Actress Emma Watson raised eyebrows with her admission that she owns only eight pairs of shoes. The Independent's Assistant Fashion Editor thinks she's got it just right

Naughty but nice

get the look ...and get it right

High and chic

get the look ... and get it right

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Just a slip of a thing

You may remember when having your petticoat showing was last in fashion, in the late Seventies. Then it was all gypsy-inspired flounces and tiered skirts with broderie anglaise peeping from your hem. This time it's sleeker and it's all about slips - don't say petticoat, whatever you do - with a rather more sophisticated lace trim (slinky and synthetic rather than cotton prettiness). The key to this look is delicate layers. First, your slip must be no wider than your top layer. A gentle A-line is the maximum width; full and gathered is absolutely out. The lowest part of the slip should just graze your knee, any longer and you will look absent minded. Marks & Spencer do some excellent slips, from pounds 10. Or you can sew a length of lace to the bottom of a garment you already have - John Lewis do some particularly fine lace trims from 69p a metre.

There ain't no mountain high enough

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Up tight : FASHION

Just when you thought fashion was comfortable, the tight pencil-line sk irt is back - and so are stilettos. Annalisa Barbieri tried out the look with d ifficulty

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