And, like menswear, it has a tough, androgynous appeal.
Hit the spot in small doses if you fear the print will swallow you whole; animal print accessories, like those shown here, can be just as eye-catching. Try a patterned piece with a solid jewel tone to keep it out of retro territory.
Thank designer Coco Chanel, who popularized pants for women in the s. She also gets points for making sportswear separates, like jersey jackets and cardigans, that were designed to be stylish and comfortable on the go. Not far behind her: Menswear is flattering on almost any shape or size, and it works in or out of the office.
Dapper touches, like a fedora or a chunky watch, easily swing the other way and mingle with frilly dresses. Choose fitted, not oversize, cuts. And contrast seriously sharp tailoring with fun, feminine accents.
Daring jewelry and colorful high heels will do it. For a night out, a tuxedo jacket and tie-print pants are unexpectedly posh and relaxed. Pick one powerful piece a geometric scarf, a sculptural cuff and let it pop against something basic. Pieces are still pared down but have bold details like the asymmetrical seam seen here. Look for a striking hem or neckline and sharp cutouts. And when black and white collide, you get major impact—meaning no need for a lot of accessories.
With Mother Nature, really. Flowers-as-adornment is as old as the hills. But in terms of being painted or printed on clothing, blossoms were seen on Japanese kimonos around the year and on rich Genoese velvets in the s. In a word, pretty. For a subtle approach, spruce up any old cardigan with a lively brooch or scarf.
Less lavender, more aubergine. During World War II, civilians, even ladies, took to wearing government-issue trench coats as everyday outerwear. And in the Vietnam era, young people in the antiwar movement appropriated fatigues—camouflage, army jackets, cargo pants—as symbols of protest.
They became trendsetters in the process. Before long, the fashion elite, like model Lauren Hutton, started sporting the look. Loafers and Elegant think Chanel-style suit style are variations of this fashion persona. Classic style also overlaps with Dramatic and Natural. Oversized sunglasses , Breton navy-striped tops, blazers , knee high riding boots, ballet flats, pearl necklace and bracelet, pearl stud earrings, white dress shirt , tailored city shorts, plaid shirt , v-neck sweaters , shift dress, tote handbag , classic gold or silver jewelry.
If you already have these in your wardrobe, experiment with different styles of a piece - for example a Breton top with shoulder detailing or a blazer with prominent shoulders. All of these "Classic" essentials are already listed in the wardrobe essentials section, and I believe that every fashion-forward woman who wants to dress chic and build a solid closet should OWN because they are so versatile.
Women with a Classic clothing personality tend to dress a bit safe and can look plain. It becomes rather predictable and boring or very basic if you will. Try stretching your comfort zone by selecting your essentials in a different color than a neutral - for example, if you're into ballet flats see if you can try a new pair with in a bold color; or look for flats with gold metal hardware.
Assess your coloring and experiment with your best colors that are not neutrals: Improve your outfit and implement an interesting twist that reflects a fun or casual aspect of your personal style.
Styles of Classic Fashion Persona A Classic style is the basis of chic fashion. It has characteristics that appeal to a majority of "neat & tidy" women - especially those who appreciate tailored clothes and accessories. Minimalism, Preppy (ie. Loafers) and Elegant (think Chanel-style suit) style are variations of this fashion persona. You gravitate toward wardrobe essentials that will always be in fashion. You appreciate a solid blazer and classic pumps. In a word, your style is classic. We get you, which is why we put together this roundup of recent celeb outfit ideas that we think will fit seamlessly into your arsenal. “A blouse-and-skirt combo looks even more modern,” says Brooke Jaffe, the fashion director of women’s accessories for Bloomingdale’s. For evening wear that is equally glamorous and comfortable, pair a wrap shirt with an embellished, twirly skirt.