Earlier this week I shared a few ideas on my wardrobe must haves, a check list of items that carry more than their fair share of style clout and work harder than any of their neighbouring wardrobe items.

To continue on this theme of wardrobe must haves  I present a few more of my favourites.

First up, the nude heel.

These come in every conceivable incarnation (stiletto, block, wedge, low, high, blush, fawn, beige, mushroom, neutral, sand…) so if you haven’t found one to work for you, keep looking, they’re a lifesaver.

A lot of my style clients think black is the go-to shoe that goes with everything, but black, especially in summer, can’t be really harsh and clunky, chops you off and draws attention to your feet and ankles. I’m yet to meet a woman who lists her feet and ankles among her best physical qualities so I say why not let the attention focus on your best assets with an attention-grabbing necklace (more on that below) and a waist belt (another one of my favourite things) and opt for the subtle detail of a nude heel that not only makes you look taller by lengthening the line of your leg by blending into your skin tone but is a classically understated accessory that will go with pretty much any outfit you choose. Nude heels = wardrobe life savers.

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Diavolina heel $149.95 at Styletread

The right necklace

A great necklace is the finishing touch to an outfit and the right one comes down to shape. I say the right necklace because jewellery can have genius body shaping benefits. If you’re big busted, opt for something longer and finer that creates a vertical line to balance your chest (left below), whereas smaller busted ladies can carry a chunkier collar-length necklace (right below).

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Adorne necklaces $29.95 and $49.95

A waist belt

The 90s trend of low-slung belts around our hips did little to flatter women’s shape and we’re still coming back from that in terms of getting used to wearing belts in the right spot again.

Belts should sit where your torso is narrowest – that’s your true waist. if you’re not used to belting things here that can feel quite high but you’ll find it sits there comfortably, doesn’t ride up or fall down, and doesn’t emphasise your tummy if you have one because it will nip you in above the tummy so the fabric can fall softly from there down, it’s very flattering.

To not define your waist is to gloss over one of your best assets so invest in some waist belts, they’ll change the way you dress for the absolute better.

This Trenery dress below is similar to a lot in these styles that come with a soft belt, but whipping that one out and replacing with a woven leather or something more dressy will add some extra style and individuality to your look.

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Trenery dress $179 with belt