Do you love the classic style looks of Audrey Hepburn, Kate Winslet or Princess Diana? They all have a classic style personality.
Many of the world’s most recognizable beauties choose a classic wardrobe style and for good reason.
A classic wardrobe lasts, rarely goes out of style, and a few well-selected pieces can take you just about anywhere at any time.
How to be sure you have a classic style personality
Are you certain of your style? Do you know you have a classic style personality.
If you aren’t 100% sure, you could try this fun style personality quiz. Most women find they have one main style personality but are drawn to elements of others.
Here are some other ways to determine if you have a classic style personality…
As a classic style personality you prefer timeless looks
While you are aware of the trends, you prefer classic looks which are totally timeless. The clothes, shoes and accessories you wear look stylish year after year.
You don’t like throwaway fashion
You aren’t one to hit the shops every weekend. You would rather have fewer, quality pieces in your closet that you know will last you for seasons.
If this sounds like you, you might also like to take a look at our article on how to do more with less.
You always look elegant and well put together
You aren’t bothered about being the trendiest person in the room.
But you do always look elegant, refined and your outfits are well put together.
That’s partly because your outfit choices suit any occasion and partly because you tend to gravitate towards well-cut pieces in good quality fabric.
You tend to have classic colors in your closet
If I opened your closet, I would likely find a lot of neutrals, but you do like classic shades such as red.
You also like classic patterns like polka dots, leopard print and stripes. I’m unlikely to find more unusual hues such as orange or purple.
Also, if I were to take a peak into your wardrobe, I would probably see you have many of the items from our list of 33 essentials every woman over 40 should own.
Celebrities with a classic style personality
Are you drawn to the style of the celebrities above? If so, you are likely to have a classic style personality yourself.
Kate Middleton (who also loves some preppy styles), Princess Diana, Kate Winslet, Audrey Hepburn, Victoria Beckham and Angelina Jolie (although she combines elements of the minimal style personality) All have a classic style personality.
Here are tips on how to build your own classic capsule wardrobe
If you have a classic style and you really want to hone your closet, here’s how.
You may also like to read our ultimate guide to creating a capsule wardrobe that works best for you.
Start with a neutral palette
Choose wardrobe staples in one of these neutrals and build your capsule wardrobe from there.
Suzie @suzie.richetti above puts together classic pieces that would all go with plenty of other options in anyone’s closet.
Choose classic shapes
A classic capsule is built from tailored classics that flatter the body.
One of the best investments is a fitted blazer; a flattering style that works on just about any size or body shape.
Select a blazer style jacket in your chosen neutral shade.
Make sure the blazer buttons comfortably and doesn’t pull across the bust line, and it’s loose enough through the arms and back to allow ease of movement as well as allow you to comfortably layer a shirt or sweater underneath.
A stylish pair of cropped pants are another classic wardrobe staple. A flat front style with a side zip is flattering for most body types.
They work with flats, booties or heels, and can transition easily from daytime to evening with a simple change of jewelry or shoes.
Choose fabrics that can work year round
If you’re a classic style personality, I’m sure you agree with me when I talk about why I have a problem wearing synthetic fabrics.
A crisp cotton poplin shirt can be worn knotted with a pair of cropped pants for summer, or worn underneath a sweater and jacket for fall.
A cashmere or lightweight wool sweater can work during winter months when layered with other shirts and jackets.
Nora @juststylela above (read her style interview here) chooses a poncho that could be worn over other knitwear in colder months, over your shirt in summer, and to keep you cozy on the plane if you are travelling.
Invest in a few high quality timeless pieces
It may actually save money in the long run to invest in a few well made pieces that will work for years to come.
A leather or suede jacket in a classic shape, a wool overcoat, trench coat and merino or cashmere wool sweaters are all pieces that will stand the test of time.
A capsule wardrobe for the classic fashion personality
Now that you are thinking about your style and what will work best for your every day outfits, you will find all the tops, bottoms, shoes and accessories below that the classic style personality needs to build a capsule closet.
The classic style capsule below has been especially updated for 2023.
Tops with a classic look
Start with a classic white shirt that you can layer underneath jackets and sweaters.
Add a silk blouse that can be dressed up with slacks or worn with jeans for a more casual look.
