If you’re looking to invest in a piece that holds its value, fashion expert Mary advises choosing Chanel and Hermès. In particular a Chanel boucle suit, or Chanel pearls. The pearls cost £750 in 2008, and now are sold at £1050. With Hermes, anything with exotic skin will be popular. The best option is to buy it and put it away and see the value soar.

In terms of fashion for this season, the runways were bursting with black garments, fringing and gingham.

Mary says to look for midi length skirts, ie. calf length, or tea length, which is just above the ankle.

Over the knee boots are still in vogue, worn with a short skirt if you dare.

Suede and leather are in for Spring, in muted colours such as brown, buttermilk and tan.

And cropped pants are in – from ankle length, to styles that end just below the knee. But petites are warned not to try this look.

Accessories: Mary says a gorgeous scarf is essential to add a splash of colour, either for the neck or tied to a bag.

She believes simple accessories can often make a bigger statement than combining too many pieces, such as wearing a cuff, or a ‘wow’ ring.

Shoes: Pointed toe flats and platforms are back in. Chunky heels, fringed shoes and multi-strap shoes are also leading the way. Gladiator-style sandals have now moved further up the leg, and over the knee.

Look out for animal/reptile skin shoes.

Mary currently has a large range of Chanel and Hermès in stock, and has just sold a Birkin bag for £5,500, but she is looking for more luxury items.

See my-boudoir.co.uk for more information. Mary will also do home visits.