When I think of the classically elegant woman, Audrey Hepburn comes to mind. Her beautifully tailored clothing in lush fabrics feature darted dresses, pencil skirts, fitted jackets, cropped pants, and swing coats, all mostly in neutrals black, white, camel, and gray with an occasional splash of color.
She wears statement necklaces like the Midnight Sparkle, or the oversized pearls in the Apple of my Eye, or a layered Silver Patchwork. Her style is pared down, but confident and luxurious. She is a world traveler who knows how to dress for any occasion and transitions easily from day to evening with the addition of shawl or an eye-catching Neutral Cluster Necklace – a cornucopia of hematite, copper and bronze.
For cool toned women, white or gray are flattering color choices that will complement their skin. Warm toned women look great in camels and browns. Both can wear black, although cool tones are more likely to gravitate to that color.
As the palette is stark and neutral palette, these women let the accessories do the talking. Color is used only as an accent – on a scarf or bag. Or to mix something up, the color will be the accessory. Audrey Hepburn’s coral dress in Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a perfect example.
Silks, cotton, linen, cashmere. These are signature fabrics of the classically elegant woman. Fine wovens, rayons and natural fibers are also in the mix. Dress tonally in shades of neutrals and let the texture of the fabric be the accessory. The combination of tone and texture allow these women create a subtle complexity in their fashion.
The number one is her style mantra as in one statement piece at a time – no matchy-match for her. Her confidence comes from a well-trained eye that she’s developed through creating style tear sheets that favor the elegant simplicity of designers like Calvin Klein, Cynthia Rowley, and Max Mara.
Are you a Classically Elegant woman? Do you own a staple statement necklace that defines your fashion? I’d love to hear about it in the comment box below.