Timeless boots; bold, bright pumps; comfy flat sandals; and classic sneakers in neutral tones.

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The Shoes

Timeless boots; bold, bright pumps; comfy flat sandals; and classic sneakers in neutral tones.

The Bags

It’s all about the colour: the hottest shades this season, plus basic black.

The Bling

Either high-shine, or sweet and feminine.


Yes, they’re for Spring/ Summer – but they’ll last you more than a season. Go for neutrals to ensure timelessness.

From left, top down:

Snakeskin boots, $7,940, Saint Laurent

Calfskin boots, $2,950, Celine

Jersey jumpsuit and calfskin belt, Celine

calfskin boots, Prada

Leather boots, $209, H&M

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They come in classic silhouettes, but graphic prints and bright hues keep things fun.

Clockwise from top left:

Faux leather pumps, $53.90, Charles & Keith

Calf leather pumps, $1,290, Moschino

Tweed jacket and matching skirt, Kate Spade New York

Patent leather pumps, Sergio Rossi

Leather pumps, $1,370, Bottega Veneta

Calf leather pumps, $1,200, Burberry

Canvas pumps, Miu Miu

Cow leather pumps, $199, Aldo at Zalora

Cotton pumps, $1,890, Manolo Blahnik

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The colour and style doesn’t matter. What does matter: that they are flat – as comfort is key.

From left, top down:

Leather sandals, Alexander McQueen

Silk dress, Valentino

Calf leather sandals, $1,050, Givenchy

Lambskin sandals, $399, Pretty Ballerinas

Rockstud leather sandals, Valentino

EVA sandals, $59, Birkenstock at Zalora

Grosgrain and rope sandals, $56.90, Charles & Keith

Calfskin and canvas sandals, $1,150, Hermes

Leather sandals, Kate Spade New York

Diorexpress cotton sandals, Dior

Leather sandals, $1,510, Valentino

Suede sandals, $1,350, Chanel

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Ace the (still going strong) athleisure trend with classic kicks in neutral shades.

Clockwise from top left:

Leather and suede sneakers, US$334.12 (S$455.06), Re/Done at Net-a-porter

Canvas sneakers, $810, Saint Laurent

Leather sneakers, $480, Sandro

PU sneakers, $55.90, Mango

Calf leather sneakers, $1,220, Burberry

Lambskin and velvet lambskin dress, Longchamp

Irving Stripe leather sneakers, Michael Michael Kors at Michael Kors

Polyester sneakers, $69.90, Pull & Bear

Velvet leather croc-embossed sneakers, $685, Longchamp

Triomphe calfskin sneakers, $1,300, Celine

PVC and calf leather sneakers, $1,350, Givenchy

Leather sneakers, $840, Tod’s

Canvas sneakers, Brunello Cucinelli

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From bright mustards to tawny yellows, this is a sure-fire way to inject a pop of colour to your outfit.

From left, top down:

Faux leather cross-body bag, $69.90, Charles & Keith

Miller leather cross-body bag, Tory Burch

Leather tote, $1,100, Longchamp

Faux fur tote, $69.90, Zara

Belted Bayswater leather cross-body bag, $1,490, Mulberry

Peekaboo lambskin tophandle bag, $8,750, Fendi

PU tote, $74.95, H&M

Turnlock leather crossbody bag, $595, Coach

Leather tophandle bag, $3,770, Gucci

Varenne leather crossbody bag, $1,650, Jimmy Choo

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This is the hue to add to your wardrobe this season, and it’s a lot easier to pull off than you think.

From left, top down:

Leather cross-body bag, $440, Bimba Y Lola

M leather cross-body bag, MSGM

Guirlande de Cartier calfskin cross-body bag, $1,690, Cartier

Lambskin top-handle bag, Chanel

Bovine leather cross-body bag, $59.90, Mango

Turnlock leather crossbody bag, $475, Coach

Triomphe calfskin M shoulder bag, $4,950, Celine

PU cross-body bag, $49.90, Topshop at Zalora

Padded cassette leather crossbody bag, $3,560, Bottega Veneta

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Whether it’s a dark, classic navy or a soft baby blue, this shade goes with almost everything.

