Buying for someone who looks just as good in a tartan-edged Barbour as they do in embellished hair clips? Look no further: here’s our round-up of fashion gifts for the British eclectics in your life.
When it comes to choosing Christmas gifts, there is no more dreaded a sentence than “I’m not going to make a list this year, just get me a surprise!” But unless you’re game for grabbing the nearest scented candle/bullet journal/set of novelty cake forks – before hastily handing over the gift receipt when they tell you “it’s just not very me” – buying for the British eclectic requires a little bit more thought.
Luckily, there’s no easier person to sartorially lucky dip for than this peacock of dressers. Most at home in clashing colours, prints and textures, nothing is off limits for the eclectic – as long as it involves an element of surprise.
And while on the surface their looks might seem thrown together – very shouldn’t-work-but-somehow-does – they’re actually adept at mixing tones, patterns and quirk. Need to paint a mental picture? Think contemporary heritage à la Alexa Chung or Luke Edward Hall.
So how do you guess what these stylish dressers might want to add to their already fabulous wardrobes? We’re here to help. Below, you’ll find our edit of fashion picks for the creative dressers in your life – and for bonus points, every brand in this list is actually British. You’ll find a phone case from Peckham, an amusing T-shirt from Devon and a tartan mustard scarf from Scotland. How’s that for knowing your audience?
House of Sunny Pullover
The colour of frost-covered grass in winter, this fleecy jumper is perfect for morning strolls in the garden – or thinking about them on the commute. The fit is oversized, so if you’re buying for someone who likes things a bit better fitting, get it down a size. Plus: look at those lovely big pockets!
The Completist Phone Case
The Completist is a Peckham-based brand doing a marvellous trade in bold, colourful stationery. Their phone cases are no exception, and perfect for the eclectic in your life – there are several to choose from, but we like this pink and mustard abstract botanical version the best.
Folk Melange Socks
Does your giftee wear a suit to work? If their day-to-day uniform doesn’t allow much room for expression, help them nod to their style with these citrussy melange socks. Perfect for peeping out beneath a smart pair of cropped trousers.
Joy Headband in Leopard
Oh, headbands, how glad we are that you’ve made a comeback. This zingy number from Joy is the perfect marriage of a wild print with a Very British Accessory. It’ll elevate an all-black outfit or put the cherry on the top of a colourful pattern clashing outfit.
Aurora London Cardholder
London transport etiquette demands that you have your Oyster card ready before you reach the reader – this goes for the bus, Tube and train. If you’re shopping for someone who hates fumbling awkwardly in their bag as much as we do, buy them Aurora London’s postbox red soft leather card holder – it fits perfectly in a pocket.
Chinti & Parker Wool Cashmere Gloves
Winter is full of dark, sedate colours. Glance down the road and you’re unlikely to see an end to the sensible blues, brown, blacks and greys. But Chinti & Parker know how to have a bit of fun in the coldest season (see their Peanuts collab). These technicolour cashmere gloves are testament to that.
Isabel Knowles Printed T-shirt
This cheeky T-shirt was hand-printed by Isabel Knowles in her studio in Devon, where she also makes lovely dresses from organic cotton. The back of the top recounts a scene that local artist Rob Mason saw while on honeymoon – a tattoo on a Frenchman’s back that he spotted by a swimming lake. Weird and wonderful.
Birdsong Offcut Scrunchies
We’re big fans of Birdsong, an indie London brand that sells ethical and sustainable clothing made by incredible women who are facing barriers to employment. To add to their eco credentials, they turn their offcut waste into these scrunchies. Perfect stocking fillers.
Toast Mohair Scarf in Yellow Check
Does it get more British eclectic than Rupert Bear? Pick up this Scottish-woven mohair scarf for the most appropriate person on your list, and watch as they slowly gravitate towards the matching red trousers and jumper. We love it.
London Undercover Umbrella in Tartan
We all have someone in our lives who loses a crappy high street umbrella every week and as such, constantly gets soaked in the rain. Buy them one they’ll treasure – like this tartan brolly by London Undercover. It’s too nice to lose.
Albam Striped Cotton T-shirt
The classic striped top, but make it eclectic. We can’t get enough of this one by London-based brand Albam – and its lovely burnt peach hue. A lovely gift for a man in your life… or yourself. Looks unisex to us.
Bell & Fox Crossbody Bag
The clever people at Bell & Fox make their pieces to last – so they’re incredibly hardworking. Case in point: this merlot leather crossbody has a removable strap, so it also works as a wristlet and a clutch. And a lovely Christmas gift.
Hattie Buzzard Earrings
London jeweller Hattie Buzzard makes beautiful earrings, wrestling geometric shapes from lightweight, sustainable polymer clay and covering them with bright colours and interesting shapes. Get these lilac Lou studs for anyone who likes to make a statement with their jewellery as well as their clothes.
Shrimps Embellished Hair Clip
These days, an investment hair clip is very much A Thing. And aren’t we glad? This blue and white beaded slide from cult British brand Shrimps reminds us of bluebells and snowdrops peeping up in the springtime. Lovely.
LF Markey Beret
Founded by Australian designer Louise Markey and made in London, LF Markey’s pieces are a joyous and bright reinvention of classic wardrobe staples. Our favourites, though, are her berets – a riot of colour and frivolity. The perfect finishing touch to a British eclectic’s outfit.
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