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Favorite Fall & Winter Sweaters Under $100

Favorite Fall & Winter Sweaters Under $100

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Today’s post is a really fun post because it's solely about my ridiculous and somewhat inexplicable love for sweaters. And I say ridiculous because I know that it may seem weird that I love sweaters so much considering I currently live in Arizona and we seldom see temps below the high 60s during the day, thus I seldom have a reason to break out a good heavy sweater throughout the year. But growing up in Michigan I was forced to live in sweaters for 2/3 of the year... for 18 years of my life and almost every Thanksgiving and Christmas since, so now I just can’t fight the urge to break out my favorite cozy style staple when fall and winter hit. Clearly I'm really pushing the limits of what constitutes "sweater weather," but I'm cool with that! Rule breaker.

h&m Sweater, h&m Pants, Gap Long Sleeve tee, Coach Dinky 24 Bag (w/ floral customization),   Zara Shoes (also love this similar pair), Glasses, Lipstick (in "Edgy")

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Since the temps have started to dip just a little bit here in Arizona and have given us a taste of what fall weather actually feels like, I decided to be bold and step out in my first sweater of the season. And it was every bit as satisfying as I'd hoped! And yes, those are totally little bees and insects attached to the shoulder of this sweater and that detail really sealed the deal for me when pondering whether to purchase this piece.

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While we were shooting these pics Chris actually asked me if the insects came with the sweater or if I added those myself. And while I'm certainly not above adding a random embellishment (insects included) to any outfit, I had to laugh and jokingly tell CC that, "Yeah, I totally added those myself. You know its been my lifelong dream to jazz up a sweater with some insects and it felt right. Bugs just move me.” Ha! No no no... the bugs came with the sweater and while an unexpected detail, I’m couldn't be more into it.

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Over time sweaters can take quite a beating through wear and cleaning, so even though I don’t abuse my sweaters as much as I did when I lived in Michigan, I still feel the need to refresh my sweater collection with a few new fun additions every year. But I admit that I’m a little bit picky where sweaters are concerned. They have to be super soft. They have to have a really fun details (bees!). The cut has to either be oversized or perfectly un-stuffy. And the color has to be ah-maz-ing or a really pretty, soft neutral. It’s a long list of requirements, but what’s the point of wearing a sweater if isn’t perfectly cute and comfy cozy? There is no point, people. Keep it EXTRA!

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And because I like to update my sweater selection almost every year I like to keep my sweater purchases on the more affordable side, if I can. There’s certainly always a place for cashmere investment pieces, but nowadays there are so many great budget friendly sweater options out there from retailers like ASOS, H&MZara, J.Crew, LOFT and more.  All have really affordable sweater finds every year that I fall in love with and wear over and over again. I kind of feel like price doesn’t necessarily reflect quality anymore where sweaters are concerned. Just me?

So in light of that, I thought it would be really fun to round up my very favorite affordable sweaters of the season that are all under $100, just in case you, too share my love for snuggly sweaters. Whether it’s the color that got me, the cut, the material, or some funky detail or pattern, all of these sweaters are unique, fun, and most importantly will allow you to save a few pennies and throw them into your Aspen Girls Getaway 2017 (2018 too!) fund so you can rock that sweater somewhere cool... and cold this fall and winter.

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I also have to mention super fun Coach bag that I'm wearing because not only is it one of my favorite bags I’ve ever owned because it’s made of the softest leather, is a great winter white hue and has the most perfect compartments for all of the random stuff I carry around with me every day (a built-in coin purse, two standard compartments and a flat back pocket for easy phone access and storage), but it’s also my very own design! Ok well actually it’s not just my design... it's Coach's with a little bit of me and a little bit of my incredible parents! My mom and dad made their annual fall trip to New York City recently and one morning I woke up to them FaceTiming me from the flagship Coach store (called Coach House) on Fifth Ave. to show me how cool it is. And it was totally worth the crazy wake-up call because that store is 100% amazing! It's like a fashion lover's toy store with gorgeous leather goods and other pretty things from floor to ceiling.

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At the store you can customize the bag you choose with tea roses (the floral appliqués on my bag), rivets, pins and monogramming and have them applied right then and there... which is the real reason my parents wanted to show me around the store. Also, shout out to the awesome Coach staff member who helped us crazy people pick the perfect bag via FaceTime and showed us every single option for customization. She must have thought our family was completely nuts, but she couldn't have been nicer or more awesome to chat with!

You can see that I went with three neutral tea roses right over the bag’s clasp and had the tag monogrammed. And I absolutely love it! Also yes, I have the coolest parents ever who know me so well and yes, I’m absolutely spoiled and in no way deserve even half of my good luck in life! But I’ll happily accept it all. Duh.

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