Update Your Wardrobe for Fall on the Fly

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One great thing about this fall’s fashion trends is that if you plan accordingly, you don’t have to spend a ton of money to look fab. With a bit of imagination and a touch of craftiness, you can look fierce and fashion-forward!

1. Remix Your Basics.

Add a belt:

urban belt
Deena & Ozzy Tiger Belt $34 at Urban Outfitters

Remember all those blazers that were hot a few seasons ago? Statement jackets are a major trend this season and with just a few tweaks, you can upgrade your basic blazers. An embellished wide width belt will instantly add character to boring basic blazers and play on several of next season’s trends. Pop the collar on your blazer for added flair.

belted jackets

Change the Buttons:
Your basic wool fall coat won’t be so basic anymore when you replace the buttons with something with more style, like these:

mj buttons
Fashion Glass Button W/Shank; Imported Glass Button; Flower Glass Button; Metal Barrel Button all at M&J Triming

Grab Some Scissors:

distressed denim

Distressed denim will continue to prevail in the fall. A pair of designer distressed jeans can run over $200, but if you’re crafty, those old skinny jeans you thought were retired can make a comeback (like HOV). Find out how to distress your denim yourself here and here.

Grab Some Shoulder Pads:

exaggerated shoulder jackets

After having all my picture day “suits” stuffed with them all throughout my childhood, I never thought I’d see the day where I’d actually be suggesting to add them to jackets! But the exaggerated shoulder look is a HOT one this fall. If you don’t have a spare $12,000 lying around for a Balmain jacket, take one of your fav form-fitting jackets and add shoulder pads to it.

The pics on the packaging of these shoulder pads may look cheesy, but the velcro makes them easy to apply.

2. Get Thrifty.

leather jackets

Leather jackets are a major staple but some of the fancy ones can cost upwards of $700 (or more—yikes!). You can get the look for a whole lot less by visiting your local thrift (or ebay) for a really good leather jacket. I’ve scored a few jackets for less than $20 from ebay—be sure to search for leather blazers or leather motorcycle jackets (and then take it to a good leather cleaner to get rid of the “ebay” smell).

You’ll also be amazed at some of the great vintage designer goods you’ll find while thrifting. Some brands to check for: Yves Saint Laurent, Vivienne Westwood Anglomania, and Balenciaga.

3. Accessorize.

fall accessories

Socialit; Floral Hinge Bracelet; Mixed Stone Bracelet; Tribal Leaf Rope Necklace; Fab Sequin Frame Wallet

Make sure you pick up a pair of exaggerated-heeled shoes. They’ll make even your basic white Gap tee look like you’re wearing couture. Add bold costume jewelry for the perfect touch.

Now tell me—what are you planning on purchasing this fall?

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About Danielle

A former finance girl, Danielle is a New York City based freelance writer and fashion and beauty expert. She's a Hofstra University and Fashion Institute of Technology grad with an obsession with fashion and beauty which she loves to tell you all about every weekday on her award-winning blog. Think of her as your style and beauty entourage all wrapped up into one bubbly brown package. Danielle's work and expertise can be found in print and across the web in Cosmopolitan for Latinas, StyleBlazer.com, and more! She's also appeared as an on-air style expert on CBS New York's "The Couch" and WPIX11's Savvy Shopper segment.
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