You know how sometimes you give a little kid an expensive present and then two seconds later you see that he or she is happier with a kitchen pot or a cardboard box? Fashion gifts can be like that, too. The vastly expensive offering, bestowed with solemn ceremony, has more than once fallen flat on its ritzy face, while the modest, insouciant trifle (okay, well at least relatively modest—$250, our cutoff price here, isn’t exactly peanuts . . . ) can capture her heart with its irreverent offhand charm.
The trick—isn’t there always a trick?—is to make sure this little nothing has big fashion cred. So not just any tome, but Vetements’s limited-edition Fashion Bible (add a pair of Vetements white Sexual Fantasies socks if you’re feeling flush); not just any goofy brooch, but a Christopher Kane crocheted flower or a GucciGhost rainbow; not just any bag accessory, but a banana yellow Comme des Garçons Super Fluo wallet—because, okay, the chances of her scoring a ticket to the upcoming Met Ball in May, where the genius of Comme’s Rei Kawakubo will be celebrated, is pretty remote, but who says she can’t carry around her own homage in her pocket?
See our garden of under-$250 delights in the slideshow above.
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