6 Fall Essentials for $50 or Less

Woman wearing turtleneck sweater

As the weather begins to transition and we start looking ahead to fall, we’re setting our sights on the essentials that make cooler conditions more tolerable. You likely already have the classic pieces — those that everyone should have in her closet, such as tailored blazers and crisp white blouses. Here are the fall clothes to add to your cool-weather repertoire, so you can brave the change of season in style.

And the best part? They’re all under $50 a piece.

Fall Clothes to Buy Now

Flannel shirt

Fall and flannel go together like peanut butter and jelly, as cooler evenings and mornings practically beg us to slip into something softer and cozier that the cottons and linens of summer. And thankfully, flannel has outgrown its grunge ties so you can wear it to anything from football games to casual brunches. Try a flannel top in the traditional way, casually open over a white tank and a pair of jeans. Or go for a modern, off-duty chic look by tucking your flannel into a pencil skirt.

This Plaid Drapey Flannel Tunic Shirt from Old Navy is an effortless favorite.

Turtleneck Sweater

Layering is essential when it’s cold outside. When you want to forgo the jackets and show off a stunning outfit, slip into a turtleneck instead. It’s more of a VIP than you might expect! Try it beneath a tailored blazer at the office, wear it with jeans and boots for an errand run, and even layer it underneath a sleeveless dress.

We love Uniqlo’s Extra Fine Merino Turtleneck Sweater — it’s lightweight but warm, and available in a wide range of versatile colors.

Midi skirt

You don’t have to sacrifice your love of skirts when the temps drop. If anything, now is the best time of year to break out your midi-length bottoms. They’re more practical than shorter lengths, and a little more polished than your warm-weather maxis.

The beauty of this ubiquitous staple is that you can wear it with nearly anything. For an autumnal upgrade, try this sleek, high-waisted H&M Faux Leather Skirt.

Chunky knit

A purchase you’ll never regret is a chunky knit sweater that you can wear as soon as it cools down and then well into winter. Whether you pull it on because the office is just a little too cool for your liking, or you want something cozy to go with jeans and booties, you’ll never go wrong with this timeless piece.

Try the ASOS Design Cable Sweater with fleece leggings or dark-rinse denim.

Moto jacket

A tailored moto jacket is essentially the LBD of outerwear. There are many leather interpretations, of course, but a smart fabric version is a more versatile choice that you can wear to the office, after hours, and on weekends with ease.

The beauty of this Moto Jacket from LOFT Outlet is that it looks just right with jeans, but also makes a chic, slightly sporty alternative to a blazer if you’re wearing wide-leg pants.

Sleek trousers

Speaking of pants, don’t underestimate the value of a great pair of trousers. Although you probably have several black pairs in your closet, fall is a great time to embrace other hues that you can wear to work and when meeting girlfriends for drinks after hours.

These Zara Easy Pajama Pinstripe Pants are beautifully constructed with a high waist, multiple pockets, and a self-tie to help you find the perfect fit.

Tanya

Staff Writer at The Budget Fashionista
Tanya is a seasoned journalist based in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Specializing in fashion, beauty, and travel, she loves to explore new places, read as much as possible, and scour the web for fabulous finds — all in the name of research, of course.