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By Caitlin Burnett
Out of all the various fashion finds to get excited about, an affordable one is by far the most thrilling. Finding a piece that looks ultra-expensive with a reasonable price tag is the fashion equivalent of hitting the lottery. Lucky for us as fall kicks into high gear there are plenty of chic, expensive-looking styles available right now from some of your favorite retailers like Shopbop, Reformation, and Free People.
From the ultimate chunky sweater to the coziest cashmere pants to the Zara jeans you’ll wear on repeat, we found 13 under-$150 pieces that are well worth the investment. Adding any one of these to your fall wardrobe will be one of those purchases your future self will thank you for.
Keep reading to see and shop the affordable finds our editors are adding to their carts right now.
Nothing says fall like a chunky cable knit sweater. This affordable Free People crewneck looks infinitely more expensive than it is and adds the perfect pop of texture to add interest to your outfit—a thicker weave always feels luxe. The oversized fit pairs well with jeans and trousers, or throw it on over your shoulders for a polished touch.
Inky blue denim is a major trend for fall and it doesn’t get more classic than Levi’s. Their Wedgie Fit silhouette has quickly become a cult favorite thanks to the flattering high-waist and curve-hugging fit. Levi’s are also known to get better with age and wear so expect to keep these in your closet for years to come. Plus, the wallet-friendly price tag makes this pair a foolproof investment.
The perfect sweater does exist. Between the bold stripes, chic color blocking, and oversize fit, this is a worthy addition to any sweater collection. And you can tell just by looking at the texture how comfortable this one is. Pair with dark jeans and chunky boots for the ultimate fall 2021 look.
Got a fall date night on the books? May we suggest this dress from ASTR the Label—the ribbed texture and rich color feel elevated while the fitted body and midi length add a romantic touch. Plus the strong shoulder sets it apart from your average sweater dress. Layer a blazer over it for the office or pair it with knee-high boots for a night out.
Fall ‘21 is all about loose denim styles, from slouchy to all-out baggy. Not only does this pair from Zara look ultra-luxe, but the loose fit is also as on-trend as it gets. Each wash has a vintage look, with slightly distressed details throughout that feel on par with vintage jeans. Featuring a high-waist, relaxed silhouette, and four gorgeous washes, this is what denim dreams are made of.
Talk about a versatile piece, this plaid Ref mini can be dressed up or down with ease. The plaid print screams fall and it pairs perfectly with boots, making the outfit possibilities endless. Chunky sweaters and mini skirts are a classic combination while a turtleneck and tights would take this straight into the holiday season.
A classic cat-eye frame is something everyone should own, and this pair from Le Specs are as elevated as it gets. They add a bit of polish and elegance to your outfit, no matter what you choose to pair them with. Between the classic tortoiseshell, flattering shape, and chic oversized frames, nobody would ever guess you paid under $100 for them.
Transitioning into fall means putting away your summer sandals and pulling out your favorite closed-toe styles— AKA sneakers are coming off the bench. If yours can use an upgrade, this cool pair from celebrity-favorite brand Veja is a great investment. They’re sleek yet eye-catching, thanks to the fun pop of red on the logo. Plus the lining is made from recycled plastic bottles and Veja uses sustainable business practices so there’s even more to love.
This color! Shackets (the combination of a shirt and jacket that can be worn as both) are going to be everywhere for fall—and for good reason, they’re super versatile. Wear this one open as a shirt or closed and belted as a chic jacket that cinches your waistline. The thick wool fabric and gorgeous green colorway make this jacket look much more expensive than its price tag.
Trousers can be a tricky item to shop for as the proportions need to be just right, and this pair from Pixie Market nails it. The high-waist silhouette is flattering, and the pleated front feels polished, while the length hits at the perfect spot on the ankles. Pair with your favorite blazer or a chic tank for a night out and people will mistake these for designer.
A classic turtleneck with a twist, this chic sweater from Camila Coelho Collection somehow manages to be polished and sexy at the same time. The unexpected cutout at the shoulder shows off just a bit of skin, making it perfect for a fall date or night out. The slight shimmer in the fabric also adds a fun element and complements jeans in the best way.
Hello, fall color palette! This combination of burnt orange, terracotta, and navy deserves a place in your fall wardrobe immediately—it’s the perfect piece for everything on your calendar. The oversized buttons also add a touch of country cabin vibes. Pair it with jeans and brown boots for the ultimate autumn outfit.
Peak cozy—these cashmere knit pants from H&M are as luxurious as loungewear gets. Whether you pair them with a comfy sweatshirt around the house or a chunky sweater and sneakers to head out, these pants will feel like you’re wrapped in a blanket. And if you’re still working from home consider this your new “office” outfit.