Choose a cashmere or quality wool sweater and think about patterns which won’t date when choosing tops and blouses.
When selecting knits, select styles that are not too clingy, especially if you tend to carry weight in your stomach area.
A longer cardigan sweater can help camouflage a tummy area without clinging, and cover your arms when wearing a sleeveless top or dress.
If you carry weight around your hips, avoid sweaters that hit above your hip, which can draw attention to that area and make you appear fuller.
Sweaters that fall at or below mid hip work well on most women and flatter lots of body types.
Wrap styles and timeless prints will also work for you.
Jackets and coats to add to your classic clothing capsule
Make sure the jacket fits properly, but not too snug.
Jacket and coat styles to give you a classic look include a blazer, trench and moto jacket. For cooler weather, look for a longline, belted wool coat. For warmer days, you could also wear a shorter, Chanel-inspired cardigan.
ANINE BING Quinn Blazer – Boden V-back Jersey Top – ANINE BING Carrie Pants – Aquatalia Hildy Block Heel Sandal – BOSS Scarlet Leather Work Bag – Sterling Forever Sterling Silver Cubic Zirconia Stud Earrings
Pants and Jeans for classic fashion style
When selecting pants and jeans think about shapes, shades and patterns that won’t date.
While you may find that skinny jeans are “in” one season and “out” the next, a pair of bootcut jeans will stand the test of time.
You could also add black pants, white jeans and a pair of pants in a subtle pattern such as a check, polka dot or stripe.
Dresses and Skirts to create classic outfits
Invest in a classic dress. A sheath or wrap style are both classic shapes that will quickly become wardrobe staples.
Pair with heels for work or dressy events and tights paired with booties for more casual days. You could also wear with wedge or flat sandals, or white sneakers for weekends.
Select skirts in a length that flatters you best (an inch or two above the knee is flattering for most women). Stay away from anything too tight or too baggy.
Shoes to go with your classic style clothing
As with your clothes, you will want to make sure that your shoes are classic, timeless and versatile.
A pair of classic heels, some black booties for cooler months and some flats, including a pair of classic white sneakers, should take you through most situations. For warm months, block heeled sandals will go with all of your outfits.
Adaline @sdmomstyles above opts for an outfit that will never go out of style.
Accessories to add to your classic wear
Add color to your classic capsule wardrobe with tops, jewelry and accessories. Or layer other neutrals to add texture and interest.
Pair your basics with statement necklaces, scarves, and bold accessories to add emphasis and personality. If it’s too warm for a coat, you could always add a wrap to your accessories to cover your arms.
Shepherds Land 100% Lambswool Ruana – Kate Spade New York Stripe Oblong Scarf – BOSS Scarlet Leather Work Bag – Nina Willow Clutch – Sterling Forever Sterling Silver Cubic Zirconia Stud Earrings – Nordstrom Tube Hoop Earrings – Kate Spade New York Pavé Halo Pendant Necklace – Burberry Meryl 54mm Cat Eye Sunglasses
Loveappella Faux Wrap Top – Boden Bias Linen Midi Skirt – Superga 2750 Cotu Classic Sneaker – BOSS Scarlet Leather Work Bag – Sterling Forever Sterling Silver Cubic Zirconia Stud Earrings – Burberry Meryl 54mm Cat Eye Sunglasses
Stores and brands for the classic style personality
Where do you like to shop if you are a classic style personality? Don’t forget to tell me in the comments below. Here are some of my own favorites.
Here are 9 looks created from these classic wardrobe choices
Below you can see many of the separates shown above put together in one capsule wardrobe. You could easily mix and match to create countless different outfits.
For example, you could wear the stripe cardigan with the white jeans or skirt, the red top with any of the bottoms, and the white blazer with the black or red dress.
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More classic style inspiration for you
Below are some earlier classic capsules we created. While the items are past season, they may still provide you with inspiration as they are all so timeless.
While the capsule below is from previous seasons, you may also like to take inspiration from the looks here:
A well designed classic capsule wardrobe will make you feel pulled together, chic and confident, and will make getting dressed easy and stress free.
- The Ultimate Guide To Creating A Capsule Wardrobe That Works For You
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- Understanding The Different Styles
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