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Wear Now and Later

I'm a huge fan of fashion magazines and I'm sure that comes at no surprise. Each month I pick up my copy of Instyle, People Style, Loulou, Glamour, and Lucky as soon as it hits the news stands at Mosaic books.  I love to gather inspiration from the pages as well as educating myself on the up and coming seasonal trends. 

There does seem to be one problem and it happens every year around this time. 

My coveted magazines that I love to devour at the beach in the plus 30 weather are filled with discussions on what knit is in this year, and what outerwear to sport in the cold weather.  Cold weather?!  When I can't (under pure denial that the summer is ending) start shopping for sweaters and jackets I like to start deciding which pieces from my spring and summer wardrobe I'm going to transition into the fall months.  Luckily, the weather in the Okanagan stays warm enough that we can wear our lighter pieces come September and October. 

So here are some of my summer pieces I won't be packing up come fall!

The Sheer Blouse:  Blouse's are an article of clothing that transitions nicely from spring and summer into fall and winter.  Just switch up your bottoms and add a blazer for the colder months.  Wear them now with shorts and skirts and your favourite strappy sandals.

Patterned bottoms: The patterned pant is sticking around into the colder months and I couldn't be happier! Wear now with a bright neon tank top and later with a neutral light knit sweater and boots.  If you're like me and don't want to give up your shorts just add tights! Problem solved!

Cross Body Bag: This "It" bag's fabulous function and preppy style is here to stay.  Paired with equally tomboy style button ups and trousers it creates the ultimate borrowed from the boys statement.

Color!: Bright, bold, and statement colours were the staple of summer style this year and just like me I'm sure you don't want it to leave! So who says fall equals boring browns and neutrals? Start pairing your summer brights like mint green, tangerine, and hot pink with the new fall colours like wine, oatmeal, and kelly green.

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About the Author

Alana Denham, a small town girl from Alberta, is making waves in Kelowna with her fashion statements, and people are noticing.

Denham recently won a contest to be the Okanaganista - a guru on all things fashion in the Okanagan Valley.

The contest to be the Okanaganista was run by Orchard Park Shopping Centre. As the winner Denham will be working on projects with the centre, writing a weekly column for Castanet and she'll have a guest spot for the Morning Show with Kevin and Sonia on SunFM to talk fashion.

If you can’t wait to get your hands on each week’s column you can check out Alana Denham’s website:

The Okanaganista will be giving tips on how to achieve effortless fashion, "buy pieces you love, wear what you feel good in and dare to try new things."

The views expressed are strictly those of the author and not necessarily those of Castanet. Castanet presents its columns "as is" and does not warrant the contents.

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