There’s always a certain element of difficulty or hesitation when it comes to gift-giving for a fashion fan. Especially given that they are likely in the know of the latest trends and selective with the pieces that suit them best. Some have emerging designers on their radar, while others have their sights set on items that are fresh off the runway.
Style might be a personal thing, but that doesn’t mean you can’t surprise your fashion-forward friends with something they’ve been wishing for or might never expect. Our tip? Start by thinking about what your loved one always reaches for and find a gift that builds on their current wardrobe. Remembering their personality and channeling that sentiment into holiday shopping is always a smart move too.
Below, peruse Vogue Singapore’s holiday gift guide according to the various style personalities you’re shopping for.
The trendy It-girl
If your loved one is a fashionista who’s up to date with the latest trends, cult finds and unique designs are ideal gifts. Great options include a piece from Y/Project’s collaboration with Jean Paul Gaultier or Versace’s viral platforms—both worn by the likes of Dua Lipa and Bella Hadid. Alternatively, look to emerging labels such as Luar and Marine Serre that speak “if you know you know” amongst fashion insiders.
For the stylish globetrotter that excels at vacationing and loves soaking up the sun at the beach, gifting practical accessories is the way to go. Think carry-all tote bags that are handy for travel, errands and beyond. Lightweight outerwear that transcends seasons is another elegant piece that adds value to a jet-setter’s resort wear collection. As for accessories, try gifting sunglasses and hats that offer sun-protection and easily elevate any outfit.
The life of the party
Nightlife is returning and the maximalism of the noughties is experiencing a full-on resurgence. When shopping for party animals, it’s important to ensure your gift packs a punch. Those nostalgic for the Y2K and indie sleaze aesthetic of the past two decades would know the staples: stoned accessories with hundreds of crystals, wrap-around shades and frosty hues.
When it comes to those with a penchant for simplicity and quiet luxury, beautifully handcrafted items in neutral tones are fail-safe choices. Look to timeless wardrobe staples guaranteed to last and exude an air of sophistication. In the realm of leather goods, set your sights on Bottega Veneta‘s Sardine bag and Lemaire’s croissant coin pouch. Meanwhile, shawls and stoles like Fendi’s silk-blend jacquard wrap or a pair of statement earrings are gifts that are easy to incorporate into any minimalist’s capsule wardrobe.
The intellectual fashionista
Last but not least, there’s the style mavens who are well-versed in the history of maisons and possess a distinct aesthetic. With several designers leaving behind their legacies this year, the intellectual fashionista’s wishlist likely comprises items that remind them of their fashion icons. For fans of the late Issey Miyake and Thierry Mugler, consider pieces that are reminiscent of their signature touches—pleats and corsetry respectively. In light of the recent exits of Raf Simons and Alessandro Michele from the brands they’re synonymous with, close followers of these designers would love to remember them by having something from Raf Simons or Gucci. Be it brand new designs or vintage gems, they make for memorable gifts that will become prized possessions.