Bundle Up on a Budget

Cute Pieces to Keep You Warm this Holiday Season without Breaking the Bank

December is here and you’re probably cold.  Michael Bublé’s Christmas album is probably playing, your heat is cranked in your dorm or apartment, and you’ve whipped out the fuzzy socks that your mom gave you as a stocking stuffer six years ago.  Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or your own family traditions this holiday season, your wallet is probably starting to feel the stress of the gift giving season.  Just because it’s the season of giving, though, doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself.  This December update your winter wardrobe without breaking the bank by checking out some tips below.

To find the best spots to get your hands on that cheetah puffer you’ve been eyeing (and more!) without making your wallet hurt, read more below!

Statement outerwear has been on the rise this winter, and almost every Instagram girlie has been rocking new and unique coats and winter accessories.  Making waves this season are most notably Aritizia’s “Super Puff,” Acne Studios’s moto sherpa jacket, I.AM.GIA’s teddy coat, and Moncler’s cheetah puffer.  And while all of them are adorable, they also cost more than my plane ticket home to California for Christmas.  Smaller companies and fast fashion staples have been working overtime as a result, and I’ve done the hard searching for you to find the best options to rock this winter’s most iconic styles without breaking the bank.

The Cheetah Puffer:

The Original: Moncler ($1950)

The Look for Less: Pretty Little Thing ($53), Windsor ($47)

The Moto Shearling Jacket:

The Original: Acne Studios ($2700)

The Look for Less: Zara ($149), HauteLook ($45), Mercari ($36)

The Super Puff:

The Original: Aritzia ($250)

The Look for Less: Abercrombie ($72), Zara ($69), Target ($21)

The (Updated) Teddy Coat:

The Original: I.AM.GIA. ($110)

The Look for Less: Uniqlo ($29 & Reversible!), Uniqlo ($29), SHEIN ($32),  Forever21 ($50)

By Maddy Nadelman, Assistant Fashion Editor, Class of 2020