When planning your fall wardrobe (which we’re sure you’re already knee-deep in the process of doing), you must sift through the designer goods and the best of high street. Since so many trends, silhouettes and pieces tend to overlap, how do you decide just what is worth your hard-earned cash and what is best relegated to the bargain websites? It’s great to spend on things that you love from your favorite designers, but be smart — not every piece will have lasting appeal just because you dropped a fat wad of cash for it. Leave timely trends to Topshop and ASOS, so that you can have your fashion fun without totally breaking the bank. Click through to see how we’re shopping (and spending) this fall.
Spend: The New Heritage Bag
What constitutes a designer must-have bag is changing all the time, and we couldn't be happier about that. Spend your hard-earned pennies on something that will deliver the quality in a coolly inconspicuous way.
3.1 Phillip Lim Small Ryder Satchel, $990 at Shopbop.
Spend: A Killer Cape
If you're diligent, you should be able to find a killer vintage cape at your favorite thrift or consignment store, but will it look as heart-stoppingly beautiful as this one? Is it a blazer, is it a cape or is it some weird, awesome, hybrid monster?
Spend: Cocktail Dress
This is a party dress that will serve you well for years to come.
Spend: An Amazing Cashmere Sweater
When it comes to fine winter fabrics, you don't want to skimp.
Spend: Masculine-Feminine Dress
We totally approve of spending a bit more for something that is not only beautifully made, but boasts obvious lasting appeal. This dress incorporates both something relatively trendy (button-up shirt dresses) and something timeless (plaid).
Save: Trendy (Destroyed) Jeans
Destroyed jeans are everything right now, but don't spend designer prices for them, please.
Topshop Petite MOTO Bleached Ripped Hayden Jeans, $90 at Topshop.
Yes, it seems like every designer has put an irresistible spin on the classic black bootie, what with all the different heel heights and architectural elements. But you can totally spend a bit less and still end up with amazing shoes that will last you through fall, winter and beyond.
Save: (Novelty) Crewneck
Must-have designer novelty sweaters and sweatshirts will definitely feel stale in a season or two. You can still have some fun with the look, just don't spend a whole paycheck in order to do so!
Save: Day-to-Night Dress
You work way too hard to have to spend all your dough on pieces that only work for the office. Grab pretty dresses that make sense for both work and after-hours.
Save: Cool Coat
This slightly oversized, modern silhouette is super now, which means that finding affordable iterations is a breeze.