If you were a rich girl, the dream would be a wardrobe almost without parallel. You’d have more evening gowns than you could ever possibly attend balls to account for, a shoe closet to rival Imelda Marcos and vintage pieces so wonderful Coco Chanel herself would have worn them.
- Material matters. Of all the parts of your outfit, your handbag needs to be the most hard-wearing. It will be lifted, set down on rough ground and thrown over your shoulder when you’re in a rush. As a result, suede or woven leather handbags are going to be far more durable while still ticking the box on style.
- Think about size. If you’re just going out for a coffee with friends, then do you need a huge bag that hangs off your arm? Probably not - so try and invest in both one small and one large bag, to be rotated depending on occasion.
- Clutches look good, but they’re impractical. If you’re focusing on spending your money in key areas, then clutches might look fantastic - but they’re tricky to handle. You will inevitably find yourself getting bored of tucking something under your arm, plus they’re a lot more difficult to keep track of while out and about. If you can only invest in one fabulous handbag, then at the very least ensure it has handles.
- Pumps you can actually walk in, in leather or suede. The simple pump can be dull and cheap, but when done right with innovative cuts, low vamps and curved heels, they look delightful. Keep the heel to a height you can walk in and wear them in.
- Nude pumps. A pair of nude pumps is a must-have to complete even the most difficult of outfits. Christian Louboutin’s Pigalle Follies are the most recognizable of this type, but you don’t need to spend that much - there are plenty of dupes that still maximize quality.
- Flats in a durable material. If you have objections to leather on sustainability grounds, then you can’t go far wrong with high-quality plastic shoes. Vivienne Westwood has a whole line in conjunction with the brand Melissa, sparking a fashion trend that few designers have been able to resist following.