29 Women Who Have Truly Mastered the Art of Classic Style

We're all for defining your own unique personal style, but at the same time, it's also great to have an array of clothes that are timeless and versatile—a perfectly honed capsule you can always rely on. Case in point? These fashionable women. Right now, we're feeling particularly inspired by those who choose simplicity over standing out and in turn, those who get maximum wear out of their expertly selected items.

So we delved deep into Instagram to bring you the very best classic dressers, from the starry likes of Victoria Beckham and Alexa Chung to our favourite influencers. As you'll soon discover, common classic pieces include trench coats, simple boots, Breton stripes, and well-cut trousers. However, there are also more directional ensembles to pine over, too. Most notably one involving a jewel-toned satin slip dress and an oversized blazer. Divine.

Keep scrolling to see what classic style really means.

Blazer + Slip Dress
Classic Style: A blazer and a slip dress



Style Notes: For after dark, nothing looks more sophisticated than a slip dress paired with an oversized blazer. Thank you, Marisa, for the reminder. We recommend checking out her feed for more excellent dress options.

Tailoring + Jeans + Mules
Classic Style: Tailoring, jeans and mules always makes for a chic outfit



Style Notes: Checked tailoring and mules make for the classiest denim accompaniments and have practically become uniform for the elegant Alberta.

Leather Biker + Printed Tee
Classic Style: Alexa Chung in a leather biker and printed tee



Style Notes: Alexa Chung knows she can always rely on a printed tee–and–biker jacket combination to inform her daily wares.

Flounced Blouse + Wide-Leg Jeans + Neutral Accessories
Classic Style: A flounced blouse, wide-leg jeans and neutral accessories



Style Notes: No one does classic style quite like the French, so re-creating Aria's ruffled blouse-and-jean look is a no-brainer.

Shirt Dress + Tennis Shoes
Classic Style: A polkadot shirt dress and white tennis shoes



Style Notes: Yes, trainers can look classic when they're worn with a monochromatic midi dress—particularly one with a high neckline. Emma was one of the first to snap up this cult Topshop dress, so her feed is definitely one to keep an eye on for the next must-have.

Ecru Jeans + Grey Sweatshirt
Classic Style: Ecru jeans and a grey sweatshirt



Style Notes: Casualwear might be her go-to, but that doesn't stop Charlotte from looking effortlessly chic at all times—notably in her off-white jeans and grey sweatshirt. 

Red + Black
Classic Style: Red and black will always make for a classic combination



Style Notes: Red and black is easily one of the most classic colour pairings. Throw in a monochromatic accessory like the ever-polished Danielle (who, by the way, is wearing her own designs for Navabi) to finish the look.

Beige Maxi Dress + Straw Hat
Classic Style: A beige maxi dress and straw hat



Style Notes: If you're in need of holiday outfit inspiration, look no further than Debora's ensemble. The beige hue of her dress looks elegant with her straw hat—the epitome of glossy St. Tropez style. If glossy outfits are your thing, we implore you to give this girl a follow.

Beret + Button-Up Blouse
Classic Style: Emma Louise Connolly in a beret and blouse



Style Notes: If you're looking for an easy way to update your ripped denim, follow the insanely cool Emma Louise Connolly's lead with a beret and blouse.

Wrapover Jumpsuit + Strappy Sandals
Classic Style: Emily Ratajkowski in a cream jumpsuit and minimal sandals



Style Notes: Jumpsuits offer a cool alternative to dresses—particularly when they're worn with minimal strap sandals and a messy undo, just like Emily Ratajkowski.

Stripe Trousers + Intarsia Knit
Classic Style: Striped trousers always look sleek with a monochrome knit



Style Notes: Monochrome is a classicist's palette of choice, and as per, jewellery designer Helena has nailed the look with her striped trousers and designer knit.

Linen Blouse + Denim Cutoffs
Classic Style: Denim cut offs and a linen blouse



Style Notes: We always turn to Holly—who just so happens to be a Topshop personal stylist—for chic city wares, and this denim cutoffs–and–linen blouse look will be the first thing we wear when summer arrives.

Roll-Neck + Floral Midi Skirt
Classic Style: A floral midi skirt and cream roll neck



Style Notes: Classic style doesn't have to be minimal, as Holly Willoughby proves. Consider neutralising a floral-print midi skirt with a cream roll-neck.

