As you already know, we love to shop for fall. On our collective wishlists are every manner of designer goods — even if our bank accounts don’t really facilitate such a lavish shopping spree. Are you in the same boat? There is a solution for when your wishlist is bigger than your means: It’s time to DIY. We’ve rounded up some great fall styles that fetch a pretty penny in stores, but can be made for a fraction of the cost if you’re willing to invest an afternoon or two in a project. Get the Band of Outsiders/Carven/Saint Laurent look with just a bit of elbow grease and creativity.
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Alison Baitz is a freelance fashion and culture writer. When she's not busy chatting about online shopping or rooting out cool new designers, she's interviewing up-and-coming musicians or sampling food for articles and calling it research. She's proud to be a part of the DC-based food zine The Runcible Spoon. Yes, she is on Twitter: @itsmealison.