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 chose 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.

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.

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

Michelle wearingclassic blazer, jeans and booties | 40plusstyle.com

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.

Michelle (above) wears a classic blazer with her jeans.

Find these similar classic blazer, jeans and snake print loafers to cop her look.

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.

Cheryl wearing sweater, midi skirt and heels | 40plusstyle.com

Cheryl (above) combines classic pieces with some elements of the romantic and the preppy style personalities.

Check out this similar gray sweater, satin midi skirt and slingback snake embossed pumps.

As a classic style personality you probably have lots of these

Also, if I were to take a peak into your wardrobe, I would probably see you have many of the items from my list of 28 essentials every woman over 40 should own.

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.

Lesley wearing a white ruffle shirt and red flare pants | 40plusstyle.com

Lesley (above) shows that a white shirt will never go out of style.

Get her look with this similar ruffle sleeve blouse, wide leg pants and heels.

celebrities with a classic style personality

Kate Middleton, 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.

Celebrities with classic style personality | 40plusstyle.com

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.

Start with a neutral palette.

Black, navy, grey or tan work as an anchor color to build your classic capsule wardrobe.

Choose wardrobe staples in one of these neutrals and build your capsule wardrobe from there.

Karen wearing a classic monochrome outfit | 40plusstyle.com

Karen (above) opts for a stylish monochrome look.

Check out this similar black dress, white blouse and booties.

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.

J. Crew has many well made blazers in classic shapes and materials.

Jona wearing an all black ensemble outfit over a plaid blazer | 40plusstyle.com

Jona (above) wears a blazer that manages to be both on-trend and timeless.

Check out this similar plaid blazer.

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.

Karen wearing a black blouse and tie waist white pants | 40plusstyle.com

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.

Karen (above) wears a classic combination of black, white and leopard print.

Cop her style with this similar black skirt.

A cashmere or lightweight wool sweater can work during winter months when layered with other shirts and jackets.

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.

Invest in classic leather pieces for the classic style personality | 40plusstyle.com

Patricia (above) has invested in quality leather pieces.

Check out this similar leather jacket, straight jeans, booties and printed scarf.

A capsule wardrobe for the classic fashion personality

Here you will find all the tops, bottoms, shoes and accessories the classic style personality needs to build a capsule closet.

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.

Tops with a classic look | 40plusstyle.com

Anne Klein button front blouseAnne Klein tie neck blouseHalogen cashmere sweaterBoden ponte top

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.

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.

Pants and Jeans for classic fashion style | 40plusstyle.com

La Vie Rebecca Taylor bootcut jeansNic+Zoe wonderstretch straight leg pantsCeCe plaid straight pantsFidelity Denim high waist crop skinny jeans

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.

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.

Dresses and Skirts to create classic outfits | 40plusstyle.com

Leota print jersey wrap dressAnne Klein suede sheath dressHalogen bias a-line skirtReiss check skirt

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.

You could add a pop of color with a red jacket.

Jackets and coats to add to your classic clothing capsule | 40plusstyle.com

Ann Klein trench suit jacketLondon Fog long hooded trench coatTommy Hilfiger elbow patch blazerBB Dakota moto jacket

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 and some flats, including a pair of classic white sneakers, should take you through most situations.

Shoes to go with your classic style clothing | 40plusstyle.com

Sam Edelman ankle strap pumpMarc Fisher LTD western bootiesConverse Chuck Taylor sneaker27 Edit pointed toe loafer

Accessories to add to your classic wear

Add color to your classic capsule wardrobe with tops, jewelry and accessories.


Pair your basics with statement necklaces, scarves and bold accessories to add emphasis and personality.

Accessories to add to your classic wear | 40plusstyle.com

Kate Spade large leather toteTory Burch leather evening bagNakamol double layer pearl necklaceMadewell leather beltTed Baker London skinny scarf

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.

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

A well designed classic capsule wardrobe will make you feel pulled together, chic and confident, and will make getting dressed easy and stress free.

Further reading:

  1. Want To Discover Your Style Personality? Take This Fun Quiz!
  2. Understanding The Different Styles
  3. A Capsule Wardrobe And Style Guide For The EUROCHIC Style Personality

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