5 Fall Trends Under $50

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Today marks the first official day of my absolute favorite season; it’s finally fall, y’all!  I just can’t get enough of leather, fur, flannel, boots, sweaters, scarves — you name it. Although this post doesn’t need much of an explanation, today I’m featuring five fads of the season that won’t cost your whole paycheck. Usually with very trendy, seasonal pieces, I don’t like to spend much more than $50 if it’s going to go out of style mere months later (lookin’ at you, mullet skirts). Check out my picks below! NOTE: Not to be worn together — like please don’t.
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  1. Cobalt Hat – You all know how much I love floppy hats. Add cobalt to the mix and I’m sold.
  2. Leather Skirt – Leather was huge last fall, and now it’s back, back again (tell a friend). I love this flouncy little skirt from Old Navy — although the shape may remind you of your Abercrombie skirts circa 2003, it’s now very fall 2014.
  3. Leopard Sneakers – Speaking of leather, check out the faux leather trim on these sassy leopard sneakers. They’re the perfect accessory to edge up your t-shirt + jeans weekend uniform.
  4. 360 Studs – I’m absolutely loving the front-back earring trend. The pearl version is nice and classic, but I’m also v into the pavé pair here and spike version here.
  5. Fringe Bag – Fringe is also pretty may-jah this season. Go big with a fringe-trim fall floral kimono if you’re feeling frisky; if you’re more hestitant, test the waters with the bag shown above.

What do you think? Comment your 5 picks below!

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Steal of the Week: Old Navy Floppy Hat

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I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again — Old Navy is absolutely killing it right now. Everything is, like, always on sale, and they’re really good about keeping up with the latest fads. The floppy hat trend really soared last fall and winter, and I’m so glad it’s back for round two this year. Colors like brown and black are great because they go with pretty much anything, but this wine-colored one from Old Navy is kind of major. Since the floppy hat trend is just that — a trend — I’m not really down to spend more than $30 max on one. The fact that this hat is a mere $19.94 not only makes it the perfect SOTW, but also won’t cause buyer’s remorse when it inevitably goes out of style. Better yet, online at Old Navy right now, take 30% off regular price items and an additional 15% off sale items!* Click here to grab a hat of your own now.
*UPDATE: In stores and online at Old Navy, everything is up to 50% off through Labor Day Weekend!

When styling a look for this hat, I incorporated a couple of my other favorite fall trends: distressed jeans, exposed zippers, black + white, fringe, booties, and pattern mixing. To start the outfit off, I chose a colorblocked black & white top, boyfriend jeans, and zip-up booties. For a chillier day, I also think throwing on a camo utility jacket would add a cool vibe. To accessorize, I went with a colorful statement necklace to pop against the black & white top, a gold chain-link watch (MK knockoff for only $25 — just got one myself!), and a leopard clutch for a little pattern mixing with the camo. To top it all off, I love orange lips for fall (and the bright color will look divine with the darker hue of the hat), and there’s nothing chicer than a sleek black mani.
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Floppy Hat: Old Navy | Fringe Top: H&M | Boyfriend Jeans: Forever 21 | Booties: Sole Society | Jacket: Old Navy | Leopard Clutch: Madewell | Necklace: BaubleBar | Watch: Forever 21 | Lip Color: Clinique | Nail Lacquer: Essie

Would you wear this SOTW?

Easiest Trends Ever: Overalls

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Overalls have been making a huge comeback for a couple years now — if you haven’t gotten on board yet, now’s your chance. Some of you may find it difficult to reinstate this 80s & 90s trend back into your wardrobe, but I’m here to help. Not only is this vintage fad insanely comfortable, it’s also practical and stylish — two outfit components we’re usually forced to choose between. Similar to the jumpsuit trend, overalls can be one of the fastest & easiest ensembles to throw together.

Although overalls are a relatively simple item, they can be a little tricky to execute correctly. One wrong turn and they can instantly transform you into a farmer, clown, or 5 year-old. It’s also imperative to find the right fit to ensure that they’re as flattering as possible. To achieve this, avoid pairing your overalls with flannel shirts, busy prints like polka dots, spaghetti strap tanks (just avoid those altogether please). Instead, opt for simple striped tops, chic blouses, and basic tees. Lastly, make sure to stay away from other statement pieces like trendy hats and tons of jewelry — this would be way too much, not to mention totally take away from your overalls.

Another issue with this trend is tracking down a cute pair. I’m usually a huge fan of thrift stores, but chances are, you won’t be able to find a pair at Goodwill that won’t swallow you up. Check out these more stylish, modern options — they’re even organized to fit your price point!

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For a little outfit inspiration, check out the look I put together below. I centered this outfit around these J Brand “splurge” overalls, only because I’m partial to the darker wash. I paired them with a lightweight striped sweater, green anorak jacket if it’s a chillier day, and some brown wedges. Wearing heels — especially if your overalls have more of a boyfriend-fit — will help with the flattering factor. If your pair has a skinny fit or you have overall shorts, pretty much any shoe works. To accessorize, go for a simple satchel, minimal jewelry, and maybe some sunglasses with a vintage vibe to complement your overalls. I chose a faux leather crossbody bag, Michael Kors chain link watch, and Ray Ban Clubmaster glasses. Last but not least, I topped off this look with a red-orange nail lacquer for a fun, seasonally-appropriate pop of color.

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Would you rock this look?

Where to find:  steal   save   splurge   striped sweater   utility jacket   brown wedges   crossbody bag   chain watch   retro sunglasses   nail polish

(image source: alixrose.com, pinterest)