If you love to look feminine and pretty, and you wouldn’t go out without looking groomed, you may well have a romantic style personality. 

We’re all individuals though, so you’ll find that while you have one dominant style personality that you are most drawn to, you are also attracted to elements from other style personalities.

You may, for example find that you have a natural style but like to add a touch of romance with some floral prints.

If you aren’t sure what your style personality is you can take this fun quiz to find out.

So what are the elements of the romantic style personality?

1. You dress to express your femininity

Being practical or comfortable is not always your top priority. Even when you are dressing casually, you are likely to add a romantic element such as a touch of lace or a pretty print.

2. You are attracted to beautiful pieces

As a romantic style personality, your eye is drawn to pretty pieces and patterns, including tactile fabrics.

Patricia in a red and purple outfit | 40plusstyle.com

Patricia @madamechicbcn above (read her style interview here) chooses an outfit that combines elements of romantic, classic and glamorous style.

Steal her look with this similar blouse, blazer, skirt, sandals, clutch (another option here), headband, earrings and sunglasses.

3. You like embellishments on your clothes

Your clothes may feature frills, ruffles, bows, pearls, embroidery, and lace.

Denim jacket and jumpsuit outfit | 40plusstyle.com

Kedera Embroidered Rivet Pearl Denim JacketTed Baker London Tabbia Mixed Media Wide Leg JumpsuitMOOMMO Kitten Heel Suede Bow BootiesKate Spade New York Morgan Floral Embossed Saffiano Leather Crossbody BagPetit Moments Beagan Heart Pendant NecklaceKarine Sultan Double Flower Clip-On Earrings

4. You like soft colors

You are drawn to pastel shades and other soft colors.

A capsule wardrobe and style guide for the romantic style personality | 40plusstyle.com

Sheree @shesheshow chooses a brighter pink and “softens” the look with raffia accessories and her graphic print jacket.

She is wearing a dress, cardigan, sandals and clutch from Chico’s.

5. You Like To Be Well-Groomed.

Even if you are just running errands, you like to have some make-up on, even if it’s just a slick of pink lipstick.

Style Personalities

Like other style personalities, you are likely to find you have one main style personality, but that you are drawn to a secondary or even a third personality.

As a romantic style personality, you may also be drawn to elements of the glamorous style personality and be attracted to glamorous, figure-hugging outfits as well as deeper jewel colors.

In general though, your style tends to be softer and more romantic rather than overtly glamorous.

Romantic style on the catwalks

Below, you can see some designers to follow if you like a romantic style. All of the looks shown here are from the 2023 runway shows.

Romantic style on the runways | 40plusstyle.com

Elie SaabSelf-PortraitChristian Dior

Easy ways to add some romantic style to any outfit

Maybe a romantic style already resonates with you or maybe you want to dabble a little with a more romantic look, although you feel that you have a different style personality, such as classic or glamorous, for example.

Below are 5 simple and stylish ways you could add a touch of romanticism to your existing closet.

If you aren’t sure about color, always go for pastel!

Simply adding a pastel-colored top to your jeans is a great way to get a romantic look which is still casual. The Blank NYC jacket (below) is suede, and comes in a good range of soft shades, neutrals and brighter hues. Reviewers say it is well made and classy. They advise going up one size.

BLANKNYC Cropped Suede Leather Motorcycle Jacket | 40plusstyle.com

BLANKNYC Cropped Suede Leather Motorcycle Jacket

Look for feminine shapes

If you have a romantic style, you may wish to emphasize your waist and your feminine figure. Look out for styles that nip in at the waist, such as peplums, fit and flares and belted styles. Anything with a bow like the Madewell top (below) will add a touch of romanticism.

Madewell Abstract Floral Sweetheart Puff Sleeve Linen Blend Wrap Top | 40plusstyle.com

Madewell Abstract Floral Sweetheart Puff Sleeve Linen Blend Wrap Top

Every detail counts

It’s really all about the little, and the not-so-little, details when it comes to romantic style. Look out for florals and swirling prints as well as embroidery and crochet.

You could also think about adding a little lace to your t-shirt to give a simple jeans and tee look a romantic vibe.

Ulla Johnson Sofia Lace Detail Linen & Cotton Top | 40plusstyle.com

Ulla Johnson Sofia Lace Detail Linen & Cotton Top

Choose lace

Lace is often associated with weddings, so it’s no wonder than opting for lace can immediately give you a more romantic look.

