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Designer/ Under $100/ Trends/ Fashion / 27 Sep, 2021

Save Vs. Splurge: Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials


fashion blogger mia mia mine wearing a camel coat and faux leather pants from abercrombieI always get so excited for fall fashion that it’s easy to go over board with the trends. But at the end of the day, I know that the best wardrobe is one that’s been thought out and filled with pieces you’ll want to reach for time and time again. That usually means sticking to a fall capsule wardrobe filled with timeless silhouettes, neutral tones and accessories that bring instant style. Investing in these pieces will save you both time and money over the long run. If you’re wondering which items you’ll need to withstand the cooler months ahead, I’ve rounded up a strong selection of basics (and several affordable alternatives) that take the guesswork out of choosing outfit.


fashion blogger wearing a burgundy faux leather dress from karen millenKaren Millen Italian Wool Camel Coat | Karen Millen Oxblood Dress | Fendi Tote Bag | Stuart Weitzman Over-The-Knee Boots (better for budget here) | Fendi Sunglasses

1. Long Coat


1. Long Camel Coat

A long neutral coat is your solution to both effortless and elegant looks. This one is super roomy and can be layered to perfection.
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Forever 21

Budget Long Coat

This one is under $100 and features the same boxy fit and rich camel tone. I love that you can layer the chunkiest knits underneath.
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brunette woman wearing faux leather leggings and a camel coat from forever 21
Forever 21 Camel Coatigan | Forever 21 Combat Boots | Forever 21 Faux Leather Leggings | Forever 21 Crop Top | Similar Chanel 19 Shearling Bag (better for budget here)

2. Coatigan



This is the coatigan that I just can't quit. It's perfect for days when the mornings and evenings are cool but afternoons are warm.
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Forever 21

Budget Coatigan

For under $50, you can score this affordable cardigan coat. The belted design is so chic and can be taken from work to the weekends.
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fashion blogger wearing chunky white combat boots from forever 21Forever 21 Puffer Jacket | Forever 21 Sweatshirt | Forever 21 Faux Leather Leggings | Forever 21 White Combat Boots | Forever 21 Sherpa Belt Bag | NY Yankees Cap

3. Puffer Jacket


Puffer Jacket

The quintessential outerwear for those off-duty, on-the-go outfits. You can brave even the coldest temps in this one.
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Forever 21

Budget Puffer

This is such a perfect dupe for all the designer puffers out there. It feels way more expensive and will keep you warm through winter.
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fashion blogger wearing faux leather pants and studded combat bootsForever 21 Turtleneck Bodysuit | Forever 21 Faux Leather Joggers | Forever 21 Combat Boots | Louis Vuitton Multi-Pochette Accessories Bag

4. Turtleneck Bodysuit


Turtleneck Bodysuit

The base layer I swear by year after year. It's so easy to dress up or down and to layer up however you'd like.
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Forever 21

Budget Turtleneck Bodysuit

If you can't justify forking out $100 on a basic top, then this one is a great alternative. It's super soft and comfortable - you can't really beat the $22 price.
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fashion blogger wearing a one shoulder top and leather pants from bloomingdalesBardot Asymmetrical Knit Top | Agolde Faux Leather Pants | Schutz PVC Strap Heels | Balenciaga Hourglass Bag (size XS) | Saint Laurent Sunglasses

5. Faux Leather Pants


Faux Leather Pants

I love faux leather leggings, but have been into wider cut pants for a more modern effect. I love how this one helps lift an outfit to a new level of sophistication.
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Budget Faux Leather Pants

These straight leg pants are an affordable way to switch up your day to night looks.
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fashion blogger wearing a brown sweater and over the knee boots from forever 21Forever 21 Brown Sweatshirt | Forever 21 Faux Leather Leggings | Forever 21 Over-The-Knee Boots | Louis Vuitton Palm Springs Mini Backpack

6. Relaxed Sweater

Free People

Relaxed Sweater

This sweater is the definition of cozy chic. It continues to trend year after year and can be styled for any occasion.
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Forever 21

Budget Relaxed Sweater

I finally found the perfect dupe for the Free People sweater above. I'm obsessed with the worn-in vibe and purchased it in a few colors.
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fashion blogger wearing a chunky cardigan from walmartFree Assembly Cardigan | Free Assembly Relaxed DenimScoop Slouchy Suede Boots

7. Cropped Cardigan

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Cropped Cardigan

This season, I'm passing up long cardigans for cropped styles that can be buttoned up and tucked into jeans like this one.
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Forever 21

Budget Cropped Cardigan

Fortunately, you don't have to splurge to score a great design. I love the wide ribbed effect on this cardi.
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fashion blogger wearing golden goose dupe sneakers from walmartFree Assembly Henley Knit Top | Free Assembly Relaxed DenimScoop Leopard Sneakers

8. 90’s Denim


90's Denim

Relaxed, slightly distressed jeans are all you need to look refreshingly trendy. Agolde reigns supreme in the 90's denim game.
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Forever 21

Budget 90's Jeans

This denim style is no doubt trendy. If you'd rather save in this category, these F21 jeans are just right.
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fashion blogger wearing a gray shacket from goodnight macaroonGoodnight Macaroon Shacket | Express Gray Jeans | Gianvito Rossi Suede Pumps (better for budget here) | Saint Laurent College Bag

9. Plaid Shacket


Houndstooth Shacket

Having a few different layers to rifle through is key to a versatile fall wardrobe. The shacket is one piece you can wear on repeat through year end.
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Goodnight Macaroon

Budget Houndstooth Shacket

Save an extra 40% on this one using my code MARIA40. It's the perfect weight for the season ahead.
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fashion blogger wearing a camel coat and faux leather leggingsForever 21 Camel Coatigan | Forever 21 Combat Boots | Forever 21 Faux Leather Leggings | Forever 21 Crop Top | NY Yankees Cap | Givenchy Antigona Handbag

10. Combat Boots

Stuart Weitzman

Combat Boots

Black combat boots should be a part of your fall line up because they coordinate well with anything. An embellished or studded option will bring more visual interest to your looks.
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Forever 21

Budget Combat Boots

I'm loving the hardware and buckles on this boot. It adds the same edgy chic effect to an outfit as the boots above - but without the high price.
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fashion blogger wearing suede booties from abercrombie for fallAbercrombie Camel Coat | Abercrombie Tee | Abercrombie Faux Leather Leggings | Abercrombie Suede Booties | Saint Laurent Sunglasses | Chanel 19 Shearling Bag (similar here and here)

11. Suede Booties


Suede Booties

Suede booties are fall's most versatile shoe. It never goes out of style and looks amazing with jeans, shorts and dresses.
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Budget Suede Booties

These booties are a key piece for the endless ways it can be worn.
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fashion blogger wearing a camel chunky knit sweaterGoodnight Macaroon Sweater | Joe’s Camel Coated Denim (wearing a 24 – size up) | Fendi Tote Bag | Christian Louboutin So Kate Pumps (better for budget here)

12. Structured Handbag


Tote Bag

An oversized shopper tote is on this list for obvious reasons. It can be used at the office or a night out. It simply makes an outfit feel that much more polished.
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Budget Tote Bag

This handbag is a dupe to the Dior Book Tote and will sell so fast!
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xo, Maria

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