5 Money Saving Tips to Create an Autumn Wardrobe on a Budget

If you’ve been scrolling through the likes of Instagram and TikTok you’ll be one of many being hit with A/W content – currently the hashtag #autumnfashion has amassed a staggering 3.5b views on TikTok alone. It’s very likely you’ve seen those scandi-chic influencers draped in an oversized coat or people showcasing their various knitwear options expertly tied across their shoulders. 

Not to mention the fact that searches for the term “cosy season” have risen by a huge 100% in one week alone.

However, with recent studies showing that UK households will be spending 3 billion less this season, we can’t help wondering if there are any ways we can save money this A/W whilst still looking on-trend? 

In light of this, we’ve partnered with Megan Watkins, Head Stylist at SilkFred who has shared 5 expert tips on how to create your AW wardrobe on a budget.  

  1. Repurpose your summer clothes

Ok, ok, so we aren’t suggesting that denim cut-off shorts and sheer beach cover-ups are suitable year-round. However, summer staples such as oversized shirts and even linens (yes, linen) can be easily adapted to chillier days. 

Megan recommends: “Although it may be tempting to separate your wardrobe into ‘summer’ and ‘winter’ sections, there are plenty of pieces that are transitional and timeless.

“For example, a classic white shirt – perhaps used as a beach cover-up during summer – can be buttoned up and repurposed into a sleek everyday look.”

“A fan of linen in the summer months? Trying throwing a jumper over your favourite linen dress to create a Sunday stroll look, perfect for those crisp autumn afternoons.”

  1. Bag an end of season bargain

There are some steals to be had in the end-of-season sales that are still doing the rounds. Therefore, if you are wanting to spend on some new items for the season, why not thank yourself later by investing in some cut-price knitwear or a quilted jacket that will stand the test of time?

When shopping sales, Megan suggests: “It can be tedious going through pages of end of season sales so search for what will help you build a capsule autumn/winter wardrobe.”

“I’d recommend a crisp white t-shirt, fitted blazer, tailored trousers and a silk scarf you can tie as a chic neckerchief. These are adaptable items that can be worn time and time again.”

3. Buy trend-led items second-hand 

If you want to spend on a new season trend then it’s best to see if you can snap something up second-hand as opposed to spending more on brand new items. The planet and purse will thank you! 

Megan says: “If you are taken by a certain trend – like colour blocking which we will be seeing everywhere – then why not search secondhand.” 

“Trend-led items don’t always stand the test of time so shopping at your local car boot sales or charity shops could be your best bet. Often people may be getting rid of some unmissable items – often designer-  such as trench coats, cable knit jumpers or bold vintage sweaters meaning you can leave with luxury items that haven’t cost the world.” 

4. Layer, layer, layer

Layering has been on trend for a couple of years now, but nailing the look is no easy feat, especially since we’ve spent our summer wearing as little as possible.

Now it’s time to relook at that wardrobe and see which pieces you can layer. Not only will this add dimension to your look, it may also save you the cost of a new jumper or coat. Let’s make your existing pieces work hard!

Megan adds: “Items like blazers and overshirts can work together to create an on-trend layered look, not to mention with varying temperatures you can simply remove an item if you’re too warm!”

“Everyone will have pieces that can achieve this trend in their wardrobe already, it’s just about trying multiple items to see what you like.”

“If you’re after the effortless Scandi look, reach for an oversized t-shirt or shirt and add one of your favourite jumpers on top ensuring you can see your layering item underneath.”

5. Choose your colour palette and stick to it

A new season often means new colours to work with. However, this can be a costly mistake if you end up spending on shades that don’t work with your existing wardrobe. One way to tackle this is to “find your colours” – a trend TikTok is currently going crazy for!

Megan says: “It’s hard not to be swayed by the endless stream of new season goodness. Instead, it’s good to define a colour palette and stick to it. For instance, if you already have a core item such as a navy coat, try to stick with browns and creams that will compliment.”

“If you are wanting to inject a new colour, try opting for one statement shade that will complement your existing pieces, this could be something as simple as a lower-priced item such as a scarf or cardigan to drape over your shoulders.”

Anabel Cooper

Anabel is a graduate of King’s College London and upon graduating, she set out on a journey to inspire and empower women through her words. Besides working as a digital marketing expert, Anabel is a freelance copywriter.