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10 Ways to Save on Fashion in the Fall ( or any Season)

Inflation certainly isn’t helping our budgets, but there are ways we can save on fashion, be it Fall or any season.

10 Ways to Save on Fashion in the Fall

Your Closet

Your closet is always a great way to save as we head into a new season.

When you purchase something, do you ask, “How many ways can I wear this? ” ” How can I style this into the next season?”

I have plenty of midi dresses that I can add a moto too or a blazer and change out my shoes to boots.

Here in the South, it really doesn’t get cold until November or so.

So, the first tip would be to look at your closet, see what colors you have for Fall, and utilize those. Try styling with an added piece and boots.

Madewell Program

If you didn’t know, Madewell has a program where they recycle older jeans and will give you a $20 gift card for another pair ( full price).

I brought in 3 pairs of jeans I wasn’t fond of, and they gave me 3 separate $20 cards. Now, just FYI, you can’t use them all together on one purchase, I tried!

If I could wear jeans now, (can’t because of PN) I would be wearing their mom jeans in Lunar wash, or their Perfect Vintage jeans.

( this is not sponsored) I just like how they have a recycled program and thought I’d share.


Over the years, I have bought designer bags on Ebay. There are fraudulent dupes out there, or counterfeit bags, so it’s best to check it with thepurseblog.com to see if your bag is authentic.

Make sure, like Poshmark, you put your parameters in, like size and the brand you are looking for, otherwise you are scrolling through endless pages.

With Ebay, there is a “Buy Now” option, or a bidding option. Make sure to calculate in the shipping. You can also ask buyers questions on Ebay.

I bought this Kate Spade bag on Ebay and the jacket on Poshmark.



I have a closet on here, (so if you are a reader and find something you like, let me know and I will discount further.) My closet is @Jess9642. As an avid shopper here as well, I have learned some tips.  I also wrote about Poshmark  IN THIS POST. This really is my favorite way to secondhand shop, and I don’t have to leave the comfort of my couch!

I do love this app. You can also just use it on the computer.  Start by filing out your profile, even if you are just a buyer. Click on your sizes for pants, dresses, jeans, blouses, shoes.

It is best to put in a general idea of what you are looking for, so you don’t get as many pages here as well. For instance, if I am looking for a silk shirt, I might type, “Vince Long sleeve silk shirt”.  It just lessens the options for you.

Also be aware that with taxes and shipping it comes close to $10, so you can factor that in when you make an offer. Often, sellers will make a counteroffer, and then you can see how you want to proceed.

This leopard vintage swing coat was purchased on Poshmark.

Another recent Poshmark purchase.  This is a well-made trench and I bought it for $55.


I bought this pumpkin sweater on Poshmark a few years ago.


Use Rakuten

With this app, I get cash back on most purchases that are signed with Rakuten, and I figure it is “free money”. Once you sign up, a pop up screen will show on retailers it is connected with saying how much of a percentage you will get back. I figure, if I am going to spend at the retailer anyway, I might as well get a percentage back.

Besides shopping secondhand, I will use Rakuten to get cash back when I shop at my favorite stores. Mango is one of those favorites that is a go-to for me.

Install The Camelizer

This is an extension on Chrome, Edge, and Firefox for Amazon.  It allows you to watch items that you are interested in, if the price is currently too high for what you want to pay. You set your dollar amount or range for what you want to pay, and you will get an email notification telling you when the price was lowered.

Promo Codes

I always check for promo codes from retailers. My favorite place to do this is “RetailmeNot.com”.


Off-season is always a great time to take advantage of sales, and store away those gifts for the Holidays. After season sales as well. You know you can get great buys right after Christmas, but we seem to be broke then, so I am not able to do this as much as I want. I did, however, purchase gifts already for Christmas and have been doing so, as I find off-season goodies on sale, and just store them until Im ready to wrap. Not to mention, it is less stressful to buy things a little at a time instead of all-in-one month, as well as it is spreading out your finances.

