Using Style Archetypes to Find the Perfect Gift

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Using Style Archetypes to Find the Perfect Gift

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Written by: Amanda Chung

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Published on: December 6, 2022

Fashion editor: Caroline Griswold

Illustrations courtesy of Francesca Waddell

We’ve long been fans of shopping by style archetype. It’s a helpful way to home in on your aesthetic, discover the pieces that feel uniquely you, and avoid throwing down for things you’ll never end up wearing. Which got us thinking: Why not apply that same strategy to holiday gifting?

WHAT TO GIFT…

The Sophisticate

Her Vibe: The rich aunt.

The Palette: All-black everything.

Style Mantra: You can never be overdressed or overeducated.

If poise were a person, it would look like her. She starts each day (at 5:30 a.m.) with a single shot of espresso, run short. She’s not one to waste—whether it’s time, words, or energy. Her signature scent? Vetiver, layered with something you can’t quite put your finger on. Favorite holiday tradition? The New Year’s Eve Gala at the Metropolitan Opera (she has season tickets). Stylewise, she gravitates toward luxe fabrics and light-catching extras. She is the sophisticate—chic is the name of her game.

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  1. Cartier Panthère de Cartier bracelet

    Cartier
    Panthère bracelet
    Cartier, $21,800

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  2. ROE Caviar caviar set

    ROE Caviar
    caviar set
    goop, $185

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  3. R+D.LAB GLASSES

    R+D.LAB
    GLASSES
    goop, $156

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  4. Cartier notebook

    Cartier
    notebook
    Cartier, $570

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  5. Jimmy Choo mules

    Jimmy Choo
    mules
    Matchesfashion, $995

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  6. Cartier sunglasses

    Cartier
    sunglasses
    Cartier, $2,145

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  1. Sleeping with Jacques bodysuit

    Sleeping with Jacques
    bodysuit
    goop, $276

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  2. G. Label by goop Chae Full-Length Skirt

    G. Label by goop
    Chae Full-Length Skirt
    goop, $525

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  3. Olivia von Halle robe

    Olivia von Halle
    robe
    goop, $1,200

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  4. Cartier checkers set

    Cartier
    checkers set
    Cartier, $3,100

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  1. Cartier Panthère de Cartier watch

    Cartier
    Panthère watch
    Cartier, $24,800

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  2. G. Label by goop Cabalo Faux-Fur Cape

    G. Label by goop
    Cabalo Faux-Fur Cape
    goop, $745

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  3. Cartier Panthère de Cartier necklace

    Cartier
    Panthère necklace
    Cartier, $25,000

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  4. Westman Atelier lip suede

    Westman Atelier
    lip suede
    goop, $85

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  5. Olivia von Halle slippers

    Olivia von Halle
    slippers
    goop, $870

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The Free Spirit

Her Vibe: Cool art teacher.

The Palette: Colorful.

Style Mantra: The more to look at, the merrier.

She’s the coolest—and most creative—person you know. During lockdown, she taught herself how to DJ, built a cedar soaking tub from scratch, and turned her beading obsession into a small business. She lives for the holidays (hosting, guesting—it’s all great) and believes good crystal belongs on the table, not in the cupboard. Speaking of crystal, she charges her chrysocolla every full moon and takes closet cues from the lunar calendar, too. Hovering somewhere between eclectic and elegant, her style is one-of-a-kind, just like her.

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  1. Cartier clash de cartier ring

    Cartier
    clash ring
    Cartier, $4,000

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  2. Reflections Copenhagen glasses

    Reflections Copenhagen
    glasses
    goop, $650

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  3. U-Turn Audio turntable

    U-Turn Audio
    turntable
    goop, $569

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  4. G. Label by goop Fay Bow-Neck Jumpsuit

    G. Label by goop
    Fay Bow-Neck Jumpsuit
    goop, $795

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  5. Cartier Santos watch

    Cartier
    Santos watch
    Cartier, $12,600

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  1. Cartier Juste un Clou necklace

    Cartier
    Juste un Clou necklace
    Cartier, $15,200

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  2. G. Label by goop Typhaine Sherpa-Collar Leather Jacket

    G. Label by goop
    Typhaine Sherpa-Collar Leather Jacket
    goop, $1,495

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  3. Legres boots

    Legres
    boots
    goop, $745

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  4. Cartier trinket trays

    Cartier
    trinket trays
    Cartier, $510

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  5. Desmond and Dempsey Pj set

    Desmond and Dempsey
    Pj set
    goop, $205

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  1. Cartier sunglasses

    Cartier
    sunglasses
    Cartier, $1,145

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  2. Cartier Juste un Clou bracelet

    Cartier
    Juste un Clou bracelet
    Cartier, $52,000

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  3. Kika Vargas dress

    Kika Vargas
    dress
    goop, $860

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  4. Moonsisters moon calendar 2023

    Moonsisters
    moon calendar 2023
    goop, $39

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  5. Cartier bag

    Cartier
    bag
    Cartier, $3,150

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The Romantic

Her Vibe: Sweet meets sentimental.

The Palette: Lush blooms and anything pink.

Style Mantra: Put a ring on it.

She’s a lover, not a fighter. She believes in meet-cutes, twin flames, and the concept of happily ever after. (In her mind, a royal wedding is a reason to book a day off.) Weekly bouquets are a nonnegotiable, and every boyfriend she’s ever had was well-trained in the habit. Traditional? Sure, although she prefers the term classic. She knows her worth, and her wish list, like her standards, reflects that. After all, what are the holidays without a little red box?

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  1. Cartier trinity ring

    Cartier
    trinity ring
    Cartier, $6,850

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  2. Cartier jewelry box

    Cartier
    jewelry box
    Cartier, $4,200

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  3. Cartier love bracelet

    Cartier
    love bracelet
    Cartier, $44,500

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  4. Sleeping with Jacques set

    Sleeping with Jacques
    set
    goop, $310

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  5. UNDO clip & comb set

    UNDO
    clip and comb set
    goop, $79

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  6. The Organic Pharmacy rose collection

    The Organic Pharmacy
    rose collection
    goop, $562

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  1. Cartier sunglasses

    Cartier
    sunglasses
    Cartier, $845

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  2. Cartier BALLON BLEU WATCH

    Cartier
    BALLON BLEU WATCH
    Cartier, $30,800

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  3. G. Label by goop Randolph Ruffle Minidress

    G. Label by goop
    Randolph Ruffle Minidress
    goop, $625

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  4. Cult Gaia clutch

    Cult Gaia
    clutch
    goop, $428

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  5. Cartier tea set

    Cartier
    tea set
    Cartier, $1,370

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  1. G. Label by goop Cortes Round-Neck Full Dress

    G. Label by goop
    Cortes Round-Neck Full Dress
    goop, $795

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  2. Manolo Blahnik heels

    Manolo Blahnik
    heels
    Net-a-Porter, $1,195

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  3. Estelle Decanter

    Estelle
    Decanter
    goop, $195

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  4. Stories of Italy tumblers

    Stories of Italy
    tumblers
    goop, $202

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  5. de Mamiel bath soak

    de Mamiel
    bath soak
    goop, $96

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We hope you enjoy the products recommended here. Our goal is to suggest only things we love and think you might, as well. We also like transparency, so, full disclosure: We may collect a share of sales or other compensation if you purchase through the external links on this page.

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