The Day Bag
Essential: an every day bag - the no brainer - that goes with everything. It doesn't have to be black but it does have to be a colour that is versatile, big enough to lug around the daily necessities and sleek enough to endure trends year after year.
The Polished Shoe
This fail-safe heel bridges the gap between work and evening. Feminine, without being overtly sexy, try with jeans and a t-shirt, cigarette pants and tuxedo jacket or a slinky slip. Bonus: they elongate the leg, while the mid-heel is comfy enough to wear all day long.
A black leather belt is essential in any wardrobe. Cinch in the waist of your favourite shirt dress or make it the feature of your next outfit by replacing the fabric tie on your trench with a matt leather version.
Often a woman's first foray into luxury items, it's best to keep it classic. The purchase doesn't have to break the bank, but try and pick one that is made well enough to withstand daily wear and tear. A leather version will age with you and choosing a bold hue will mean you can leave the bag at home and carry it as a clutch on a night out.
Unquestionably the best option for transseasonal dressing and the days you want to feel put together/work ready. Comfortable but still cool (my favourite combination) and a great alternative to boots in chilly weather. Wear with cropped trousers or a skirt for a polished finish.
The Cross Body
A girls best friend, the cross body bag is always reliable. Easy and portable, take it straight from work to a Friday night gig, without having to do the frustrating bag change over (you always forget something important). A conventional shape means it will compliment any outfit and transcend trends.
Synonymous with every style icon (Sienna Miller, Olivia Palermo, Alexa Chung- I could go on) the black leather boot is a wardrobe necessity for all women. Chic and effortless, the ankle version is flattering for all shapes and is more versatile than an on-trend over the knee. Wear with your favourite black skinnies or just about anything else you own.
A true investment, the timepiece should be the accessory you keep for years. While it is an incredibly personal choice, we think you can't go wrong by sticking with classic and elegant. A leather strap will outlast fabric and a traditional face– round, roman numerals, gold or silver hardware–is timeless.
I know, I know - hoops are polarising, but I assure that if you start small you will become obsessed and slowly work your way up. Fine metals are subtle and trust me they will give any outfit a chic finish.
Black sunglasses have the ultimate staying power. An oversized frame gives a cool girl edge.