Take Stock of Your Closet and Write Down What You Need

As a fashion blogger, I know I can over buy. “Need” is a very strong word. Well, if we just bought what we needed, we have about the clothes on our back and a few other changes of clothing. If we love fashion, that is a tough one, but we can be smart about it.  I utilize these ways of saving, take stock of the “holes” in my wardrobe, and filter out what I may not be wearing each season. Our style evolves, so what you loved years ago, may not apply, but do donate.

Set a Budget

This is key as well. Although it may be fun to purchase fashion willy-nilly, or when it “fancies” you, it isn’t the best for your budget.  I have a monthly budget that I stick to, and find ways to make my dollars go further, as I have mentioned here. I think setting a budget allows you to also buy what you will really appreciate and need in your closet.  Now, when I finally do get to Italy, that doesn’t mean I won’t shop a bit “willy-nilly”, because heck, it will be a reward!

Another Note

I am resting a bit from the nerve block, but the pain doctor told me to do things that would aggrivate pain normally, and this way they can judge how the block is working.

I am on Like to Know it as elegantlydressedandstylish, so if you would like to follow me there, you download the Liketo know it app. I share outfits and where to buy them, similar to here. Presently, I am working with them to correct the problem of not being able to upload my outfit image. Stay tuned!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Jess xx


  • Emma Peach
    Posted at 11:22h, 29 October Reply

    Fantastic advice Jess! I love the blue and leopard print jackets. I wish we had Poshmark here in the UK. I buy quite a lot from eBay but I sometimes use Vinted and Depop, although I find that the prices tend to be higher than on eBay.

    Emma xxx

  • Leslie Susan Clingan
    Posted at 23:01h, 24 October Reply

    What a helpful post. I have never heard of that extension for Amazon but will check it out. I do use Rakuten. I started a Poshmark closet and sold the few things I had in it but haven’t added anything new. Just completed a mini-purge of my closet so maybe I will add some of those items to my Poshmark closet. I like the Madewell recycling program. H&M has something like it, too. I am afraid to check out your closet…I am sure I will fall in love with everything in it. Thank goodness I probably couldn’t fit my big toe in most of your things, so there’s that, too!!

    Your trench was a fabulous find. I have a Gap trench but it looks a little bit like I’ve slept in it. Thinking maybe I should have it pressed at the drycleaners. And what a beautiful tweed jacket. Those shades of blue and green are so pretty together and so pretty on YOU!!

  • Cheryl Tucker
    Posted at 08:59h, 24 October Reply

    You really showcase beautiful fall colors in these looks! It is cool how so many brands are finding mulitple ways to reach consumers!

  • jodie
    Posted at 22:59h, 21 October Reply

    I love that idea of a recycle program. DSW does something similar which is how I save money on my shoes that I buy there.

  • Maureen
    Posted at 21:14h, 21 October Reply

    These are great tips! I love recycle programs because it gives old items a new home and that’s something I can get behind. I used to buy stuff on eBay but haven’t in awhile. I prefer Poshmark or Tradesy these days. I hope you are having a great day and wishing you a beautiful weekend!

    Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com

  • Michelle
    Posted at 19:15h, 21 October Reply

    What great tips, Jess! I recently bought 2 leather purses on ThredUp – a Brighton, and a Vince Camuto. Both of which I love. And last night, I purchased two cardigans on Poshmark. The thing that I like about buying second hand – besides the lower prices – is that I can find colors that aren’t trending at the moment. I hadn’t heard of Rakuten. Going to check it out. What a great post!

    I hope the nerve block works!


  • Kellyann Rohr
    Posted at 05:47h, 21 October Reply

    Great tips Jess! I bought my trench coat on PM too – but you always find the best things. I did not know Madewell had that program – too bad you could not use all 3 cards at once. My boys bring their clothes to H&M and they give a discount on your purchase which is really nice.
    Hope you have a great weekend!

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