I want one of those big leopard-print bags but not the Yves Saint Laurent one because my friend has that. Is there something that's better, sexier and more stylish? New Spots, Repulse Bay The Dictator rules: Ooh, we love a bit of catty rivalry. The fact that it's over leopard print makes it even more entertaining. It's pretty hard to beat a beautiful YSL bag but Dolce & Gabbana has a sultry Italian answer, with its perennial leopard-print designs. This season, you'll find bags in leopard print on calf hair and even denim (about HK$6,600 to HK$11,800; Alexandra House, Central, tel: 2877 5558). What your rival/friend might not know is that, in addition to oversized prints, the current trend is towards new leopard-print colours. The best we've seen are on woven fabric bags by Vivienne Westwood (HK$4,430 to HK$6,680; 42 Paterson Street, Causeway Bay, tel: 3549 6308) and we love that not many people have discovered them yet. For something a little cheaper and flashier, you might like the collection by Belle, which comes with gold-coloured straps (about HK$998 and up; 505 Lockhart Road, Causeway Bay, tel: 2572 9956). Other big cats for dressing to impress are Jimmy Choo, Lanvin and Mulberry. I'd like those summer shoes that have cork on the top part, not the heel. Any idea where I can get them? Uncorked, Hung Hom The Dictator: We know it's still hot outside but you people need to get it through your skulls that fashion waits for no one. By this point in the season, stores are switching over to autumn/winter collections. If you're lucky, you might still find spring/summer lines, including shoes and sandals made with cork uppers, on sale. Otherwise, you'll have to fire up that internet connection and get googling. When last we checked, we found a few options, including Stuart Weitzman's cap-toed ballerinas (HK$2,600; Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2118 2317). Juicy Couture makes its Rose elastic ballerina flats in natural cork, too (HK$1,700; Harbour City, tel: 2118 2982). For open toes, look to Sam Edelman's Gigi thong sandals (HK$850); or mix natural with sexy in Amaya's strappy high heels (HK$1,850; both at Lane Crawford, 3 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2118 3428). Make sure the cork colour works with your skin tone or you could end up looking like a cadaver. You recently wrote about some skinnier-cut cargos. I like the idea but I'm not sure if they will suit my thighs, so I want to buy some that are not too pricey. What else can you recommend that costs something closer to my rent? Cargo Load, Tai Tam The Dictator: So many questions, so little space. We'll put aside the idea that you pay such low rent. (Would 'low rent' describe your style, too, we wonder.) More importantly, have you ever heard of a changing room? They exist precisely so you can determine how clothes will look on your thighs, bottom or other trouble spots on your body. Skinny cargos are not as easy to find as one might think, despite the fact that celebs such as Jessica Alba, Rachel Bilson, Gwen Stefani and Hilary Duff have been seen wearing them since the spring. We like the army-green ones by Blank New York, with side pockets and zipper details (HK$750; Indigo, 32A Staunton Street, Central, tel: 2147 3000). For quite a bit more, you could buy the often-referenced stretch cargos by Current/Elliott in grey or khaki (HK$2,500; Lane Crawford, IFC Mall, Central, tel: 2118 7777). Or go cheaper with Mango's military-style trousers in various shades of beige and khaki (HK$369; Pacific Place, Admiralty, tel: 2918 9313). Note: we think these will look better on anyone's thighs than the Spanish brand's cargo-style leggings from last season (HK$445). Just one thought though: if you are conscious of making your thighs look bigger, why would you ever consider trousers that accentuate and enlarge that area?