PASSION FOR FASHION
Clothes that will make her say "ooh!" rather than "oh"
Creators News Service
Forget the tacky Christmas sweaters and leave the things that go jingle in the night to jolly old St. Nick. Instead, give the stylish women in your life a holiday gift that will ring in the season with a smile and not a ho-hum sigh.
Stick with the soft stuff for girls of any age. The ultimate indulgence is anything in cashmere. You can find a variety of fashionable cashmere designs at all price points in your favorite boutiques, department stores and online.
One of the companies that specializes in cashmere and offers unique gift-giving possibilities is Knitwit. The company was launched in Spring 2006 by Julie Willgeroth of Newport Beach, Calif. Attracting celebrities the likes of Penelope Cruz, Jessica Biel, Nicole Richie, Katie Holmes, Mischa Barton, Jennifer Aniston, and Cameron Diaz, the brand has expanded over the last two years and is available in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia.
Each season, Willgeroth designs a stylish sweater to make a powerful philanthropic fashion statement. This fall and holiday season, Knitwit will offer a fashionable pink leopard cashmere hoodie and pink leopard cashmere wrap that will benefit breast cancer research. Knitwit is stocked in over 500 prestigious high-end boutiques and department stores, including Henri Bendel, Barneys New York in Japan, Fred Segal, Kitson, Planet Blue, Olive & Bettes and Nordstrom's Savvy Department, as well as online at shopknitwit.com.
The ultra-plush gift of cashmere is also available in designer collections at net-a-porter.com or in more affordable labels like Aqua in puff-sleeve empire cardigans and striped hoodies at Bloomingdales (bloomingdales.com). J.Crew is also a favorite retailer who stocks cashmere classics with a stylish twist (jcrew.com).
Cashmere robes, socks and even teddy bears are available at Bath and Body Works, who touts its "sweetest, softest collection on earth" for this holiday season in super-soft hooded robes, neck wraps, sleep masks, headbands and slippers from $7.50 to $49.50.
If cashmere is a little too expensive for your budget, there are plenty of cozy sweaters to wrap up for the holidays this year. Just think big and bold. Chunky cable knits are the latest fashion trend in everything from mini-dresses to sweater coats and from floppy turtlenecks to cropped shrugs.
Every woman needs a good pair of lounge pants -- the kind that feel so good you never want to take them off. Check out Undiemoon's Jayne Everyday Jersey Lounge Pants from Hipundies.com. The super-comfortable fabric is made from a soft rayon and spandex blend, giving the pants just enough stretch. The pants feature a drawstring waist and a long inseam for comfort. Undiemoon lounge pants are available in black, chocolate, dusty rose, maroon, white and turquoise for $44.
Another new loungewear collection of "beachy looks" that debuts this holiday season is "Flirtitudes" at JCPenney (jcpenney.com). And for anything that is soft and soothing for those on your shopping list to slip into, browse the website of Soft Surroundings (softsurroundings.com).
While exclusives and limited edition items are popular in the apparel world, the idea of getting an exclusive sexy little something to wear underneath certainly isn't as common.
What better way to give your fashion diva something to celebrate than with a new set of lingerie or chemise in an exclusive color or style? At Figleaves.com, you can shop from the comfort of your own home. With a wide range of prices and sizes (up to a G cup), there's truly something for everyone.