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

an all neutral outfit for the classic style personality | 40plusstyle.com

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.

Kim (above) looks fabulous in classic neutrals and pumps.

Get her look with this similar cardigan, skirt, pumps, handbag, earrings and sunglasses.

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 my article on how to do more with less.

You tend to have classic colors in your closet

wearing leopard print for classic style | 40plusstyle.com

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 my list of 28 essentials every woman over 40 should own.

Sara (above) wears all neutrals, but adds interest with her animal print skirt.

Check out this similar oversized shirt, skirt, booties and crossbody bag.

You always look elegant and well put together

a blazer is a key piece in any classic style closet | 40plusstyle.com

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.

Sally (above) opts for a perfectly fitting blazer with classic straight leg jeans.

Recreate her look with this similar tank top, blazer, jeans, sandals, handbag and necklace.

Celebrities with a classic style personality

Are you drawn to the style of the celebrities below? If so, you are likely to have a classic style personality yourself.

Celebrities with classic style personality | 40plusstyle.com

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

Black, navy, gray 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.

Choose classic shapes

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

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.

Jona (above) wears a well-fitting neutral suit. She could easily mix and match the blazer and pants as separates with other outfits.

Check out these coordinates from Reformation (blazer and pants). Here is another option for plus size women from Amazon. Complete her look with a Gucci handbag, similar white top, kitten heel pumps, sunglasses and headband.

Choose fabrics that can work year round

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

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.

Karen (above) exudes classic elegance.

Steal her look with this similar shirt, pants, leopard shoes and crossbody bag.

Invest in a few high quality timeless pieces

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

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.

Patricia (above) has invested in quality leather pieces in neutral shades.

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

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 spring and summer 2020.

Tops with a classic look

a white shirt and blue jeans are absolutely style classics | 40plusstyle.com

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.

Bev (above) shows how simple classic separates can look fantastic when worn together.

Check out this similar shirt, jeans, pumps, handbag and sunglasses.

Tops with a classic look | 40plusstyle.com

Eileen Fisher classic collar shirtLafayette 148 silk tank1901 shoulder button detail topGUBERRY deep v-neck long sleeve top

Jackets and coats to add to your classic clothing capsule

a beige coat will always be on trend | 40plusstyle.com

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

Jas (above) chooses a coat which will be on trend for season after season.

Steal her look with a Chanel handbag and pair it with this similar lace trim top, coat, jeans, leopard pumps.

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

Halogen drape collar faux leather jacket1.State plaid blazerHalogen ponte jacketVERO MODA trench coat

Pants and Jeans for classic fashion style

wearing a blazer with jeans for a classic look | 40plusstyle.com

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.

Sarah (above) wears cropped jeans with a blazer featuring a very subtle check.

Get her look with this Gucci belt and handbag and pair with this similar tee, blazer, jeans and pumps.

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

EDWIN high waist crop jeansWit & Wisdom high waist ankle jeansLucky Brand stripe linen blend pantsSeventy polka dot pants

Dresses and Skirts to create classic outfits

a beautiful blue dress for the classic style personality | 40plusstyle.com

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.

Monika (above) looks stunning in her cobalt blue dress which will definitely stand the test of time.

Check out these blue dress options from Vince Camuto and Chiara, and wear with this similar pair of pumps and clutch.

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

Halogen wrap midi dressForest Lily sheath dressTreasure & Bond tie waist midi dressEileen Fisher pencil skirt

Shoes to go with your classic style clothing

classic sandals to go with any outfit | 40plusstyle.com

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.

Sam (above) opts for a pair of red sandals which easily be dressed up or down for all sorts of occasions.

Steal her look with this similar top, jacket, drawstring pants and sandals.

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

Tory Burch ballet flatSam Edelman sandalCC Corso Como pumpSuperga sneaker

Accessories to add to your classic wear

all neutrals for the classic style personality | 40plusstyle.com

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.

Melinda (above) creates impact with neutral accessories.

Check out this long necklace that you can wear with this similar top, pants, sandals, clutch and sunglasses.

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

Kate Spade leather toteTory Burch clutchBrixton woven top handle bag Tickled Pink scarfKate Spade New York sunglassesEric Javits visorBillabong fedoraKate Spade New York pendant necklaceHalogen hoop earrings

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 for spring and summer. You could easily mix and match to create countless different outfits.

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

While the capsule below is from previous seasons, you may also like to take inspiration from the looks here:

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. The Ultimate Guide To Creating A Capsule Wardrobe That Works For You
  2. French Fashion: 14 French Style Secrets To Steal
  3. Understanding The Different Styles

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