Colourful fashion gifts for women: Christmas 2019
It's been a dreary year for many Londoners; let Culture Whisper's bright and beautiful gift guide close 2019 on a high
Buying clothing for a loved one isn't the most straightforward route to gift-giving success, in fact in can be a balancing act of aesthetic, budget and size.
But whether you're choosing for your nearest and dearest or the cousin you see only once a year, let Culture Whisper lighten the load with a curated selection of uplifting fashion buys.
If you're looking for something bright and beautiful (while avoiding the tacky, wacky and juvenile), then read on for a wealth of inspiration from big-budget designer buys to pocket-friendly high-street hits.
1 'Ciao' intarsia cashmere sweater, £410, Bella Freud
Each Bella Freud knit is an instant classic, favoured by the fashion set for the slim fit, high-quality materials, witty slogans and graphic designs. This hot pink 'ciao' is the perfect way to bid an enthusiastic goodbye to 2019, but will also look great for years to come.
2 Adenia alpaca, wool and silk-blend coat, £1,635, MaxMara
Who says that a MaxMara coat has to stick to classic camel? Part of the electrifying autumn/winter 2019 collection, this is an audacious take on the brand's signature teddy-bear coat and will look amazing thrown over casual ensembles and party dresses alike.
3 Chanel 19 waist bag, £2,810, Chanel
The fashion industry is an excitable bunch, but for the release of a new style of Chanel bag things get truly fervent. Cue the Chanel 19, introduced at the autumn/winter 19 show in Paris in a range of styles and colours. This hot pink version is a particularly fine example of the signature quilting, Chanel hardware and multi-tone chain strap.
4 Nao Cashmere Beanie, £121, Arela
Lift an everyday essential out of the ordinary. A colour-pop piece is easier to buy for somebody else and more fun to receive, and this cosy cashmere number will keep ears snug through the winter.
006 blue cat-eye sunglasses, £85, Chimi
Buying shades for someone else can be a risky endeavour, but cat-eye styles are near universally flattering. Opt for this standout pair by beloved Swedish label Chim if your intended has a love of all things 90s, they'll thank you when it comes time for a hungover walk on Boxing Day.
Tia 18kt gold-plated stud earrings, £45, V by Laura Vann
These hexagonal green crystal earrings are interesting without being oversized and will add a punchy splash of colour to sober ensembles. Perfect to give to an aunt or colleague without breaking the bank.
7 Grace red beret, £29, Hobbs
Revolution is in the air, so ensure your favourite rebel has the perfect headgear for a future filled with protests, walkouts and marches with this pillar-box red wool beret which will keep them warm, and ensure they're easy to spot in the crowd. Not sure? Just ask yourself, what would Greta do?
8 Ultrapace snake-effect leather, mesh and distressed suede sneakers, £615, Gucci
The trend for comfortable yet cool trainers is going nowhere in 2020, and while a pair of killer heels would surely be appreciated these colourful Gucci numbers will no doubt get far more use, and what more could you want from any gift that you give? Laden with logos and details, there's going to be a whole lot more shoe-gazing going on.
9 Jess animal-print crepe dress, £255, Rixo
London continues to fall hard for the ease of pulling on a Rixo dress and looking 'done' in an instant. This red leopard print is a flattering and easy-to-wear shape that can be layered now and worn alone come the warmer months. Even better, the lucky owner could join the rental revolution and earn a bit of income from fellow fashion-lovers.
10 Rosa high-apex lace and mesh underwired bra, £56, Dora Larsen
Choosing lingerie for another is a bit of a minefield, but when the options are so pretty it's near impossible not to be tempted. Just be sure to do as much research as you can before you hit the shops, checking their underwear drawer for favourite brands, styles and the all-important size.
11 In-the-loop to go pouch, £1,890, Hermès
Who wouldn't want to find a beautifully wrapped orange box under the tree come Christmas morning? Splashing the cash on this little pouch will be well worth it, not only for the renowned Hermès quality materials and construction but for the distinctive design that won't be easily forgotten.