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When it comes to accessories, the big question is: do you choose affordable high street or a designer investment? Decisions, decisions. Every wardrobe needs a good mix of both cherished items that can live on forever and trend-led front runners that will see you through the season. So it’s about choosing key pieces that mean the most to you and curating a capsule range that gives you great cost per wear.

Here are this year’s hottest accessories, with a designer desirable and a high street alternative to choose from. So you can find the perfect wardrobe pieces to suit your budget.

Happy shopping everyone…

The Monogram Tote

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Leather totes are a must-have accessory. Timeless, practical and beautiful, they will have a place in your wardrobe season after season. For beautifully chic and signature monogram design, go for Louis Vuitton or Gucci.

For more affordable luxury, opt for a top end high street name such as Michael Kors. Leather quality and hardware design will remain just as great, and you can still enjoy the beautiful monogram leather detailing as you would get with a classic LV.

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Heeled Mules

Mules have made a serious comeback this year. And the catwalk look is all about sky high but chunky heels (wave goodbye to the stiletto for now), platforms for added comfort, open toe for chic summer styling, and bold colours to transform dull feet into the feature of the outfit.

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This beautiful accessory is the hottest buy of 2017 and it’s extremely versatile. Wear with daytime jeans or style up with your favourite LBD for an evening on the town. You’ll get so much wear out of the heeled mule and they’re going to stick around according to the catwalks.

Some of the designer mules to look out for include Miu Miu, Gianvito Rossi (pictured above from Yoox), Gucci and Givenchy. For high street, head for retailers such as New Look, H&M or Topshop.

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The Microbag

This year’s coolest bag trend is the microbag. A miniature version of the much-loved cross body for those who like to travel light. If you’re the opposite of a hoarder and you get by with little more than your mobile phone, your credit cards and your favourite lippy, then the microbag is a must for your 2017 wardrobe.

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It’s an all season must-have and will look great with daytime or evening attire. A great example of a designer microbag is the Sophie Hulme crossbody bag (available in several colours). This is a stunning downsized design of the famous Albion Tote.

For a high street bargain, opt for something simple with the same hardware features. Try brands such as Bershka, Red Herring, Fossil and Dune.

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