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You don’t want summer to end. We get it. But shivering in your favourite sundress in late September isn’t exactly chic. Instead, try layering your summer staples in cool-weather appropriate ways. Here are five styling tricks to help you hold on to summer just a little longer.

Denim Shorts

Like jeans, denim shorts become a universal trend when the weather warms up. Whether your pair is cuffed, frayed or super short depends on your style, but chances are you have a pair and wear them regularly all summer long.

Your summer outfit: It was probably pretty simple. You threw those denim shorts on with everything from a comfy tee to a pretty blouse, dressing the look up with wedges or down with flip flops.

Your fall outfit: As long as your shorts are shorter than Bermudas, they’ll look great layered over black tights. This is a street style look that, like denim, never really goes away. While a casual pair of slightly beat up, cuffed shorts are the easiest to style, your shorts of choice already reflect your style and the other clothes in your closet, so don’t bother buying a new pair.

The shorts-tights combo looks best with a simple sweater or button-up, a blazer or light jacket and ankle boots. Throw on a patterned scarf to finish the look.

Shop: Secret Matte Control Top Tights, $12, sears.ca

Short Summer Dress

The dress that took you from the beach out to dinner with just a change of shoes can easily be worn in the fall.

Your summer outfit: It was simple. The dress plus shoes and done, that’s why you love it so much.

Your fall outfit: To wear a summer dress into fall will require a bit more work, but it’s worth it. As long as your dress doesn’t contain fabric or a pattern that absolutely screams summer, you can make it work. Even bold, colourful florals are trending for fall!

Wear your dress over a black, form-fitting, jersey turtleneck. Sounds a bit weird, but it works and it was a popular look worn on fall 2014 runways. Add black tights and boots or flat brogues. If a turtleneck just looks too out of place with your summer dress, try a basic white tee for early fall. Top it with a jacket, bare legs and ankle boots.

Shop: American Apparel Cotton Spandex Jersey Long Sleeve Turtleneck, $34, americanapparel.ca

Maxi Dress

There’s nothing better than throwing on a breezy maxi dress on those hot summer days when you wish you could stay inside in your underwear.

Your summer outfit: You probably paired your maxi dress with flat sandals. Like the short summer dress, this is an outfit on its own.

Your fall outfit: It’s so simple. Toss on a denim jacket or your favourite blazer and a pair of flats or boots. Boots will immediately add the fall feeling you might need to make a floatier fabric look appropriate for cooler weather.

Avoid wearing maxi dresses with complicated or summery necklines like cut-out or spaghetti strap halters.

Shop: H&M Denim Jacket, $39.95, hm.com

Tank Tops

The sleeveless top is definitely a summer staple that lets you bare your arms and shoulders to the gorgeous, warm sunlight (with a little sunblock, of course) and helps you stay cool in even the hottest weather.

Your summer outfit: Long slouchy tanks were layered over camisoles and capris, while more fitted, refined tops could even be worn to the office with a pencil skirt.

Your fall outfit: Fall is all about layering, so keep your favourite tank for extra warmth. While you could layer longer tops under more wintry layers like sweaters and leave the patterned hem peeking out, don’t be afraid to top a turtleneck or long sleeve tee with a cute tank. Wear with a pair of straight-legged jeans and heeled boots for a polished look.

Shop: Old Navy Women’s Perfect Tee, $6, oldnavy.ca

Neon Sneakers

Athletic attire was hot for spring and summer and lucky for sports fans, the look isn’t going away.

Your summer outfit: Bright sneakers paired well with both your workout gear and your summer faves, including sweet dresses.

Your fall outfit: Cuff your jeans so your sneakers get the attention they deserve and top with a light sweater in a bright hue. A skinny belt in black patent or a brighter colour will dress the outfit up. Add your favourite blazer for a chic menswear-meets-workout vibe.

Shop: Gap 1969 Real Straight Jeans, $55.96, gapcanada.com