Classic style calls to mind the usual lineup of chic wardrobe staples — the crisp white button-down, a wide-leg trouser, camel coats, perfect jeans, and ballet flats — and an easy way of looking put-together without much styling fuss. Certain women emerge victorious in this classic style category, just by adhering to a low-key brand of Fall-minded elegance. We're looking at you, Gwyneth Paltrow. But before Gwyneth, and before the trench-coat stylings of Alexa Chung, the very beginnings of great classic style can be traced back to the likes of icons Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy, Ali MacGraw, and an effortlessly cool Françoise Hardy (pictured). To add to the growing list, we've also got modern-day starlets Angelina Jolie, Kate Middleton, and Reese Witherspoon to take cues from — they too have cultivated their own approaches to traditional Fall outfits. Trends come and go, but these women show us how to capture timeless beauty with a no-fail minimalist flair. To channel a similar Fall sensibility, get inspired by these 31 classic style icons now.
Aug 22 2012 - 12:22pm