If you’ve been following me on the blog for long (over 6 years and 1600 blog posts), you have probably recognized that my style is pretty classic. This is because I find that versatile pieces go a long way and are worth investing in. So my aim is to always pull together an outfit that is simplistic, chic and stylish as well as timeless. How do I achieve this? Well let me tell you my 5 tips for creating classic style fashion! This post originally published last year but I think you will agree, the style tips are timeless.
5 Tips for Creating Classic Style Fashion
1. Two-finger Tuck
As you can see in the pictures above, I used my two fingers to front tuck or “french tuck” my sweater into these riding pants (similar here). I have been using this style tip for quite some time because it provides that extra definition and polish to any look. If you’re a fan of Tan France from the Netflix show “Queer Eye,” you surely know what I’m referring to! But if you’ve never heard of it or done the two-finger tuck, it’s pretty simple. Just tuck in the front part of your shirt with two fingers. Then adjust the hem a bit as needed so that it gives you that effortless appearance. The key is that it doesn’t need to look perfect. It’s such an easy way to look stylish and not like a slob kabob!
2. Investment Pieces
Once I have my two-finger tuck in place, I like to accessorize a simpler outfit with investment pieces like a statement belt. Belts enhance the figure and add dimension to an outfit. I tend to trade off between my black/taupe Hermès belt and brown Gucci belt. The best thing about the Hermès belt is that it is actually reversible, so you get two different colors in one. You can also switch out the buckle, making it very versatile. But I love my Gucci belt too, as it’s helpful to have both black and brown statement belts. They are expensive, yes, but well worth the price! Other great pieces to invest in are of course a classic handbag and silk scarf. With handbags, I tend to invest in brands like Louis Vuitton or Hermès (pictured in this post). And for silk scarfs, my go-to is always Hermès. You can tie them around the neck like I did, or I’ll often tie it onto my purse. It’s actually even darling as headband or tied into your hair (as I did in this blog post). If you’re looking for investment pieces, you can get them at retailers like Neiman Marcus or The RealReal. These pieces really are what elevates a simple, classic look. So they’re certainly worth it for all the years to come.
3. Minimal Jewelry
I’ve never really been a fan of over accessorizing with wild and colorful jewelry. That works for some people, but it is just not my personal style. Instead, I prefer to keep my jewelry minimal. So I go for simple silvers and bold golds and I recently contacted a company online to custom pins for me. You can usually find this gold chain bracelet, gold bangles or Hermès bracelet on my wrists. I’ve also been loving all of my pretty pieces from Nest Jewelry, like this pearl necklace and charm bracelet. I don’t wear statement earrings too often, but I do wear my diamond stud earrings just about everyday to bring some sparkle up top. This kind of simplistic jewelry adds a special touch without being overpowering, so it’s the perfect topper to a classic look.
It doesn’t get more classic than neutrals! Black, white, brown, tan, grey or taupe are all ideal colors to build an outfit on. I typically go for a monochromatic look or contrasting neutrals like black and white, such as with my black sweater and white pants. When you mix up the textures, tones, and layers, neutrals are anything but boring. They are rather very chic and crisp. An added bonus is that neutral pieces are not subjected to color trends or seasons, so they will always be in style year-round. Keep the core of your classic look neutral, and then utilize your accessories to add your own personal touch.
5. Pop of Color
When I choose to keep my outfit neutral, I always add a pop of color into my look. I’ve talked about the best ways to do this in this post. But essentially, I add some color with my shoes, handbag or an accessory like this silk scarf. This makes an otherwise classic look more interesting and updated. I love a good standout piece, don’t you?
I sure hope these 5 tips for creating classic style fashion helped you! They really are great to live by when getting dressed every morning. See more of my favorite classic picks in the boutique below.
What classic pieces do you invest in? xoxo – Tanya
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Love the classic look and great tips!
So glad you enjoyed this post!
I love to invest in pieces that I can keep and wear for many years like – a really good belt, good “foundation pieces” like neutral slacks, cashmere sweaters, and some classic jewelry that I will wear for many years. Then I can add in more trendy items as I want!
You can never go wrong with great staples! They last forever and are well worth the investment! Classic jewelry is always good!
Slob Kabob! HAHAHA! Love it.
Have you never heard me say that? I use that phrase on the regular!
xoxo- Tanya 🙂
These are always my go-to looks, Tanya — my other fave is a Tory cardigan on top or over the shoulders! Great post!
So glad you added the Tory Burch cardigan to the list of classics. Great addition! and you know how much I love a “draped over the shoulder look”. Effortless style!
Classic, but not boring. I also love a pop of color like your red jacket you were wearing the other day.