Yesterday we talked about fall wardrobe essentials, and today I thought we could talk about some of the fun fall fashion trends for 2018 that we may want to incorporate into our closets this year.
I talk a lot about cost per wear when I’m
discussing trying to justify pricier purchases, but it’s just as pertinent when buying trendy pieces.
If I’m only going to wear those floral velvet booties twice this season, I definitely don’t want to break the bank to purchase them! So while I’ll spend a little more on the basics that will see a lot of wear and tear and hopefully be in my closet for several years, trendy pieces like the ones I’m sharing in today’s post are the ones I recommend buying at more budget-friendly prices.
Obviously, you can splurge on trendy items if you want and if you think you’ll get your money’s worth, but I recommend trying a cheaper version first to be sure you will really love them and wear them a lot. To keep things in a budget-friendly range, I’m trying to keep all my product picks under $100.
2018 Fall Fashion Trends Under $100
#1. Animal Prints
Before you tell me this is nothing new, take a look at the animal prints that are trending this season. They’re definitely not quite as literal as the animal prints of years past, and we’re seeing a wider variety of prints represented — think bold tiger stripes and white snow leopard designs.
Shop Animal Prints Under $100: (Click the arrow to scroll right for more of my picks!)
Mules were a big trend in shoes last fall, and they’re an even bigger trend this year. While they can be hard to walk in, I admit, I really love this style for some reason. It’s the perfect marriage of feminine and masculine, and they go with everything from jeans and shorts to dresses and skirts. Plus mules make the perfect transition shoe, when it’s too late in the season for sandals but too warm for boots.
Shop Mules Under $100:
#3. Blouson (or Balloon) Sleeves
I’ve mentioned this before but I’m seeing tons of blouson sleeves for fall — mostly in sweaters, but also in tops and dresses. I didn’t think I’d like this trend, as I feared it would create visual bulk near the hip area, and trust me, I do NOT need any extra weight there, visual or otherwise. But I actually like this trend a lot.
Blouson sleeves have a feminine flair, and they don’t get in your way when you work at your desk or reach across the dinner table like the bell sleeves that were trending over the past few years. Like bell sleeves, they come in a variety of sizes and lengths, so you can participate in the trend without going overboard with super dramatic sleeves… unless you want to! In that case, there are plenty of those out there as well.
Shop Blouson Sleeves for Fall:
#4. Straight Crop Jeans
These were gaining popularity last year, but they were on the periphery. I see them becoming more mainstream this fall. This style looks great with ankle boots, mules, and slides — all of which are trending right now. Usually they have a higher rise and look best with a top that is tucked in or provides some structure to offset the more relaxed fit on the bottom.
If you’re a regular around here, you know I’ve experimented with this style a few times, with varying degrees of success. Skinnies are still my favorites, but I finally found a pair of slim straight ankle jeans at the #NSale that worked for me, so I’m going to try to incorporate them into more of my outfits this fall.
Shop Straight Crop Jeans Under $100:
#5. Floral Dresses
I included this in my fall essentials, but perhaps I should have held it back for this post. I do think having a go-to dress for fall is an essential, but it doesn’t have to be floral. If you like to be up on the latest trends, then a floral midi dress is one to try. Think Laura Ingalls Wilder 2.0.
Shop Floral Dresses Under $150: (I had the hardest time finding cute dresses for under $100 so I included a few that were over. We have more options as more retailers start stocking fall merchandise.)
#6. Slouch Boots
Another shoe trend I’m seeing this season is slouch boots. We saw some of these last year, but this year they seem to be gaining ground. I loved these in the 80s, but I’m not quite ready to embrace them again just yet. As with most trends, designers manage to tweak them just enough that they seem fresh, so I’ll probably end up with a pair before the season is over.
I did have a pair last year (I styled them in this post) that I liked a lot, but I didn’t find myself wearing them as much as I expected to. This year I’m seeing more of the knee-high slouch boots (I was drooling over this pair of Stuart Weitzmans during the #NSale, but I didn’t pull the trigger) and I think they’re really fun with pencil skirts so maybe I’ll try to find a less expensive style to try. These Sole Society boots look promising, but they’re sold out in my size.
Shop Slouch Boots Under $100: (It’s hard to find boots under $100, especially tall boots, so my picks here are somewhat limited.)
What do you think of these trends? Are there any you plan to experiment with? Which is your favorite?
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