On this delightful first day of December, we'd like to pay homage to the holiday season in the best way we know how: with gifts. That's right, instead of spotlighting Señor Claus or discussing dreidels, we're putting the focus on fabulous presents of all shapes and sizes in our annual Gift Guide. As always, we've rounded up the most fashionable must-buys-for your own wish lists and your favorite people too-plus, we've included an amazing tip for easy holiday shopping, courtesy of the lovely team at Rightcliq by Visa.* (More on that in a moment!) Get ready for five fabulous days of stylish splurges and steals because Who What Wear's 2010 Gift Guide starts now!
We decided to kick off our ode to gorgeous gifts with an assortment of presents for the career-minded powerhouse, otherwise known as the Working Girl. Whether she's a tech guru, on-the-go executive, or an empire-builder like Lauren Conrad, the Working Girl knows how to take care of business beautifully, but still has fun with her fashion choices. This discerning type deserves presents that are just as smart and hard working as she is, so we found a number of sleek-and-chic gifts that are sure to delight-like a black patent leather Proenza Schouler PS1 clutch. It's the perfect pick for a perfectionist like the Working Girl and just one of many majorly amazing options!
Illesteva Frieda II Sunglasses($195)
The combination of late nights at the office, early morning breakfast meetings, and countless hours in front of a computer screen means the Working Girl doesn't get a lot of sleep. So what better gift that the perfect pair of sunnies to stylishly hide her tired eyes? Do your WG a favor and pick up a sweet pair of Illesteva's sunglasses; the circular shape is smugly ironic, while tortoise shell frames lend themselves well to this season's polished neutral looks.
Tom Ford Beauty Private Blend Lip Color($45) in Black Orchid
The Working Girl needs a number of ways to transition her look from daytime to play time, which is why she always likes to be equipped with an of-the-moment lip color. We suggest picking up one of the lipsticks in Tom Ford's luxurious new line-especially a standout color like Black Orchid. Its dark purpley-red is such a statement, while the sleek, geometric packaging will please the discerning Working Girl. But whatever color you pick, know that this beauty item is the sort of little indulgence that every girl loves, which is exactly why it's a wonderful gift!
Graphic Image Leather iPad Sleeve ($98)
Just after her crackberry, the iPad is the second electronic accessory the Working Girl can't live without. Considering that she whips it out as frequently as her winning business proposals, why not give her a très chic carrying case? We love this Graphic Image iteration for its sleek design and Hermes-worthy orange hue.
Proenza Schouler PS1 Pochette ($895) in Black Patent Leather
While the large or medium version of this lust-worthy offering from Proenza Schouler might be a little too off-duty for our WG, she will flip out for this patent clutch. It's slim and sleek, so she can stash it in her structured carryall during the day, and then use it at night to transform her office outfit into a chic ensemble for after-work drinks. Additionally, we think she'd love its high-gloss look and lack of obvious hardware or logos-it's flawless, yet understated, just like our girl.
Zara Leopard Court Shoes ($100)
Just because the Working Girl has a knack for flow charts or biz-dev deals doesn't mean she much eschew the latest trends-especially when it comes to her footwear. These leopard-print kitten heels are both office appropriate and of-the-moment, making them the ideal pick for all but the most extremely conservative giftee. They will look amazing with a neutral pencil skirt or peeking out from under a tailored pair of pants, plus they're a wonderful choice for the weekend too, so make sure you grab a pair today!
J. Crew Metal Hourglass Bracelet ($58)
Strict dress codes can really inhibit the sartorial imagination, so a business-minded body needs to show her personal style in creative ways. The right accessories can add some panache to even the soberest suit, which is why we suggest giving the Working Girl this intriguing J. Crew bangle. It's simple and classic, yet its hourglass charms are decidedly unique. Plus, it can be worn solo with a timeless sheath dress for a big presentation or in combination with a pile of bracelets for a post-office ensemble-either way, it's a smart selection!
Chloe Love, Chloe Perfume ($85)
Chloe's newest fragrance-Love, Chloe-is the ideal signature scent for the career-driven darling in your life. The perfume is fresh, feminine, and filled with rosy and powdery floral notes, making it an excellent antidote to the working world's take-no-prisoners toughness. In addition to its gorgeous scent, we know your WG would appreciate the slim, vintage-inspired bottle, as it would make a lovely addition to her mirrored vanity tray.
Equipment Signature Shirt ($188) in Olive
A silk button-down is nine-to-five staple, and Equipment's iterations are some of our absolute favorites. While we'd never stop you from picking one up in every color, we'd select this rich olive hue for the WG because it's a great, cutting-edge neutral that lends itself to a myriad of looks. She can wear it to break up a tan, black, or navy suit, and then pair it with skinny jeans and heels when casual Friday finally rolls around.
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