In my previous articles in the finding your style series, I tried to define style and gave some tips on how you find your own style. In an upcoming article, I want to take that one step further and see how you could then describe and name your own unique style.

However, before doing that exercise and sharing some ideas on how to describe your style, I thought it would be interesting to look at some current names women use to describe their style.

Classic style

Classic is, as the name suggests, one of the more classic and enduring styles. It’s timeless and popular with women over 40 and most of us will have at least a few classic pieces in our wardrobe. These are the pieces that will usually last the longest in your cupboard, so you may want to invest in a few high-quality garments that will always make you look good.

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Classic trench – Felicity pencil dressBoden silk shirtHalogen beige turtleneck

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Brixton beretVince Camuto pencil skirt – Majorica pearlsVaneli ballet flats – Cole Haan navy pumps

Some great examples of classic garments include:

  • The trench coat
  • A white button down shirt
  • A pencil skirt
  • A tailored jacket or blazer
  • A cashmere sweater
  • The turtleneck sweater
  • Tailored trousers
  • A shift dress
  • The twinset
  • Jeans
  • Ballet flats
  • The classic pump
  • A beret
  • Animal print shoes and accessories
  • Leather gloves
  • Diamond or pearl studs
  • Cartier Tank Francaise Watch
  • The hermes Kelly or Birkin Bag
  • The LL Bean Canvas tote

These are often the best bet when it comes to investing in high quality and long lasting pieces that you will wear again and again.

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Examples of people with this style are: Jackie O, Marlene Dietrich, Lauren Bacall, Jodie Foster.

Bohemian Style

You can’t be a behemian in tight clothes. It just doesn’t work. you have to be able to move and dance and climb.”

Diane von Furstenberg

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Free People maxi dress – Chaus faux fur vest – Treasure and Bond peasant top – Halogen floppy hat

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Ten9LA fringe crossbody – Stella Ruby tassel necklace – Nakamol bead cuff – Splendid brown slouchy boot

Women with bohemian style like movement, color and sparkle. It is an nonconforming style that tends to be associated with the hippie era.

Some examples of bohemian garments include:

  • A peasant blouse
  • The hippie skirt
  • A (fake) fur vest
  • A tunic
  • A caftan
  • Behommian handbags
  • Long necklaces
  • A poncho

Examples of people with this style include: Ali MacGraw, Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen, Diane von Furstenberg.

Minimal Style

Minimal style examples

Minimalism is not about abandoming pattern or print. I see minimalism to be a philosphy that involves an overall sense of balance, knowing when to to take away, subtract. It’s an indulgence in superbly executed cut, quiet plays of color tones and clean strong shapes.“.

Calvin Klein

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Vince white button down shirt – Mural white blazer – ECI jumpsuit – Daniel Wellington silver watch

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Frame tuxedo pants  – Eliza J dress – Ganni wool coat – Coach 1941 colorblock bag

I consider myself a bit of a minimalist, so it’s no surprise that the quote above comes from one of my favorite designers: Calvin Klein. I like the philosophy about minimalism: it’s about having less and enjoying the things you have more. So it’s even more important to buy the right things; clothes that are of high quality and fit you extremely well.

Some examples of minimal garments include:

  • A simple tailored jacket
  • A winter coat
  • A designer little black dress
  • A minimal tuxedo
  • One single handbag
  • A minimal watch

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Examples of people with this style include: Sofia Coppola, Angelina Jolie, Audrey Hepburn.

Minimalist style is all about exuding a less is more attitude.  Clothes are extremely well tailored and high quality, and the simplest pieces make the biggest impact. Calvin Klein, Sofia Coppola, Angelina Jolie, and Audrey Hepburn are designers and/or celebrities that fall into this style category.


The trendy and fashionable style is an embrace of seasonal trends. These fresh of the runway looks are about taking risks and gladly standing out. While the looks can be a lot of fun, they are often outdated pretty soon and are often not as timeless as classic or minimalist styles.

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You tend to be fashionable and trendy if you embrace the new trends each year and incorporate them into your style. You are willing to take risks and are happy to stand out. This style can be a lot of fun and very arty, but will look outdated pretty soon.

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BP plaid blazer – Topshop sweater – Kate Kasin leather pleated skirt

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AFRM snakeprint pants – Mali and Lili round bag – Matisse white boots – Rebecca minkoff leather backpack – Cult Gaia hoop earrings

Clothes for this style are hard to define as the trends change every season. Fashionistas will need to follow the trends through magazines and the latest fashion shows to know what to look for in the shops.

Things that go in and out of fashion include:

  • Shoulder pads
  • Platform heels
  • Colors
  • Sequins
  • Outrageous hats
  • Skirt volume

Have a look at some of my favorite trends this season from fall 2018.

Examples of people with this style include: Isabella Blow, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Diana Ross.

Eclectic Style

This style is hard to describe, which is not surprising, as this style is really a mixture of all kinds of styles. The eclectic woman knows how to mix and match all the different styles and truly make it her own. To make this style really work, it is important to have a good eye for what you like, to know what suits you and to have the innate style instinct or (learned) knowledge to mix it all together. This is a very creative and fun way of dressing.

Examples include: Kate Moss, Laura Bailey, Gwynyth Paltrow.

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NYDJ sequin top –  Lucky Brand floral top — Diane Von Furstenberg skirt – Scotch and Soda print jogger pants

Sequin Casbah bangle – Floral earrings – BP catseye glasses – Black Suede floral mules

Street / Urban

This is the constantly evolving style that develops on the streets of the big cities. It is constantly changing and quite undefinable, but it tends to be a mix of casual and hip and what’s happening in the world at any particular time. This style is more prominent amongst youngsters as opposed to 40 plussers, although, of course, there are always the exceptions to this rule. Some previous street style trends include: new wave, punk, goth, grunge, mod and hip hop.

Examples of people with this style include: young Madonna, Debbie Harry.

Creating your own style profile

Now, if you are like most women, you will have elements of a few of these styles in your own personal style. I tend to like classical garments and go for a minimal look.

But I also love fashion, new trends and new colors each season. I’m not that attracted to the bohemian style; it just doesn’t feel like me. Garments in that style tend to be worn only a few times, so it would be best for me to avoid buying those kinds of clothes altogether.

You can get closer to your own personal style by joining my free Find Your Style challenge which will be starting soon. Will you join me?

How about you? Do you know what style you have? In what broad group would you put yourself?


P.S. Want to discover your style personality? Do the style personality test!

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