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The CF Team Pick Their Forever Favourites

Seasonless style is important to the Citizen Femme team, and we’ve been busy compiling our wish lists of forever pieces that will stand the test of time.

NET-A-PORTER’s edit of timeless treasures and wardrobe icons from shoes to bags will carry you through the seasons in style, with key brands such as Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta and Gucci providing investment-worthy pieces you won’t regret. See what team CF have their eye on below.


Sheena Bhattessa, Founder


I’ve had my eye on this Reverso timepiece from Jaeger-LeCoutre for a while, it’s so timeless and elegant and the sapphire blue shade makes it feel even more luxurious. Any Bottega Veneta bag using the house’s iconic intrecciato technique will be an investment, and this small shoulder bag is perfectly sized to fit the essentials. Ballet flats can do no wrong and are a French-girl staple you’ll reach for year after year. This scalloped leather pair from Chloé will work with everything from off-duty denim to pretty summer dresses.

JAEGER-LECOULTRE Reverso Classic Small Hand-Wound 21mm stainless steel and alligator watch

JAEGER-LECOULTRE Reverso Classic Small Hand-Wound 21mm stainless steel and alligator watch

Gemma Louise Deeks, Contributing Fashion Editor


I frequently look to brands like Khaite for quietly luxurious pieces. This raffia shoulder bag is everything I want in a bag, spacious yet still discreet, with a slouchy silhouette and neutral colour palette that you can take from the boardroom to the bar to the beach. A Loewe belt is a must in any working wardrobe. Elevate workwear looks by adding a simple, streamlined belt to tailored trousers or around the waist of a boxy blazer. Saint Laurent’s sling-back Blade pumps are a classic, lady-like court shoe with an edge: pair with your favourite denim and a tank top for a lesson in modern minimalism.

KHAITE Olivia medium raffia shoulder bag

KHAITE Olivia medium raffia shoulder bag

Lucy Halfhead, Content & Partnerships Director


A comfy pair of loafers will work hard in your wardrobe. Chic and incredibly versatile, this style from Tod’s will finish off workwear, pairing well with a crisp white shirt or tailored blazers. This slip-on style with the gold embellishment elevates them for after-dark too. You can’t go wrong with a black tote bag in smooth leather; Saint Laurent’s Le 37 bucket bag will fit all your daily essentials and can be worn two ways thanks to the detachable crossbody strap. There’s no jewellery more timeless than a pair of classic pearl earrings and Mizuki’s delicate style will be treasured for years to come.

TOD'S Embellished leather slippers

TOD’S Embellished leather slippers

Katie Silcox, Deputy Editor


Living in Athens, Greece, my wardrobe is generally curated around warmer weather. There’s no sandal more iconic than the Arizona Birkenstock, and their unrivalled comfort has made them a cult favourite. The suede and tonal buckle strap adds style to the laidback design. A multi-purpose bag is worth investing in, and Chloé’s ‘Marcie’ tote made from linen is a match for multifaceted lives. Sleek leather trims and golden hardware make it a smart choice for both the office and airport alike. A pair of gold and diamond earrings you can reach for daily will feel like a smart choice, and ALMASIKA’s huggie earrings are interesting enough to be worn solo, or stacked with studs.

TOD'S Embellished leather slippers

TOD’S Embellished leather slippers

Becki Murray, Contributing Beauty Editor


As a beauty editor, I know about the importance of protecting your face from the sun, which is why this Valentino straw fedora hat is the perfect addition to your summer holiday wardrobe. The leather trim and ‘Roman Stud’ detail makes it instantly recognisable as an accessory from the Italian fashion house. I love a pair of oversized sunglasses and CELINE’s distinctive frames are a stylish way to shield from the sun’s rays. Consider adding a pair of fisherman sandals to your wardrobe, like this comfortable, Italian leather pair from The Row. They offer sensible qualities whilst remaining quietly cool.

CELINE EYEWEAR Round-frame acetate sunglasses

CELINE EYEWEAR Round-frame acetate sunglasses

Bibiana Obahor, Head of Graphic Design

There are very few bags that have remained iconic for decades, but Gucci’s small ‘Jackie’ bag is one of them. Retaining status for over 50 years, you can guarantee this bag will remain a classic. If you’re stuck on sandals to invest in this summer, there’s a reason why Saint Laurent’s ‘Tribute’ style are a best-seller for the brand. Sleek, classic and versatile, the tan colour will work with everything. Wear in the city with denim, or on vacation with dresses. A pair of classic black sunglasses are understated and chic, and this pair from CELINE have a modern oval-shaped frame that keep them relevant.

GUCCI Jackie 1961 small leather shoulder bag

GUCCI Jackie 1961 small leather shoulder bag

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