Fall 2018 shopping strategy

pictured: Custo Barcelona fall 2018 NYFW

Fall 2018 is just starting to trickle onto store shelves, this means we need to shift our shopping focus to a cooler season; and ignore the heat wave outside! The fall season is showing us both old and new trends. Store buyers have chosen what they think consumers will love from the runways and stocked stores with those trends and items. What buyers thought wouldn’t sell, won’t make it from the runway to the street.

The first thing we all need to do before we shop for fall, is to shop our closets. Check out my how to shop your closet for fall 2018 post before making a shopping list for the autumn season. After you read it, come back here!

Now that you have shopped your closet and you know what you have for fall, you can start making your shopping list! When making your list, and checking it twice, always omit any trend that doesn’t fit your personal style. You want to make sure what you buy, you will love and wear often.

Without further ado, here is your fall 2018 shopping strategy:

Fall 2018 shopping list: Outerwear

The fall 2018 season is bringing us new and old favorites when it comes to outerwear. The types of jackets and coats you need for fall include single breasted car coats, trench coats, moto jackets, plaid menswear blazers, and teddy coats.

 Fall 2018 shopping list: Clothing

Clothing for the fall 218 season offers both repeats from last fall, and new trends. Look for shades of yellow, green, blue, red, purple, and lilac. Black, grey, and white are your key neutrals, followed by a soft medium brown.

You will want to fill your closet with wrap shirts, wrap dresses, stripes, fall florals, leopard print, pencil skirts, fluted skirts, asymmetrical hemlines and lines, menswear, plaid, western themed looks, cropped pants, skinny pants, trousers, skinny jeans, and clean boyfriend jeans. Ditch the distressed look.

Fall is pumping up the volume, so look for 1980s style shoulders, puffy sleeves, and exaggerated sleeves. Matching sets are also staying in style, so look for suits, sets, and anything matchy-matchy. You may even spot handbags that match a dress or outfit. It’s all about matching and being tonal.

 Fall 2018 shopping list: Shoes

Shoes for fall 2018 aren’t that different from last year. Look for street sneakers, mules, ankle boots, split ankle boots, lug soles, and thick, stacked heels.

Fall 2018 shopping list: Handbags

Handbags for the fall 2018 season aren’t changing that much either. Keep your white bags, circle bags, box bags, and fanny packs. They are all remaining hot for the fall season. Small backpacks are also creeping into IT status for the fall season. Don’t go as mini as you did in 1995; fall 2018 is giving us small backpacks which fit what we need, without the kitchen sink.

If you are looking for something new when it comes to handbags, logo bags are getting hotter as we speak. If you don’t already have a closet full of LV, look for some fun new logo bags to add to your wardrobe in the autumn season.

Fall 2018 shopping strategy: Where to save and splurge

The best way to maximize your budget, and stay under it, is to save on some trends, and splurge on others. The best way to save money is to look for items priced under $150, or $100, which seem trendy or won’t get a lot of wear. I would look for bargains on fluted skirts, fanny packs, and western themed pieces. These items are on the trendier side and may not have a long shelf life beyond winter 2019.

When it comes to splurging, look for investment pieces which are classic and will have staying power. I would invest in a beautiful moto jacket, a trench coat, a pair of ankle boots, and a wrap dress. These items are considered timeless, even when they aren’t on the runways.

There you have it! Now that you have shopped your closet, and made a list, you are armed and ready for the upcoming Nordstrom Anniversary Sale; as well as every stores’ fall offerings. So, what do you plan to buy first? I’m planning on getting a wrap dress, a wrap top, new ankle boots, fall florals, and a fluted skirt.

Fall trends to wear now:

Happy shopping, and stay fabulous 😉




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