It's 2020, which means that spending a lot of money on impractical clothes you're not going to wear is the opposite of what most of us are doing, us editors included. While we are buying some new pieces for fall, it's safe to say that it's not at the level that we shop most years. And given the current circumstances, we're well aware that you too may be buying less and spending less. So let's talk about affordable pieces that are also trendy (we are fashion editors, after all).
If you're a regular Who What Wear reader, you're probably aware that we pretty much shop all day for a living, and we come across tons of under-$100 fashion items on a daily basis. But as far as shoppers go, we're as discerning as they come. So in case you just want to know what the very best affordable items to buy right now are in a clear and concise fashion, we compiled them for you.
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"I was all about silky shorts this summer, but with nights starting to get a little chilly, I've been eyeing this cozy pants set."
"My silk scrunchies just got jealous, because these vegan leather pretties just got my undivided attention."
"A statement necklace that can go with everything is my workday MVP. If I'm wearing a plain top or little makeup, it makes it look like I took at least 50% more time with my appearance. This one is completely on-trend and at a price point that fits with my budget."
"Loose-fitting, high-waisted jeans are the only jeans I want to wear at the moment."
"I'm all about the one-shoulder shapes that are suddenly everywhere—especially, open-back takes on the trend like this bodysuit."
"Suddenly all I can think about are polo neck sweaters and I'm pretty sure I've just found "the one" at Madewell that comes in this perfect oatmeal hue and already looks good with jeans on-model."
"My love for lady bags knows no bounds and my latest fascination is this petite bag that I'm certain will make any outfit much chicer."
"I'm not even a flats person, but these are 100% an art piece. I mean, that chain strap! The square toe! It's all too good."
"From the collared neckline to the puffed sleeves to the bright red color, everything about this cardigan is "trendy" right not, but not in a one-season-wonder kind of way."
"I've been in the market for retro sneakers to wear with jeans and sweats this fall, and I don't think I need to look any further, because these are perfect."
"Disclaimer: I actually already bought this, and if you love dad hats, you should too."
"Like Anna, all I want to do right now is shop for polo sweaters. Mango makes several that I could see myself wanting to throw on constantly."
"If this camel teddy jacket were mine, I'd probably wear it every time I stepped out of the house for the foreseeable future, which means I should probably go ahead and order it."
"My fall 2020 look will revolve around these and a pair of chunky loafers."
"Sweater vests are where it's at this season. I love this cable-knit silhouette to bring direction to a fall 'fit."
"I'm recommending this piece to all of my friends—an A+ layering item to team with everything from a slouchy blazer to an oversize cardigan."
"I love how a puff-sleeve detail can take a simple top to the next level. Case in point? This chic staple."
"I just bought the Instagram-popular knit crop top from Simonett, and honestly it probably the piece I'm most excited about wearing this fall. As I'm a huge fan of unique knitted pieces, this is something that I know I'll be getting full use out of."
"I'm always a sucker for a bag—especially when it incorporates two of the fall's biggest trends. As chain details and more polished shapes begin to rise in popularity, I'm betting we will see cute bags like this affordable Charles & Keith all over. "
"Leather isn't going anywhere this fall, which is why I'm hunting for a leather coat. Not only is this trench affordable, but you could throw it on over anything and immediately look more polished."
"Even though I already have a plaid blazer, I think this one is different enough because of the beautiful long-line silhouette. It's so classic and at a very reasonable price point—what's not to love? I'll be wearing it with jeans and lace-up boots whenever L.A. decides to cool down."
"I've been pretty darn loyal to the basic crewneck tee over the years, but I'm gonna have to break ranks in favor of this chic asymmetrical neckline."
"By far, the prettiest piece I'll buy this fall is a vintage-inspired collar blouse. Spotted all over Instagram, the large statement collar is perfect to pair with jeans and under sweaters when the temps start to cool."
"My love for knit bra tops continues—I particularly love ones that come with matching sets such as shorts, skirts, or cardigans. Impractical? Yes. Luxuriously stylish? Absolutely."
"I can't wait to cozy up into a shearling jacket this season—a trend spotted all over the fall runways. This one strikes the perfect balance of cozy and cool."