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Fall’s Fashion Essentials

Art of Cloth T Shirts

Art of Cloth T Shirts

Let’s face it… we’ve all had our fill of hot days…bare sun dresses…suntan potions…sand and sandals! Ready for a change of seasons? Those first crisp days of fall and the kick of putting on a new jacket, sweater, a new swinging skirt , a new wider pair of trousers! You’re ready to get “dressed” again…because that’s what this new season is all about. It’s about real “dressing up”.

Fashion is returning to its roots, where good taste counts and where ” anything goes” has truly gone! There is more planning to clothes, more structure, more attention to detail and embellishment, more easy elegance , inherent chic! So take a look at some of the new “looks” in a Merrick’s!

Sarah Campbell Blue/Black Cocktail Dress

Let’s start with color…or rather let’s start with black! “Staying in the black” is the official dictum of fall 2008. Add to that the whole range of purples, the traditional shades of autumn, the burnished tones and deep greens…and some of the colors of royalty, like blues and burgundies.

Lafayette 148 Cashmere Coat

Nina McLemore

Fabrics too go back to fashion’s past: tweeds, all manner of plaids, gutsy flannels and for late-day glossy satins and lace, lace, lace.

Start fall with a REAL suit..newest with a skirt ( trousers are fine too)… the suit is back in business. The jacket is key…long and lean, boxy and cropped at the hip…curvy and fitted…sometimes peplumed… or over sized, as in “boyfriend”. Chose a matching set or play with contrast.

Zelda Suit

Zelda Suit

Babette

Babette

Assuming you already own a pencil skirt ( if not, it’s time to add one), the new one to opt for is fuller…flared or pleated or A-line. .. knee-covering length is fine, but the newest ones drop to mid-calf.

Pants go from pencil-slim and the classic, straight trouser to palazzo-wide. Proportion counts:top wide pants with small tops… a big jacket with slim trousers! And just when we thought that pants could not sit any lower on the torso ( indecent exposure?), that waistline and hi-waist pants are on the rise!

If your favorite way of dressing is the dress, opt for a sheath.

The choices are endless: simple or embellished it’s the best alternate to wear under one of the new jackets. The dress-and-jacket combo is a sure fashion bet.

Magaschoni Cashmere

Magaschoni Cashmere

By the way, your new jacket may well be a chic, gutsy knit. Who doesn’t love the wearability of knits…whether it’s a cardigan, a pullover, or a fabulous knitted coat.

Poet's Blouse

Poet's Blouse

And there must be romance in your fashion life! You must go for one
of the romantic blouses, ruffled, ascoted, softly bowed…to top your new skirt or trouser…to go under your most tailored jacket. A romantic blouse = Fashion 101 this fall and winter.

Nicole Miller Sheath

Martini time or not… the real cocktail dress is back and never looked prettier. It’s short, feminine, elegantly sexy …seductive really ( think of those movies of the 40’s and 50’s you’ve rented from Netflix). Most likely it’s a little ( big) black dress….but it may be equally glamorous in one of the rich shades of purple, burgundy, royal blue. It may even be a print! A floral print! Yes, winter florals are blooming on dark grounds and looking refreshingly hot!

Zelda Embroidered Coat

Zelda Embroidered Coat

To top it all ..a new coat for your fall-winter wardrobe: you may want to wrap up in a long coat…button up a princess-seamed one…belt a trenchy style. It can be in a hefty wool…. a chunky knit…or even brocade or glossy satin for evening.

For big evenings on your calendar….you may want to go for something short , great with that infamous one-shouldered neckline….or a full-flown gown in shimmery satin or lace,lace!

The best ornament for fall 08 is the necklace! Dont be shy about piling on the chains by day, the big,chunky stones for evening. Fabulous and bold fakes at yourneck and wrists! Arm-candy …big,bold cuffs, an armful of bangles and beads.

And stay ” muffled and scarfed ” for the sake of fashion! It’s a way to add color and bizas to the simplest outfit. Finally…. those favorite black opaques are back, slimming your legs, anchoring short cocktail dresses. On a dare: experiment with bright color legs when you’re in that little black dress.

Have a wonderfully happy fall and winter this year. Let’s face it: very little makes us happier than putting on some new and exciting clothes!

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