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Just as it’s natural to shed spring’s layers once the scorching heat descends,shedding the weight of an oversized bag come summertime feelslike the right move, too. Light and compact, a high-impact clutchwill transport your essentials stylishly from day to night

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THE STANDOUT CLUTCH: Even if the sport you’re most skilled in is channel surfing, celebrate this summer’s forthcoming Olympics with athletic-inspired fabrications such as neoprene in acid-bright shades. Alexander Wang top, $825, pants, $460 at Holt Renfrew ( H&M neoprene bag, $39.95, bangle, $9.95 at H&M (

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SOPHISTICATED PSYCHEDELIC: Tie dye gets a refined update with buttery leather trim. Scout & Catalogue Constellation clutch, $68, bracelets, $36 each through J.Crew shirt, $138 through Seven for all Mankind jeans, $260 at the Bay ( Belt, stylist’s own.

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TOUGH LOVE: Metal studs and mock croc give soft suede an edge – and lend appealing mischief to even the preppiest outfit. Linea Pelle bag, $375 at the Bay. H&M skirt,$34.95. Topshop shirt, $56 at the Bay.

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GARDEN VARIETY: Riffing on ready-to-wear’s prettiest petal prints, a structured clutch bearing plastic rosettes and elaborate beading provides a restrained backdrop for the playful feminine details. Chanel Boy bag, $8,450 at Chanel boutiques ( Theory top, $275, pants,$275 at the Bay.

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