From left, top down:

Timeless leather crossbody bag, $2,840, Tod’s

Bolide 1923 – 45 racing calfskin top-handle bag, Hermes

Dauphine MM calf leather shoulder bag, $4,900, Louis Vuitton

Michael J Fox leather shoulder bag, Coach x Richard Bernstein at Coach

Faux leather cross-body bag, $89.90, Charles & Keith

Roseau suede mini top-handle bag, $715, Longchamp

Chanel 19 washed denim shoulder bag, Chanel

Bond cotton and calf leather belt bag, $1,690, Givenchy

Shoulder Pouch calfskin top-handle bag, $3,980, Bottega Veneta

Jagger leather L cross-body bag, Michael Michael Kors at Michael Kors

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Three words to describe scarlet: fiery, bold and eyecatching – exactly what you see here.

From left, top down:

Supervee calf leather shoulder bag, Valentino

Ginny leather cross-body bag, $309.90, Michael Kors at Zalora

La Prima leather shoulder bag, $2,490, Giorgio Armani

Clayn calf leather crossbody bag, $990, Bally

Embossed leather S cross-body bag, $2,930, Alexander McQueen

Biker leather cross-body bag, Moschino

Faux leather cross-body bag, $45.90, Charles & Keith

Serpenti Cabochon calf leather crossbody bag, $3,370, Bvlgari

Furla Sleek leather bucket bag, $640, Furla

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You can’t go wrong with this basic hue. Keep things interesting with textures from suede to straw, croc-embossed to calfskin.

From left, top down:

Seau suede bucket with studs, $6,130, Saint Laurent

Delancey Canteen leather cross-body bag, Michael Michael Kors at Michael Kors

Calf leather top-handle bucket bag, $3,350, Prada

Gancio leather belt bag, Salvatore Ferragamo

Dionysus embossed leather clutch, Gucci

Calfskin crossbody bag, Chanel

Calf leather tote, $1,640, Miu Miu

Furla 1927 leather crossbody bag, $485, Furla

Pretty canvas tote with leather trimmings, $299, Pretty Ballerinas

Maillon Triomphe suede crossbody bag, $4,150, Celine

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A palette cleanser and the foolproof option for this season.

From left, top down:

Hourglass embossed calf leather M top-handle bag, $2,550, Balenciaga 

Faux pearl tote, $69.90, Zara

Embroidered canvas tote, $4,400, Dior

Faux leather cross-body bag, $79.90, Charles & Keith

Gancio ostrich leather shoulder bag, Salvatore Ferragamo

Lola leather cross-body bag, Burberry

Cargo leather M cross-body bag, $460, Kate Spade New York

Balloon calf leather bucket bag, $4,850, Loewe

Mercer Gallery leather shoulder bag, Michael Michael Kors at Michael Kors

Dolce Box PVC, aluminium and brass tophandle bag, $7,000, Dolce & Gabbana

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Diamond-studded or crystal embellished means they’re guaranteed show-stoppers.

Tiffany Victoria platinum and diamond branch earrings, vine circle pendant on chain, and ring, Tiffany & Co. Silk chiffon dress, Ralph Lauren Collection

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From left, top down:

Sterling silver and crystal earrings, $1,199, Ralph Lauren Collection

Leather and stainless steel watch with Swarovski crystals, $449, Michael Kors

Strass brooch, Louis Vuitton

Stainless steel watch, $649, Swarovski

Rhodium-plated brooch, $279, Swarovski

Metal and glass necklace, $27.95, H&M

Sterling silver ring with moonlight blue crystal and clear cubic, $129, Pandora

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Romantic, pretty, and 100 percent feminine.

Cotton dress, Dolce & Gabbana. Constellation Manhattan stainless steel and Sedna gold watch, $6,150, Omega.

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From left, top down:

Metal earrings, Kate Spade New York

Stainless steel watch, $219, Olivia Burton at Zalora

Zinc and brass earrings, $29.90, Zara

Metal and enamel ring, Frey Willie

Silicone watch, $109, Swatch

Gold-tone cord, glass beads and crystals earrings, US$424.99 (S$582.63), Oscar de la Renta at Net-a-porter

PHOTOGRAPHY Phyllicia Wang

STYLING Debby Kwong

HAIR & MAKEUP Grego, using Keune Singapore & Shu Uemura

LOCATION Lloyd’s Inn