People who have a Celine Dion approach to fashion - that is, just having fun with it - will take a liking to what international publications are heralding as their must-have Spring/Summer '19 items. 

Yes, I know we're barely knee-deep in winter yet, and we're even further away from spring, but who says we can't nab a few accessories from the other side of the equator?

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See, what I gathered from the May issue of British Vogue was that their essential spring items are fashion pieces you could call 'conversation starters' - balloon sleeve tops, embellished handbags, quirky footwear, shoulder-dusting earrings and retro print dresses. 

It's all quite a contrast to the minimalist wave we embraced not too long ago. These fashion items are not only unabashedly feminine, but they also say "look at me". 

As I already implied, I like to think of statement pieces such as those mentioned above as personally tried-and-tested icebreakers - they create a gap for chats that start with a compliment and end with an exchange of Instagram handles (if that's what you're into).

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So it's time to go back to the FUNdamentals of fashion with these five top fashion picks:

Secure the (hand)bag

... literally if you're in Johannesburg. And I'm not talking about money.

BERLIN, GERMANY - MARCH 07: Mandy Bork wearing Lyv

But what you can use your money for this payday is this Shell Minaudiere crossbody bag, R859 at ZARA

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Ear me out

Be seen and heard in attention-grabbing earrings.

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 05: Leila Depina, wearing a

Digital entrepreneur Nandipha Mqoco has the right idea. 

Say hello with these ByCARA earrings from Superbalist, R96

Mercury can't go retro alone

Get a retro print dress that is reminiscent of your favourite vintage kitchen curtain-and-tablecloth combo. 

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 16: Fleur Egan wearing Ten

Get this floral print dress from MRP, R179.99 , and pair it with bright stockings and a crop leather jacket.

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Collect shoes, not issues

If you must splurge on a new pair of shoes this season, make sure it's a standout pair that can cheat its way through any outfit. Yes, even a well-considered outfit with clashing prints. 

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And I believe this pair of Aldo mules fits the memo perfectly.

My hair, my logo

For as long as Solange is still wearing hair clips, so will we. As we also saw at the Met Gala, logo/pearl hair accessories are still en vogue on the red carpet and on fashion week streets.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19: A guest is seen on

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Shop yours at ZARA for R299 

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