Christmas Gift Guide: Clothes & Shoes
With the UK national lockdown entering its third week, the weather on the turn and the festive season fast approaching, here at Always in Colour we’ve pieced together an essential winter’s guide full of top-pick wardrobe must-haves, gifts and lockdown necessities to help complement the changing months.
A high-spirited and nostalgic option for complementing any digital catch-up or for gifting to any post ‘80s appreciative, vintage aesthetics and tie-dye prints are guaranteed to lift spirits across both lockdown and the coming festive season. A trend that is set to continue well into the spring, thanks to its ageless appeal and colourful remit, tie-dye profiles such as the Nike Tie-Dye T-Shirt, the Soulland Karl T-Shirt and the Battenwear Pocket T-Shirt are perfect for bringing a touch of yesteryear character to any fashion conscious urban-minded wardrobe.
Ideal for fans of the infamous comic-strip series Peanuts and the workings of legendary cartoonist Charles M. Schulz, the referential Soulland Meets Peanuts collection offers a wistful trip down memory lane via its sentimental formulation. Pairing regenerative character with insulative lounge-worthy comfort, the GOTS certified Soulland Meets Peanuts House Hoodie and the Soulland Meets Peanuts Moon Hoodie present themselves as go-to gift ideas for any Snoopy admirer, whilst their casual composure checks them off as the perfect lockdown loungewear staple too.
Replicating the feel of exploring the great outdoors from the comfort of your own home, utilitarian heritage wear profiles such as the Lancaster Mountain Fleece and Mountain Fleece Jacket from David Keyte’s Universal Works ticks all the boxes when it comes to classic aesthetics paired with ‘real, honest and good design’. With greater time being spent indoors due to lockdown, well-insulated Sherpa fleece silhouettes and sleeveless variants provide all the warmth you need whilst tackling your next work-from-home venture, with their championed trans-seasonal function making them ideal for once restrictions are lifted.
If Ivy League aesthetics, preppy underpinnings and appreciations for trans-generational heritage-wear is still top of your list, then Shetland Woollen Co.’s collection of supersoft handfeel sweaters is sure to inspire. Ideal for ensuring you’re wrapped up warm whilst enjoying a socially distanced catch-up outdoors or for gifting to someone you know that admires premium-grade craftsmanship, the traditional colourings and well-brushed composure of Shetland Woollen Co.’s Shaggy Crewneck Sweatshirts are undoubtedly next to none. Good enough for the islanders of Shetland, JFK and Mick Jagger, the Shaggy Crewneck Knit offers superior quality that’s fit for winter purpose.
For creative expressionists, visionaries and sneakerheads alike, the revolutionary Nike React Vision isn’t distracted by 2020’s stop-start repercussion, instead offering a noted futuristic appeal through its distinctive DIY aesthetic. The perfect lockdown mood booster or gift for any fan of Nike’s nostalgic D/MS/X series, the 3D and rubber-podded Nike React is built to conquer any demanding lifestyle, no matter whether it's at home or once daily routines are resumed.
If being active on your feet is reflected in your desire to be active in terms of your environmental footprint, then Veja’s collection of Campo ChromeFree, V-10, Roraima and Rio Branco sneakers pair organic upcycling with diversified purpose. Although you may not be travelling far during lockdown, Veja’s ode to the environment is something we can all learn from with their pioneering profiles now coined ‘the most symbolic product of our generation’. The perfect gift idea for fashion conscious urbanists, explorative sneaker enthusiasts and for those looking for something a little more sustainable, Fair Trade centred Veja is undoubtedly the brand of choice.
For those that value hand-made artisanship and Euro-centric novelty, Novesta is another highly commended footwear icon when it comes to celebrating premium-grade timelessness across all seasonal settings. Adhering to both the desires of lockdown casualwear and the needs of any restriction-free lifestyle, ecological profiles such as the anatomically shaped and vegan Star Master Shoes combine sportier undertones with modernised function. If you or someone you know prefers more heritage-minded track-and-field aesthetics, then why not opt for the archival Marathon Trail Shoes instead.
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