12 Affordable Fall Staples You’ll Actually Want In Your Closet

Summer is unofficially over. School has already started, a beach weekend suddenly sounds laughable, and half of your Instagram feed already used variations of the #byebyesummer hashtag. Sure, here in NYC it is still 90-something degrees out, and I’m not packing up my shorts anytime soon, but fall is going to hit in a hot second, and you should be ready for it.

Your favorite magazine might try to sell you some Prada shoes for $1000 for a fabulous fall wardrobe, but you don’t have to spend a lot of money to look rad all fall long. Check out these 12 affordable fall staples that you’ll definitely want to cop. From trendy pieces to timeless classics, you’re going to find some solid choices to incorporate into your personal style.

BDG High Rise Twig Corduroy Jean

Corduroy is one of those cold weather fabrics that's just hard to rock in warm months, so take advantage of a pair to wear all fall (and winter) long. These corduroy skinny jeans come in a bunch of colors, but this dusty red is definitely the coolest. Great for a casual look with a pair of sneakers and a t-shirt, but it can also be dressed up with a button down blouse and boots.

Buy it at Urban Outfitters for $39

Block Patterned Shawl

Fall is the perfect time to wear fun and funky shawls and coats before your outerwear gets too serious in the winter. The season isn't very long, so don't miss an opportunity to wear something like this block pattern shawl. For easy pairing, wear it with solid colors.

Buy it at Forever 21 for $32.90

Suede Shorts

So, I'm going to make the argument for suede shorts: Like corduroy, suede is a fabric that gets the most love in fall. Also, since fall weather can be so all over the place, it's not necessarily time to pack away the shorts just yet. So why not rock suede and shorts at the same time? Plus, these shorts can transition into colder weather, too, as long as you wear tights or tall socks with them.

Buy it at Zara for $49

ASOS Pinafore Dress

This is going to be your go to item this fall. It's perfect for layering on top of all sorts of tops, from casual long sleeved shirts to that awesome '80s button up blouse you found at the thrift store.

Buy it at ASOS for $26.87

Essie Nail Polish In Limited Addiction

Say TTYL to your neon and pastel nail polishes. Say, "Hey. Wassup? Hello" to your dark nail polishes. Blood red looks great in fall, so pick up this Essie nail polish in the color Limited Addiction ASAP.

Buy it at Ulta for $8.50

ASOS Skinny Band Felt Floppy Hat

A floppy hat looks good all year, but it'll look good and keep your head warm in the fall months. Pair with your favorite coat or dark jacket for a simple everyday look. Or, go ultra '70s and pair it with a boho jumpsuit or a pair of flares.

Buy it at ASOS for $36

Striped Boxy Sweater

If you don't have a chunky striped sweater packet away in your drawers, who are you? Get your life together and cop this cozy sweater from Forever 21. If you already have, like, a zillion striped sweaters...what's wrong with having one more?

Buy it at Forever 21 for $17.90

ASOS Thigh High Socks

A pair of black thigh high socks is a must have accessory in colder months. Seriously, they're the best. Pair with chunky platforms or sharp Oxfords for a classic look with a hint of preppy private school girl.

Buy it at ASOS for $11

Cotton Spandex Jersey Turtleneck

I love warm weather, but I personally cannot wait to start rocking turtlenecks again. I can vouch for these turtlenecks from American Apparel. They're comfy and even look good on those of you who have big boobs (like me). Pair them with literally anything on bottom--skirts, skinny jeans, flares--and you'll look rad.

Buy it at American Apparel for $32

Button Front Denim Skirt

Since the '70s are back, don't be surprised by how many button front a-line skirts you see at literally all your favorite stores. Of all the fall trends poppin', this is probably one of the few that can be incorporated into just about any personal style. This looks great with a blouse tucked in at the waist.

Buy it at Forever 21 for $17.90

New Look Ava Cross Strap Leather Heeled Ankle Boots

It's time to invest in a great pair of ankle boots that'll go with anything. These will pair really nicely with a pair of flares, by the way, in case you're hopping on that trend this fall.

Buy it at ASOS for $43

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick In Spicy Cinnamon

A deep berry lip looks awesome all year round if you ask me, but it'll be especially appropriate during the fall. Wear this color when you're wearing deep hues or all black everything.

Buy it at Target for $4.99

What are you most excited to wear this fall? What summer item are you struggling to give up? Tell us in the comments!

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