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Sweet! A look at the summer’s hottest fashion accessories

Photos by Joseph Saraceno for The Globe and Mail

Pastel perfection

A versatile tote in the soft shade of your choice is summer’s tastiest way to make an outfit pop. Large enough to accommodate all your essentials, the take-me-anywhere models shown here are as practical as they are pretty. Consider them the accessory equivalent of a guilt-free sugar rush.

Clockwise from top: Le Château tote, $129.50 at Le Château ( Cole Haan satchel, $360 at Hudson’s Bay ( Danier satchel, $99 at Danier ( Marc by Marc Jacobs satchel, $458 at Holt Renfrew ( Gelato provided by Ed’s Real Scoop (

Block party

Seeking a pair of sandals that’ll take you from desk to dinner? Scoop up a pair featuring blocks of simpatico hues. The most versatile to add to your wardrobe right now, Rudsak’s platform style is a strappy standout, while Rachel Zoe’s chunky kitten heel is ideal for more casual occasions.

Clockwise from top: Guess sandal, $135 through Ostwald Helgason x Aldo Rise sandal, $130 at Aldo ( Rachel Zoe sandal, $328 at Hudson’s Bay ( Rudsak sandal, $175 at Rudsak ( Ice-cream sandwiches provided by Bakerbots (

Flat chance

Set your sights on the season in a pair of flat-topped sunglasses, the fashion-forward kin of aviator shades. Mirrored lenses, like those gracing the 3.1 Phillip Lim pair on our cover, have a futuristic feel. For a more contemporary look, try a two-tone take on tortoiseshell or go for classic black with a cut-out detail on the frame.

Clockwise from top: Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses, $125 at Hudson’s Bay ( Balenciaga sunglasses, $675 at Holt Renfrew ( Reiz sunglasses, $450 through Céline sunglasses, $375 at Holt Renfrew.

Hot and collared

Forget arm candy: This season, the hottest jewellery is head and shoulders above the rest – literally. In particular, Cleopatra-worthy collars, whether dotted with gemstones or wrought from a raft of metals, make nonpareil partners for LBDs, while a single dazzling ear cuff offers an edgier option for evening (and looks fantastic with an upswept do).

Necklaces clockwise from top: Cuchara necklace, $218 through KJL necklace, $1,800 through Stella & Dot necklace, $144 through Shop for Jayu necklace, $52 through Tory Burch necklace, $595 at Holt Renfrew ( Ear cuffs clockwise from centre top: Guess ear cuff, $30 through Elizabeth Cole ear cuff, $193 through Elyona ear cuff, $247 through

Food styling by Michael Elliott ( Makeup, hair and nails by Wendy Rorong for TRESemmé Hair Care/butter LONDON/Plutino Group.

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