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This London Fashion Week may be all about the designers' autumn collections (stand-out shows so far include Roksanda, Rejina Pyo, Victoria Beckham and Alexa Chung), but if you're really looking for style inspiration, then you need to look off the catwalk.
When it comes to new brands and trends, fashion editors, influencers and celebrities are always in the know, and trust me when I say that once a brand is spotted on a handful of them, it's only a matter of time before it sells out.
For this spring/summer, there are already a few key pieces I've spotted over and over again on the cobbles, which is a sure sign they're well worth investing in. From the next 'it' bag to the hottest jewellery for spring, here are the accessories to shop now.
The lace-up boots
I'm calling it: if you're going to invest in one pair of shoes this season, make it a pair of ankle boots, preferably lace up. There are two schools for this: either you're into an urban vibe, in which case, the hinking boot is for you.
Or if you want to go down the dressier route, go for a Victorian style lace-up as seen at Celine, Rejina and By Far.
Shop now: BOTTEGA VENETA Intrecciato lace-up leather canvas boots for £775 from MATCHESFASHION
The pearl earrings
Whilst last season was all about shell jewellery - and don't worry, it's still a thing - for winter, the baroque pearl earring is where it's at. Go for a gem-studded single pearl on a gold hoop, and by all means do mis-match.
Whether your style inspiration is Blair Waldorf or Anne Boleyn, you're onto the right track here. There's nothing like a prim satin or velvet band to instantly pull your outfit together, and I'm loving jewel shades of burnt orange and burgundy.
The naked sandal
The mum mule was last season's show of choice, but this time round, it's been upgraded (or downgraded really) to the naked sandal. As the name suggests, there isn't much to it. It's an elegant kitten heels with a barely-there strap. Wear it now with a sandal.
The faux fur coat
Faux fur has never been so chic. I saw a lot of leopard print this time around, and of course it'll never go out of style, but the stand out piece for me was the chic cream coat as seen on Anna Vitiello.
The micro bag
Who needs an oversized bag, when you can have a perfectly cute - if completely impractical - micro bag. This season was all about the Rejina box bags, STAUD pouches and Fendi drawstrings.
Consider yourself Fashion Week street style ready.
Until next season...
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Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.
Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).
Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at MoneySavingExpert.com, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.
However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.
Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.
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