The Best Under-$250 Fall Staples From Net-a-Porter, Moda, and Nordstrom—Period

Grece Ghanem Wearing a Ritz Paris x Frame Baseball Hat


@greceghanem; PICTURED: Frame x Ritz Paris Embroidered Cotton-Canvas Baseball Cap ($150)

When a new season comes along, it's easy to stockpile cheap finds to fill your wardrobe with the latest trends and essentials. After all, rebuilding your wardrobe is a lofty goal, so it's natural to want to spend as little as possible to get the job done. But as a fashion editor who studies the market for a living, I find it imperative to right that misconception once and for all. 

Despite what we've been engineered to believe, just because something is high quality doesn't necessarily mean it's exorbitantly expensive, and moreover, plenty of luxury brands also offer pieces, especially basics, at a lower price than their standard ready-to-wear. Sure, you might not get a tank top or T-shirt for under $15 like you could at a fast-fashion brand. But for less than $250, you can absolutely pick up the essentials for a new season—ones that will last for years to come, fit 1000x better, and feel lavish and expensive. Trust me. Spending a little more to build out a lifelong wardrobe will save you in the long run. 

For proof, scroll through the 35 fall staples from luxury retailers Net-a-Porter, Moda Operandi, and Nordstrom below. 

Baseball Cap

When in doubt, throw on a good coat and a baseball cap.

Khaki-Colored Trousers
Ugg Platforms
Dark-Wash Jeans

Dark-wash jeans feel so luxe and elevated compared to light-wash ones.

Muscle Tank

Fact: K.ngsley makes the coolest tank tops.

Slip Skirt
Cashmere Gloves

Cold weather's going to come out of nowhere. Be prepared with a pair of these long cashmere gloves. 

Classic Blazer

A good blazer is essential all year long. 

Wool Scarf

This color is too pretty to pass up on.

Leather Pants

These leather-like pants are downright incredible. 

Comfy Crew-Neck

Toss this on with practically anything and it'll look incredible. 

Long-Sleeve T-Shirt

Layer this tee or wear it solo. Either way, it'll look polished yet casual. 

Cool Sneakers

Just wait—these sneakers will be everywhere in no time.

Sheer Dress

Sometimes, all you need is an easy sheer dress for a night out. 

Tube Top

Tube tops don't typically fall under the umbrella of autumn essentials, but since they've been so trendy this year, I'm taking this as an opportunity to transition them into fall.

Black Trousers

Puddle pants toe the line between trendy and timeless, making them a perfect addition to your wardrobe this season. 

Denim Shirt

Denim shirts make for incredible styling pieces, and this one is especially cool. 

Ballet Flats

Obviously, this list wouldn't be complete without a pair of ballet flats. 

Fitted Bodysuit

It doesn't get easier than a stirrup jumpsuit, which can be paired with everything from boots to sandals, trench coats to leather jackets.

Black Sunglasses

I wear sunglasses seven days a week, 52 weeks a year, even when the sun isn't out. 

Slip Dress:

Pair this with tights and heels for a more fall-appropriate look.

Everyday Tank

Totême makes the most irresistibly luxe basics.

Leather Coat

This '90s-inspired car coat will stand the test of time. 

Satin Lounge Pants

The best thing about fall is styling loungewear with ready-to-wear to make a comfortable-cool look for even the coldest days. 


These inside-out Ugg slippers make for the perfect house shoes. 


This fisherman beanie is going to be atop my head all fall and winter. 

Cashmere Sweater

Pair this cashmere sweater with a patterned or satin midi skirt for a very Prada-esque ensemble. 

Boxy Tee

I own this boxy tee in red and have found it surprisingly easy to dress up. 

Denim Midi Skirt

Long jean skirts are all anyone will be wearing this season—guaranteed.