The Cherry on Top

1. Prada Sunglasses, Sunglass Hut, $290; 2. Cat-eye Sunglasses, ALDO Accessories, $12; 3. Plastic Sunglasses, Garage, $7.90; 4. Metal Sunglasses, ALDO Accessories, $12; 5. Pink Wayfarer-Style Sunglasses, ALDO Accessories, $12; 6. Vogue Tortoiseshell Cat-Eyes, Sunglass Hut, $69.95

1. Star-Studded Clutch, Spring, $7.98; 2. Jeanne Lottie Leather Clutch, Joneve; 3. Orange Leather Clutch, Roots, $69.99; 4. Metallic Leather Clutch, Coach, $188; 5. Python Print Clutch, ALDO Accessories, $16.79 

 

1. ELLE Industrial Cuff, Peoples Jewellers, $243; 2. Signature Sterling Silver Cuff, Metalsmiths Sterling; 3. Cut-Out Cuff, Smart Set, $12; 4. Sterling Silver Cuff, Metalsmiths Sterling; 5. Flower Cluster Cuff, Claire's, $10.50  

When it comes right down to it, my summer style mantra is always 'less is more'.  The warmer temperatures and laid-back vibe of the season make fussy dressing seem far too serious;  a pretty dress and a cute pair of sandals are really all you need to get by on most days, allowing you to simply have fun with your accessories.  Ignore that voice in your head telling you to get a practical pair of peeper-protectors - after all, they'll do the important job whether they look boring or not.  Throw caution to the summer wind and pick out a pair of fun, happy shades like this season's hot cat-eyes, bright plastics or whimsical shapes. 

Cross-body bags and oversized purses have been all but replaced by small, cute clutches, forcing you to travel light, wherever the seat of your pants decides to fly.  Can't handle the idea of such an impractical choice?  A little clutch will fit inside your larger tote, allowing you to pull it out at a moment's notice for impromptu drinks on the patio or strolls through Vic Park.

Oh, and off-the-cuff, this season (and next), a shiny piece of metal will be your new go-to piece.  Wear a wide cuff in silver or gold or, even better, wear a matching cheap and cheerful cuff on each wrist ; style icons like Chanel and Diana Vreeland did it, so why can't you?  Now back to work (or better yet, play) my breezy, beautiful style-mavens.  Hope your summer is turning out to be the best one yet.