It's common sense to curate a wardrobe full of essentials but with new tempting trends vying for space, here's how to nail the only five items you'll want need...

A Black Tuxedo jacket: YSL does the best cut and it's the kind of super-flattering staple you'll never regret.

A large leather tote in black, tan or grey: Or all three if you've found a style that works for you. Tod's and Prada do great timeless pieces. Sara Donaldson (pictured), who was recently in Dubai to film Fashion Bloggers TV (which airs on E! this month) rocks this trend and the next two...

The perfect pair of skinny jeans or four: Once you've found the right cut, grab a timeless indigo, a cross-seasonal grey, an ice white and a jet black and you've got flattering denim for every season. J Brand's Marias work for most figures.

A crisp white shirt: Choose your cut and bulk buy once you've found the perfect white shirt. From the office to the beach it's one of those wardrobe life savers you can't live without. Fabric-wise, stretch-poplin is the way to go with The Row and Michael Kors leading the pack.  

An animal print shoulder bag: Preferably in leopard print calf skin and with a removable chain strap so it doubles as an evening clutch. Saint Laurent and Dolce & Gabbana have it covered.