found the perfect pair that will not shatter your wallet and still give us quality from ASOS.
ASOS Pieces Faux Leather Flared Pants in Black, $45, Shop Now
2. Sweater Vests
Next, we have sweater vests! Truthfully, I did not see this coming. The sweater vest has reinvented itself into something a cool girl now rocks with a splash of private school vibes. Sweater vests look amazing on top of an oversized button up or an oversized short sleeve top! It immediately takes your basic outfit to a mix of neutral pattern play and materials! Thank me later sisters, this will look absolutely stunning on your feed and add a tasteful twist to your style.
Abercrombie & Fitch Slim Cropped Crew Sweater Vest, $49, Shop Now
3. Sweatsuit Set (Hoodie + Sweatpants)
When we need something a little more comfortable for class, we no doubt turn to the classic sweatsuit. Because retail stores are often saturated with the same style of sweat suit sets, a pro tip when shopping is to invest in a look that has a unique color you can wear all week *no judgement here*. Hollister and many other brands have been killing the game with sweatpants, crewnecks, hoodies, cropped sweaters, and zip-ups that utilize color blocking and I am absolutely here for it. For styling, keep it very simple and let the set do all the work for you. Just pair with some classic white socks + Nike sneakers and you are set to go for the class you are already five minutes late to.
4. Knit Sets
Knitwear – but make it fashion. Knit sets like this are undeniably comfortable but also make you look extremely put together. This set from Forever 21 is affordable, and perfect for transitioning your wardrobe from summer to fall. For styling, allow the set to be the focal point and pair with dainty jewelry. As for your shoe choice, it could be a knee high boot or kitten heels that contrast the color of your set.
Forever 21 Ribbed Sweater and Mini Skirt Set, $40, Shop Here
5. Knee High Boots
Now let’s get into the nitty gritty of fall style…shoes. These snakeskin knee high boots have been some of the hardest boots to get your hands on. Especially if you are looking for the perfect shade of brown or white and the fact that they typically run for $300+. Obviously that is a no-go for us hustling, college students. With that being said, I have come to the rescue and become obsessed with these from ASOS for their amazing price and quality! Some classic styling that has been seen everywhere on Insta has been tucked under/over your relaxed denim, with a simple midi skirt, or even with an oversized sweater or tee.
Blazers, blazers, blazers. They are always trending and always a staple to have in the closet. With that being said, this creamy white blazer from Lulus adds a new elevated twist to the blazers you already have in your wardrobe! This piece looks amazing dressed up and dressed down!
7. Faux Fur Cardigans
If anyone has been obsessing over ‘Emily in Paris’ on Netflix, then you will be having major “fomo” for Paris vibes & Parisian fashion. Say hello to the perfect cardigan to help you channel the high-fashion woven within to the beloved Netflix series. Style this cardigan with jeans or maybe a more formal pant for a dressy look. Or you could even add a matching colored mini skirt with sheer tights to really own that Parisian style.
8. Double-Breasted Trench Coat
Fact: coats elevate every cool-weather look. This navy blue coat from Banana Republic Factory is perfect for almost every winter outfit, and comes at an affordable price. It is undeniable that this coat will become a timeless piece within your wardrobe. Pair this coat with a sweat suit set for cozy days, or just a simple jeans and hoodie to make it more versatile.
9. Leather Pleated Skirt
Tis’ the season to staying warm and bringing back all-black looks. Fashion bloggers everywhere have been pairing classic this midi skirt with sheer tights, long black boots, and a tight fit black turtleneck to seal the deal on their cold-weather style.
10. Bucket Hat
The last thing you need to elevate your fall wardrobe is an equally trendy and versatile hat! If Prada doesn’t fit your college budget, meet the perfect dupe. Pair it with some relaxed jeans, cropped long sleeve, and sneakers for a casual everyday look that 100% looks put together. This hat is the perfect add on to your streetwear style and also covers the bad hair days we all have every once in a while.
Athleta Bucket Cap, $52, Shop Here