10 Ways to Update Your Fall Look for $10 (Or Less!), Part 1

October is here, and fall has finally arrived here in East Tennessee. The leaves are juuust starting to turn, and I couldn’t be more excited! Fall is by far my most favorite season…the leaves, cooler weather, the promise of bonfires and s’mores, sweaters and boots…just to name a few. But, my most favorite thing about fall is the clothes! I adore fall clothes! I also love fashion, and while I’m no serious stylist, I like to wear cute clothes; and due to a restricted budget, I have figured out how to get things for cheap. I have a little more wiggle room in my budget now (just a little…I’m still cheap, as the name of my blog would suggest), but for most of my life, I have had 0 wiggle room in my budget, and I would have loved to have had someone give me ideas for super-cheap style. So I’ve compiled a list of ten ways anyone can update their fall look ranging from $0 to $10. I’ll be sharing these 10 things in 2 parts, so as not to overwhelm you.

My favorite part about this blog post was that I got to have a little photo shoot with some of my favorite people, two of my gorgeous sisters and my gorgeous sister-in-law!

So, let’s get started, shall we?

  1. Clearance Summer Dresses- Just Add Tights and Boots. (Price: $6-$10)

This little trick has been a favorite of mine for a while. Now is the time to scour the stores for cheap, cheap clearance summer dresses, and pair them with a cardigan, jacket, chambray shirt (cuz we know everyone has one of those!)…whatever you have.

This little striped tank dress was $6 from Walmart. Add a jacket, tights, boots, and a scarf, and you’ve got a super comfy, super cute fall outfit. (If you look at my cute sister really closely, you can see a teeny, tiny baby bump…I’m going to be an aunt again! And this dress is so comfy, she’ll be able to wear it throughout her pregnancy!) Find a similar t-shirt dress for a little over $7 from amazon here.


This tribal print dress was $9 at Ross Dress for Less. My sis is wearing it for now by itself with cute wedges, but to get ready for colder weather, we added a cardigan, tights and booties. Here’s a similar black print dress from Wal-Mart for $6.


This skirt from Old Navy is on sale now for $8. I added a chambray shirt, tights and a belt for a more seasonal look. (Y’all don’t know how badly I wanted to photoshop this pic to edit off a few pounds, but I resisted.)


You can use this trick for even the most summery of dresses. I love this white lacey dress winterized with a black pleather (or vegan leather as they call it now…cracks me up!) jacket and tights.


While I’ve given you a few examples online, the best thing to do is to go in-store to places like Ross, Old Navy, Target, even Wal-Mart, and look at their clearance deals. They usually have more selection in-store and they’re almost always cheaper than online. Here are a few more for examples, this little $9 floral dress from Target would be adorable with a colorful cardigan and tights, and this $10 Triangle Print Tank Dress from Forever21 is a wild card for the more adventurous.

2. Menswear Watches from Wal-Mart (Price: $7.88)

This one is another favorite. Oversized, menswear watches have been a big trend over the last few years, and just this one accessory adds so much to any outfit. You can buy a $275 Michael Kors watch…OR you can pick up one of these Wal-Mart watches on your next grocery trip for $7.88! I’ll take the second option, thank you very much!




On a side note, is Wal-Mart getting cuter and cuter clothes across the board, or am I just getting old losing my sense of style? I’m going to go with the first option, because my fragile ego can’t handle the possibility of the latter.

3. Grab $10 worth of flannel fabric and make your own Blanket Scarf (Price: $6-$10)

This one’s a DIY, but the good news is, there is NO sewing involved, and it’s so super easy. You just need 2 yards of plaid flannel fabric (I got mine for a little over $6 from Hobby Lobby, using my 40% off coupon). I haven’t seen blanket scarves for less than $30, so with a tiny bit of extra work, you can get yours for a steal.


I used this tutorial from MomAdvice for the one my sis-in-law is modelling. You could also switch it up and grab wool fabric for this no-sew plaid cape from Leanne Barlow at Elle Apparel Blog, another super easy DIY.

4. Marsala Lips and Nails (Price: Around $5 Each)

Nothing adds impact to your look like a dramatic, wine colored lip, which just happens to be the 2015 Pantone Color of the Year.


Another option is a wine-colored manicure, which adds a little drama to your hands.


At around $5 each (depending on the store), this is a very affordable way to match your look with your fall wardrobe. I added a few embellishments to my marsala nails for a different look with a $3 stud kit from Five Below. The lip color I’m wearing is CoverGirl Outlast Lip Stain in Saucy Plum, which seriously lasts all day. The nail color is Revlon Nail Enamel in Vixen.

5. Braids! (Price: A Little Bit of Practice)

This one, obviously, is completely free! Braids are such a pretty complement to the season’s sweaters, hats and boots.

My sis-in-law is wearing a side-wrap braid here…



…and I went with a simple fishtail braid.


There are so many different braids you can try for short hair and long hair alike, so I’ve started a Pinterest board for inspiration.

So that’s it for today! Hope you enjoyed these, hope you’re able to use some of them, and be sure to check back tomorrow for Part 2, where I’ll be posting the next 5 tips for curating your fall wardrobe on the cheap!

I’m also sharing these fall wardrobe updates at the Wow Us Wednesday party over at http://www.savvysouthernstyle.net:

Savvy Southern Style
…and at the Pretty Preppy Party:

Less-Than-Perfect Life of Bliss

3 thoughts on “10 Ways to Update Your Fall Look for $10 (Or Less!), Part 1

  1. What a fun and informative post! I do like the way you think! 🙂
    Thanks for several tips…the blanket scarf, nails & lipstick. Glad to know the lip color will last. Is it drying? You look stunning!! Of course, your other 2 models are quite attractive too. I look forward to the next post!

    I wanted to thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. I wanted to email but you’re a “no reply blogger” and I can’t find an email here on your blog. If it’s here, please direct me. 🙂

    Oh, and where do you buy your tights?


  2. Pingback: 10 Ways to Update Your Fall Look for $10 (or Less!), Part 2 | Trailer Trash Treasure Trove

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