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Published: Friday, September 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, September 1, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.

10 must-haves: Fall fashion finds

  • Belts: Neiman Marcus recommends a canvas Fendi belt with a gold buckle. But Genevieve Yraola, senior fashion market editor at Shop Etc. magazine, says you can find great inexpensive belts at other places.
  • Black dress (with bubble or blouson accents):
    This is the season of the dress. A sweater dress is the best choice, but all sorts of dresses will do. Layer your dress with a chunky knit sweater and belt it around the middle.
  • Leggings: It sounds scary, but it really isn't. Cover your bum with a long sweater or tunic and wear those leggings with pride. If not, "there's plenty of options to choose from in terms of what's trendy," says Laura McDowell, fashion spokeswoman for TJ Maxx.
  • Gold chain necklace: Gold is back in a big way, especially around your neck. Pile on the gold chains, but more sophisticatedly than those '80s rappers.
  • Boots: Boots of all styles are in for fall. Most women already have a stable of boots, so freshen your footwear this fall by trying a slouchy boot or a cuffed boot.
  • Sweaters: Neiman Marcus' top pick is a sexy fine gauge knit tunic from TSE, worn over skinny pants. Less-expensive options include Urban Outfitters and the George line at Wal-Mart.
  • Menswear-inspired trousers: Pants are pretty this season in plaids and pinstripes. Wear them wide-leg or in a long Bermuda short-style, with boots.
  • White blouses: The white shirt of the season at Neiman Marcus is a gorgeous billowy-sleeved creation by designer Zac Posen. But no need to break the bank for this staple. You can find a great white blouse just about anywhere.
  • Skinny pants: With so much volume on top, you want your bottoms slim, slim, slim. Try a velvet pant in a slim silhouette.
  • Red accents: "Red is the No. 1 accent color for the season," says Gregg Andrews, a fashion director at Nordstrom. Buy a red coat, or a red handbag. Wear red lips. Neiman Marcus recommends a bold red shoe, paired with black tights.

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