Ask a Stylist: What to Buy With $700

Q: I have $700 to spend on fall fashion. What are the key items to get for fall? What should I splurge on and what can I scrimp on?

Ahh, the great debate: where to splurge and where to save while still staying in budget. Fall is the most fantastic time of year to go shopping.  It’s the time I give my clients the most license to live it up, because you’ll find classic pieces that should last you for many seasons. Classic doesn’t mean staid and boring, though. It does, however, mean quality, so I always suggest splurging on one biggie investment item — the kind that necessitates having a drink after you steel yourself and hand over your credit card. But that’s usually the must-have that keeps on giving every season. Then, after you’ve built a strong foundation, you can spend the rest on trendy items and accessories that will mix well with your entire closet.

Ultimate Vee cashmere sweater

Ultimate Vee cashmere sweater

Donna Karan Hooded Cashmere Top

Donna Karan Hooded Cashmere Top

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First, start with taking the plunge on a neutral cashmere sweater in creamcamel or black. It’s a yummy spurge you will never regret. If you’re more adventurous, you can go the trendy route and add a pop of color such as neon yellow or cobalt blue with a cable knit or less expensive version.

Muubaa Amissus Fitted Leather Biker Jacket in Black

Muubaa Amissus Fitted Leather Biker Jacket in Black

Koral Stretch Skinny Jeans

Koral Stretch Skinny Jeans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two words for your must-get splurge of the season: biker jacket. Hello, moto–that’s as in moto jacket! Tough. Sexy. Versatile. Deep breath: You’re going to spend a large chunk of change on this item (almost your entire $700 budget), so wait for the perfect fit and a color that will go well with almost everything in your closet. If you can, choose one that could also transition well into spring.  Black is safe for most outerwear, but I love ones in navy blue, forest green and grey.

Splurge on denim. Yes, classic blues are always a must, but I’m also loving anything in bordeaux or jewel tones. It’s the new neutral. Expect to pay around $150 to $250 for a great fitting pair, and take the time to find brands that work well for your body and stick with them.

Sam Edelman Lisle Boot

Sam Edelman Lisle Boot

Now onto the saves! Once you’ve built a closet full of essentials, it’s easy to add well-priced accessories into the mix, such as a leopard scarf or knit beanie. Head to Zara and H&M for costume jewelry, stackable bracelets and statement necklaces. I love cheap chic with no commitment!

Lastly, go get yourself some booties. We’ve seen them all over the runways and in the streets. You don’t have to break the bank on a pair of Isabel Marant (unless you’re so inclined); many labels are showing them and you can find great looking pairs at every price point. Now, get shopping!

Leslie Christen

Leslie Christen

Leslie Christen is one of Southern California’s most sought-after personal stylists and the founder of the region’s leading independent styling company: Leslie Christen | LifeStyling. Leslie’s stylish and educational Web site, LeslieChristen.com, gives her growing audience inspiring tips and showcases cutting-edge trends and images on the latest in designer fashions. Leslie spent years as a personal stylist and costume designer in the fashion and entertainment industries, and is also a fashion editor for the popular Orange County e-newsletter Greer’s OC, where she writes a weekly “Wear to Where” column. Her extensive experience in the fashion world has given her the talent to quickly assess her clients’ strengths, minimize body challenges and authentically express her clients’ individuality and best assets.

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