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Sweater intervention

Add a thin cardigan when unwelcome chill invades August nights

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It doesn't seem fair that Mother Nature has decided to punish us 'Peggers with an unseasonably wet and cold and gloomy summer -- especially after the extremely long and freezing and blustery winter we had.

Still, I refuse to put away my summer frocks and strappy sandals -- it's just not right.

But with temperatures dropping to the single digits -- and that was at least four weeks ago now -- I feel like my summer attire needs a bit of an intervention in order to last these last few dog-days of summer.

That said, I don't particularly like the fact that no sooner did I pack up my sweaters, I am reluctantly pulling them right back out again -- a sad, sad reminder that bronze-hued foliage and decreasing daylight is just around the corner.

But we are not there yet, so enough with the whining and onto stylishly embracing a few in-between-season must-haves to keep the evening chill away from our sun-kissed skin.

The summer cardi. An oldie but always a fashionable goodie, the simple cardigan can be worn over top of anything and everything. The trick is to steer clear of thick knits and fall colours. When sourcing a summer cardi, look for a light knit with a crop sleeve or opt for a horizontal stripe for a bit of a nautical flare.

Jewel-toned scarves and wraps. This is my personal go to. You can easily fit them in most summer totes -- even a small cross-body bag depending on how thick the wrap is and how big the bag -- pull them out an wear as a scarf pre-dusk then stylishly drape across your shoulders at night whilst maintaing your chic composure patio-side.

A thin-knit crew. Basic but far from boring, a thin-knit crew looks fabulous with a pair of shorts and flats. It kinda has that preppy feel to it but not so preppy that you look out of place chilling around a fire at the backyard or lounging on the dock at the lake.

Don't let Mother Nature bully you with her temperamental ways -- pair up with one of these late-summer fashion fixes and take a stand for summer.

Got a suggestion for a future column or a fashion trend worth following? Email Connie Tamoto at connietamotofashion@hotmail.com.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 17, 2013 D13

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