1.  Ranch dressing We are becoming big fans of wood on accessories and jewellery - the look is very architectural, the material is light and it's something a bit different after all that bling over the festive season. These chunky geometric Uren earrings (right; HK$640) would look great paired with a simple black or white shirt. For something a bit more experimental, there's the Marieni necklace (left; HK$1,740). Both items are made from cherrywood by independent designer Salome Charly, come in three natural colours (beige wood, orange wood and brown wood) and are available from shopdescreateurs.com.

2.  Tassel town The modern tasselled loafer started off as a men's item but has recently been making headway in the world of women's fashion. Popularised by Italian shoemaker Renzo Rossetti, who founded Fratelli Rossetti shoes in 1953, the style is smart yet relaxed and makes for a great low-key work shoe. British shoemaker Rupert Sanderson has taken up the baton with this wonderfully eccentric Devon woven geometric-patterned shoe (left; HK$6,980). For those of you unwilling to give up on heels, the Grace mesh pump with embroidered oat motif (right; also HK$6,980) is also rather striking. Rupert Sanderson is at 8 On Lan Street, Central, tel: 2530 3391.

3.  Pleat please Innovative materials and sophisticated textures are the order of the day at Bottega Veneta. Designer Tomas Maier has toned things down for his latest cruise collection while still keeping the outfits interesting. Easy-to-wear shirts and pleated knee skirts make for great separates that can add a bit of intrigue to a look. We are fans of this Electrique blue cotton dress (HK$34,680), brushed with paint and embroidered with lace, worn with the Prusse Electrique madras bag (HK$27,800) and straw lace-up flat shoes (HK$6,680; all right). For something light and fresh, we'd go for the pearl lace-embroidered light cotton shirt (HK$6,480) and matching skirt (HK$22,980), worn with the Edoardo walnut madras bag (HK$24,300) and natural straw lace-ups (HK$6,680; all left). Bottega Veneta is in Times Square, Causeway Bay, tel: 2506 3106.