1: Dresses. Obviously mini-dresses aren't going to be going away anytime soon. I'm stocking up on dresses as we speak, such as the French Connection one above. You can't get much better than FC for some quality Marc Jacobs-ripoff-style dresses.
2: Tights. Pretty self-explanatory. Kind of necessary. My $4.99 drugstore variety started ripping as soon as I got them, so I'm taking the plunge (deep breath) and getting my hands on a pair of Wolfords.
3: Acid brights. Walking across the floor of my nearest Zara, my eyes are partially blinded by oh-so many different bright hues greeting me every which way. After getting over the initial shock though, I'm thinking an acid green knit under a satin blazer with some excellent heels.
4: Menswear. The fall 'trend' that wont go away. Vogue dictates that this season women's menswear is more tailoring and colour than the lace and tweed of last year. Satin blazers? I'm in.
5: Tees. After spending such extravagant sums of moolah on dresses and jackets, it seems that there's not much left for shirts and the like. So let's all hit up our local Salvation Army and vintage stores and get ourselves some fricking awesome t-shirts. I'm already excited to wear natty rock t-shirts under a $100 jacket. Rock on.
As to the rest, your fall mainstays will be enough. Flat boots, basic knit sweaters, jeans, black flats. After all, expensive dresses and jackets take a toll on any budget - especially a sad non-existant one as mine.