Fashion Gift Guide For The Holidays

No galas! No luncheons! No endless outfit changes! No rushing around like a headless chicken trying to juggle everything into a two week period of non-stop festivities! Nothing that actually signals the holidays are just around the corner is the same as it was last year, pre-pandemic.

While many of us are fit to be locked up after lockdown I will say kudos to Kylie Jenner for correctly reading the temperature in the room. Of course, her Kylie X Grinch themed makeup palette quickly sold out. So, yes Virginia there is a Santa Claus –although he may be wearing a mask — perhaps not a bad thing for someone who spends a lot of time sliding down soot-covered chimneys!

In the spirit of the season here are a few fashion gift ideas for the various women in your life (or perhaps yourself) that will make the season bright. They range from “fantasy” to “reality” — from “naughty” to “nice” – however they are all guaranteed to put a smile on the recipient’s face now when it’s most needed.

VELVET ABOVEGROUND

Nothing says Christmas like a floral velvet blazer. This Gucci version ($4,200) is inspired by the work of Ken Scott “the fashion gardener,” an American designer who lived in Milan in the ‘60s and ‘70s. I’m also getting an Andy Warhol vibe.

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This less expensive but equally elegant festive floral velvet jacket ($585) is made in Italy by Mason’s. Get the matching pants and silk blouse if you really want to “say it with flowers.”

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FOR THE BUDDING REMBRANDT’S MOM

Altuzarra’s reversible (canvas to suede) DIY tote can be customized with your child’s artwork to make a lasting keepsake. $1,195.

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FOR THE WINE MOM OR AUNT

Wine to go and ready to pour from a spout in a purse – need I say more? PortoVino Wine Purse $74.95.

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FOR ANYONE WHO WANTS TO LET 2020 KNOW HOW THEY REALLY FEEL

Interior Illusions Plus Rhinestone Middle Finger Decoration. Make a statement. This “Fickle finger” bids the year adieu and good riddance! Guaranteed to be a fun conversation piece on your shelf, desk, vanity, or cocktail table. Think of it as being halfway to peace $81.96.

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MY PILLOW – ANKLE BOOTIE EDITION

Whether worn après ski or in the urban jungle, High Snobiety declares these boots fit for both mom and rapper. Sophie Turner is a fan as well as plenty of other Hollyweirdos and influencers. Envelop your tootsies in a down cloud while you can find your size – they just dropped on December 2 and are probably on their way onto all the cool people’s lists. Louis Vuitton Pillow Boot $1,140.

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MY PILLOW — KNEE HIGH EDITION

If those insulated ice packs got together with the gogo boots I wore in junior high this would be their baby. I can’t decide if these are really cool or really weird so open to discussion. MM6 Knee High Pillow Boots $1,070.

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FOR THOSE OBSESSED WITH “THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT”

Ok, really, who isn’t? Something about this red headed orphan who grows up to be a chess grandmaster set in the late ’50s and ‘60’s is irresistible. The fast paced story line, the visual backdrop of the swinging ‘60s, the music, the clothes — all swoonworthy. This Valentino cape is actually a doppelganger of a shift dress that Beth Harmon wears in the Netflix mini-series. $3980.

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There’s a scene in “The Queen’s Gambit” when Beth is mocked for her brown oxfords while all the other “stylish” girls wear black and white saddle shoes. Here is her updated revenge shoe. $875.

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This Sandy Liang Pawn oversized cardigan checks all the boxes in graphic black and white squares. $650.

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FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO FLY LIKE AN EAGLE

Only question is whether to go for gold or silver – either way it’s a showstopper. Butler and Wilson Sequin Eagle Denim Jacket $474.22.

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Laurel Marcus
Laurel Marcus

OG journo major who thought Strunk & White's "The Elements of Style" was a fashion guide. Desktop comedienne -- the world of fashion gives me no shortage of material.

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