20 Fall Fashion Staples Under $50 That You Can Buy Right Now

It’s finally fall, and thank goodness, because I for one was So. Sick. Of. Sweating. This is also good news because it means we can finally break out the cozy sweaters, leather boots, and drink all the pumpkin beer.

There’s no need for this wardrobe and seasonal transition to break the bank, so to get you started on your journey to fall coziness, here’s some fashion finds that’ll fill out your closet—all for under $50.

Lace-Up Sweater

Keep on wearing summer’s lace-up trend right into fall with this chunky sweater incarnation. Sweater with front tie, $49.90 at Zara.

Draped Jacket


Before the weather turns colder, you can still get away with throwing on light layers, in the form of a draped jacket. Draped-front drawstring jacket, $32.90 at Forever 21.


Begone, ballet flats. Swap summer’s sandals for these studded loafers instead. Loafers with studs, $34.99 at H&M.

Crossbody Bag

Pick up a petite purse in a jewel tone to become your new fall staple. Vanessa vegan flapover crossbody bag, $39.95 at Sole Society.

Sweater Dress

A black sweater dress is something you can wear from now till March. Dress with frills, $49.90 at Zara.

Rain Boots

Because fall means more rain. Merona Alex Chelsea Rain Boots, $24.99 at Target.

Corduroy Skirt

The button-up skirt look is everywhere. Here’s a corduroy version on the cheap. Button-front corduroy skirt, on sale for $45 at J. Crew Factory.


Weekend brunch dates never looked so cozy. Joggers, $19.99 at H&M.

Bomber Jacket

Throw it on for a light layer to run around town. The Ultimate Bomber Jacket in Jersey, $36 at Asos.

Blanket Scarf 

Because why wear a scarf when you could have a blanket and a scarf? Nubby oversized blanket scarf, $39 at Urban Outfitters.

Floral Skirt

A maxi skirt in a jewel-toned print is an easy way to dress up your fall look. Contemporary floral maxi skirt, $19.90 at Forever 21.

Tassel Earrings 

Because every outfit is a little better with some tassel earrings. Mini pinata tassel drops, $32 at BaubleBar.

Long Cardigan

Is it a cardigan? Is it a jacket? Who cares? You’ll wear it over everything. Flecked cardigan, $39.99 at Mango.

Beanie Cap

It’s beanie season, baby! AKA, you can stop doing your hair and just jam one of these bad boys on instead. Barbour gray fur pom beanie, $49 at Tuckernuck.

Turtleneck Tunic

Wear it over leggings or wear it over slacks. Either way, you’ll be warm and cozy. Madison & Berkeley turtleneck tunic, $48 at Nordstrom.

Lace-Up Suede Pumps

Tis the season for suede, and the laces only make them easier to walk in them. Jessica Simpson Closed Gilly Heels, $39.99 at T.J. Maxx.

Denim Jacket

A fall staple, always and forever. Denim Jacket, $29.99 at H&M.

Silk Scarf

Throw it on top of any sweater or blouse for an immediate outfit upgrade. Italian silk square scarf, $49.50 at J. Crew.

Wool Hat

The world is just waiting to see all of your apple orchard Instagrams of you in this hat. Classic wool fedora, $29.50 at J. Crew Factory.

Slip Dress

Wear it over a t-shirt or turtleneck for a fashion-girl-approved look. Midi slip dress, $41 at Asos.

Associate Editor

Caroline Cunningham joined Washingtonian in 2014 after moving to the DC area from Cincinnati, where she interned and freelanced for Cincinnati Magazine and worked in content marketing. She currently resides in College Park.