It's a Classic: Lay's Potato Chips, Elmer's Glue & L.L. Bean Barn Coats

Appreciating iconic objects and cultivating your own personal classics

I'm currently re-reading Kate Schelter's book Classic Style because I haven't been able to stop thinking about it since I first read it. The biggest thing I took away from it was how much I innately appreciate classic things. And how compelled I felt to cultivate my own personal classics afterward.

There are thing that are just universally classic like an enamelware camping mug, yellow rain boots, and a loaf of Classic White Wonder Bread. Kate says, "Classics are the cream that rises to the top of everyday life, the standbys, the worn-in, the dazzingly simple." There's a sense of emotion that I think classics draw out of you. Of course, nostalgia has a lot to do with it, but I also think there's something so awe-inspiring about something that is so stupidly simple in its design that it's actually artful. Like a bottle of Elmer's glue.

I love surrounding myself with classic classics, but I'm also slowly collecting and finding my own classics that are really personal to me. A wrist watch is a generic category of classics, but my own personal classic is a silver men's digital Casio. White sneakers are a classic, and though many people sing the praises of the Stan Smiths or the low-top white Chucks, my personal classic white sneakers are the AF1 lows and the Reebok Club C 85 zip.

"Understanding my own classic style--drawing simple pleasures from my belongings and surroundings--has been important tome throughout my life. I search for "the uncommon beauty in common objects" (Charles and Ray Eames)--the humble objects and useful toys. Studying the pieces I gravitate toward has helped me maintain my integrity in the midst of an industry built on trends..." - Kate Schelter

I want to introduce a series of posts called "Baby, You're a Classic" where I share the classics I gravitate to and profiling people who I admire about their own classics. So look out for that!

Here are a few classics I'm currently coveting:

Orange Fiskars Scissors

I'm in the market for a good pair of scissors to keep around the apartment and I remembered these babies. They're peak form and function.

Stanley Food Thermos

I've been using a random hot food thermos I found in a thrift store for the past couple years to pack my lunches for work. I've found that they're great for things other than soup, too. I've more recently been using it to heat up the Cod Provencale meal from Trader Joe's in the morning and tossing it into the thermos

BIC 4-Color Pen

This is the perfect pen to keep in my handbag at all times. Especially as a writer, I like having the option of copyediting in a different color.

Composition Notebook

I was in need of a new notebook and remembered how much I loved the classic marble composition notebooks in black, green, and blue. The bookstore I was in carried a large selection of Decomposition Notebooks, which are made from recycled paper and printed with soy ink. I went for this celestial design because all the stars gave it a similar vibe to the original marble ones.


I've been hooked on Aquaphor since I did half a round of Accutane five years ago. I'm of the belief that Accutane has made me forever dry. I always have at least one tube of Aquaphor. They're a great way to consolidate products because it can be used for lips, hands, and basically anywhere on the body.

Diana Le

Diana Le

Diana is the co-creator and Editor-in-Chief of Oatmeal Cardigan. She works as a copywriter by day and moonlights as a texting guru by night.