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Finding a gift for someone who’s into fashion seems easy at first — just find an on-trend handbag or a button-down similar to the one she wears all the time and call it a day, right? Nope. What if she just decided her 2023 resolution is to eschew all trends? Plus, we all know that no other button-down will hold a candle to the one she’s worn for years, anyway.
While fashion girls are generally known for spelling out exactly what they want in alphabetized list form (just me?), there are other ways to deduce what’s on their wishlist this year. If you can, take a peek at their saved Instagram posts or see if they have anything hanging out in their online shopping carts at the stores they shop at most. But if innocuous snooping is off the table, you’ve come to the right place.
Many of my gift ideas for your most fashionable friend are surefire ways to let them know that you’re thoughtful but also perceptive and quite stylish yourself. But to make it even easier, I broke it down by personality — that way, it’s nearly impossible to go wrong.
For the woman who can never have enough shoes
We all know and love her (and some of us are her). Get a hold of her shoe size on the sly, so you don’t set off any alarms, then find a pair she’s been eyeing like a knee-high boot, a glittery, New Year’s Eve-ready heel or even a classic dad sneaker.
Vince Isa Leather Platform Clog, $228 (Orig. $325)
Mango High Heel Boots, $149.99 (Orig. $169.99)
New Balance 993 Core, $199.99
For the style enthusiast newly obsessed with interiors
You don’t have to be obsessed with fashion to want your home to look good — but the two often overlap. If your fashion friend brought her talents inside (literally), let her know you appreciate her with a thoughtful gift for her home. Candles and diffusers are usually a safe option no matter their style, but something more fun like a vase, throw pillow or vintage-inspired mirror could work, too.
ARGOT Argo Budo Bowl, $190
For the trend-agnostic
If you’re shopping for someone who prefers to stay away from trends, look for more timeless items that could help complete her capsule wardrobe, like a schlubby heavy-knit sweater in a neutral color or a bag that’ll never go out of style.
Cuyana Tall Easy Tote, $248
For the accessories queen
There’s that old adage that says we should take something off before leaving the house, but everyone has a fashion friend that doesn’t only eschew that rule — they actively work against it. Celebrate your BFF’s penchant for a good accessory with a pair of statement earrings, a headband from a cult-favorite brand or a belt she’ll want to wear with everything.
Shushu/Tong Black Limited Edition Headband, $249 (Orig. $355)
Déhanche Hollyhock Belt, $220
For the truly fashion-obsessed
Have a friend who lives and breathes fashion? A timeless handbag or a faux-fur coat makes a great group gift, depending on your budget.
By Far Amber Leather Shoulder Bag, $411 (Orig. $684)
APPARIS Milly Coat, $288
Ganni Patch Beanie, $77 (Orig. $95)
Loewe Mohair-Blend Scarf, $320
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