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.
Alison Baitz is a freelance fashion and culture writer. When she's not busy chatting about online shopping or rooting out cool new designers, she's interviewing up-and-coming musicians or sampling food for articles and calling it research. She's proud to be a part of the DC-based food zine The Runcible Spoon. Yes, she is on Twitter: @itsmealison.