Perfect Transition Sweaters for Fall under $50

Fall is officially upon us! Well not officially, but it sure feels like it! With temps in the low 60’s here in the upper-Midwest, I’m bringing out all of my transition sweaters and putting them to good use. And I’m using our impending move to Minneapolis as even more of a reason to wear cold weather clothing. I mean, 5 hours further north might as well be in the arctic, right?! Right.

Speaking of the move, Kevin and I have *officially* landed our apartment in Uptown (a neighborhood in Minneapolis). We’re set to move in the next two weeks. This means lots of packing for me as Kevin is already working up in the cities, and I’m the only one here to pack. Although my day-to-day schedule will not be like this permanently, I have enjoyed being able to wake up and dictate what I do for the day. I spend a majority of my mornings and early afternoon doing blog/fashion industry education, which includes sprucing up my website. The afternoons/evenings are spent packing, which will be the part that will change once we’re all moved and unpacked (finally!). Days are busy, but so far I’m loving every minute of it!

That being said, I’ve been on the lookout for some new fall sweaters now that we’re moving further north (any excuse to shop, am I right?). A few of these have made it into my closet, and a few are on my wishlist. What’s better? They’re ALL under $50 and are good quality to boot. It’s difficult to find a good quality sweater under $80 these days so I felt it was my duty as an avid shopper to round these up and bring them to your attention! Keep in mind, some of these are on sale RIGHT NOW so act fast! Some of these prices won’t last long!

As far as cardigans go, this one may be my favorite. So much so, I purchased it in two different colors (green and black). Make sure to size down as it does run large. I typically wear an XS but sized down to an XXS.  This cardi comes in right at $49 and is thicker so can act as both a coat and a sweater for those chilly Fall mornings. I wore this one to an outdoor play that went into the nighttime hours, and it kept me warm even when the temp was dropping into the 50’s!

This cardigan from Target is similar to the first only comes in at almost half the price. It’s definitely a lighter material but is a good “dupe” of the first if you’re looking for one. I purchased this one in grey and have already layered it over a few blouses. It’s perfect for those September-October days that are warmer in the sun but cooler in the shade/indoors.

This distressed rugby stripe sweater from Nordstrom is a favorite at the moment (Update: sold out 😭 but here is a very similar sweater for less!). The distressed top trend is something I have stayed away from. Mostly, I have a hard time purchasing something that has holes in it and justifying paying for it (let’s ignore my 5 pairs of distressed jeans for a minute). I don’t know about you, but there’s a difference for me in purchasing distressed tops v. jeans. Maybe the tops seem more delicate, therefore, more likely to fall apart. Whatever the case, I had been eyeing this sweater for a month or so and finally made the purchase just a week ago when it was marked down to under $20. ACT FAST, this sweater is STILL on sale through 9/10. For reference, I’m 5’2” and typically wear a Small Petite in sweaters. A XS in this sweater fit perfectly for that baggy but not-too-boxy look.

Victorian Collars are going to be a HUGE trend this fall. But, give me anything over the top and frilly, and I’ll probably wear it, trends be damned. I purchased a few similar blouses earlier this summer (evidenced here) and saw this sweater at Target this week and This sweater is part of the new “A New Day” collection at Target. This is a line you must check out if you haven’t already! It’s perfect for the young professional. This top comes in at $25 so it’s right on budget.

This cowl neck tank is very similar to one that I own from Francesca’s that I purchased last year. I love tops like this as they’re easy to dress up and down. Last year, I wore mine with a black cardigan at Thanksgiving. I also like to pair it with a jean jacket for an edgier look. A sweater tank is perfect for transition weather because you can wear it alone with jeans for a warmer day or layer it if need be.

This ruffle, cold-shoulder top is something I’ve been eyeing for a while but haven’t purchased yet (Update: sold out! Here’s a very similar one in stock!). The reason why I love it is because it’s lighter than your typical sweater, on trend, but still a classic silhouette and color. This top is perfect on it’s own and would look great with booties or over the knee boots. I think it goes without saying that a long sleeve, cold-shoulder top is a perfect blend of both summer and winter wear.

So there you have it! 6 Fall transition sweaters that I would recommend for the transition season that is upon us and pieces you can style into Winter as well. Make sure to subscribe (below) for updates on an upcoming post explaining the process!



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