A Fashion-Fabulous Holiday: Our Top Fashion Gifts of the Season

by Andrew Villagomez

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Thursday December 3, 2020

A Fashion-Fabulous Holiday: Our Top Fashion Gifts of the Season
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By Kelsy Chauvin, Andrew Villagomez and Matthew Wexler

You may only be getting dressed for Zoom calls and liquor store runs. So what? Why not look your best in 2021? Or maybe you're stepping into a cozy onesie for Christmas morning, donning workout clothes for your newly purchased Peleton ride, or layering stylish but functional outerwear for all of your winter socializing. No matter the occasion, plenty of brands are relying on your support this holiday season to stay afloat. So check out the sales, gift a loved one or yourself, and let's all give the year a much-needed makeover.

We've been longtime fans of LGBTQ-owned TomboyX, which started with the mission to create comfortable underwear regardless of size or where its customer fell on the gender spectrum. Years later, TomboyX has expanded to leisurewear, accessories and other queer-centric apparel.

Some of our favorites are rarely in stock but worth trying to snag, including the French terry pullover hoodie ($68)
with rainbow-lined hood and racing stripes, as well as the Kapow! Print onesie ($64), covered in expletives that we'd like to attribute to the past year. Other fun finds include Love is Love peekaboo joggers ($48) and classic rainbow anklet crew socks ($14), which will have you Pride-ready in 2021.

OROS Echo Jacket  

OROS Echo Jacket
One part bomber, another part track jacket with a splash of streetwear makes the Echo our top outerwear pick of the season. If you've shopped competing brands and found the silhouettes to be boxy and unflattering, you'll be pleasantly surprised by the tailoring (and price) of this newcomer. Available in Rich (a warm brown) or Earth (steel grey), the Echo streamlines the midweight puffer jacket into a wearable and stylish cut that's terrific for a midday walk or to dress up with a pair of dark jeans and boots.

Performance features include proprietary Solarcore insulation, which is breathable, wind-resistant and provides four-way stretch. Our favorite detail is the chest clip, which allows you to wear the jacket unzipped without it flopping all over the place on your morning coffee commute. Machine-washable, it's also user friendly for those times you're actually heading into the wilderness. ($220)

Marrakshi Life Oversized Drawstring Shirt
Comfort and style converge in the latest from New York fashion photographer Randall Bachner. Inspired by the traditional Moroccan wardrobe but interpreted through a modern, gender-neutral lens, Bachner's collection exclusively features hand-woven textiles from its atelier.

The vertically striped, made-to-order oversized long shirt ($458) offers a relaxed fit with a point collar, front buttons and drawstring. We also love the new take on jumpsuits with the Formula Snap Overall in merlot ($542) striking a dramatic chord.

This season, the most stylin' fashion line for "women, non-binary, and trans folx" is HauteButch. The brand launched back in 2012 and held a successful IFundWomen campaign to help sustain the company during this challenging year. Co-founders Karen Roberts and Danette Sheppard-Vaughn design and make fine masculine clothing tailored to fit women's bodies. But on top of the brilliant lines of formal and casual tops, vests, and other handsome garments (including chic cotton masks), HauteButch also is a brand that's proudly black, woman, queer, and veteran-owned. For the gift-giving season, don't miss the Infantry Two Tone Print Shirt ($89) to dress up or down, with tipped collar and sleeves, and now available in a trio of microprint colors.

And for those planning a formal occasion in 2021 (wedding bells, anyone?), check out the collection of suits and tuxedo jackets, many of which can be made to order with HauteButch's custom suit measuring guide. (Prices vary.)

Dries Van Noten Oversized Sweater
Sure, it's a splurge, but sometimes we just have to go there. At $970, this oversized checked mélange merino wool-blend sweater could be your statement piece of the season. Olive and navy with burnt sienna and white accents give a bigger-than-life look to the loose-fitting garment, which is sure to wow all of your Zoom holiday parties. Made in Belgium.

Scotch & Soda reversible printed bomber jacket.  

Scotch Select by Scotch & Soda
Can't commit? We know the feeling. That's why Scotch & Soda's subscription fashion rental plan is the perfect fit for anyone with fashion FOMO.

For $99 per month, subscribers receive three dry-cleaned items at a time and can swap whenever they're ready for a fresh look — shipping included. If you decide to keep any of the pieces, you'll save upwards of 65%. The program launched in September 2019 for men. This fall, the brand added a women's line.

Some of our dream picks for men include the wool gradient pullover, the check angle cargo pants and the jacquard hooded sweatshirt. For women, the chunky knit turtleneck in emerald, reversible printed bomber (two for one!) and pleated-sleeve track jacket in reef red.

Coach X Jennifer Lopez Hutton Shoulder Bag
Grab and go with this fabulous collaboration between J Lo and Coach. The blush pink color blocking and luxe snakeskin trim are sure to dazzle socially distanced eyes. The inside features multi-function pockets to store essentials, with exterior details that include turn-lock closure, polished rivets, and a long chain strap that can convert to two short handles. The embossed hangtag with the superstar's signature adds that final flair. ($495)

fivebyfive Purpose shorts  

fivebyfive Purpose Shorts
If you're ready to shed the COVID-19 pounds, look no further than fivebyfive's line of fitness clothing. Gay-owned and L.A.-made, the company name pays homage to the number's traits of curiosity, versatility, adventure and an unwillingness to be complacent.

These two-in-one shorts look great, even if it's just your reflection in the mirror. The built-in compression lining helps prevent muscle fatigue, and the tight-lock phone pocket comes in handy for those outdoor runs. Fast-drying with just enough stretch for a comfortable workout, we felt inspired to put in an extra five minutes of cardio. ($59)

Tanks and T-shirts round out the collection (we love the duo-tone Purpose Tee in Moroccan or Ebano, $49).

Andrew Villagomez is a journalist and photographer covering travel, men's fashion, grooming and other lifestyle topics. His work has appeared in print and online publications including Travel + Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, Essential Homme, Delta Sky Magazine, Out, Details, Thrillist and more. He is also runs his own style and travel blog, Vee Travels. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.