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DEAR Mattie: Can I wear summer clothes in the fall? Savouring Summer in Dundarave Dear Dundarave: Now that summer is almost over, creating the right transition wardrobe can be challenging. I say hold on to summer as long as we can.

DEAR Mattie:

Can I wear summer clothes in the fall?

Savouring Summer in Dundarave

Dear Dundarave:

Now that summer is almost over, creating the right transition wardrobe can be challenging. I say hold on to summer as long as we can.

The summer fashion has been casual with a sense of style. This style has come from either your overall look or statement pieces. As the weather gets cooler, you can still have that summer expression with pants and long sleeves. Remember, it is windy at night on the beach!

Keep wearing your summer fun and bold colours in your tops. Transition colours like khaki, beige, white or cream, and even denim will help you transition into the cooler fall season. Bermuda shorts, capris and pants are a great way to shift into fall.

A fun way to keep the summer feel is to have a colourful tank under your open shirt. The shirt can be your jacket, in a pattern, or solid white, or even any denim wash. The shirt is heavy enough to keep you warm, and light enough to not be considered outerwear. This layering look is very much in fashion.

If you are going to wear a shirt as a jacket, make sure it is tailored. Otherwise, it will look frumpy and not stylish. This season the silhouette was and is going to continue into the fall as body conscious. Don't worry, that does not mean form fitting. There will be plenty of room to breathe.

Denim vests are making a comeback and look great with a fitted T-shirt. They are versatile, as they look great with shorts, pants and a long or short flowing skirt.

The look of the vest with shorts can look slightly masculine and dated.

The best way to pull off this look is

with wedge espadrilles in a funky summer colour.

Flip-flops are the best way to hold on to summer. The look is that you just got back from or going to the beach. Because summer should be a fun and colourful season, these shoes look best in any colour other than black, white or brown. The only exception would be if they were metallic. Havainas are the bestlooking affordable flip-flop out there. Their design is artistic enough to generate a sense of style with what can be considered a cheap beach shoe.

Nail polish on your fingers and especially on your toes can also transition you into the fall season. Summer colours are fun and look great on your extremities. OPI's Pirates of the Caribbean collection is trendy. These fun colours will match any business attire and most of the fall collections and still look summery.

Although most people think that sunglasses are for sunny days, you should consider protecting your eyes on most days. This summer, sunglasses have been extremely varied. There are many looks for many personalities. Not only is purple popular, but yellow and turquoise have also popped up. The frames are skinny and the lenses are large. The look is light, so even though the shades are oversize, you can see through them.

Hold on to summer for as long as you can.

Mattie a la Mode is a monthly fashion advice column. Mattie is a freelance writer and fashion expert. She can be reached via email mattiealamode@gmail. com or visit her blog mattiealamode.com.

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