Our elegant accessories and clothing make perfect gifts for the discerning woman in your life, too. Paris-based writer Faye Fearon selects the pieces she would like to find under the tree this Christmas.
As a menswear journalist, my friends often ask me for recommendations on what to gift their boyfriends. My answer is always the same: a scarf from Drake’s. Firstly, because accessories are a failsafe. Secondly, because those from Drake’s are the finest – and most stylish, in my opinion – that he’ll wear. Thirdly, because I’m secretly hinting at a gift for myself. Yes, Drake’s is technically designed for men, but as a female whose main aim with clothing is to communicate a sense of elegance, a well-crafted menswear ensemble is the perfect point of call. Which is why I also suggest Drake’s as a source of gifts for women this Christmas.
Perceptions of style, conscious or not, are to a large extent informed by culture. Music, film, art, literature – all of these worlds are filled with brilliant cues on how to dress, and that’s mostly down to the fact that the people in their societies don’t prioritise clothing. Their style, instead, is the uniform which assists their daily work, and that therefore makes it an extremely authentic source of influence for dressing. I learned this from my parents, both of whom have always filtered the philosophies of their favourite artistic figures into their wardrobes. Growing up, I would often look through photo albums from their travels in the eighties, and it was here that I picked up on one shared style thread: tailoring.
Bar the odd waist cinching belt and breton bodysuit, my mum’s style consistently mirrored that of my dad’s. Single breasted blazers, button down shirts, high waisted twill trousers and leather shoes formed the formal side. White t-shirts, black roll necks, straight cut denim jeans and suede jackets shaped the casual side. She wore an abundance of essentials, and this approach to style informed me that clothing doesn’t have to prioritise one gender. It just has to communicate quality. Of course, a man’s garment won’t look identical on a woman because her silhouette is naturally different. It appears more oversized and relaxed, but that’s kind of the beauty of it. Far from ill-fitting, wearing menswear is one of the smartest style moves a woman can make because it’s timeless, sophisticated and leaves much to the imagination.