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Jumpsuit by Vince

I travel frequently between our offices in Washington, DC, New York and Los Angeles, so I need clothes like this wrinkle-free jumpsuit that work well in all three locations. This black, zip-front, low-waisted piece has a cropped leg that gives it a more tailored feel and it can look either urban chic or more classic and traditional, depending on my choice of accessories. I think it looks best when paired with a statement-making piece of jewellery – something funky that adds a pop of colour – and with a platform heel. This is my go-to wardrobe staple.


Shoes by Prada

I prefer platform heels by Prada, YSL and Pedro García because, at 5ft 2in, I like to add a bit of height. My current favourites are a pair of black Prada platforms with a white ankle strap and toe. Comfort is key because I spend a lot of time walking – particularly in New York – and these shoes are both comfortable and stylish. For practical purposes I travel with a pair of flats in my bag – they make it easier to get through airport security lines – but I never wear them to meetings.


Necklace by Intermix

This jewelled necklace has a very Wonder Woman feel to it – almost like a protective shield. It brightens up the black of this jumpsuit but looks professional at the same time. When I wear a bold piece such as this, I just pair it with simple diamond stud earrings as I don’t like too much going on at once.


Watch by Cartier

I wear a men’s Chronograph watch that was given to me by my husband for my 40th birthday and that makes it even more special. I prefer the masculine feel of my timepiece to daintier versions and, even though my mother might not approve, I’ve been known to pair it with both silver and gold accessories.


Photograph: Kate Owen

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