The Mommy Style File: Fall Trends for Less

I am LOVING the fall trends this year, but not loving the $ that is associated with them. One of my favorite magazines list three budget levels for each season. Umm…I don’t really have a $2,000 budget for each season, much less each year. Let’s go with $100. I usually grab a few key pieces to get around investing in a whole new wardrobe.


Thrilled. I just love Cobalt, but amazingly I don’t own one piece of clothing in this hue. I hit up H&M today and saw the perfect accessory for fall that rang in under ten bucks. Want to make it an infinity scarf? Check out my how with my 30Second Mom tip!

H&M Scarf- $9.95

As for Oxblood? I picked up a cute maxi dress from for $15 the other day. I think it was a one day deal; regular price is $24.99 (still not too shabby). I am thinking of pairing it with a cream cable knit cardigan and ankle boots.

Mossimo Juniors Boxy Top Tie Back Maxi Dress- $24.99

The Metal- COPPER

Affordable, versatile and having cool oxidation properties, copper is one chic metal. Try Essie’s new line of mirror metallic polish in Penny Talk. It is priced around $8, but you can get $3.50 off a $10 purchase from Ulta with the coupon below. Also, if you have a Klout score over 45, you can claim a perk for a free polish! (If you think Klout is for suckers, ignore it. All I know is they give me a bunch of free stuff!)

The Animal Print- PYTHON

Of course leopard is still in (has it ever really gone out?) but python is giving leopard a run for it’s money. This lovely combo of greys and black really gives you the latitude to mix it up. My suggestion? Go for a necklace, belt or clutch to give your LBD a little kick!

Python Statement Necklace- $10.50 @ Wet Seal (oh yes I did!!)
Rackett Clutch Python- $29 @ Nine West

 The Material- LEATHER or LACE

Ok. Here’s where you could go two different ways on this with the leather: A- Save your pennies and go faux. B- Investment piece. I am on the hunt for a pleated faux leather skirt in my size similar to the one from Oasis below.

As for the lace, I adore a full lace dress! It can be worn with a cardigan to dress it down, or killer heels for an evening out on the town. Just make sure to balance the sheerness with a more modest cut. Lace tights are always a winner in my book as long as the outfit is fairly neutral!

Oasis Faux Leather Pleat Skirt- $$45.98 @
Lace Dress- $49.95 @ H&M
Two Tone Open Tights- $19 @ Bebe

Any trends I missed that you think should be on the list? Let me know!



  1. August 15, 2012 / 5:32 pm

    love your blog – I am going to carry on reading and sign up to follow

    • August 15, 2012 / 9:51 pm

      Thanks so much Nicola! Just checked out your blog- SHOES!! I feel we have a LOT in common 🙂 Excited to read more!