I Don't Often Spend More Than $30 on These 5 Fall Wardrobe Staples


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I’m currently in the process of starting to build and plan my fall wardrobe. While I will save and invest in an item that has strong cost per wear (like a quality bag or pair of shoes), there are many items that I typically don’t like to spend as much money on. On that note, there are key fall wardrobe staples I’m into that I probably wouldn’t spend more than $30 on because there are so many strong, affordable options out there in the market.

That’s right. Here, I’m talking about everything from versatile layering pieces like long-sleeve tees to joggers to chic scarves. If you’re interested in adding a few autumn items into your offering, keep scrolling to uncover the general basics I’m adding into my closet, along with a range of inspired picks that may just catch your eye.

Layering Tops

I rely on comfy T-shirts, tanks, and thin turtlenecks to layer under cardigans and jackets. Fun fact: Many of the styles I like and the silhouettes I’m recommending to my friends actually do come in under $30.

Trendy Knits

While I will sometimes splurge on classic sweaters that are timeless (like my black cashmere crew-necks), I also like to try forward and trendy knits that you can sometimes score on the more affordable end as well to mix it up.


Joggers are more or less a year-round staple at this point. I’m looking for a fresh pair to wear for working at home and when I do go out for errands. Fortunately, there are a plethora of A+ silhouettes out there.

Long-Sleeve Tees

In the T-shirt realm, I typically always go for under-$30 styles because there are so many quality picks in the market that are comfortable and last.


I have one investment scarf I wear often because it’s timeless in nature, but I’m down to add a few more silhouettes into my arsenal as well.

Next, check out more affordable, stylish items.

Bobby Schuessler
Market Director

Bobby Schuessler is a fashion editor with over a decade of editorial experience covering shopping, style, and beauty. He's spent over seven years at Who What Wear, currently leading the market team to deliver highly covetable and convertible content. He creates data-driven shopping guides featuring top retialers like Nordstrom, Shopbop, and Net-a-Porter and is at the forefront of Who What Wear's shopping tentpole strategies, including Amazon Prime Day. He also works on branded content initiatives and appears on camera in video and shopping livestream franchises. He has also worked across a variety of other media brands and fashion retailers like Refinery29, PureWow, Men's Health, and Gilt covering commerce, trend reporting, women's and men's fashion, home, and lifestyle.