Here we are, my final gift guide of 2020! I didn’t think I was going to write this one for a minute there – work got so busy! But this is always my favorite guide to make, because it is always comprised of things I already own or would want someone to get me, so I’m glad I was able to squeeze it in. Even if it is a little late.
So without further ado, here are my picks for gifts for the fashionista in your life!
No. 33 Sweater (€190.00): Okay, okay, this one is a big splurge. But as someone who owns this sweater-tank, I can confirm it is absolutely beautiful, lives up to the hype and will be in my closet for years to come! The square neck is so chic, as is the slightly cropped cut. It’s knitted in Babaà’s local cotton, which is grown, harvested and spun in Andalucía, Southern Spain. When I got this top over the summer, I loved it so much I wore it every day that week. Trust me on this one.
Donation to Fashion Revolution: Fashion Revolution is working toward ending the human and environmental exploitation in the global fashion industry and combating our throwaway culture. Honor a friend or loved one’s interest in fashion and make a difference with a donation this season.
Edie Earrings ($68): I adore these earrings, and wear them constantly. These statement earrings come in polished dark horn, mother of pearl, or a monochrome mix, and are sustainably handmade by Faire Collection’s artisan partners in Vietnam. The photos of these earrings do not do them justice, they are stunning! To save 15% on your Faire Collection order, use code wholehearted15.
Silk Cropped Tee ($125): I’ve been on the hunt for a silk cropped tee after finding one secondhand a few years ago, but it was sadly too small once I got home and tried it on. This version from Cuyana is beautiful and minimalist, as well as Bluesign certified – ensuring the material was produced with responsibly used resources and the lowest possible impact on workers and the environment through measures like traceability, water usage, chemical management, and worker safety.
Inner Light Moisturizer ($78): Not a fashion item, but perfect for a fashionista. I recently had the pleasure of trying some skincare from this local-to-me, Westport, CT brand and I’m not sure I’ll ever go back to another moisturizer. It includes Hyaluronic Acid and Camellia and Jojoba Oils for a dewy glow, and is infused with rose quartz and olive essence. The packaging is beautiful and is sure to make even your most discerning fashionista friend happy – it even has a mantra on the side of the bottle that reads “Love in, love out.” Plus, Strange Bird products are naturally sourced, vegan and Leaping Bunny certified, with a mission to promote mental health and representation through skincare. Strange Bird sees skincare as an intentional self-care practice, and 1% of sales go toward supporting women’s mental health services and initiatives.
Crewneck Sweater ($78): Pareto is on a mission to perfect the capsule wardrobe, with pieces that have been fit-tested so every detail is just right. And, they have a fully traceable supply chain – from where it’s grown to where it’s sewn. This 100% organic cotton French terry crewneck is so soft and comfortable, and I’m giving one away over on my Instagram today! Some sizes are being restocked this month for this new brand, but this gift would be worth the wait for your recipient.
ThredUp Gift Card: Give the gift of thrift! Fashion isn’t about always buying new, especially when there are so many clothing items, in great condition, on the secondhand market. ThredUp has a huge selection of brands (more than 35,000!) and you can send this e-gift card right away.
Silk Cami ($95): This is another gift I’d file under “things someone would love, but may not necessarily buy for themselves” – which is how I decide what makes a great gift! I love the details on this, from the delicate strap across the back to the subtle v-neck. This cami is also Bluesign certified.
Cashmere Headband ($65): This 100% cashmere headband has a chic twist and comes in beige and black. The double layer keeps ears warm, and it is OEKO-TEX certified.
Minimalist Bangle ($100): This bangle is backordered until December 21, but mindful fashion is, again, worth the wait! I absolutely love this minimalist bangle – it is the perfect understated accessory and goes with everything.
Leopard Print Puff Sleeve Top ($118): I feel like most fashionista’s love leopard print (myself included!). This fun top from ABLE adds a little spice to a minimalist wardrobe. ABLE is an ethical fashion brand that employs and empowers women as a solution to end poverty – 95% of their employees are women. The brand has their own evaluation system, ACCOUNTABLE, which evaluates their manufacturing partners on safety, equality and wages in order to give better insight into the impact of their supply chain on the women making their products. They were also the first fashion brand to publish their lowest wages as a way to hold themselves accountable to ending poverty in the fashion industry.
Hope your week has been merry and bright!1
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