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Fall fashion report: in Syracuse

The store consists of upscale men's contemporary items, from everyday wear to suits. For fall fashion, Massara predicts knitwear and sweaters will be the item to have. "Men also have to realize that it is now about slimmer fits to their pants and shirts," he said. "Baggy is out."

Despite the different demographics that each store caters to, one thing is agreed upon by all--a simple T-shirt is the staple for any wardrobe, no matter the season or current trend.

For the accessory fiend, drop by Jan's Addiction, located at 306 West Jefferson Street, to complete any outfit. Jan's has a variety of unique sterling silver jewelry for woman and select styles for men, along with custom beadwork designed by the owner, Jan Minney of Syracuse.

"I like to keep things different," she said. "The jewelry you find in here, you won't find in every other shop in Armory Square. I usually don't order the same item more than once, so chances are you'll be the only one with that piece."

A silver cuff bracelet and hoop earrings are essentials for any jewelry box, though rings appear to be a best seller at the shop, Minney explained. When accessorizing, she believes it is important to choose classic styles over trendy. "You want something that you can pull out in ten years and still be able to wear it," she said. "You want it to last."

So next time you find yourself itching for a shopping spree, step outside the mall and explore these unique shops.

"People underestimate the shopping in Syracuse," Massara said. "We pride ourselves on being cutting edge down here in Armory Square. It's in the small boutiques like ours that trends arise, not in the large department stores."

Not a complete list of Syracuse boutiques:

* Bergan Brothers, Clothing, Men's Clothing, 328 S. Salina St.

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