Unsure what gifts to get someone who loves fashion and style this holiday season? These 15 gifts for fashionistas will spark a few ideas.

Oct 30, 2020 @ 9:30 am
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Those who truly enjoy style and staying on top of the latest trends seem to know what's cool long before the general public catches on — which can make shopping for gifts for fashionistas fairly difficult. But, here’s a tip: if you know said person's style and/or where they like to shop, you’re already well on your way to crossing them off your list. (And, if all else fails, there's always a gift card.)

However, if you'd like to surprise your style-savvy friend, sister, mom — whoever! — with something they'll love, but are stumped on what to buy the person with a fully stocked closet, no worries. We've rounded up 15 quick ideas that will surely leave them impressed.

An Eye-Catching Jumpsuit

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We had to do a double-take before realizing this super comfy, knit ensemble was actually a jumpsuit. The exaggerated waist cut-out gives the illusion of a separated silhouette, and that small detail is exactly what makes the one-piece stand out from the matching sweater sets having a moment right now. Available in a lovely seaglass green and off-white, it’s a one-and-done that can be dressed up or lounged around.

Shop It: All Mine One Piece ($98; freepeople.com)

A Cashmere Sweater With Sweet Stitching

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Cashmere sweaters are a classic winter wardrobe staple because they’re typically lightweight but warm, and great for layering under cardigans, vests, jackets, and the like. The Marnie Sweater from M.M. La Fleur is no exception. The boatneck top can be worn casually with jeans and loafers or joggers and sneakers, and can be dressed up with tailored slacks heels. The fashionista on your list is sure to appreciate the versatility factor, but what she’ll love most is the sweet mantra stitched into the left sleeve, encouraging her to “Rewrite the Rules.”

Shop It: M.M. La Fleur The Marnie Sweater ($240; mmlafleur.com)

A Cozy Pullover

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Leave it to Club Monaco to take an oversized-oversized sweater and “make it fashion.” The quarter zip pullover is sporty enough to wear with workout leggings, while simultaneously sophisticated enough to wear with a midi skirt and booties. In other words, the slouchy-snug silhouette is so incredibly versatile, it can fit into any fashionista’s style. (‘90s babies will also appreciate the nod to the slightly unkempt aesthetic.)

Shop It: Club Monaco Quarter Zip Pullover Sweater ($190; clubmonaco.com)

A Sparkly Face Mask

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Face masks might not be a fashion lover's favorite accessory, but they are a vital part of the everyday wardrobe in 2020. In an effort to make masks more appealing, brands have started designing stylish options so you can stay safe and look good doing so. But while blue disposable ply isn’t exactly a neutral, this beige, sparkly star face mask from Lirika Matoshi goes with everything and adds a little something extra to any look. Plus, it's from the same brand that created the viral Strawberry Dress.

Shop It: Lirika Matoshi Stars in Her Eyes Face Mask ($50; lirikamatoshi.com)

A Silk Face Mask

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Of course, if the fashionista on your list has been worried about developing maskne (acne from wearing a mask), treat them to this silky face covering from slip. The pleated mask is washable and therefore reusable, with adjustable ear lobes and metal nose piece. It’s also made from 100% long-fiber mulberry silk, which has been said to absorb less of the moisture and dirt, preventing less buildup and reducing the likelihood of breakouts.

 Shop It: slip Pure Silk Adult Pleated Face Covering ($39, nordstrom.com)

Super Soft Denim

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You know how denim takes a few wears to break in? That’s a non-issue with Express’s new Luxe Comfort Super Soft Jeans collection. Available in mid- or high-rise, slim or skinny, these pairs wear like butter from the very first try-on. Made from a blend of cotton, polyester, and spandex, the ultra-stretchy jeans were designed to feel like sweats on the inside for cooler days that require a little extra warmth.

Shop It: High Waisted Supersoft Ripped Raw Hem Skinny Jeans ($88; express.com)

Boutique-Style Accessories

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Fashionistas are called fashionistas for a reason — they’re up on trends and probably already own the most buzzed about pieces. Therefore, when searching for creative gifts, you have to think outside their jewelry box. Whimsical Black Girl’s accessory collection is a collage of made-to-order eclectic statement pieces. These beautiful geo-chestnut earrings, for example, are made of polymer clay and baked in small batches “to ensure the highest quality possible.” What’s more, you can choose the type of backing — metal or plastic — based on your recipient's skin type, adding to the gift's personalized charm.

