Think holiday gifting is difficult? Recess' very own Marie Monsod shares her FAVE FIVE unique gifts to ensure re-gifting isn't an option.
A colorful scarf with an interesting print, especially when vintage and by Yves Saint Laurent will definitely warrant you some smiles. Why I love scarves – they are easy to throw on when you don’t feel like getting dressed up and they instantly give your outfit character. A favorite outfit of mine is a tee, jeans, sneaker, blazer or moto jacket, box bag, scarf…and voila! And don’t forget the red lipstick. A colorful or embellished pair of gloves gives the same effect! These vintage Escada gloves are unique and make a punch. You’ll have your friends pawing these off yours!
Chain accessories have been popular since the Medieval Times and even prior. Of course designers that first come to mind who are known for their use of metal are Whiting & Davis and Paco Rabanne, but many other designers incorporated metals, chains and links in their work. This Walborg link bag is sure to please, not only does it fit a cell phone, it really makes a shining statement. Punk, bondage, heavy metal…either this Jean Paul Gaultier 10 chain bracelet or vintage no label Etruscan bib necklace will rock your look.
How can you go wrong with bling? Following my same theory that wearing a tee and jeans with a fun accessory can pop your outfit, the same goes with anything jeweled. Jeweled accessories go with everything, whether you decide to dress them up or dress them down. Wear any of these pieces with your favorite jeans or a silk chiffon gown and you’ll be ready to paint the town. I especially love the unsigned 60s pearl, rhinestone, cabochon belt which will have you feeling like the crown jewel of the party.
It’s a tight race for me when I have to decide what necklace to wear. They can transform your outfits, whether you’re wearing 1 or layering 4, as even Iris Apfel has said, “More is more, less is a bore.” Go for this 60s lattice bib or star and moon multichain necklace and you’ll have your friends star gazing all night.
Brooches have been around forever and designers are continuously incorporating them but they remain to have a ‘grandma or old fashioned’ stigma. Remember when Marc Jacobs brooched up a denim jacket for his Spring 2016 ready-to- wear collection? Instead of a typical rhinestone flower brooch, they used a popcorn, music note, anchor, star and even a pretzel to embellish the jacket. I’m into unique brooches like this Sonia Rykiel rhinestone safety pin which I think will safely pin a smile. If you’re feeling a gift for yourself, adorn your neck with this long fringed Ben Amun or panther by Bijoux Cascio.
by Marie Monsod