The 5 best things to buy this weekend

Addison contrast panel trousers, £55 and chesterton clean structured knit, £45, Finery

An accessory that’s both decorative and useful

The arguments for brooches are compelling. They aren’t just decorative, they’re useful/essential. In the debit column: it’s easy to end up with something that looks cluttered or mumsy. A bold art deco style crystal brooch never fails however, and is the perfect embellishment for a LBD that might otherwise look predictable, or a scarf that won’t stay in place. LA

1960s crystal brooch, £85, Susan Caplan

Chic shoes for the commute

New job, new commute, new shoes—and this time, I’m not letting stiletto-shod power-striding hobble me before I’ve even reached my desk. Instead, the order of the day is flats, but that doesn’t mean my footwear has to be boring. Check out these embroidered Boden flats in a versatile colourway. Here’s hoping they won’t give me blisters, of course. (See also: French Sole’s Hefner slipper in jaguar print.)EC

Peacock shoe, £71.60, Boden

The edgy and girly dress

I’ve always liked the idea of dresses, but as I’ve never been a ditsy floral-wearing pink fan, I usually stick to jeans and trousers. My dream spring dress would be black, grey or navy in a loose or tailored shape, and is sadly quite hard to come by.

That was until I found & Other Stories’ fabulous printed shift dress. The edgy dark colour is transformed into spring-y territory by the bright, unique floral print. I’ll be toughening it up some more with a pair of Converse, sparkly socks and a denim jacket. KT

Herabrium print dress, £45, & Other Stories

A perfect pick-me up for monochrome wares

My wardrobe consists of black, white and navy; lightened only by blue denim. So imagine my surprise as I fell head over heels (literally) for this season’s bright hued block heeled mules. This pair from Mango cost a fraction of the price of the designer alternatives and are a perfect pick me up for monochrome wares. I will be pairing mine with Levi’s 501’s, a white shirt and a classic black blazer (and thin knit ankle socks if the British weather lets me down). CB

Leather sandals, £39.99, Mango 

Work-to-weekend trousers

I’ve been looking for trousers like these for a while now, and while there are plenty around, they’ve all been a bit pricey. These magenta tuxedo trousers are ideal for work and the weekend – and isn’t that the dream scenario?

I’m imagining mine with a backless shoe, loose-fitting tee and leather jacket for a look that’s laid back but not boring. OBS

Addison contrast panel trousers, £55, Finery