If you’ve been following along on the blog, you’ve definitely heard me moan and groan a little bit about how tight our current budget is due to paying 2 mortgages and not having a renter for quite some time. You won’t be surprised, then, to hear that my clothing budget is as tight as my home décor budget, except worse, because there’s no Dollar Tree or spray paint for clothes. Somebody should invent both of those things.
But really, I share these things not to complain, because I’m not discontent. I know God will take care of us as He always does, and I’m very grateful for the things I do have. I share just to explain the situation, and most likely commiserate, because I know so many people are in the same boat. You want to look cute, but just don’t have a whole lot of money to do that.
Fall and winter clothes are my absolute favorite, so I will admit it hurts a little to not have much of a clothing budget this year. However, it gives me a good chance to get creative with the clothes I do have, something I’m not always good at. I needed some pieces that could really work overtime, and I needed transition pieces that I could wear now while it’s still a little warm, and wear later when it gets a little colder.
So I thought I’d share 3 key pieces I’ll be wearing this fall and winter and how I plan to style them to work now and later. Mostly, I just wanted to play dress up, haha..,but hopefully this will inspire you if you’re working with a really strict budget like me.
I really tend toward jewel tones in the fall, and they’re really big right now everywhere. I picked up this swing dress for less than $20 last year, and I’m wearing it as a tunic now tucked into white jeans with some cut out booties.
And yes, you can wear white after Labor Day. That is an ancient, arbitrary, and silly rule left over from the class system.
When the temps drop a little, I’ll throw on a blanket scarf, leggings and some over-the-knee boots, along with a hat. I’m always looking for an excuse to wear a hat.
You can find a similar dress here (which is currently 30% off with the code THANKYOU).
Next, I just recently picked up this warm, topaz colored drapey tee from Old Navy, which again is currently 30% off. The description calls it a sweater, but it feels more like a tee.
I’m wearing it now as just a casual tee shirt with jeans and ankle boots.
And later, I’ll layer it with a plaid shirt and pleather jacket.
Just a little friendly tip, if you find yourself in the market for distressed jeans, it’s almost always cheaper to pick up a pair of regular jeans from Walmart or Old Navy, or even use a pair you already own, and distress them yourself, as I did in the pair above. For some reason, retailers like to charge more for holes in your jeans. Here is a great tutorial for distressing your own jeans.
Lastly, I found this, my most favorite ever drapey blouse, at the Nordstrom anniversary sale last year. I absolutely love the shape and fit, and the draping just feels luxurious. As you may have noticed, I like to wear drapey tops. If you’re a mom, you understand. No explanation necessary. I’m wearing it now tucked a little with jeans and my cut out boots (perfect for early fall)…
…and later, I’ll dress it up with pleather leggings (from Walmart!) and a fur vest. And another excuse to wear a hat.
That’s all for now! Do you have any tips on how you stretch out your fall and winter wardrobe? I’d love to hear them!