We're right at the tipping point where fall's light layering gives way to winter's heavy-duty dressing. If October was all about eyeing and predicting which trends would really take hold, now November (and the rest of the winter months) is the time to place our bets and put our money where our mouths are. We're getting serious about which winter trends are really worth our time and which ones simply aren't. Since there's really no way to know for sure if a new purchase will pull its weight and prove to be worth it, we're identifying five fall items that pose little to no risk.
How exactly do we know this? We did a cost-per-wear calculation to prove just how much value lies in each of the items on our fall shopping list. Ultimately, we came to the conclusion that, given how many outfit ideas we have saved for each item, it will cost us less than $13 every time we wear the piece (given that we copy each of the outfit ideas, of course). If you're doing some winter shopping on a budget, each of these four buys—a teddy coat, bright sweater, snakeskin boots, and plaid pants—really makes your dollar go the distance. Because we all know that feeling of disappointment when we see a dress hanging in our closet that never actually saw the light of day.
Don't believe us when we say that each item costs less than $13 per wear? Keep reading to see the outfit ideas that prove it, and then shop the items guilt-free.
The teddy coat = $12.37 per wear
As we recently pointed out, the teddy coat is an emerging winter outerwear trend that's already seeing a massive popularity from online shoppers. Pinterest reported 1036% growth in searches for the style year over year (!), meaning that right now is the ideal time to get in on the trend before affordable versions sell out.
The breakdown: $99 ÷ 8 outfits = $12.37 per wear
Throw it over jeans and ankle boots for a perfect everyday look.
Pair it with trending leopard print for an eye-catching combo.
We know you love skinny jeans, so we're happy to report that teddy and shearling coats happen to go flawlessly with the evergreen denim.
Try out a tonal outfit to let the coat's fuzzy texture really stand out.
Leather leggings and combat boots are how NYC's most stylish will wear the coat.
Yes, you need another great outfit idea with teddy coats and jeans.
Have you seen a more quintessential fall/winter outfit? Neither have we.
See? This coat was just waiting for your skinny jeans.
The snakeskin boots = $13 per wear
Looking to update your boot collection? Of course, you are, because you can never have too many amazing pairs. Right now, it's all about snakeskin boots—the neutral print is surprisingly easy to style and will leave your outfit looking 10 times for stylish than if you wore plain boots.
The breakdown: $130 ÷ 10 outfits = $13 per wear
Copy this entire outfit for casual holiday celebrations.
Here's how to wear them to work.
Treat snake print as a neutral, and marry it with bright colors and creative silhouettes.
Our market editor Nicole's got the right idea.
Let the boots peek out from under the buzzy new anti-skinny jeans trend.
An all-white outfit lets the boots really shine.
Or an all-black 'fit.
Wear them underneath wide-leg trousers at the office.
A cozy knit and dark skinny jeans are really all the boots need.
This street style look is seriously next-level.
The bright knit = $6.60 per wear
Let's be honest: Would it really be winter if we didn't have at least one sweater on our shopping list? But this season, the knit isn't just on our list by default. The array of bright '80s-inspired jewel tones and slouchy, oversize silhouettes makes us want to cozy up in one immediately. Despite the bright colors, this piece is surprisingly versatile, as the below outfit ideas will prove to you.
The breakdown: $33 ÷ 6 outfits = $5.50 per wear
Here's your permission to color clash to your heart's content. We just suggest finishing off the look with crisp white shoes.
Tailored trousers help balance the bright sweater's playfulness.
Copy this look from head to toe.
White jeans neutralize the sweater a tad.
Try marrying two shades of pastels if you're feeling adventurous.
An easy maxi skirt and boots work too.
Also available in more sizes.
The plaid pants = $11.42 per wear
Lastly, we have a good old pair of checkered trousers. These are a virtually seasonless buy, but they're making our list of smart winter buys because the styling ideas are infinite and they happen to pair well with all the winter coats, sweaters, and boots we've already been going on and on about. Come spring, simply swap out your heavy layers for a graphic tee and sneakers.
The breakdown: $80 ÷ 7 outfits = $11.42 per wear
How fashion girls do print clashing.
There's nothing more classic than a plaid suit—and nothing more current than wearing one with new-age sneakers.
Keep the look elevated via a camel sweater.
For an edgier take, style them with a moto jacket and combat boots.
Simple yet effective.
Or channel the French and style the pants with a tailored blazer.
For even more affordable shopping, check out the new arrivals from our Who What Wear collection (where everything is under $60).