Certain fashion items hold strong cultural value because they are instantly connected to a famous wearer. I can't even look at a basket bag without thinking of Jane Birkin. Some of these items—like Paris Hilton's Juicy Couture tracksuits—were left behind in the time when they reached their peak. Others manage to transcend decades and maintain a timeless quality because they work outside of the trend cycle. These classic items are subtly refined, and the wearers that made them famous did so in an understated yet powerful way. This form of elegance makes these pieces iconic in the truest sense of the word, and we continue to see their legacy continue today.
It's been 62 years since Audrey Hepburn danced across our screens in Funny Face wearing a pair of cropped, black trousers and yet her outfit is still something you'll likely see someone wearing in your local grocery store.
No matter the season, trend or year, like many classic items, these lovely, reliable pieces will remain in your wardrobe forever. Each time you put them on, you will imbue your look with something tangibly classy, simply by its association with its legacy. It's like a direct boost of confidence from the women who made them legendary.
From the pieces themselves to the fabulous women who made them famous, keep scrolling to see and shop the most iconic, elegant clothing and accessories that will simply never go out of style.
WHITE BUTTON-DOWN SHIRT
Style Notes: From Carolyn Bessette Kennedy to Sharon Stone at the 1998 Oscars, a slightly oversized white button-down was a low-key rebellious cocktail piece in the '90s. Now, with a bit of red lipstick, it is instantly an elegant win.
Style Notes: Through the '60s, statement earrings loved by stars like Diana Ross and Edie Sedgwick. But it's Nina Simone at the piano (wearing little else than her oversized earrings) that is the epitome of elegance in my mind.
Style Notes: As an essential part of Coco Chanel's signature personal style, layered chain necklaces carry on their elegant legacy through many fashion muses—including Loulou de la Falaise and Tina Chow.