Fall Fashion on a Budget

It’s November 1st (as I’m writing this) and here in NY the Fall weather is finally starting to kick in! This time of year is always bitter sweet, and if you’re anything like me – I’m sure you’ll agree. Saying goodbye to Summer is never fun, but saying hello to fall fashion…now that’s something to get excited about! Sweaters, leather jackets, booties, scarves, I’m pretty sure the saying goes: “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” And while it is indeed “the most wonderful time of the year” it isn’t always the most “cost effective” time of the year. So if you’re looking to update your wardrobe on a budget, then you’ve come to the right place! Keep reading for some tips on how to spruce up your Fall Fashion on a Budget! 

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Tip #1 – Be confident in your budget and style.

It’s so easy to compare yourself to people you see on social media. This is especially so with When it comes to fashion, makeup, looks, etc. those you follow on social media may seem like they have it all; that new Michael Kors bag, those fabulous Christian Louboutin booties, the list goes on. If you find yourself wishing you could afford to get your hands on those luxuries, as Taylor Swift would say, shake it off! Know what you can afford and stick with that. At the end of the day, you will be able to find exactly what you’re looking for, and even better… in your price range!

Tip #2 – Online shopping.

One main reason people have trouble shopping within their budget is because they just don’t know where to shop. While I love to shop in the stores to be able to try pieces on, sometimes the best deals are found online. I love visiting Boohoo.com, not only do they have something for everyone, including all the fall fashion trends, but they are super affordable! Another great thing about Boohoo is that they’re always running sales…and I mean always. So, before you run to the mall, definitely check them out!

Tip #3 – Always check the quality.

Forever21, H&M, and Garage are my other go-tos when I do take a trip to the mall and I’m not looking to spend a pretty penny. While they are pretty affordable (*hint hint* specially if you check at the sale racks) always be sure to check the quality of what you are purchasing. Is the fabric too thin or flimsy, how does it feel when you try it on, do the zippers work? These are all things to think about when making any purchase. At the end of the day, you don’t want to bring something home that you can only wear for a month!

Here are two recent purchases I made from Forever21:

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This blush pink off the shoulder sweater was somewhere around $17.00. Not only is it super cute, but it’s soft, comfortable, and good quality!

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This olive green faux leather jacket is by far my favorite piece of clothing (for now). It’s thick material makes it perfect for those cool fall days/nights.

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And we can’t forget the detail!

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I purchased this jacket for about $40.00 and can definitely see it lasting a while!

Pulling it all together!

After I made these affordable purchases, I was so excited to throw an outfit together and start shooting! And the best part is, I didn’t have to spend hundreds and hundreds of dollars to put together this look!

Fall Fashion* Keep an eye out for a post on these booties, and other fall shoes coming soon!

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  • Jamie Fuller

    Love this look and your tips are on point. Though, I will spend more for pieces that I feel are going to fit into my wardrobe forever (like jackets, boots, or jeans). I shop sales and discount for things like tees and leggings that are going to wear out no matter what brand I buy (I know because I’ve tried both ways). Anyway- great round up of tips and I love that olive jacket!! <3 Jamie

    • Raquel

      So glad you enjoyed these tips, Jamie! I definitely agree with you on that – especially for shoes! But sometimes you can find great deals on blouses, sweaters, jeans and things of the like that can last a decent amount of time as well! Can’t wait to check out your blog! <3 Raquel

    • Raquel Sosnovich

      Thank you Jamie! And you’re so right that it’s worth spending more for pieces that will last forever. Specially with shoes!

  • The jacket is amazing. I love it!

    • Raquel Sosnovich

      Ah thank you Kerri!

  • Gabrielle Conkey

    Love this! I’m in need of some new fall clothes and I’m majorly crushing on that jacket! Thanks!

    • Raquel Sosnovich

      So glad you like the jacket! You should try to find it at Forever21!

  • I couldn’t agree with #1 more! Knowing what colors and styles look best on you helps tremendously too! Once I figured that out, it made shopping so much easier.

    • Raquel Sosnovich

      Hi Jen! Another great point – it’s so important to know what works for you!

  • I am so in need of some new fall fashion. Thanks for the tips super helpful.

    • Raquel Sosnovich

      Thanks for your comment Nadalie! I’m so glad you enjoyed this post 🙂

  • Katherine Gamble

    I love your blog and this post in particular! Fresh out of college with student loans to pay, I am all about budgeting. Thanks for sharing.

    Great sense of style

    • Raquel Sosnovich

      Thanks Katherine! I’m so glad you enjoyed this post and like my blog! <3

  • Love that jacket so much!

  • Awesome post! These are all great tips! I especially like #3 – that can be key!

    • Raquel Sosnovich

      Thank you Lindsey, so glad you enjoyed my post 🙂

  • Rachael Anglin

    Love this outfit. We have very similar styles! And I am always looking for a good deal, too! I have no shame in still going to Forever 21/ H&M when looking for a cute, inexpensive outfit. I just realized my whole outfit in my profile pic is Forever 21!

    • Raquel Sosnovich

      That’s so funny! Forever 21 & H&M are definitely my go to stores 🙂

  • Natalie Popi

    You definitely don’t need to break the budget to buy cute clothes. Although I definitely spend more on sweaters, jackets, jeans, bags and shoes since those are things I consider investment pieces. Great tips!


  • Hey girl, I totally love the combo! The jacket is just awesome for fall, the color is amazing and it looks super warm and comfy.

    Xo, Sara | missesviolet

  • Love it! So true! Thanks for the help on “pulling it all together”

  • Laura McCaffery

    I love love love this scarf and boots together, your outfit is so my style!

  • That jacket is so cute! I love olive for fall!