Shop It: Whimsical Black Girl Geo-Chestnut in White Earrings ($17; whimsicalblackgirl.com)

A Sweater Vest

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This sweater vest from Ganni looks like it was plucked from a grandfather’s wardrobe. It’s a cable-knit, varsity-inspired tank that’s meant to fit loosely for layering purposes. But, if you’re drawing a blank on how this aesthetically vintage piece is supposed to be styled, that’s OK. A  true fashionista will know exactly what to do with it.

Ganni Cable Knit Turtleneck Tank ($265; net-a-porter.com)

Sophisticated Hair Accessories

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Blair Waldorf was clearly ahead of her time because the year is 2020 and top knot headbands are still trending. The look requires minimal effort to achieve but really packs a punch, so ease any newbies into the trend with one of Lele Sadoughi's Insta-famous, pearl-embellished hair accessories. She'll likely be amazed at how this piece makes even unwashed hair look polished — a trick that'll come in handy for all those work ZOOM calls.

 Shop It: Lele Sadoughi Blush Pearl Headband ($150; lelesadoughi.com)

Faux Leather Leggings

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Spanx's Faux Leather Leggings sold out quickly during Nordstrom’s anniversary sale, but luckily the bottoms are back in stock for holiday shopping. While they may not be discounted (unfortunately), we'd argue they’re worth paying the full $98. Aside from having Oprah's approval, this glossy pair features the brand’s patented Power Waistband, which offers medium support and smoothing around the tummy, hips, thighs, and booty. The shiny finish and no center seam is what makes these faux leather leggings appear less athletic and more versatile, so they can be dressed up or down, depending on the look the wearer is going for. 

 Shop It: Spanx Faux Leather Leggings ($98; nordstrom.com)

A Clothing Rack To Display Their Looks

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Shop-a-holics often have more clothes than they do storage space, which means that sometimes, their favorite pieces get lost in their stockpile. This sleek pipe clothing rack from Simple Houseware will provide a place to display everyday staples. It’s a wardrobe organization tool made with durable wire shelves that keep hangers in place, while a bonus shelf provides even more storage for shoes, bags, and even small storage bins for scarves or socks.

 Shop It: Simple Houseware Industrial Pipe Clothing Rack ($30; amazon.com)

A Pair Of Practical, Everyday Heels

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Kendall Miles Designs was founded in 2015 by Kendall Miles, a third-generation entrepreneur. In a matter of just five years, Miles’s shoes have skyrocketed to success, and have been worn by celebrities like Tyra Banks, Rihanna, Ashanti, and Jordyn Woods, to name a few. The Racy heel is one of the designers most-coveted everyday styles: it has a three-inch heel and double-padded leather insole, with a minimalist design that can be worn to every and any occasion. 

Shop It: Kendall Miles Designs Racy Heels ($425; kendallmilesdesigns.com)

A Wear-Everywhere Necklace

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If she was the type of kid to make necklaces out of paperclips, then this gold link accessory from Baublebar is sure to be her new favorite accessory. The grown-up paperclip chain is coated in luxe, shiny gold plating, and though it’s a simple addition to any outfit, it enhances the neckline seamlessly. She can layer it with pieces she already has, or rock it solo. Either way, she's bound to get good use out of this tiny gift.

Shop It: Small Hera Link Necklace, ($42; baublebar.com)

A Fun Pair of Boots

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Rita Ora knows how to wow a crowd, so if you’re going to gift a fashionista any one of the pairs from the singer’s collaboration with ShoeDazzle, make it the Night Is Young Asymmetrical Stiletto Boot. The pointed-toe stiletto heel is bold, blue, and four-inches high. The material is also faux leather, so you can rest assured the croc pattern is just a cool design. Plus, as part of the collaboration, ShoeDazzle is launching the Women of the Future Fund that will grant $100,000 to three women in creative industries, so this is a gift that will keep on giving.

Shop It: Rita Ora x ShoeDazzle Night Is Young Asymmetrical Stiletto Boot ($65; shoedazzle.com)

A Bag With History Behind Its Design

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Josefinas is a woman-owned company that designs shoes and accessories both honoring historical women and designed in collaboration with inspirational women of today. Their latest installment, The Carolina Bag, pays homage to Carolina Beatriz Ângelo, the first woman to vote in Portugal. The ribbon detail represents Carolina's courage, while its pink interior is a nod to Ângelo’s femininity.

Shop It: Josefinas The Carolina Bag ($490; josefinas.com)