Black Shirt + Skinny Jeans
Classic Style: A black shirt and jeans



Style Notes: Irina is a master at laid-back style and, as such, is giving us a newfound appreciation the all-too-often overlooked all-black outfit. The fact that it takes two seconds to style is an added bonus.

Chunky Jumper + Leopard Skirt
Classic Style: A chunky knitted jumper and a leopard midi skirt



Style Notes: Ask Kerri and she'll likely tell you that leopard print is essentially a neutral—and we couldn't agree more. Make like the stylish mama and wear it with a chunky knit and trainers for an elevated off-duty outfit.

Trench Coat + White Separates
Classic Style: Nothing says classic like a camel trench and white separates



Style Notes: Nothing says classic quite like a beige trench coat—especially when it's worn over cream separates, layered gold chains, and finished with a matching bag just like magazine editor Marie.

Midi Dress + Ankle-Strap Heels
Classic Style: A floral midi dress and black ankle-strap heels



Style Notes: Ankle-strap heels never fail to make midi dresses look even more elegant. Make like the elegant Melise and add a beaded bag and hair slide to the formula.

Knitted Co-Ord + Car Coat
Classic Style: A knitted coord and black accessories



Style Notes: Cosy and chic, it's little wonder that this Zara number worked its way into Eni's wardrobe. She does have an eye for high-street It pieces, after all.

Frock Coat + Knee-High Boots
Classic Style: Olivia Lopez in a short coat and black knee-high boots



Style Notes: This frockcoat-and-boot look errs on the '90s side, and that's exactly why we love it. Up the ante with prim accessories, much like Olivia has done with her headband and handbag.

Grey-on-Grey Outfits
Classic Style: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in an all-grey ensemble



Style Notes: Seeing as Rosie Huntington-Whiteley always looks impeccable, we'd be silly not to copy her tonal outfit.

Faux-Fur Coat + Leather Add-Ons
Classic Style: A faux fur coat and leather add ons



Style Notes: Sania's faux-fur coat looks even more glamorous when worn with black leather accessories. Quite simply, the Swede's outfit is ageless.

Leather Trousers + Camel Jumper
Classic Style: Stacey Dooley in a camel jumper and leather trousers



Style Notes: Stacey Dooley is fast becoming one of our favourite minimalist dressers with her pared-back aesthetic. Case in point? This outfit.

Corduroy Blazer + White Jeans
Classic Style: A corduroy blazer and wide-leg trousers



Style Notes: Corduroy is deeply rooted in British style heritage. We love how Bristol-based blogger Karina has given her blazer a fresh overhaul with white jeans.

Cigarette Trousers + Court Shoes
Classic Style: Pair tailored trousers with court shoes



Style Notes: Tailored trousers needn't be reserved for the office. Take a leaf out of London girl Lorna's very stylish book and pair them with a slouchy jumper and chic court shoes.

Leopard Print + Khaki
Classic Style: Leopard print and khaki always looks good together



Style Notes: Some trends were meant to be worn together, and that can certainly be said of leopard print and khaki. We bet this is an ensemble fashion journalist Alyson Walsh will be wearing for years to come.

Breton Stripes + Red Heels
Classic Style: Alex Steadman in a pair of red heels and a Breton knit



Style Notes: We can always count on Alex Steadman to serve up classic style inspiration. Her penchant for Breton stripes and red heels may have something to do with it.

Sharp Suiting + Plain White T-Shirt
Classic Style: Vanessa Hong in a sharp suit



Style Notes: A well-cut suit is one of the sleekest things you'll ever own, and we're of the opinion that it looks best worn with a plain white tee. Naturally, the sartorially blessed Vanessa Wong agrees.

Shift Dress + Crisp Shirting
Classic Style: Layer a black shift dress over white shirting



Style Notes: Every grown-up wardrobe should include a black shift dress that can be dressed up or down with the switch of a pair of shoes. Ume-Romaan is an expert at taking smart pieces and giving them her own unique, incredibly stylish spin.

High-Neck Blouse + Palazzo Trousers
Classic Style: Victoria Beckham in red palazzo trousers and a high-neck blouse



Style Notes: Of course, no classic style roundup would be complete without a cameo from Victoria Beckham. This outfit consisting of palazzo trousers and a high-neck blouse is one of our favourite VB looks of late.

Next up, see the one pair of classic shoes every woman should own

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