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Autumn has officially arrived. With the days getting shorter and nights getting cooler it’s time to switch out the summer clothing trends and beauty essentials for all things warm and cozy. Sometimes all you want to do is shop until you drop, looking for anything and everything fall, but most of us can’t afford to do that. Here are a few of the must-haves to narrow down your list, and lead you to the stores where you can find them.
It may be too early to wear jackets or layers, so sweaters are a go-to. Every closet should have a cashmere sweater. It doesn’t matter the color or style, it just needs to be there. J. Crew has a great line, but if you’re looking for quality and don’t want to break the bank T.J Maxx and Marshall’s sell some for half the retail price. A well fitted cashmere sweater will be a piece that stays with you long after you graduate.
Every girl needs the perfect cargo jacket for autumn. It is one of those pieces that can top off any outfit. Splurge on the Barbour Beadnell Jacket but if you’re on the typical college budget Urban Outfitters sells an unlined, olive colored surplus jacket for under $60. To top it off, add a pashmina scarf. J. Crew has a wide range of fall scarves as does H&M.
It’s important to invest in a great pair of dark wash denim jeans. Urban Outfitters sells BDG jeans that come in different rises and fits. Skinny jeans may never go out of style, and if you add a classic dark wash bootcut to your closet they will polish off any look, for any body type. A splurge would be AG Jeans; the denim is so soft and it feels like an extra layer of skin.
You can never go wrong with a good pair of boots. If you’re going to splurge, check out Frye. The brand makes incredibly durable and stylish boots in all different shapes and sizes. But they can get a little pricey, DSW has a wide variety.
Sunglasses can easily complete any outfit and they’re a definite must have in your fall bag. Wayfarers, exaggerated cat’s eyes, and aviators are all in right now, and add a touch of glamour to your look.
With the change in seasons it is time to switch out the bright purse or tote for a brown bag, or one in another earthy, neutral tone. Not only can you carry your school supplies, but it also comes in handy for a variety of your other fall necessities.
As cold season gets under way, always remember to pack a small hand sanitizer bottle. And because you’ve been constantly washing your hands, pack Bath & Body Works hand cream with a vanilla or pumpkin fragrance.
Even though the sun’s UV rays aren’t as strong, wearing an SPF is highly suggested. To keep your face hydrated, I suggest the Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream. If you’re looking for something that still primes and perfects your skin but don’t want to break the bank? Maybelline Dream Fresh 2-in-1 Beauty Balm Skin Perfect is great for everyday use.
Concealer is a must, especially after those long nights in the library. You want to get one that is a shade lighter than your natural skintone. To keep your lips from getting chapped, Burt’s Bee’s is a quality choice. You could also go for Avon’s Pumpkin Pie, or Chapstick’s moisturizing Vanilla Mint for a seasonal flavor.
At times changing nail polish colors can feel like trading in a beloved friend for the newer model. To make the bittersweet transition from the bright pink or coral try a pale pink like Essie’s Mademoiselle. Polished nails really do complete the entire look. As we get further into the season, try Essie’s After School Blazer (navy) or Fishnet Stockings (deep red), or go for a metallic.