Fun Fall Looks That Won’t Break the Bank

I substitute teach, so my clothes have to meet a lot of criteria!

  • Affordable and easy-to-wash (no dry cleaning, costs too much!)
  • Versatile and coordinating, so I don’t have to think too much about what I’m going to wear in the morning.
  • Fun colors and accessible styles kids like and also meet the school dress code.
  • Comfortable and movement-friendly (my job involves a lot of kneeling, sitting on the carpet for morning meeting, and sometimes, dancing).
  • Shoes that I can run in (in emergencies) and that I can stand in all day.

And because I’m pumpkin-shaped (which mades me PERFECT for fall), I also need clothes that look good and make me feel confident.

I was so happy to find some solutions for my modest budget so I thought I would share these with you. If you aren’t a teacher, maybe these looks would work for you on casual days or weekends.








All of these clothes are from Walmart. The golden yellow top is in a color called “Apple Juice.” The color reminds me of sunflowers 🙂 It’s flattering if, like me, you are shaped like an apple in the mid-section! I love these stretchy leopard print jeggings. They wear a little looser, like skinny jeans.

You can just see the black “faux suede” boots in the picture. I have size 11, wide feet, and thank goodness, they fit and were comfortable, too!

Everything here was $14.98 – the blouse, the leggings, and the shoes. The matching socks came in a 3-pair bunch for $3.98.

Not shown but also matching these leggings — a fitted, crew neck t-shirt in black (marked down to a dollar!) that I’ll wear with these leopard jeggings and the black cardigan below.

I took a picture of me wearing this outfit — same top but in denim blue, same style of jeggings, but in a color Walmart calls “Spiced Cider.” I love how the socks match! (And fit my large feet).

Can I ask your opinion about something? Do you think the denim top would look okay with the leopard leggings? I tried it and liked it…but I wasn’t sure…







This paisley tunic covers up a multitude of sins but looks cute on. It matches everything else, too – the colors are Apple Juice, Spiced Cider, Purple Pearl and Gem Slate, among others. The top was $14.98. The matching cotton leggings are available online from Walmart and come in a 2-pack pair of your choice of color, plus black, for $8.98. This color is called Purple Pearl. 95% cotton, hard to beat that!

See the cute no-show socks? They came in a pack of 6 marked down to $1! Students, if Ms. Jones has a dollar and she gets SIX pairs of socks, how much does she pay for each pair? Answer: Ms. Jones pays 16.6 cents a pair! Woo hoo!







Walmart has denim jeans to fit just about every body and they are often on sale. At school, I can wear denim during the week (blue on Fridays). I picked up these jeans for $11 a pair, so I bought them in black, tan and regular blue. They fit great and I don’t have to even hem them. They are 95% cotton with a little bit of stretch.

I put this together with a $4.44 v-neck t-shirt in Spiced Cider (I also bought it in Apple Juice). The t-shirt is soft and made out of recycled materials!

Autumn here can be cool in the morning and warm by mid-day, so I am showing this outfit with a black cardigan from Target I got on sale for $15. It fits so well, I got one in cream and gray, too, because I live in cardigans as a layer in the fall and winter.

Check out these llama socks! They came in that $1 on-sale-pack of 6 socks I mentioned above. Aren’t they too much? Little kids are close to your feet so they notice fun socks. I got these comfy leather shoes online from Kmart on sale for about $21.

So, here are the tan jeans, the ones on sale for $11 at Walmart. Very comfy, straight-leg, five-pocket style. I’m sure I’ll be wearing them at least once a week.

I fell in love with this striped knit shirt in Apple Juice, Spiced Cider, Gem Slate, Studio Blue and cream. I think the Gem Slate lettuce trim on the sleeves and hem is a nice touch and it was only $8.98. When my sister saw it, she loved it and said she is getting one, too. To me, this shirt reminds me of that character on the Netflix series, “Dead to Me” who is always wearing striped shirts 🙂 like this one.

I put the cream sweater from Target ($15, on sale) so you could see that as a layer. I had an old Vera Bradley purse that I thought looked well with this. The brown leather shoes were ordered online from K-Mart for about $22 on sale. And of course, “Spiced Cider” socks…

All in all, I got 3 pairs of jeans, two pairs of leggings, two pairs of jeggings, 7 tops, 3 cardigans, 2 camisoles, 14 pairs of socks, 2 pairs of leather shoes, and a pair of suede-like ankle boots for about $200. A whole fall wardrobe, basically! And everything matches and fits!

I’m so happy with my new clothes. I hope you saw something you liked. Happy shopping!

About Mary Fletcher Jones

Mary Fletcher Jones is a mom, teacher, and blogger. Her blogs include Autumn in Virginia, Cool Yule Blog and You Can't Make This Stuff Up, among others. She is also the creator of "Living Well With Autism," an online resource for caregivers of children, teens, and adults with autism and related special needs.
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2 Responses to Fun Fall Looks That Won’t Break the Bank

  1. Beverly Jones says:

    Love this! I need to remember to go find that shirt! ❤ And #walmart should see this awesome post!


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