How to Master Holiday Gift Buying, According to Rachel Zoe

When Rachel Zoe gives us gift-buying and trend advice, we're all ears. After all, she has impeccable taste and is credited with turning lots of actresses into style stars, so who better to take suggestions from?

We recently caught up with the stylist and chatted about all things holiday, as well as her latest project: styling Ugg's new campaign, which features the brand's newly redesigned boots. For the shoot, Zoe expertly styled Ugg's Classic Slim Collection, which features boots with a slimmer silhouette.

Scroll down to read our chat with Rachel Zoe and see behind-the-scenes images of her on the set of the new Ugg campaign! 

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Ugg Australia/Justin Coit

Who What Wear: What are your recommendations for under-£40 gifts for the fashion girl?
Rachel Zoe: Costume jewellery! I also think a candle goes a long way. Personally, I can never have too many little makeup pouches also—they’re perfect for gifting.

WWW: What are you hoping to receive for the holidays?
RZ: Lots of hugs and kisses from my boys, as well as arts and crafts. Skyler brings home arts and crafts from school every Friday, which continues to be my favorite thing in the world. Kaius just kisses me all over my face, so for the holidays I would like more of that. And then Rodger always does really well. He knows that I love jewelry; I just can’t get enough. I mean, I just feel like I need more fingers for jewellery. Any piece engraved with my boys’ initials, names, or birth dates makes me really happy.

WWW: What are you giving this holiday season?
RZ: For girls, it’s usually jewellery. To be honest, I also do gift Ugg every year to a lot of the people in my life because it is the ultimate crowd pleaser. In particular, I love gifting Ugg slippers for all the guys. 

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Ugg Australia/Justin Coit

WWW: What is your gift-buying strategy?
RZ: I try to be as organised as possible every year, and every year I find myself the day before Christmas running around. I try to start creating my list around Thanksgiving followed by setting the budget, which I usually exceed 10 times over. I’m very selective about what I get each person, which is why it takes me 10 times as long.

WWW: Is your gift-buying strategy any different for your sons specifically? What are they asking for this year?
RZ: Skyler continues to ask for more race cars and, if not that, then a souvenir from the Museum of Natural History. As for Kaius, he wants anything he can snuggle with.

WWW: What are your top three favourite trends for fall? How would you style them?
RZ:
My favourite trends for fall are definitely leather or suede pants—skinny or flare. I love them with a chunky sweater or a basic T-shirt paired with a little tuxedo jacket or blazer. I also really love a shearling coat! And a good oversize slouchy beanie or hat is everything.

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Ugg Australia/Justin Coit 

WWW: What do you love about the “reimagined” Ugg boot?
RZ: The new Classic Slim collection is similar to the traditional Classic Ugg, but even better! It’s sleeker, more refined, and more polished.

WWW: What is your favourite way to style the boots and why?
RZ: There are several ways to the style the Classic Slim, but I find myself going to a black leather skinny trouser or a skinny jean. I also really love to see them paired with a chunky knit sweater layered over a miniskirt with a slouchy beanie and a camel overcoat— it’s very winter wonderland, but you can also wear it throughout the year.

WWW: What was your approach to styling the Ugg lookbook, and where did you find inspiration?
RZ: I found inspiration from all the women in my life. I really wanted to think about how to take a classic boot we all know and love and reimagine the look with very little effort. It’s all about figuring out how to work this collection into your everyday life no matter what occasion. When I was styling the lookbook, I found myself thinking, What does everyone in my life wear? The answer was miniskirts, oversize coats, cozy sweaters, skinny jeans, and leather pants—chic yet effortless and stylish basics. 

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Ugg Australia/Justin Coit

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