Ah, the dog days in the metro area! Let’s recite the collective mantra of misery: “It’s not the heat – it’s the humidity!” Yet even as the so-called Dog Star, Sirius, somehow supposedly imposes some serious meteorological ickiness on everyone, fashion-forward accessories of all sorts can help shine some welcome sunlight into even the most sweat-gloomed day, as the five following looks so ably attest.

TERRIFIC TORTOISE

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Kate Spade shoes, $228, Kate Spade Plaza Frontenac (katespade.com)

J.McLaughlin bag, $99.90, J.McLaughlin (jmclaughlin.com)

Bangles, $40 each, The Service Bureau

Sunglasses, $128, J.McLaughlin

RED HOT

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Gucci sneakers, $650, Saks Fifth Avenue (saksfifthavenue.com)

Marc Jacobs bag, $395, Neiman Marcus (neimanmarcus.com)

Burberry sunglasses, $245, Neiman Marcus

Earrings, $70, Vie (viestlouis.com)

BRIGHT AND BOLD

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Kate Spade bag, $198, Kate Spade Plaza Frontenac (katespade.com)

Stephanie Kantis cuff, $745, Vie (viestlouis.com)

Kate Spade sandals, $138, Kate Spade Plaza Frontenac

PINK PERFECTION

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Furla bag, $328, Saks Fifth Avenue (saksfifthavenue.com)

Cuff, $125, Vie (viestlouis.com)

Dior sunglasses, $390, Saks Fifth Avenue

Golden Goose sneakers, $595, Neiman Marcus (neimanmarcus.com)

AU NATUREL

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Rag & Bone visor, $95, Saks Fifth Avenue (saksfifthavenue.com)

J.McLaughlin bag, $89.90, J.McLaughlin (jmclaughlin.com)

See by Chloé wedges, $215, Saks Fifth Avenue

Katie is a mom of 3 who loves cooking as much as fashion and secretly wishes she had and Sarah Conroy's job - food photography is what I wish I had a talent (outside of Instagram) for!