As you may expect, here on the fashion desk we're constantly in discussion about our wish lists, what we have in our virtual baskets and what we've got our eye on in-store. Christmas on the ever-looming horizon gave us a great opportunity to take stock of our fantasy buys.
From a Tibi velvet dress to Calvin Klein cowboy boots, if money were no object, we'd be asking Santa for these luxe buys to be under our tree come Christmas morning - and they may even give you some ideas for your stylish loved ones...
The perfect every day coat
From the second I saw this coat back in February I have been hankering after it. 'A classic black coat!' I hear you say, but this isn't any old black coat. The proportions of Jonathan Anderson's coat for Loewe are what makes it so special - those long line sleeves, the nipped waist, and oversized collar. And then the beautiful minimal buttons, and that clever top stitching. This is a forever coat, and not just for Christmas. SW
Luxe leather boots
A pair of mock-croc leather boots would be the perfect accent to my winter wardrobe, and Max Mara's toffee over-the-knee offering are as luxe as they come. I'd tuck dark blue jeans into them and wear with my camel blazer, or I'd pair them with a cream midi dress and my chocolate brown wool coat to nail tonal dressing. Also, Santa, if you're feeling especially generous, I wouldn't say no this wool cape, either. KT
A cosy cashmere dress
Dear Santa, for Christmas this year, I'd really like my fantasy capsule wardrobe. It would include cashmere jumpers and dresses from Gabriela Hearst (the closest I've come to wearing a cloud), an oversized, ankle-length Max Mara coat, and a tailored suit by Giuliva Heritage Collection, which I'll wear with the sold-out New Balance x Reformation trainers that I should have bought when I had the chance.
I'd also like the new Gucci Zumi bag (£2,230, Net-a-porter), a true classic, along with the Frame x Tamara Mellon boots (£646, Frame) that the Duchess of Sussex wore last month. I know it's a lot to ask, but I think I'll wear these pieces forever. And I really have been a very good girl this year. Much love, Tamara. TA
The transeasonal frock of dreams
In 2020, I want to wear more colour. I've always loved wearing bright, uplifting clothes, but for some reason this winter I've stuck almost exclusively to a palette of black, grey and navy. This can be rectified from Christmas Day onwards. I would ease my way back in with this toffee and electric blue Victoria Beckham dress, I think, wearing it with burgundy boots while it's cold, and then pumps when spring kicks in. CL
A gala-ready brocade dress
I know I should want trainers to inspire at least a couple weeks of a fitness routine, a winter’s worth of Heattech for the whole family, or even nothing at all. But desire is rarely a sensible mistress. So what would I long for if budget and practicality weren’t considerations? A vintage quilted Chanel bag (finally). A pink satin Paco Rabanne midi dress or an Erdem gown, for all those galas I (never) have to attend. And a fabulous LaDoubleJ cocktail coat, either in graphic leopard print or sumptuous teal brocade. Or, while we’re fantasising, one of each. That’d do nicely. EC
A sensible winter coat
Bonnie coat, £455, A.P.C
My younger self would baulk at such a practical choice, but what I really want for Christmas is a good quality, slightly A-line navy coat that will go with everything. Specifically this one from A.P.C. The sleeves are loose enough to allow for a chunky jumper, the length will work with both trousers and dresses, and it's a super soft cashmere-wool mix. I haven't quite been an angel all year, but I've still got my fingers crossed... CGE
A chic pinstriped suit
Tailored suits and turtlenecks are on my 2020 moodboard. I'm trying to Marie Kondo my wardrobe and nothing sparks more joy than dressing up like you're part of a media dynasty: yes, I'm talking about the Roy family from Succession. Nothing says soft power like a black pinstriped suit and thick roll-neck from Celine - throw on a cape when it's cold and it becomes the lady of the manor. HM