J.Crew's Head Stylist Names the 1 Holiday Gift That Never Fails

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One glimpse at J.Crew's holiday gift guide, and you'll know the head stylist has Winter fashion mastered. Gayle Spannaus brought the team to Alberta, Canada, where models posed in this season's standout pieces, from checked trousers and flannels to sophisticated coats and cozy turtlenecks. Every image carries the signature J.Crew look: casual print mixing meets laid-back elegance.

When we got the chance to speak to Gayle, we had to know — how can we get the same look this holiday season? Thankfully, she supplied plenty of tips. Gayle offered us unique ways to make a simple LBD look more expensive, and she revealed a few no-fail gifts to shop for your loved ones if you're in need of some ideas. Read on to learn how to party your way into 2017 according to a J.Crew pro, keeping things polished with very little effort.

The Ultimate Holiday Gift

The Ultimate Holiday Gift

"Any cashmere, or a piece of jewelry is always timeless and seasonless — like our engrave-able charm necklace or signet ring."

The 1 Key Piece You Should Make Sure Your SO Owns

The 1 Key Piece You Should Make Sure Your SO Owns

"To me, the one essential item is just a denim shirt — everybody looks great in a denim shirt."

J.Crew Selvedge Chambray Shirt For Her ($98) and For Him ($98)


The Universal Holiday Styling Tip All Women Should Remember

"Don't ever underestimate a piece of velvet or grosgrain ribbon. It's something we all have — it can be tied in a bow around a pair of jeans for an added embellishment, switch out your watch band with a beautiful velvet ribbon, tie a bow around the neck or waist with a crisp white shirt, there is so much that can be done."


The No-Fail Trick For Making a Holiday Outfit Look Expensive

"Make your accessories special. You can go super classic as a baseline for your outfit, but then add some beautiful embellished shoes and a cute little clutch, a big statement earring — accessories, accessories, accessories!"


The Beauty Trick to Feeling Like a Million Bucks in Your Clothes

"The minute you add a red lip and neaten your hair, you look like a million dollars. It doesn't cost any money, and it just puts polish on your look, whatever it is."