Before summer bon voyages us into fall, we'll take one last dip into the final
month's product pool. August was a calmer reprieve from July's super-sale jubilee, but it still made its cart-mark; much like May, this past month was all about buying transitional home, beauty, and fashion essentials to prep us for the upcoming season.
Whether you're a little late to the back-to-school-shopping scene, or just want to peep into the carts of your peers, we took
bestselling data from popular stories and crafted it into a fall-essential shopping guide. Ahead, the 29 most wanted styles that were trending in R29-readers' carts over the last 30 days — from top-rated planners to steamers, the chicest under-$15 booties, worth-the-hype beauty products, convertible bags, storage solutions, and more. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.
Autumn and denim are a seasonal-style match made in heaven — and readers were sold on this classic straight-leg, skinny-ankle cut from Levi's.
501® Ripped High Waist Ankle Skinny Jeans, $68.6, available at
Back-to-school shopping doesn't just apply to students, it's an all-inclusive season for getting organized and on-schedule post summer — and August readers were all about it, adding this fruit-printed, 12-month planner by Erin Condren to the top of their carts.
Fruity Beauty Academic Planner, $37, available at
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August is all about gearing up for fall — shoppers suited up for the upcoming layering season with this utility-chic, military-style jacket crafted from a relaxed linen blend.
Rowen Drawstring Waist Military Jacket, $85.9, available at
The beauty good that
toted a 17,000-person waitlist, Charlotte Tillbury's Airbrush Flawless Foundation also topped our readers' August carts. As one of our beauty writers attested post trying (and loving) the hyped-up product: "I've since worn it numerous times, and I find that blending it with my hands gives me the perfect amount of coverage for a more natural-finish. I love how smooth it makes my skin look (even if though I struggle with bumps from rosacea and the occasional stress pimple)." Charlotte Tilbury
Airbrush Flawless Foundation, $44, available at
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These handmade-to-order boots are what fall's statement-footwear dreams are made of — crafted out of vegan leather with a glittered finish in an array of dream hues (from black to silver, gold, white, navy, purple, and multi-colored).
Edie Glitter Heeled Ankle Boots, $60.8, available at
The leopard-midi skirt meets the satin-slip dress in a stylish wardrobe staple we (and our readers) will be wearing all fall long.
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Satin Leopard Slip Dress, $99, available at
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In the back-to-school spirit of organization (and laundry), this top-rated set of seven multi-sized laundry bags landed at the top of August's shopping list — as one pleased customer put it, "Love these laundry bags. It makes sorting and doing my laundry simpler. They protect my bras and camis, so the straps don’t get all tangled with other clothing and get stretched out."
Mesh Laundry and Organization Bags, $8.99, available at
Paint the fall foliage on your lids with this top-bought palette of shimmering nude shades.
Gen Nude Neutral Eyeshadow Palette, $17.39, available at
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This sleek, convertible style is the ultimate travel tote with its compact design that can be worn as a fanny pack, crossbody bag, over-the-shoulder purse, and wristlet.
Lo & Sons
The Waverly 2, $135.2, available at
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What do our readers love more than a good brand collab? A good seasonal style release from that brand collab — and Hearth & Hand with Magnolia's newest fall home drop from Target filled with seasonal essentials did not disappoint.
Hearth & Hand with Magnolia
Jute Rug, $24.99, available at
Your eyes do not deceive you: these synthetic patent-leather boots with a berry-colored croc texture were an under-$15 most wanted steal in August.
Croc Patent Chelsea Boots, $14.4, available at
This pack of 40 blemish-clearing patches is under $10, boasts over 3,000 reviews, and is infused with soothing tea tree and calendula oil.
Acne Absorbing Cover Patch, $8.5, available at
Crafted from decaled stoneware with a chic floral print and gilded handle, these monogrammed mugs were an August cart-favorite that are sure to transition effortlessly into fall.
Rifle Paper Co.
Garden Party Monogram Mug, $14, available at
Summer's over, but the leopard midi-skirt rages on — but in a subtler, white-and-black style we'll be pairing with our favorite black booties for fall.
