From the Opera Lane SS24 collection. Photo: Noir X Tone

I am extremely partial to a stripe

Sometimes I do a wardrobe detox and I’m so completely ruthless that months later when I’m searching high and low for that really essential wardrobe item, I realise that I have in fact thrown out the item.

It’s a rare occurrence but it does happen occasionally and it’s mildly heartbreaking when it does.

All I can do is hope that said item is very happy in their new home. It also gets me thinking about some items that I really should never part with and in particular what prints are always going to be a part of my wardrobe.

It’s a well known fact that leopard is a neutral so that’s always a big part of my print collection but I am also extremely partial to a stripe and a polka dot. While other prints like florals can look dated, those three always look fresh and are a great addition to your wardrobe

Take stripe for example; it’s clean and fresh and instantly makes any outfit look chic and stylish. A Breton t-shirt styled with a simple pair of wide leg trousers and a trophy jacket is such an easy outfit to wear and will take you from workwear to brunch and perhaps even to an early dinner date. A stripe also works exceptionally well with red so whether it’s a red lip or this season’s footwear must haves a pair of red Mary Janes you can channel your inner Parisian with ease. You can strut down the South Mall like it’s the Champs- Elysees - the two are incredibly similar. You will just require a pair of large sunglasses and a small dog to complete the fantasy.

Leopard can add fun to your look and if you want to channel the mob wife trend, then this is the print for you. A leopard print dress, black leather blazer and heels is perfect if you just want to give a nod to the trend.

A little bit more off duty mob wife than winters full of leopard print and fur coat combinations. I have a pair of straight leg leopard print jeans which I wear all the time and when worn with a white tee, black blazer and trainers looks very understated even for such a vibrant print.

For summer, I adore wearing a polka dot and it’s the season where the polka dot really comes into its own. I love a large print polka especially with a white base and black spot and one time I went through my wardrobe and found four skirts with this very same print.

There are just some things that I always seem to be drawn to. It looks great styled with band tshirts, perhaps a mint slingback and then a cropped leather jacket. All items which I have in my wardrobe and which I will be styling together as soon as the weather gets a bit warmer, and the bare legs are out.

It’s also important to note for ease of styling you could keep most of your wardrobe in neutrals or block colours and add some print with t-shirts, shirts and the odd printed trouser or dress.

I’ve also become completely obsessed with neckerchiefs and I love wearing a jumpsuit with a silk leopard print scarf tied around the neck. It's been my go-to look of late.