Discount Divas: Scouting Fall Trends at Your Local Bargain Retailer

By Erin Donnelly

Well, it’s official: The economy’s in the crapper. But why let that get between you and fall’s hottest fashion trends? Single Minded Women’s intrepid fashion scouts have found a slew of on-trend pieces at—wait for it—your local discount shops. Fabulous fashion under $100? Discount shopping never sounded so good.

Plaid: Go International Red Plaid Jumper ($39.99 at Target) Who you callin’ a lumberjack? This fun and flirty shape softens its plaid print, and looks great with black tights and a shrunken jacket.

Jewel Tones: Simply Vera Vera Wang Pleated Top in Deep Teal ($40.50 at Kohl’s) This bold belted top adds a brilliant pop of color against your black pencil skirt or pants.

Bootie: Twist Bootine ($34.99 at Payless) These faux-suede ankle boots look so sharp, we’ll be snatching them up in black and gray.

Color-Blocking: Old Navy Stretch Ponte Cap-Sleeve Dress ($29.50 at Old Navy) Sky blue, black, and steel gray come together beautifully in this work-appropriate dress.

Tall Slouchy Boots: Jones New York Slouch Boot ($99.95 at DSW) Choose from suede or leather for a look that sleek and hip over slim pants.

Boyfriend Cardigan: Mossimo Boyfriend Cardigan ($17.99 at Target) The perfect transition piece—slip one over a tank or cami when the temperature cools.

Menswear-Inspired Footwear: Mootsies Tootsies Gavin Oxford Boots ($35.99 at Kohl’s) Contrast the masculinity of this heavy Oxford boot by pairing it with tights and an A-line dress.

Ombre: Kensie Dip-Dyed Long Cardigan Sweater ($98, Macy’s) Transitioning from cream to gray, this stylish sweater looks fab with jeans or over a little black dress.

Work-Ready Dresses: Attention Pleat Front Modern Dress ($29.99 at K-Mart) Available in black or ‘shark skin,’ this sheath is classic but with a fashion-forward pleated twist.

Winter Florals: Isaac Mizrahi for Target Floral-Printed Sweater Dress ($39.99 at Target) Kill two trends—sweater dresses and florals—with one chic dress.

We LUVLUVLUV IT, and so will you!

More SMW Fashion & Beauty Advice
Q&A: Bargain Beauty Buys

Spotlight on Fall’s Fashion Trends

Big Style, Small Budget: Insider Tips on Shopping Savings