Shockingly, New York in January is one of my favorite times of the year. Disclaimer: I have a rather strong bias in favor of summer. However, temperatures are still pretty moderate, the city is back from holiday, and there’s a contagious New Year energy lingering in the air. It’s as if a refresh button was hit, and as all refreshes typically warrant, I now have a new incentive to update my wardrobe.
While I’ve already invested most of my money in my seasonal must-haves and top fashion pieces, my must-buy list is still (and probably always will be) a little lengthy. A constant work in progress, my list consists of a range of winter survival pieces since it’s often hard to see past the freezing temperatures. There are also pieces that bring a glimpse of hope to the upcoming spring fashion trends.
Below are 26 items that are currently residing on my must-buy list and are all—drum roll, please—under $80. I’ve found that this price point hits a sweet spot, making a light wardrobe refresh fun and affordable, which is what shopping should be, right?