The 10 Best clutch bags

Whether it’s a night hitting the dance floor or a family wedding, the right bag can be the final flourish an outfit needs

Spanish exchange

Luxury brand Loewe celebrates the brighter side of life with a new limited-edition collection, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Stepping out, Euro-style

We can never have too many shoes and bags – and thanks to a new arrival in Britain, there are great new designs to choose from, says Emma Akbareian

The only way is accessories

Whether you favour colourful print or minimalist white, give your outfit a kiss of life with the hippest new finishing touches from the high street

The 10 Best microwave ovens

Forget reheating coffee and nuking cold pasta. These hi-tech gadgets can do everything from stews to roast chicken...

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Christmas fashion gift guide for him and her

Stuck for ideas this Christmas? All out of steam in the shops? Let The Independent's fashion team help out. Gemma Hayward and Lee Holmes select the best buys for budgets big and small