Given that, in its current state, my closet has done the very least to inspire me to be my best dressed self this season, I’ve been feeling like it needs a bit of an overhaul lately. Yet, somehow, I’ve nearly blown through my loosely self-imposed shopping budget for both fall and winter, and we're not even a quarter of the way through the colder half of the year yet. On top of that, I’m 5’2”, which never makes things easier in the fashion department. So what’s an editor to do?
Spoiler alert: She shops but very discerningly and, of course, frugally. Sure, it would be nice to browse all your favorite sites and simply purchase whatever you please, but sometimes it’s more enjoyable to limit your spending and still come out on top. To help in that department, I turned to some of my favorite affordable brands and retailers, such as H&M, Zara, and Nordstrom, all of which were rife with options coming in under my $50 budget. Ahead, see everything that caught my eye, including bags, shoes, jeans, tops, and more.
H&M Double-Breasted Jacket ($35)
A beige blazer is just as versatile as a black one but so much more impactful in your wardrobe.
Who What Wear x Target Ruffle Long Sleeve Top ($30)
So technically, I already own this, but it's so good I just needed you to know about it.
Urban Renewal Recycled Solid Pleated Mini Skirt ($49)
I'm very into pleated skirts at the moment.
Mango Textured Faux-Shearling Bag ($40)
Any outfit can benefit from a touch of texture.
Open Edit V-Neck Crop Pullover ($49)
The cropped, boxy fit is perfect.
Topshop Minimal Sleeveless Crop Top ($49)
Just add high-waisted jeans and a blazer.
BP Everyday Wide Leg Jeans ($49)
Everyday seems like an appropriate name for these.
Emi Jay Big Effing Clip in Virgo ($35)
Is it not the perfect clip for fall?
Urban Outfitters Winnie Collared Top ($45)
The color is everything.
Who What Wear Collection Erin Crew-Neck Bodysuit ($35)
Get that seamless tuck every time.
Zara Seamed Mini Skirt ($40)
I saw a friend wearing this skirt at a party and almost didn't believe her when she told me the price.
Adina's Jewels Enamel Colored Huggie Earrings ($48)
They're just so cute.
BP Rib Crop Crewneck Sweater ($29)
It's basic, but no fall wardrobe is complete without a good black sweater.
Reformation Patagonia M's L/S P-6 Logo Responsibili-Tee ($45)
Better than the basics I usually wear with jeans.
BP Wide Leg Track Pants ($50)
Swap your jeans out for these silky pants on your next night out.
H&M Pointed-Toe Mules ($30)
The cool and comfortable choice.
Open Edit Oversize Poplin Button-Up Shirt ($49)
The black button-down is a fall-and-winter must.
Afrm Gavin Ribbed Top ($48)
This will always be my favorite neckline.
Urban Outfitters Tallulah Notch Sweater Skirt ($39)
Who knew I needed a checked sweater skirt so badly?
H&M Bucket Hat ($18)
You'll be happy you have this once winter weather rolls around.
Zara Corduroy Overshirt ($50)
My favorite fall color and fabric come together in the perfect layer.
Afrm Cynthia Corset Crop Tank ($48)
Swap your simple tank in for this seamed situation.
H&M Straight High Jeans ($35)
Just good jeans.
Mango Pin Leather Clog ($50)
How to look luxe in flats.
Zara Oversized Knitwear Vest ($50)
The oversize fit is just so good and makes any outfit instantly feel forward.
Mango Knitted Top With Geometric Print ($40)
The fabric alone is a statement.
Bp. Faux Leather Flare Leggings ($39)
Next time I'm about to put on a pair of basic leggings, somebody please stop me and remind me these exist.
H&M Rib-Knit Bolero Sweater ($20)
The smallest layers make the biggest impact.
Zara Long Sateen Shirt ($50)
Such a rich shade.
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