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August 18, 2006
Funky and fallish

C&C California dresses and Johnny Was print tops.

I don't know about you, but I'm ready to pack up the pastels (not that I own that many) and slip into something jewel-toned - and throw some black in there because, well, fashion folks LOVE it!

But contrary to some of our recent balmy days, any of the TV weather types will tell you we ain't out of the heat yet. So, I continue to look for ways to incorporate more fall-like colors into temperature-appropriate apparel. And Denise Masunaga, owner of Madam Butterfly boutique in Pavilions shopping center, has just the right tips.

"Two of our favorite lines that mix lightweight fabrics with fall colors are C&C California and Johnny Was," she says. "They're both lightweight (Was prints are 100 percent rayon), easy to wear now, but you don't look so summery."

Masunaga says rather than the whites and brights of spring and summer, customers will start seeing these shades in stores, as well: wine colors (merlot and burgundy), teal, a variety of purples, charcoal gray, ruby, forest green and dark brown.

"It almost looks like harvest time," she says.

And speaking of fall, we'll be having some flashbacks. Remember leggings? Well, they're everywhere, in lots of different colors. But, if you believe you've aged out of this look, don't be too quick to pooh-pooh it.

"Women who are 50-plus can pull off leggings with a long wrap sweater and boots," Masunaga says. "Layer, layer, layer. That's what fall will be all about."

And funky. Remember that.

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