The Chic List: 21 things every woman must have

Fashion columnist and influencer Joanne Hegarty on the essentials every woman needs.

Let me start by wishing you a very happy New Year. We have made it this far, despite all the horrors life keeps hurling at us, and that is certainly something to celebrate.

I’m not a massive New Year’s resolution maker. I always feel they are just another stick to beat ourselves with when our busy lives stop us becoming the queen of pilates, a fluent Mandarin speaker or that daredevil rock climber. Come January, I’m more of a wistful list maker. Nothing clears the head like getting a long list down on paper– especially if you’re lying awake at 3am – and then slowly ticking things off, one by one.

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Wearing my version of the perfect black dress, by Christopher Kane and from pre-owned fashion site vestiairecollective.com

One list that has always stuck in my head was compiled by designer and film-maker Tom Ford, who always dresses immaculately, about all the things every stylish man must have. He titled it The Essentials and it runs like this…

1. A pair of dark denim jeans.
2. A sense of humour.
3. A daily read of an intelligent newspaper.
4. Good manners.
5. Nail clippers.
6. Tweezers.
7. A magnifying mirror.
8. A beautiful toothbrush.
9. A bottle of mouthwash.
10.A good cologne that becomes a signature.
11. A well-cut dark suit.
12. Classic black lace-up shoes.
13. Black loafers.
14. A blazer.
15. Lots of crisp white cotton shirts.
16. New socks and underwear.
17.A classic tuxedo.
18. A beautiful day watch with a metal band.
19. An evening watch with a leather band.
20. The perfect sunglasses.
21. Perfect teeth – and if you don’t have them, save up and have them fixed.

Which got me thinking about my own 21 things every stylish woman must have? And here they are…
1. A pair of beautiful heels that you can actually walk in.
2. Tooth floss.
3. An excellent coffee maker.
4. A timeless camel coat.
5. An endless supply of chocolate.
6. Kindness.
7. A fabulous blazer.
8. Matching underwear and great knickers.
9. A black cashmere knit.
10.A piece of gold jewellery to wear everywhere, everyday.
11. Loyal girlfriends.
12. Manicured nails.
13. A blow dry.
14. Pets that don’t moult.
15. Natural-looking make-up.
16. Jeans that give a good bum.
17. Bath oil.
18. Leather trousers.
19. Knee-high boots.
20. A sexy musky perfume.
21. The perfect black dress.

What’s on yours? Let me know @thestylistandthewardrobe

velvet blazer

Corduroy and teal are the perfect combination. Blazer, £205, aspiga.com

lace knickers

Simply the best undies out there. Knickers, £65, La Perla. net-a-porter.com

camel coat

The camel cover-up of dreams. Coat, £559.20, Anine Bing, net-a-porter.com

These will dress up everything. Mules, £29.99, zara.com

Layer this over knitwear. Necklace, £140, Laura Lombardi, net-a-porter.com

The versatile knee-highs for under dresses and over leggings. Boots, £375, russellandbromley.co.uk