A head-turning tote, trendy top or colorful tie can refresh an old go-to outfit for another year.

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Summer is all about little details, so treat yourself to a special piece (or three!) to spice up your look for the season.

A head-turning tote, trendy top or colorful tie is all it takes to refresh an old go-to outfit for another year of fun in the sun. Here are some suggestions for pieces to invest in.

Clean kicks

When it’s summertime, sneakers go with anything and everything. For versatility, pick a pair in a pristine neutral that can be dressed up or down. The Italian-made, leather Emy Mack Lola Sneaker ($450 at emymack.com) combines function with fashionable faux-fur accents.

For men, the Adidas x Raf Simon Stan Smith Comfort Badge Sneakers ($430 at Likelihood, Capitol Hill) channel the letterman jacket, with varsity badges on the sides, while keeping the classic Stan Smith shape.

Trendy ties

Add a dapper addition to your work uniform or an outdoor-wedding outfit with a modern, interesting tie. Post-Imperial’s Galactic Pattern Tie ($125 at post-imperial.com) is out of this world with an edgy, but not overstated, hand-dyed print and subtly frayed edges.

Beach-ready bag

Tote summer essentials in style with a carry-all bag that goes from the boardwalk to the beach and back home again. For her debut bag collection, celebrity milliner Eugenia Kim introduced the Flavia Bag ($495 at eugeniakim.com), an “upside-down hat” in natural textured straw with black wooden handles.

Chic cosmetics

The most coveted items for beauty buffs these days come from Christian Louboutin’s line of nail polishes, lipsticks, eye colors and fragrances. For a lacquer that lasts, try something from the Metalindues Nail Colour collection ($50 each). For lips, complement sun-kissed skin with something soft from the Sheer Voile Lip Colour collection ($90 each, both at Nordstrom). A gold ribbon slips through the crown of the shiny, moisturizing gloss so it can double as a bold lariat necklace.

Left to right: Emy Mack Lola Sneaker, $450; Christian Louboutin 
Sheer Voile Lip Colour, $90; Post-Imperial Galactic Pattern
Tie, $125
Left to right: Emy Mack Lola Sneaker, $450; Christian Louboutin Sheer Voile Lip Colour, $90; Post-Imperial Galactic Pattern Tie, $125

Shoulder shows

Tops and dresses that show off décolletage or have cut-outs at the shoulders were hot on the runways for summer. There are lots of inexpensive ways to try on the trend, but for pieces with a little more staying power, try the Harlyn Corfu Lace Pullover ($88 at Anthropologie) or Rebecca Minkoff Monsoon Top ($128 at Nordstrom).

Pair either with an elegant flowing skirt or stay cool and casual with straight, frayed, cropped jeans.

ShopNW staff contributed to this story.