How to Get the Latest Fall Fashion Trends without Going Into Debt

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Brittany Anas writes for (

The runways are like a crystal ball revealing what trends we are likely to see in upcoming seasons. For fall, I spied a lot of flouncy skirts, rounded shoulders and what seemed to be 50 shades of green.

Then, the tomboy in me cheered for some of the more relaxed pieces -- including slouchy pants and knit beanies. Yes, beanies come in style every fall just like floral prints emerge every spring. But what was really fun about this year was seeing designers juxtapose the knit hats with more formal outerwear.

While the runways are a fun guide map for the latest trends and I use them as a muse – but, I’ve got to figure out how to stay current while working within a budget.

Here’s a few ways to shop for the latest fashions for fall -- all while saving money: 

 Shop your closet.

I like to keep it “Forever Summer” in my closet. Before I pack away my summer clothes, I think about which pieces can be carried through fall. For example, sleeveless blouses can add color when they are worn as a shell underneath a blazer. And even a cream colored dress can transition with some classic fall pieces -- like a faux leather jacket, a knit beanie and some tough black boots.


For the look I’ve put together, I used emerald -- the Pantone’s color of the year -- to keep the outfit current, while adding in some quintessential cool weather classics. I found the beanie from TopShop -- where you can get 3 percent Cash Back from  (Buy through and when you hit $20, you get a check mailed to you. It’s basically like getting paid to shop). The boots are from Target, where you can get another 3 percent Cash Back.

Also, check the sales racks for versatile summer clothes. Summer clothes get deeply discounted in August and when you get the free toolbar, you’ll be alerted to sales at your fave stores.

Buy one great piece. When it comes to building a fall wardrobe, I like to invest in dependable classics -- a leather jacket one year, a sturdy pair of boots the next and then maybe a structured purse in the following year. I trust these trends will come back year after year, making them sound investments. I’ve got Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue bookmarked, since both stores have huge selections and I know I can save on my bigger purchases with Cash Back offers from

Spend less for super trendy styles. As much as I love a quality classic, I’m also always game to play along with the trend du jour. The key is to keep from spending too much money on pieces I don’t expect to be wearing for years to come (I’m looking at you, peplum). For fast-fashion, I turn to Forever 21 and Asos -- where you also can get Cash Back on already low-cost pieces. It’s amazing how quickly those stores turn around the latest trends.

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