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Written by Candice Bresler

1. The beret

A hat makes enough of a statement as is, so look for tones that you can wear with a number of outfits this season and allow the shape to speak for itself. From beret to bowler, cowboy to chupalla, we’re totally committed to making the Little Black Hat (LBH?) a thing this winter. Who’s with us?

Beret 199.95 SHOP NOW; Free 2BU blazer 449.95; Free 2BU neon slogan T-shirt 99.95; Free 2BU cycle shorts 179.95; marble earrings (set of 3) 79.95; Steve Madden sporty strappy heels 1399

2. The belt bag

It’s the ’90s bum bag made cool. Yes, it’s the perfect size for stashing your sunglasses and phone, but can we take a moment for the waist-cinching capabilities of this season’s humble belt bag? Turn a simple little shift dress into a figure-hugging showstopper with what is arguably the most practical gem winter’s offering us this year. Just sling it across your chest for off-duty-model cool.

Free 2BU neon printed dress 199.95; Free 2BU quilted belt bag 299.95; circle earrings 99.95; Free 2BU dad sneakers 349.95

3. All the jewellery

Calling all magpies! It’s official: more is more this season. Layer, hang, shine and sparkle your way to a winter that glitters and gleams. We’re not above practicality here, and getting a necklace caught in your knitted turtle neck isn’t a look. So, leave the pile of chains for the days you aren’t wearing your Lenny Kravitz-style scarf, and opt for bracelets or statement studs instead.

Free 2BU denim jacket 499.95 SHOP NOW; Free 2BU sports bra 79.95; Free 2BU side-stripe leggings 179.95; Free 2BU layered necklace with earrings set 99.95; thick swirl-hoop earrings 59.95; Free 2BU dad sneakers 349.95

4. Co-ordinated belt and bag

We’re not hating on being matchy-matchy here. Bring the look from 1950s Vogue and Chanel, and add a modern twist with a touch of silver or snakeskin to prevent your outfit from looking as though it was stolen from your granny’s closet. This is also not the time to pull out your power suit or pencil skirt – contrast your A+ taste in accessories with a more laid-back look – distressed denim and a simple tee is what we’re after here.

Free 2BU neon long sleeved top 159.95; Free 2BU painted denim jeans and belt 320; marble earrings (set of 3) R79.95; Free 2BU quilted mini shoulder bag 399.95; Free 2BU pointed-toe heels 299.95 SHOP NOW

Fashion editor: Brittany Penebre. Junior fashion editor: Rushana Burton. Photography: André/Pixel Lounge. Getty Images

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  1. The Beret looks just perfect on women, I am glad that the trend on it is coming back, I think it is best going with a semi-classical style.