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Fashion: Is your wardrobe full-to-bursting with last season's trends? Well now's the perfect time to Sort it out.

THE end of summer is almost here, but don't be too sad about saying goodbye to bikinis, strappy camisole tops and sandals.

With autumn just around the corner, it's time to clear out your summer wardrobe so there's space for the exciting new emerging trends.

"You can ditch smock dresses, boho kaftans and palm-tree prints because autumn's about a much more pulledtogether look," says Vanessa Barford, Handbag.com's fashion editor.

"Think smart feminine tailoring with androgynous elements. The key pieces to take you through to autumn/winter are cropped trousers, military admiral jackets, skinny jeans and round-toe shoes

Time to tighten u

SPOTTED on Kate Moss and The OC's Mischa Barton, skinny jeans were worn this season with cowboy boots, biker boots, dresses and waistcoats.

While this style is hard to wear unless you have supermodel proportions, they're not going anywhere just yet - wear with a tuxedo jacket or a 60s minidress

Tinker, tailor, soldier or sailor

JACKETS with nipped-in waists and narrow sleeves have been popular throughout the summer, and are going to continue through to the winter.

"This winter sees a lot of tailoring in a curvy screen siren way, with little ladylike jackets50s-style," says Ceril Campbell.

Military and naval inspired jackets are also big, s o whether you have a cute black blazer that skims your curves or a navy blue one with brass buttons, keep hold of it

Precious metals have everlasting appeal

METAL accessories reigned last year, and the trend was still going strong this summer, with metallic shoes and bags flying out of stores.

And according to fashion writer Hero Brown, it's a lasting trend.

"Shoe and bag trends are more predictable than clothes, and you can guarantee that at least once a year, metallics hit the catwalks. "Whether you've bought strappy stilettos, court shoes or sandals, odds on you'll be able to wear your shoes at least five seasons out of 10

Short and sweet

IF you think that shorts arejust a summer look, think again. With a little twist, you can transform them into a key winter piece"Worn with opaque tights and knee-high boots, this will take you through into the winter months," explains Kate Blythe, Elle's fashion features assistant.

You could even team it with a pair of over-the-knee boots for a sexier look. Combine with a Victoriana shirt or a fitted jacket to look elegant and chic Just sew stylish

THE boho look may have been done to death this summer, butdon't put away your embroidered clothes yet

Embroidery and embellishment are still going strong next season, because they incorporate twotrends - Russian and folklore chic. "Embroidery around the collar is a fashionable look on tops, while skirts will tend to have embroidered hems," says stylist Ceril Campbell.

So keep hold of your embroidered pieces, as well as embellished accessories like handbags and shoes

Autumn looks for all pockets

GET the designer look without the designer prices at TK Maxx, and check out the new autumn collection which has just arrived in Merseyside stores.

Their autumn must-haves include a beautiful, knee length green velvet tiered coat, pounds 99.99 (originally pounds 200) andprinted floral tunic, pounds 29.99 (originally pounds 80).

Also check out the batik print ra-ra skirt, pounds 39.99, which can add a girly edge to a military jacket, the bolero-style shrug, pounds 29.99 (originally pounds 70), and print wrap dress, pounds 29.99 (originally pounds 80

Heels 'no good at the wheel

STYLISH shoes and driving just don't mix, it seems, following revelations that wedges, flipflops and mules are unsuitable and potentially dangerous for women drivers.

"Wedges may be the look this summer, but they're difficult to move across pedals quickly and the width of the sole makes it difficult to feel the true pedal pressure," explains Vauxhall spokeswoman Collette Dunkley.

"Open-toe shoes, mules and flipflops can be dangerous too as they offer little ankle support and are easily caught under the pedals because of the constant moving of the feet."

It's not all bad news however. Shoe expert Meghan Cleary suggests: "The ballet pump or any shoe with a rounded-heel is a timeless shoe classic.

"They are so versatile and are the perfect driving shoe for any woman driver who wants to drive safely but not compromise on style

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THE TIGHTER THE BETTER: Mischa Barton from The OC, above, and Kate Moss, right, choose super skinnyfitting jeans; TWINKLE TOES: Metallic shoes are a good investment; SUITS YOU: This double-breasted short jacket, pounds 50, looks great with these striped city shorts, pounds 28, both from Topshop; CUTTING EDGE: Jessica Alba wore a fitted jacket to the premiere of movie Sin City; HAZARD: Wedge heels may be gorgeous, but don't drive in them; ELEGANCE: This tiered green velvet coat is just pounds 99.99 from TK Maxx
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Date:Aug 24, 2005
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