However, you don’t have to save lace for special occasions. You could add a touch of lace to more casual outfits by wearing lace on your accessories or you could choose a lace dress and then wear day-to-day by teaming with casual sneakers and a denim jacket.

Ted Baker London Lezzley Broderie Anglaise Dress | 40plusstyle.com

Ted Baker London Lezzley Broderie Anglaise Dress

Add some flowers

Another easy way to add romance is to choose floral prints and patterns, or opt for accessories in floral shapes or styles. You could always keep the rest of your look fairly neutral and add a romantic touch with your shows. Reviewers say the floral sandals (below) are comfy and add a little height without being painful to wear.

DREAM PAIRS Block Heel Sandals | 40plusstyle.com

DREAM PAIRS Block Heel Sandals

A romantic style capsule for you

Now you’re thinking about whether a romantic style sums up your own style and how to add some romance to your looks, let’s put together a full romantic capsule wardrobe for you.

Below, you’ll find all the tops, bottoms, dresses, shoes and accessories you need to evoke a romantic style this spring and summer.

At the end of the article, you’ll see all of the clothes and accessories put together in one capsule wardrobe.

Romantic style tops

As a romantic style personality, you will naturally be drawn to tops that feature some ruffle detail or draping. Your print of choice will be a beautiful floral rather than anything too graphic such as stripes or geometric shapes.

Just make sure that you include some plain tops in your closet too. Otherwise, you may find that while you have a lot of clothes, you don’t have a lot of outfit choices as there are many pieces which won’t go well with each other.

Tops for the romantic style personality | 40plusstyle.com

Ted Baker London Nethiia Floral Print CamisoleMadewell Floral Eyelet Crop TopHalogen Button-Up ShirtTed Baker London Stephii V-Neck Blouse

Erica in a pink top and orange pants | 40plusstyle.com

Erica @ericabunker (read her style interview here) combines a romantic-colored top with a pair of on-trend wide leg pants, showing how you can comine pale colors with brighter shades. You can find more wide leg pants options and inspiration in this article.

Recreate her outfit with this similar top (another option here), pants, embellished heels (another option here), earrings and necklace.

Romantic style jackets and coats

While it often feels natural to look for a coat in a darker hue such as black, you will instead find that your style personality is better suited to softer shades.

You could look for pinks to add interest to your closet as well as soft taupes or grays to ensure that you have enough neutrals in your wardrobe to balance out your outfits. You can look for jackets and coats which have draping, large collars and belted waists.

You will also like to feature texture in your coat selection. A Chanel-style jacket with a soft pattern and texture will be great to pair with jeans, for example, or choosing suede rather than leather will appeal to your desire for tactile textures. Or, you could choose a style that is traditionally thought of as giving a tougher, rock chick style look, and add a romantic element with embroidery or pearls.

Coats and jackets for the romantic style personality | 40plusstyle.com

ANINE BING Quinn BlazerMEROKEETY Open Front Cardigan CoatLY VAREY LIN Floral Embroidered Faux Leather Moto JacketKedera Embroidered Rivet Pearl Denim Jacket

Pink coat and white jeans outfit | 40plusstyle.com

MEROKEETY Open Front Cardigan CoatTed Baker London Nethiia Floral Print CamisoleNYDJ Sheri Side Slit Slim Ankle JeansNordstrom Ashton Leather FlatTed Baker London Medium Aksanna Canvas Tote BagKarine Sultan Double Flower Clip-On Earrings

Romantic style pants and jeans

You may wish to concentrate on your tops if you have a romantic style personality. For summer, you can then add white pants. For your jeans, you will probably prefer a soft shade such as a pale gray or white rather than the traditional blue denim.

You can also pair your plain tees with floral pants or jeans, which are bang-on-trend this season.

Jeans and pants for the romantic style personality | 40plusstyle.com

PAIGE Genevieve High Waist Flare JeansNYDJ Sheri Side Slit Slim Ankle JeansANINE BING Carrie PantsMax Mara Leisure Tenzone Abstract Floral Wide Leg Silk Pants

Eileen wears a pink jacket and gray pants | 40plusstyle.com

Eileen @eileenternullo often combines romantic shades in classic shapes. Above, she shows how pink can go beautifully with gray.

Get her look with this similar shirt, blazer, pants (another option here), booties, shoulder bag, earrings and brooch.

Romantic dresses and skirts

As a romantic style personality, you are likely to have more dresses and skirts in your closet than you do pants and jeans.

