Shopping is my love language... there, I said it and yes, it feels better to get it out in the open, once and for all. Granted, I am a shopper that budgets and LOVES finding a great deal, which is why I find myself frequenting Opry Mills Mall whenever I get a chance to check out amazing clothes and accessories from favorite stores like JCrew Factory, H&M, Banana Republic Factory Store, Kate Spade NY Outlet, and Nine West Outlet, just to name a few. Interested in the full list of stores to shop at? You can find the store listings here.
When my friends at Opry Mills contacted me about collaborating on a feature for a Fall Fashion "Look for Less" post, I jumped at the opportunity... and then started plotting my shopping "plan" to make sure I got the most bang for my buck. My challenge was to pull a complete fall look together for under $200. Now I have to admit that the first thing that popped into my mind was "I've got this in the bag", however... due to the array of options at my disposal, I got a bit overwhelmed and had to step back, take a deep breath, and stay true to myself to assemble a cohesive look that would suit my everyday autumn style.
I was on the hunt for an outfit that that wears well for my daily routine which normally includes jeans, comfortable shoes, a casual top, and a jacket for brisk days as the temps start to get a little chilly this fall.
My first purchase came from J Crew Factory, which is where I scooped up these brand new Dark Skinny Jeans. They are from the newly released denim line, which fits perfectly with a bit of stretch in them, yet flatter every curve so we leave the house feeling our best. Even better, they had a promotion going on for $25 off all jeans so I took them home for right at $60. I then added in this classic navy gingham button-up shirt, which was 40% off... so I was out the door at $108.15 with tax. Great layering pieces for a fall outfit that I can dress up or down for any occasion.
Next up, I needed to add some footwear to my ensemble... something that would work for fall and winter, but would make a great transitional pair of shoes for now as well. I hopped over to the Nine West Outlet and met a new favorite friend, these gray suede open toe booties. As a shorter girl, I love a good pair of wedges to add a little height and these are AMAZINGLY comfortable, too! Even better, they had a promo going on so these were an additional 20% off their outlet price, bringing them to just $26.44 with tax. Score for this budget savvy southern gal.
For a light jacket, I stepped into the Old Navy Outlet and headed to the women's department where I picked up this perfectly on-trend Army Green Canvas Field Jacket. I loved the neutral color, the cinched waist, and the gold accents. This jacket tied the look together and I know it can go with so many staples from my closet. Lucky for me, I subscribe to their emails, so I had a coupon for 20% off my purchase, taking this goody down to $34.66 w/tax.
And because I had an extra $30.75, I knew I could add some accessories to the look to complete the challenge. I scooped up these tortoise shell sunglasses from Banana Republic Factory Store for a mere $11.01 with tax. Still money to spend?? Oh yes... finally, I walked down to Forever XX1 and found this blush tassled rhinestone statement necklace for $16.41.
I scored a jacket, top, pair of jeans, pair of suede booties, sunglasses, and necklaces for $196.67... yes, with money to spare! Put me to the test and I will make it work!
I love Opry Mills for so many reasons... they break down their stores by "wings" so fashion retailers are all in one area, children's stores are in a separate wing, and don't forget about the entertainment wing, featuring Dave and Buster's, Sun and Ski Sports, and Regal Cinemas, too [definitely a family favorite]. And this is a must when shopping with the kids so you're not having to run around the entire mall! Their mix of retail and outlet stores is the best in the area and I know each of us will leave happy after we visit.
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PHOTOS || Tausha Dickinson
FTC Disclosure: Thanks to Opry Mills for collaborating with me for this post. Though I received compensation for this blog feature, all purchases and content are on my own accord and reflect my personal opinion and style.