Merrick’s Top Ten Fall 2007 Fashion Essentials

1. A great pencil skirtPencilSkirt

There’s nothing as feminine as a well cut pencil skirt, especially with this season’s lean, close to the body fashions. We’re especially smitten with this one from Insight, with a built-in patent leather belt. Wear it with sweaters or a Great White Shirt.

2. A statement handbag
Sequioa_Paris You don’t have to be a Hollywood Starlet – or spend like one – to carry this season’s uber accessory – the Statement Handbag. Take a look at these two beauties in our newest collection from Sequoia Paris. You’ll also love our quilted sachels, light-weight patent leathers, croc-embossed totes and suedes.

3. A waist-defining dress

DonnaDegnan

There’s nothing prim about this season’s structured, waist-defining dresses – and yet they’re still very, very proper. We love the slim silhouette of this one from Donna Degnan. Wear it alone, or add accessories with a jolt of color, and you’re good to go – anywhere!

4. A men’s wear trouser with a feminine twist

5. A chunky sweater
ChunkySweater In cashmere, cotton, angora or alpaca, your fall wardrobe should include at least one chunky sweater. This season’s styles include belted sweater coats and jackets, cowls, tunics, classic cable stitched and cardigans from designers including Magaschoni, White + Warren, Cullen Cashmere, Max Mara Weekend and Curio.

6. A geometric or color block knit dressChettaB
Set yourself up for a cozy fall with a figure-flattering knit dress like this one from Chetta B. Its soft grey and creme geometric print is fashion-forward without being over the top and its gentle A-line suits every figure. For more of this season’s hottest knits and jerseys see our collections from Yansi Fugel, Chris Triola, and others on our Collections page.

7. A great belt

Leatherock Belts

Skinny, wide, chainlink or all buckled up…regardless of the type you choose, belts are this season’s “defining” accessory. Try a supper skinny metallic or embossed snake skin belt on this year’s jeans; a hip-minimizing slouch belt over a tunic sweater; or a thin chain belt around the waist of your cashmere sweater. We’ve got some of the season’s best from classic to funky from Leatherock, Chinese Laundry, Audrey Talbot and more.

8. A jolt of color ChettB
The feminine cocktail suit is back! But this year, instead of basic black you’ll find it in jewel tones like this one from Chetta B. Look for more dressy suits and separates from designers including Frascara, Mark Heister, Nina McLemore and others on our Collections page.

9. A detailed sleeve

10. A fun gloveOperaGloves

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