Again, you will be attracted to floral patterns in your dresses. For more formal occasions, you could look at textures such as lace.

The shape of your skirts will vary. You aren’t necessarily attracted to one shape over another. But, you will find that both pencil skirts and flared, or pleated, skirts suit your style personality.

You can wear a sweater with any of these skirts for spring and fall to ensure you can continue to wear them when summer is over.

You could also toughen up your romantic style a little by wearing a biker jacket and ankle booties. Adding the unexpected to your style is what makes it uniquely yours.

Dresses and jumpsuit for the romantic style personality | 40plusstyle.com

Ted Baker London Taliar Circular Cuff Ruffles Floral Midi DressKaren Millen Floral Georgette Cap Sleeved Woven Midi DressTed Baker London Mirelia Floral Print Pleated Crossover DressTed Baker London Tabbia Mixed Media Wide Leg Jumpsuit

White blazer and floral dress outfit | 40plusstyle.com

ANINE BING Quinn BlazerKaren Millen Floral Georgette Cap Sleeved Woven Midi DressCoutgo Bow Knot Peep Toe BootieTed Baker London Medium Aksanna Canvas Tote BagTory Burch Roxanne Fluted Bead Hoop Earrings

Romantic style shoes

You can also express your personality through the shoes you wear. Even if you are just wearing jeans and a simple tee, adding some ruffles and choosing a soft pastel, taupe or metallic shade will allow you to show your romantic style credentials.

Shoes for the romantic style personality | 40plusstyle.com

Nordstrom Ashton Leather FlatCoutgo Bow Knot Peep Toe BootieMOOMMO Kitten Heel Suede Bow BootiesTed Baker London Art Print Sneaker

Lizzy wears a lace dress | 40plusstyle.com

Lizzy @whatlizzyloves (read her style interview here) chooses a style that combines lots of elements of romantic style – lace, pretty pink shades, and pearl embellishments.

Check out these lace dresses from Rachel Parcell, Vince, Dress the Population and BerryGo that you can wear with this similar pair of sandals and handbag.

Romantic style accessories

Your accessories are likely to include a mix of pieces with plain colors and patterns. You could opt for a beautiful floral scarf or statement necklace.

For summer, a straw bag can add texture to your outfits, while you could add some ruffles to your clutch bag for evening.

You will still want a practical tote bag for day, but you are likely to be drawn to a slouchier shape rather than a structured bag. Or, you could mix elements of the glam style personality and choose a retro-style tote.

Accessories for the romantic style personality | 40plusstyle.com

Ted Baker London Medium Aksanna Canvas Tote BagCOACH Polished Pebble Leather Shoulder BagKate Spade New York Morgan Floral Embossed Saffiano Leather Crossbody BagPetit Moments Beagan Heart Pendant NecklaceKarine Sultan Double Flower Clip-On EarringsTory Burch Roxanne Fluted Bead Hoop EarringsTed Baker London Gailll Floral Print Silk Square ScarfTed Baker London Bettyye Floral Silk Long Scarf

White blazer and pink pants outfit | 40plusstyle.com

ANINE BING Quinn BlazerMadewell Floral Eyelet Crop TopANINE BING Carrie PantsTed Baker London Art Print SneakerCOACH Polished Pebble Leather Shoulder Bag Tory Burch Roxanne Fluted Bead Hoop EarringsTed Baker London Bettyye Floral Silk Long Scarf

9 outfits using the romantic style clothing pieces from above

Below are 9 outfits that are put together for you using the pieces from the romantic style capsule above.

There are obviously many more ways you could mix and match. You could, for example, wear any of the tops with any of the jeans, you could wear the moto jacket over the jumpsuit, or you could create an outfit in different shades of pink with the pink coat, shirt and pants.

Romantic style capsule wardrobe | 40plusstyle.com

shop all items above here:

Read our ultimate guide to creating a capsule wardrobe that works best for you.

More romantic style inspiration for you

The capsules (below) is inspiration from previous seasons, but should still give you plenty of ideas for your romantic style outfits. Whether you are shopping your own closet or shopping the stores.

Romantic style capsule wardrobe | 40plusstyle.com
Romantic style capsule wardrobe | 40plusstyle.com
A capsule wardrobe for the romantic style personality | 40plusstyle.com

Does this style personality resonate with you? If not, why don’t you check out:

Also check out our latest spring capsule wardrobe that incorporates all the latest trends.

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Feature image by Sheree @shesheshow

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