Fall fashion report: in Syracuse

Note to summer of love: Bye, bye

While roaming the mall in search of that perfect fall ensemble, you may find yourself bombarded by "summer of love" window displays and other mainstream must-haves. But before you pull out your plastic and make that purchase stop! That is so last season.

Instead of becoming a typical Gap drone, why not check out the boutiques down in Armory Square, or the "it" store up on the Hill for the most unique styles this fall:

For vintage gear, try Modern Pop Culture. Located on the third floor of 215 Walton Street, the store carries a variety of styles for men and women from independent designers and hard to find brands, such as Urgent Gear, Sailor Jerry and Alternative Apparel. While vintage continues to be the top seller each season, storeowner Nathan Schafer of North Syracuse believes that basic tops are popular as well.

"Clothing is a way to express your self without actually trying," he said. "Whatever the item is, make sure it's comfortable so it'll get plenty of wear."

For the trendsetter, head up to the Hill to snag designer labels at J. Michaels Shoes, 173 Marshall Street. Just walking distance from the S.U. campus, this store tends to cater to the college scene, but still offers a variety of timeless items for every generation to enjoy, including designer shoes and sunglasses.

As for the latest trend, "peace-love attire is pretty much out," said Erik Hicks of Marcellus, and store manager of 11 years. "This fall, it's all about the buffalo plaid--pop colors with black plaid."

For the fashion-forward man, Mr. Shop, at 259 West Fayette Street, is the ideal boutique. "We push the envelope in terms of fashion," said John Massara, store manager and Syracuse native. "A typical customer likes fashion, likes changes and new styles. He likes to be fresh and updated, and he likes to travel."

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