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How to complete your fall wardrobe without breaking the bank

Fashion in winter’s fun but it’s hard on the wallet too. Sure the fancy jackets and sweaters and wide variety of outfits make dressing up easier, but not all of us have the money for it.

Thankfully, good fashion is not (or doesn’t have to be) about breaking the bank. Here are a few tips the Forte Team came up with to get the most bang for your buck when shopping for the fall/winter season.

  • 1. Fuse Summer And Fall
  • Transform your outfits for fall by repurposing your summer pieces. One of the easiest ways to achieve this is by incorporating your summer shirts as a base layer for your outfits and shopping with this strategy in mind.


    For instance, you're aware that plain summer shirts and tank tops make ideal base layers for items like jackets, flannels, and bombers. So the next time you hit the stores, take a mental inventory of the shirt colors you already have at home and consider purchasing outerwear pieces that will complement your existing collection.

    This way, you can effortlessly mix and match your wardrobe, creating stylish and versatile fall looks without starting from scratch. You can build on the summer clothing you already have and save some money.

    Pro Tip: Most brands are doing a “End of Summer Sale” right now. So this is the best time to pick up layering pieces or even prep for next summer! 

  • 2. Focus on Versatility
  • Many of us make the mistake of purchasing numerous sweaters, jackets, long sleeve polos for the winter season without thinking of layering. Layering is literally a fashion hack. With layering, the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.
  • You can start with the basics by using plain white or black tees as your base layer and work your way up.

    However if you’re looking to elevate your layering game, you can start layering with a white hoodie with winter. A white hoodie is versatile so it goes with almost anything like workwear jackets, plain jackets, denim, flannels etc. Other base colors that are really good for layering are gray, charcoal and beige. 

    If you find layering to be a bit challenging, here's a helpful tip: focus on textures. Opt for the heaviest and most textured clothing items as your outer layer, such as denim or flannel pieces. Balance this by pairing them with plain, solid-colored underlayers, like simple shirts and crewnecks.

    For the chillier days, you can take it a layer further by throwing a light jacket on top. Choices like a denim jacket, leather bomber, or quilted vest can enhance your look and functionality. A well-picked jacket keeps you warm and acts as a statement piece, tying your outfit together.

    By the way, right now you’re probably thinking to yourself  “wow where can I shop for these fits, they look amazing!”

    If you like what you see, head on over to our brother brand Aetos Apparel to shop their brand new Bomber Jackets and Flannels.

    With these 2 versatile pieces, you can mix and match them with anything in your wardrobe. You’ll never run out of outfits to wear!

    That’s it for this week.

    As you might have gathered, intelligent fashion is all about smart choices. If you know where to spend, you can get the most out of your budget.

    -Forte Team