Yes, I said it. My budget is nonexistent, yet here I am doing a shopping story. It might not make sense, but it's happening. Welcome to my life… Not that this is an extraordinary predicament; I'm sure everyone knows the struggle of wanting something that you can't necessarily obtain. Working at Who What Wear, I am inundated day in and day out with high-end fashion that I absolutely want to add to my cart. Would I love a matte black Dior saddle bag? Clearly. But I would also love to pay my rent and buy groceries, so when I allow myself an indulgence, I'm sticking with budget-friendly under-$100 picks.
Just so we're all on the same page, a budget-friendly price tag doesn't mean you have to compromise on trends or style—just look at all the affordable pieces we spotted at New York Fashion Week. You do, however, have to get crafty with what pieces you buy—and maybe even when you buy them. (My parents don't call me Payday G for nothing.) I like to stick to items that aren't too obviously trendy and that I can wear in multiple ways over the next couple of months. Take the above plaid shacket from H&M. For early fall, it works as a light jacket for cool evenings; for winter, I'll use it as a layering piece underneath a puffer.
Ahead, shop that versatile shacket and 27 other under-$100 pieces I'm prioritizing for fall.