Taking inspiration from other people’s gift lists can be a huge timesaver. It’s not cheating, it’s just sharing resources. With a limited number of days to organise a dramatically scaled-down version of Christmas we decided to ask one of London’s leading stylists, Sarah Corbett-Winder, what’s on her Christmas wish list this week, and what she’s buying for her loved ones…
As the In House Stylist at Boden and a serial shopper Sarah, 34, has amassed a huge Insta following by sharing her encyclopedic knowledge of fashion. From high end to high street, boutique and independent – everyone has their outlets and Sarah’s is style, in all its glorious forms. As a North London resident, her Instagram feed – @sarahsactualwardrobe – also serves as a moodpboard of the city’s most photogenic walls.
So as you can imagine, when it comes to Christmas shopping, she has scoured every corner of the globe – virtual and otherwise – to cherry pick the chicest fashion and the most beautiful accessories. Investment pieces like Isabel Marant’s Lecce belt – “You could wear it in so many ways – it’s fab worn with jeans, wide leg trousers, over floral dresses, over shirt dresses or over cardigans. The cost per wear would be great,” she tells us. And forever keepsakes like Cartier’s Love Earring – “I really hope that my husband is reading this… This really is a forever and ever piece.”
Like us, she’s been binging on The Queen’s Gambit of late and has been inspired to buy her husband a Print Works Chess Set From Anthropologie. She also has a dark green gilet from Drakes, the East London heritage brand, on his list. “This is a present I know my husband will wear for ever,” she enthuses. The sporty gilet is constructed from a Japanese technical fabric on one side, and reverses to a contrasting cream quilted side, insulated with organic recycled lambswool.
As for the kids, it’s personalisation all the way. Sarah’s one-stop shop of choice for all matters of monogramming is Not Another Bill. You can add your child’s name or initials to a colourful bag by the ethical Copenhagen brand Liewood, or add them to an organic cotton bear-ear beanie.
Take it from someone who doles out style advise for a living, and scroll through the below for the key pieces Sarah is gifting, buying, wanting and wearing right now…
“This is a super chic everyday bag that I know would be great friends with everything in my wardrobe! I am trying to think of something that it wouldn’t look fab with…”