Fall Fashion on a Budget

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They’re the trends that you’ll be seeing this season on the runaway and in the pages of Vogue. Fall is here, and so is fall fashion. Trendy apparel can be expensive, but there’s a way to stay stylish without breaking the bank. NerdWallet Shopping and DealFinder are here to help you make your fall fashion statement while staying on a budget.

Women’s Trend: Chunky Sweater

You’ll be seeing lots of oversized apparel this season, according to fashion magazine Elle. This means large sweaters and warm turtlenecks. Snagging these luxurious statement pieces can be pricey, though. The Row’s Keeton Oversized Cashmere Sweater from Saks Fifth Avenue, for example, will set you back a jaw-dropping $4,550.

We’ve found some great alternatives that can get you the look you desire for less. Try the Cabela’s Women’s Matamata Turtleneck Sweater for $44.99 or the Grey Oversized Cable Knit Sweater from Oasap for $33.90. You’ll still be comfy and cozy, without the buyer’s remorse.

Men’s Trend: Flannel

Flannel is a must-have for men this fall, at least according to Business Insider. This includes flannel jackets, scarves, hats and, of course, shirts. What should you do if the Burberry London Grosgrain-Trimmed Flannel Shirt from Saks Fifth Avenue is a little out of your price range? It is $325, after all.

You can score a massive deal by buying a nearly identical looking shirt for hundreds of dollars less. For example, check out the Scotch Plaid Flannel Shirt from L.L. Bean for $34.99 or the St. John’s Bay Long-Sleeve Plaid Flannel Shirt from JCPenney for $17.99. For a super bargain, opt for the Faded Glory Men’s Long Sleeve 2 Pocket Flannel Shirt from Walmart for only $9.47.

Women’s Trend: A-Line Dress

Fall isn’t all about long sleeves and sweaters. There’s still room for dresses, too, according to StyleList.com. Particularly popular this season is the A-Line silhouette, a dress that is literally shaped like the letter ‘A.’ The runway A-line Gucci Leather Ruffle Front Sleeveless Dress is no small investment, though. It will cost you $4,250.

Want to grab the style for less? Consider the AGB Sleeveless Belted A-Line Dress from Macy’s for $55.99 or Forever21’s Lace-Trimmed A-Line Dress for $17.80. You’ll be able to wear the trend you love, plus you’ll save money for tights, shoes, jewelry and other accessories to accent your look.

Men’s Trend: Down Vest

Fall fashion wouldn’t be complete without a down vest to protect against the seasonal chill. This practical fashion essential is also great for layering, according to Esquire. A high-end Patagonia Ultralight Down Vest sells for $249.

Not what you’re looking for? If you need a budget-friendly substitute from a trusted brand, try the Signature Quilted Down Vest from L.L. Bean for $89. If this is still too much, check out the Men’s Big Down Vest from Land’s End Business Outfitters for $19.99. Right now, Kohl’s has a Big & Tall SONOMA life + style Puffer Vest on clearance for just $17.

Women’s Trend: Leggings

Leggings have remained a staple in women’s wardrobes for the past few seasons and show some staying power. There’s a pair of leggings for every occasion, from working out to running errands, according to MORE Magazine. Despite their comfort and convenience, though, leggings are by no means an inexpensive trend. The Raleigh Legging from Chicos, for example, costs $89. Other brands can run into the hundreds of dollars.

How can you take advantage of this trend without overspending? Check for inexpensive alternatives, such as the LC Lauren Conrad Solid Leggings from Kohl’s, which are currently on sale for $5.99. For a super deal, check out the Solid Knit Leggings from Forever 21. Not only do these cost only $3.80, but with all the money you’re saving, you’ll be able to buy a pair in practically every color available.

Men’s Trend: Jeans

No fall 2014 style guide would be complete without a pair of jeans. If you’re like many men, jeans are one of your go-to pieces of apparel, which is why they made clothing store Stag’s list of the top five items to buy this season. The Saturdays Luke Denim Raw pair from Stag Provisions for Men are priced at $150.

For a similar pair of jeans that won’t cost you an arm and a leg, consider options like the American Eagle Slim Straight Jean for $29.99 or the Arizona Slim Straight Jeans from JCPenney for $24.99.


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