Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Fall Fashion Picks for 2012

Oh, how I long for those cool and breezy days of autumn. I look forward to wearing boots, jeans, and cute sweaters. We don't have a lot to spend on clothes lately, but I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite Fall Fashion Picks that are affordable.

I don't think you need to pay full price at Janie and Jack or order from expensive boutique catalogs to dress your kids in style....Impressing other parents with labels is overrated. There are plenty of adorable pieces out there!

Believe it or not, Natalie's first day of school outfit came from Wal-Mart. (gasp!) For the first time, I let her choose her dress for the first day, and she thought that this pink one looked "very first grader." No, it's not an outfit that would hold up to wearing once a week...but for around $10, I was happy with the way she looked. Still "little girl" without tons of frills or cartoon characters or peace signs plastered all over it.

I chose a lot of mix and match items for both girls this year. Plain and patterned leggings, cotton tops, polos, skirts that can go with various tops, and jeans. We got a lot of things at Target, Kohls, The Children's Place, Carter's, Crazy 8, and even Wal-Mart. Mary Janes in black and brown; tennis shoes and sneakers from Payless...we've had good luck with those shoes not wearing out. You've seen some of Natalie's school ensembles in my Instagram feed...

I even stopped in at a local consignment sale for a few extras...cute things that I haven't seen anywhere else. Still need a couple of cute church dresses. 

As for me, I don't really need any more clothes. But that doesn't mean I can't window shop, right?

I might actually need some leopard print flats. No, I definitely need them. Can you believe those cute shoes are from Payless? The white top is from Wal-Mart and I spotted the other two on Dress Barn's website (who knew?!). 

I also spotted some fabulous style boards on Pinterest that would look awesome on me if I was a size 6 again. (Please click the source listed under each photo to Pin directly from the original source.)

And, as I've said before, I haven't bothered much with T's wardrobe because he is uber picky. But I just might drag him to the store with me after his next paycheck. If we're all going to look fabulous, he needs to fit in!

What's your favorite thing to wear in the Fall?

*For affordable shopping tips, visit this post from last Fall!

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  1. WOW!! I'm amazed at the cute finds for your girls!! I am honestly so excited for my kids to go to school just for new school outfits Haha....I remember the beginning of school being so fun just for that reason. New outfits.

    I've never been a size 6 but if I was I'd definitely be wearing those pics..
    I've seen the red and gray pin before and I LOVE it!!

    I love wearing coats I think after wearing the same ones for the last few years it's time for something new!
    Loved your post.

  2. Loved every pin! Great outfit ideas:-)

  3. My boots!!!!! I miss them so, and I cn't wait to wear them again! Your girls are natural fashion models- So cute!

  4. I have a weakness for coats. My foot is a size 4-1/2 so shopping for shoes is no fun but man can I make up for it shopping for coats. I am looking forward to fall also.

  5. Oh I love a great fashion post! Those blue winter coats are calling my name, great picks, off to check them out!

  6. Love this post Amanda! I am all about affordable fashion for my girls and myself. This past weekend I took my 14 year old stepdaughter thrifting. We had fun and she got some great pieces. I picked up a couple tops for me too. One of which was a chambray shirt from H&M. I've already wore it twice!

    Hope you had fun in Natalie's class today. I can't wait to volunteer in my daughter's first grade class. =)

    ~ Catie

  7. I'm all about clothes shopping for children on a budget - my son generally outgrows his clothes before they wear out, so all his clothes come from Target or Walmart - I have no shame in admitting that.

    Most of my clothes these days come from JC Penney - I'm another budget clothes shopper...

    I love the red and gray outfits!

  8. Oh man! I love the orange! And the shirt dress! And boots! I am BEYOND ready for fall and fall fashions :)

  9. My favorite from the consignment sale is the Halloween dress and I also like the pink and brown floral one.

    Almost all of my school dresses are from Dress Barn. They are good quality with a low price.

  10. I noticed Natalie's dress in your first-day photos last week. She DOES look very first-gradish--very grown-up, to tell the truth. :( But so cute! I used to live by the mantra "Children's clothes should not be investment pieces." Honestly, I think it's amazing how much some kid's clothes cost. Even if you can pass clothes down to another another child, it hardly makes sense to pay high retail prices for things that a kid is going to wear for one season. Good for you for showing that you don't have to sacrifice style to stay on a budget.

    As for you, I love the outfits you're showing here! I'm such a dunce at fashion. That's one of the reasons I like dresses--one thing to wear rather than several pieces to put together. Isn't that pathetic? Right now I'm trying to clean some pieces out of my closet (I've got some old clothes in there!) and I hope to do a little more mixing and matching this fall. We'll see how I do. This summer, I've mostly worn shorts and T-shirts--plantar fasciitis has had me wearing athletic shoes most days!

  11. It's hard to think about fall clothes when it's still so hot hear in Southern California, but I love those blue wedge shoes! Where are they from?

  12. Thanks for sharing all those fun outfits. I think Natalie's outfit is just perfect...it is adorable but classic and will be great to look back on in years to come (with out cringing).


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