What would an FOF stylist buy this year . . . for herself? Our FOF Fashion gurus have the gorgeous--but affordable--answers. Fifteen fab gifts, (almost) all under $100--all FOF approved.
FOF Style Guru Glenyse Thompson is a personal home and wardrobe stylist and the creator of Styleosophy
1. Brass Sea Necklace from Lilah Gabriel
“Worn with with a crisp white shirt, a t-shirt or a black dress, this beautiful piece would be a stand-out! It's saying so much you wouldn’t need any other jewelry.”
2. Songs from the Heart Dress
“I look for items that are wearable in a variety of climates, unique and inexpensive. My first request would be a comfy, customized dress from Kelans Art Couture. Send Kelans your measurements and they sew the dress to fit you exactly. You can even choose the fabric color.”
3. JazJewelz Abalone and Brass Necklace
“Easily create a complete outfit when you pair the heart dress with a serious statement necklace. Jazjewlz repurposed materials to create this stand-out (and very affordable) piece. Also love their Blue Tagua Nut Necklace
FOF Style Guru Susan Hersh is a Ford model and the host and executive producer of Meet The Experts
4. Bernardo Packable Down Vest,
“Lightweight, warm (without being bulky) and universally flattering. This is a great gift for anyone who runs around doing errands (i.e. everyone). Comes in bright, lush colors as well as neutrals.”
5. Echo Touch Tech Gloves
, Starting at $32
“Brilliantly designed to work with touch screens, so you don’t have to take your gloves off to futz with your iphone! Comes in 30 different styles, from fair isle, to cashmere, to 'cheetah.'"
FOF Style Guru Terry Gibralter is the Sr. Vice President and Creative Director at Grey advertising as well as a fashion stylist and the creator of these clever work accessories
6. Audrey Necklace from MoMa Store
“Vintage-inspired and perfect for the holidays and beyond. I’ve bought many well-priced pieces at MoMA and they never fail to garner lots of attention. People always seem surprised when I say where they’re from--even more so when I tell them the price!"
7. Helene Berman Faux Fur Collar
“A cool addition to a fitted sweater, a sheath dress or a narrow coat. Love the great price and the fact that its faux! Found it on The Outnet, one of the designer discount sites I check every day.”
8. Sumana Dress from Anthropologie
“Checks two of my common shopping boxes: (1) colorful and (2) slightly ethnic. I love the boho print, and I can see it over velvet skinny jeans or leggings, or on an island getaway if I get lucky enough to have one.”
FOF Style Guru Lovey Dash is a Beverly Hills-based personal stylist.
9. “Lovable” flat from Nine West, (starting at $42)
“I’m madly in love with this deal of the century. Why buy Prada when I can have these ballet slippers for $42$?”
10. Monica di Creddo Tropicalia Ring
($74) and Tropicalia Rose Ring
“Move over Dior. Love these rings--especially the Swarovkski Crystal baguettes. I would like two, please!”
FOF Linda Cohen
owns her own consulting business specializing in retail merchandising.
11. Michael Kors Leather Wrap Bracelet,
“I wear a lot of black in the winter so I like accessories that add color and texture This Michael Kors bracelet gives you just the right amount of sophisticated "bling" for the holiday season as well as any vacation or warm weather climate.”
12. Calypso St. Barth Sari Scarf, Kipour Scarf and Lady Scarf ($135 each)
“Scarves that you can wear 12 months of the year (with jeans or to work) are perfect gifts. I like the weight of this scarf as well as the print and beads--bohemian and chic.”
13. Ann Taylor Icicle Beaded Scarf,
“Subtle 'bling' you can wear with a cashmere sweater and pants, jeans and a tee-shirt our any winter coat.”
14. Ann Taylor Golden Lace Long Necklace with Chains,
“This Gatsbyish necklace has the most magnificent 1920s feel. It's capable of taking your favorite jeans, blouse and heels to an even more fabulous place. Add it to any holiday dress and use the 2" extender, because some pieces just look sexier and richer when you leave them long.”
FOF Style Guru Sherrie Mathieson is a celebrated costume designer and stylist who has worked with everyone from Susan Sarandon to Brooke Shields. She is the author of two guides to finding great style after 50, Forever Cool
and Steal this Style.
15. Recycled Rubber Bracelets from Made with Love
, $28 for a set of 18
"These are fun, inexpensive and come in 8 stylish colors. (I love the orange.) Best of all, the profits go to L'Empire des Enfants, a center for homeless children from the streets of Dakar, Senegal."
Enter to win
a stunning statement necklace from Lilah Gabriel by leaving a comment below.
One FOF will win.
(See all our past winners, here.)
(See official rules, here.)
Contest closes December 14, 2011 at midnight E.S.T.