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Update Your Fall Wardrobe for Less

With so many chic looks splashed across the pages of fall fashion magazines, it’s no wonder you want to drive to the closest mall and stock up on cloaks, boots, bags, and more. But before you do some serious credit card damage, read on to see how you can update your fall wardrobe with just a few key items. You’ll look every bit the fall fashion plate, and you’ll still have enough money left over to go out for dinner and drinks—and show off your fabulous finds.

Opaque black tights: This inexpensive accessory is all the rage this season, and it will add new life—and warmth—to the dresses and skirts you already own. They look great on every figure, and with just about every shoe. Bonus tip: Pump up the funk factor and stock up on some patterns or bold colors. You’ll find this trend much cheaper and more fun than buying all new jeans and pants.

Flat boots: Get yourself one pair of flat boots, and you can create enough looks to get through the winter. We like a cherry brown color, because it looks great with both blacks and browns, and eliminates the need to buy more than one pair. This fall must-have is easily dressed up or down, depending on your social calendar. Bonus tip: Unless you find a killer sale, skip the department store. Budget-friendly retailers like DSW and Target offer designer looks at bargain prices.

Scarves: They’re not just for keeping warm anymore! Scarves add instant style, and it’s a perfect way to make an old outfit feel new and polished. Wrap, knot, or hang them around your neck or waist for a variation of looks. Bonus tip: Scour the shelves of H&M or TJ Maxx and you'll likely be able to pick up this accessory for under $10.

Boyfriend cardigan: This is a great fall piece because it offers a lot of versatility. You can pair it with jeans for a comfy, daytime look or layer it over a dress. Belt it and wear it with leggings for a perfect weekend look, and before the temperatures drop too low you can even wear it as a jacket. Bonus tip: Choose one in a bold color that will work with a number of other solids and patterns.

Blazer: This fall, we’ll see a revival of the blazer, and not just around the office. Achieve preppy perfect by rolling up the sleeves and wearing it with your favorite jeans. Or, throw one over a dress and pair it with some tights and boots—your friends will be dying to invade your closet! Bonus tip: When it comes to a blazer, it’s all about the fit. Make sure it cinches at the waist without being too tight.