Leopard Midi Skirt, $50, available at
Doesn't matter the season, our readers care about sexual wellness winter, spring, summer, and fall — which is why this top-rated personal massager crafted from 100% premium silicone made the August cart cut.
Vibe. powerful personal massager, $45, available at
Forget sweater weather, fall's true calling is
clog season — and this most wanted pair from Swedish Hasbeens will look pretty chic paired with a wool ankle sock. Swedish Hasbeens
Baskemölla High, $62.7, available at
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Whether you're looking to streamline storage inside a dorm room or cramped apartment, these compact and stackable under-bed drawers are ready to get the job done in most wanted and top-rated style.
Shallow Box Chest Drawer, $14.99, available at
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This top-rated, transitional piece can be dressed up or down depending upon the autumn occasion; pair it with canvas sneakers and a chunky sweater overtop, or heeled boots and a tailored blazer.
The Japanese GoWeave Essential Jumpsuit - Black, $120, available at
Throw wrinkle-caution to the wind with this mini, handheld steamer that you can easily tote with you on-the-go for fresh-pressed outfits everyday.
Handheld Steamer, $26.99, available at
Travel accessories were all the rage in August, with this colorful silicone AirPods' case at the top of our readers essentials' list.
AirPods Silicone Duo Case, $12, available at
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If your back-to-school resolution includes cooking in more, then this top-purchased trio of handy bag-cinchers for well under $10 will be your repurposed leftover savior.
OXO Good Grips Bag Cinch, $5.99, available at
This most wanted sale frock is ready to transition you from summer to fall in tied and printed, slip-style — just pair it with you favorite pair of boots and a sweater overtop or a tee underneath.
Jade Dress, $88.4, available at
Readers revamped their bath stock for the upcoming season with this top-rated, six-piece set crafted from ultra absorbent and green oeko-tex materials.
Elite Hygro Cotton 6-Pc. Towel Set, $43.99, available at
Sunburns don't end when summer does, so stay ahead of harmful UV-rays year-round with a top-purchased and rated SPF that also serves double duty as a tinted moisturizer. As one reviewer gushed, "I used to hate applying sunscreens because they are either heavy, greasy, leave a white cast, and/or make me break out. I changed my perspective on sunscreen after trying out the EltaMD UV Clear Broad spectrum. It is natural, light-weighted, and great for my sensitive and acne prone skin. This product also changed my habit of applying sunscreen as I am willing to reapply more than once during the day. Holy grail product!"
UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 - Tinted (1.7 oz.), $37, available at
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Readers pinpointed a winning summer-through-fall-and-into-winter transitional shoe style — these classic canvas kicks bring a stylish autumn twist to the table with their elevated soles and inky black hue.
'Acot Linea' Sneaker, $80, available at
Get your autumn hair game on point with this 36-pack of velvet hair scrunchies that you can pair with a different look, everyday of the month.
Velvet Elastic Hair Scrunchies (36 Assorted Colors), $13.99, available at
We can't wait to transition this wide-legged jumpsuit from open-toed sandals to closed-toed booties with a chunky block heel (or clogs and socks) for fall.
Tea Jumpsuit With Ruched Sleeve Detail, $64, available at
End of summer is the perfect time to refresh your makeup applicators — and what better way than with this fan-favorite sponge set that landed at the top of readers' and reviewers' carts as an under-$10 miracle buy.
As one really rave reviewer gushed: "This sponge is FABULOUS!! It makes a HUGE difference in application of all cosmetics! I use half the amount of foundation and blending concealer is just terrific. It literally lasts all day because of the even application...They do wash easily so it lasts a very long time. Extremely economical! It is the perfect size and texture. I can tell you I do all my make up in a matter of minutes now! I cannot rave enough. I usually do not do these reviews , but this product is so incredible, I had to this time!! I hope you get it! You will not be sorry!!!!!??"
Miracle Complexion Sponge Set, $9.99, available at
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Another transitional summer-to-fall trend we saw readers adding to cart this August? This pair of top-rated, high-waisted compression shorts with built-in side pockets. Pair them with an oversized slouchy sweaters and sneaks for a casual weekend vibe while the weather still feels fine.
High-Waist Compression Shorts, $19.99, available at
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