- Celebrity stylist, image consultant, and personal shopper Amanda Sanders shared the most coveted gifts this holiday season.
- Functional sweater dresses and Ray-Ban Stories smart glasses are among the top fancied presents.
- This article is part of the “How to Holiday” series, which highlights the best ways to embrace and prepare for the festive season.
Sanders has worked in the industry for nearly 20 years with celebrity clients like Jamie Foxx, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jeff Goldblum.
“I think a lot of women would like a functional holiday dress that’s not just a cocktail dress,” Sanders told Insider. “It might be a knit dress they can wear to the office, but they can also wear it for a holiday party by changing accessories.”
Sanders added that she had acquired more sweater dresses for clients this season than in years past and noted that shoppers are incorporating maxi dresses — typically worn in the summer — into their winter style arsenal.
“Whether it’s clothing or home decor, they want things that are tactile, feel warm, and have a sense of security,” Sanders said.
She explained that her clients are drawn to designer, high-end athleisure footwear like the $US590 ($AU812) Alexander McQueen oversized sneaker.
Sanders continued that athleisure footwear — not to be confused with traditional athletic shoes — can be worn around the house, in the office, or paired with stylish ensembles like suits.
“I would say everybody’s wearing something as reasonable as a fleece Birkenstock to a more expensive Chanel clog,” Sanders said. “A lot of the bigger fashion houses like Bottega are making $US1,000 ($AU1,375) versions of $US200 ($AU275) Birkenstocks in cashmere, wools, and leathers with real fur on the inside of them.”
High-end clogs from Chanel with suede calfskin and shearling sheepskin are priced at $US1,150 ($AU1,582). Thrifty shoppers can grab fleece Birkenstocks for $US150 ($AU206).
Instead, clients and shoppers have gravitated toward sweatsuits designed with cashmere and other comfortable material. She noted that her clients have enjoyed Ralph Lauren’s washable cashmere.
Ralph Lauren sells its washable belted cashmere cardigan for $US295 ($AU406) and accompanying wide-leg pants for $US295 ($AU406). Thrifty shoppers can also snag Summersalt’s cashmere blend jogger for $US95 ($AU131).
The smart glasses allow users to capture photos and video, listen to music, and answer phone calls wirelessly alongside built-in speakers. Users can use the capture button or go hands-free with Facebook Assistant voice commands.
Sanders called this a “universal” gift that is priced at $US299 ($AU411).