MAXINE GORDON offers her fashion A to Z for the new season

SUMMER never really arrived this year, but before you cry over your unworn bikini, look on the bright side - you'll get more wear from your autumn wardrobe.

Sales are clearing summer gear out of the shops faster than you can put up a brolly.

And they are making way for the new season collections.

If you are wondering what is going to fall your way for fall - our alphabetical guide makes it as easy as A B C....

A is for Accessories Earrings are the jewellery of the moment: the bolder the better. Our choice: Gold graphic semi circle earrings £7.99, New Look

B is for Boho Float away on layers of folksy fashion. Think long skirts and tops, gilets and oversized belts and boots. Catch it if you can. Get the look: Limited Edition cardigan, £59, Limited Edition dress, £49.50, rings, £12.50, Autograph boots, £99, M&S

C is for Capes The great cover-up is perfect for when it's too cold to go jacket-less but not chilly enough for a coat (like now). Our choice: Brown checked hooded cape, £65, Miss Selfridge D is for Dress The easy essential for every day (and night).

E is for Embellishment Jewels on clothes? Yes please.

F is for Fringe Leave it hanging on bags and boots. Our choice: Black fringed bucket bag, £12, George at Asda

G is for Glitter On shoes, boots and bags. Perfect to get you in the party mood.

H is for Hat The fedora is the most stylish finishing touch going. Wear one with confidence. Our choice: Fedora, £22, Next

I is for Illusion Karl Lagerfeld brought back real fur on to the catwalk, but we think fake is the way to go (feel cosy but with a clear conscience).

J is for Jeans Denim is still dynamite, whether in jeans, a skirt, dress or jacket. Our choice: Etna skirt, £49, Monsoon

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Long sleeve cardi, £35, BHS

K is for Knitwear The perfect windbreaker for between-the-season style. Our choice: Long sleeve cardi, £35, BHS

L is for Leather Choose a skirt in a favourite colour. Our choice: Skirt, £28, Dorothy Perkins

M is for Maxi Mine the Seventies trend with a maxi dress. Get the look at Mint Velvet, East and Monsoon.

N is for Necklace Pick something substantial, with all the shades of autumn. Our choice: Beaded necklace, £4, Primark

O is for Over-the-knee Panto time comes early with these thigh raisers. Our choice: Grey boots, £32, Matalan

P is for Polo-neck High necks are on the rise - who needs a scarf?

Q is for Quilting Patchwork is not just for the bedroom. Tap into a tapestry moment in jackets, capes and bags.

R is for Red A red dress is the hottest look of the season. Only the brave.

S is for Seventies The time that fashion can't forget. Look out for brown and orange, wide-legs and high necks. And lots of fringing.

T is for Tailoring Look sharp in smart separates and a crisp white shirt.

U is for Universe Will the earth move for you as stars shape us as print of the season.

V is for Velvet Indulge in a spot of luxury with a fabric fit for royalty.

W is for Wellies Don't leave home without a pair.

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B by Ted Baker, £25, Debenhams

X is for X-rated Go undercover with something sexy as the nights close in. Our choice: B by Ted Baker, £25, Debenhams

Y is for Yeti Yes, you can embrace the Yeti look in a shaggy gilet (the shaggier, the better).

Z is for Zandra What's not to love about the collaboration between Zandra Rhodes and People Tree? Our choice: Long sleeve top, £42