Theoretically, “classic” should be an easy style to find, right? Wrong! Particularly if you don’t embrace the traditional look in your own personal style, finding a gift for the friend or family member who does can be a little daunting. Where do you look? What colors will a traditional dresser be able to incorporate into her everyday life? What in the world does “classic” mean anymore, anyway? We don’t necessarily have all the answers to those questions, but our Classic Style Gift Guide does have six suggestions for the traditionalist in your life.

Naturally, we have to start with a handbag to set the mood. The Valentino Aphrodite Satchel has clean lines with a big dose of femininity, but the neutral caramel color keeps things from careening over the edge. The proportion of the bag is perfect, and for a structured design, the leather is exceptionally soft. Buy through Nordstrom for $1995.

If you’re looking for costume jewelry with some polish, you needn’t look any further than the Oscar de la Renta Cross Stone Clip-On Earrings. Or, really, any of de la Renta’s great baubles could take this spot. OdlR makes timeless, fanciful, feminine pieces that don’t lack presence or statement, but they still fit easily into a traditional wardrobe. I’m not sure how common un-pierced ears are, but it’s nice to know that these earrings will work for any classic lady on your list. Buy through Bergdorf Goodman for $390.

The ADAM Sequined Bamboo and Cashmere Cardigan may seem like a slightly counterintuitive choice for a classic wardrobe, but follow my train of thought here. It’s a neutral color and a traditional shape, and adding some shine to the sweater creates a special piece, and potentially, a special gift. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $395.

Every woman needs a good evening bag, but Leiber-level prices might not be in your Christmas budget. And let’s be real – you’d have to like someone a lot to spend that much money on them. For a much lower price, the Diane Von Furstenberg Lytton Minaudiere can do evening bag duty with just as much style. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $365.

It’s hard to go wrong with a good stainless steel watch, no matter what the recipient’s personal style might be. The Michael Kors Chronograph Stainless Steel Watch is a great deal for how expensive it looks, and it’s the sort of piece that can stay in someone’s jewelry box for years to come – 100% classic, without a trend or fad in sight. Buy through Saks for $225.

Do I even need to explain why someone might want a Ralph Lauren Cable Cashmere Throw? I can’t think of a way to make it any more clear. It’s a cashmere blanket. You love the sweaters, so why not wrap your whole body in it? If cream isn’t your thing, it also comes in camel and black. Buy through Saks for $595.

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  • shueaddict

    the earrings were sold out on saks before your blog even came out

    • They’re still available at Bergdorf’s via the provided link :-)

      • shueaddict

        you are definitely on to something, they were just in on netaporter and sold out immediately

      • Vitta

        shueaddict, as of Dec.10 1:29 AM (Pacific time), the earrings are still available on

  • EvaKnox

    I have the exact same watch and got no complaints to make about it. Been wearing it for months, every single day and works just perfect. Not to mention it looks beautiful on my wrist.

    Should I even mention the Valentino. Oh how I lvoe thee…

  • Vitta

    Usually, a huge bow, resin stones, sequins and stainless steel would not be associated with a classic style. But I must admit that the photos of the picks in this particular Holiday promotion look quite attractive.

  • Debbie

    Those earrings are so beautiful and captivating!

  • Sara @ Trendy Penny

    Hey Amanda! Thanks for the great ideas! Just wanted to let you know how much we at Trendy Penny love your posts. They are always helpful, educational, and entertaining.

  • Erin

    I really like Valentino’s bags, but this one I’m just not feeling. I saw IRL at Saks, and I didn’t like how the edges of the bow are not finished. It makes it look cheap. The leather is very soft though.

  • Staci

    Amanda, I want the ADAM Sequined Bamboo and Cashmere Cardigan. It’s now at the top of my list! ;-)

    • I totally want it too. It’s so festive!

  • Max

    This time Valentino done it RIGHT. Love the bag!

  • MizzJ

    Wow you really outdid yourselves PB on this gift guide! Everything here is gorgeous. And fyi there are non-pierced ladies like myself out there! Sadly, I can’t justify purchasing those pretty earrings :(

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  • Demi

    I don’t like the Valentino satchel, but I adore those earings! They’re absolutely perfect!!!

  • Stylista

    I’m a classic, you know, if anyone’s wondering about my Christmas present! ;)

    In love with the cardigan and the earrings. Oscar de la Renta makes my heart flutter! Bring on the jewels!

  • window of happiness

    Great gift guides! Love the earrings and evening bag!

  • Lisa

    love this whole gift guide but the ADAM cardi in particular. i wrote up a gift guide for writers that i think bloggers could dig too…check it out!

  • erica

    Love these gifts! Someone should be reading this and shoppiin fo rme as we speak!

  • erica

    wow, i was too excited…typos

  • Linda

    Beautiful gift ideas…I would be thrilled with any (or all) of the items you featured.

  • fvictim

    wow,great pieces, I love the bag,it’s amazing!

  • Chick

    The quality of Michael Kors watches stinks. I’ve had 2 that quit functioning within a few months of purchasing them. Would not buy one again.

  • CL

    beautiful earrings!! (ipad)

  • Smith

    so i’ve amassed $275 in gift cards at macy’s – i just found what i should buy!!!!! that MK watch!!!! thank you! (ipad)

  • Smith

    uh oh – just saw that comment above about MK watches…i might have to rethink this! (ipad)

  • Lola

    Everything here is amazing! I love the cardi and the earrings, plus the bag is beautiful (though I wish the edges were finished) (ipad)

  • Kellisa

    Love everything! But the Valentino is perfection. (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    The DVF clutch is cute and price is not bad compared to other similar products. (ipad)

  • Ellen

    Great list! Love the sweater even though I do not typically go for sequins; I also love the blanket (ipad)


    great cardigan (ipad)


    awesome earrings (ipad)

  • Jessie

    Loving the MK watch. Drool. (ipad)

  • Trae

    Nice watch! (ipad)

  • Rae

    I got a sewuin Cardigan just like that from Kohl’s for an amazing price. Love both, so similar! (iPad)

  • Cindy

    I theoretically like the sequin cardi, but when I tried a couple of brands, it didn’t look good on me. (ipad)

  • Tiffany

    LOVE the Aphrodite satchel! (ipad)

  • Jelita78

    is this gift guide includes gift to self?
    coz hell no i’m gonna gift these to others rather than me! LOL (ipad)

  • Joanna

    Obsessed w/ the Valentino (iPad)

  • Jen

    Love the DVF clutches! (ipad)

  • Julia

    love the earrings! (ipad)

  • Alison J.

    Love those earrings and that watch! (ipad)

  • Lara

    the watch is a great gift at a reasonable price! (ipad)

  • helen

    It’d be wonderful to have that much to spend and a personal shopper to come up with a gift guide like this. (ipad)

  • Emma G

    Lovely (ipad)

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