8 fall shopping trends that are worth every penny

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I’m not trying to brag too much here, but I’m pretty sure I have one of the coolest, most enviable jobs around. Purpose? Every day I scour the internet for the best shopping deals and the coolest trends, and I test so many amazing new clothes, beauty products, and home items. I’ve been a shopping writer and editor for a few years now, and have developed a knack for figuring out which products are worth every penny, and which are best left in the virtual cart.

This month it’s all about getting comfortable into fall. Stores like Target are starting to roll out their autumn lines and the sites are seeing increased research interest in moisturizers and clarifiers (which makes sense, given that temperatures will unfortunately drop and the air is about to dry out). Amazon’s Movers & Shakers page, a section that shows which items are growing in popularity, is filled to the brim with soothing lotions and oils. Google is inundated with “fall fashion” inquiries and people on Pinterest start looking for pumpkin and candle recipes again.

My shopping carts are a perfect match for these fall trends. I shop for nourishing face masks, stylish platform loafers, and comfy blankets to start my cold-weather months off right. Check out the eight essentials I’ll be buying in September below:

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Neutrogena Anti-Residue Clarifying Shampoo

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Neutrogena Anti-Residue Clarifying Shampoo

I don’t know what it’s like to spend so much time indoors, but since the start of the pandemic my scalp has been a mess. I have experienced more dandruff and drought in the past two years than my entire life collectively. My only saving grace? This simple clarifying shampoo. It removes icky product buildup from dry shampoos and conditioners without stripping my hair of its natural oils. For best results, I swap this product with my typical purple shampoo once or twice a week.

Sam Edelman Laurs platform loafers

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Sam Edelman Laurs platform loafers

I am convinced that if you have a good pair of moccasins, you can wear them every season. I love the androgynous vibe of the shoes. They are both punk and sexy. Unfortunately, most quality pairs cost a few hundred dollars. That’s why, when I found these Sam Edelmans, I cried out for joy. Olivia Rodrigo-esque shoe platforms are available in black, tan, or green and pair them with virtually any dress or pants you have in your closet.

Cable Knit Chenille Throw - Threshold

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Cable Knit Chenille Throw

There’s no problem curling in a cozy blanket can’t solve. That’s why at the start of each fall season, I treat myself to a new one. I love the look of anything knitted. The sophisticated design makes tops and accessories like this blanket, which costs just $ 25, much more expensive than they are.

New York Nest New York Pumpkin Chai Candle

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Chai Pumpkin Nest Candle

It’s time for the company to step up to calling out anything that is basic scented or flavored with pumpkin. Let’s all agree that anything pumpkin is delicious and should be celebrated, not laughed at. In September, I go all out on the candles. The Pumpkin Chai candle from Nest is all I want to cover my space. The scent of spices is decadent without being overwhelming. In addition, the candle itself is a warm orange. You can’t find a better fall candle than this one.

Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer

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Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer

I’m pretty sure this clever coffee invention was made for me. This ensures that slow drinkers (me) will never have to deal with lukewarm drinks ever again. To use it, all you have to do is turn on the switch, and the base will heat the bottom of your mug and keep the liquids inside piping hot. I will keep this accessory on my WFH desk at all times.

Free People picnic sweater romper

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Free People picnic sweater romper

This fall, I don’t want to wear anything that takes more than a little effort to put it on. Jeans? Absolutely not. A button-down shirt? You’re kidding. Heels? Please don’t make me laugh. But that romper sweater? Sign me up tf. It’s like wearing stylish, socially acceptable onesie pajamas. I plan to keep him at home during work and off hours and then dress him up when I go out with combat tights and boots. It’s such a simple look, but these are the best ones to style over and over again.

PÜR 4-in-1 Sculpting Concealer

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PÜR 4-in-1 Sculpting Concealer

There are very few people I trust with makeup advice. One of them is Rachel Nussbaum, InStyle Beauty Editor. She knows everything there is to know about the ingredients that make up popular foundations, hairsprays, and more. With his vast knowledge comes a great deal of grief. She often tells me (and her readers) about the harmful irritants that are too often included in branded products, so when there is a brand that she endorses, I take note of it. Rachel told me that Pur was on her A-Okay concealer list, so I jump on this 4-in-1 color corrector faster than a kid on a trampoline. It comes in 16 shades, costs less than $ 25, and is free from the nastiness of phthalates, aluminum, and talc.

Summer Fridays Jet Lag Face Mask

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Summer Friday jet lag mask

I am a writer living in New York. Translation: I don’t have an income that can afford me to spend big bucks on skin care (I don’t feel like it either). Spending almost $ 50 on a face mask would hurt me both physically and emotionally if I didn’t already know and love this one so much. I have been using the Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask for years. It saved my skin when I was on Accutane and continues to be my secret to non-greasy hydration. I would say I have to stock up on it every five months or so, and this September is one of them. I will use it to prevent chapped winter skin and before date nights or brunches to give myself a Hailey Bieber glow.

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