Shop—But Don’t Drop Big Bucks This Fall

Fall FashionYou can look stylish—and save—by making just a few smart additions to your wardrobe for fall, says fashion stylist Blair Brodar.

What’s in—and how to make it work for your wallet:


    • Luxe looks. Fall 2011 is all about glamour. Think jeweled embellishments, velvet, and faux fur. You don’t have to max out your Visa to be in vogue—a small piece of something trendy is a wise buy. “A heavy patterned blazer may be out next year, but a printed shawl you can wear again and again,” Brodar says.


    • Bold colors. Reds and oranges lit up the runways, along with rich paisleys and metallic yarns. Brodar advises to go for just a splash of color—slip on a skinny metallic belt or wear a brightly-printed blouse under a black pantsuit to blend in the trend without overwhelming your look (or your budget).


    • Statement-making accessories. Swap out the standard buttons on a top or jacket you already own for jeweled ones to instantly and inexpensively update your look. If you shy away from bold colors, try them as an accent—carry a crimson clutch or paint your nails burnt orange. An accessory is less of an investment, but keeps you looking very fall ’11.



Let’s Vogue. What’s your best tip for working this season’s trends without breaking the bank? Holly Crawford is a writer, editor and creative consultant. She’s the Editor-in-Chief of Houston Brides magazine and a regular contributor to Allure, and Every Day with Rachael Ray.