many of you may have noticed there’s lots of discussion about timeless classic style on the blog. entire blog posts are dedicated to timeless classics – timeless classic military coat or timeless classic riding boots. typically, there’s a backstory on how certain clothing items turned into classics. i love to share those bits of history with you like when and how the iconic, timeless classic pencil skirt came onto the fashion scene. many of you enjoyed the blog post that discussed how easy it is for a classic style to become dated or stodgy. there are definitely ways to prevent that from happening! this fall i was pleased to partner with Talbots as their Fall Classics guest editor where we looked at ten key pieces.
some of you may be scratching your head as to what classic style is all about? there are lots of style quizzes on the web that can help identify your signature look. but since a teenager, i’ve preferred classic style above all other styles. there’s something steady and true about pieces that never go out of fashion: trench coats, pencil skirts, anything nautical. the classics are simplicity at its best and are well designed. they can also be dressed up or down because they are forever stylish. classic style speaks to me but they also keep me on my toes. i’m always asking, “how does a cashmere crewneck sweater go best with a blazer?” or “how does a pencil skirt go with a faux leather moto jacket?” there’s nothing i love more than reinventing those classic pieces that are rooted in beauty and usefulness. remember, you’re in good company when it comes to timeless classic style. jackie kennedy onassis, grace kelly, audrey hepburn, lauren bacall, victoria beckham, amal clooney, princess diana, and kate middleton are all exemplary examples of classic style in motion.
today, i wanted to talk about how to shop for classic style. who are the designers or brands i’m fond of that offer those timeless classic pieces? in this post, i’ve rounded up a list of brands i gravitate towards. it’s not an exhaustive list but it’s representative of those brands i love and have shopped for years. most fall into the mid-priced brands’ category. but i’ve never been afraid to shell out a few bucks for a well-made piece from a luxury designer. remember, classic style stands the test of time. once you’re familiar with classic style and know what you love (read ten wardrobe essentials to get started), it’s easy to shop at Target or Kohls to fill in gaps in your wardrobe. there’s absolutely no price-point that defines the classics. whatever your budget there’s a classic clothing item created just for you. so grab a cup of coffee and start scrolling through my list. the good news? in case you hadn’t heard (ha!) cyber monday sales are going strong today and tomorrow. it’s a great time to shop.
Talbots: since 1947 Talbots has been delivering timeless and timely fashion. i shop for many things at this store but i particularly love RSVP Occasion.
Gap: founded by the Fisher family in 1969 Gap went from selling levi’s and lp records to private-label merchandise in 1974. there are several brands underneath the Gap Family: Gap, Old Navy, and my two favorites Banana Republic and Athleta.
J.Crew: what started as a catalog company in 1983 has become one of the most iconic american retailers. this is one of the first stores i shop for blazers.
L.K. Bennett: this affordable luxury brand was started by linda bennett in london in 1990. i love their shoes but especially their boots.
Levi’s: what can i say about this iconic brand that brought us the first blue jean other than i adore them! they still carry the original trucker jacket a.k.a. denim jacket.
Ralph Lauren: i could wear Ralph Lauren head-to-toe on any given day. but i can always count on ralph for classic outerwear.
Boden: founded in 1991 by johnnie boden Boden initially launched with eight menswear products. womenswear was introduced in 1992. their sweaters always catch my eye.
Ann Taylor: ann always carries those ‘outfit basics’ every wardrobe needs. i’m a big fan of their denim.
Tory Burch: love tory’s take on sporty casual. but i can always count on this brand for timeless handbags.
Theory: clean and sophisticated theory has a nice compilation of best sellers.
Chanel: this luxury designer has delivered trends that turned into timeless classics since coco was at the helm. chance by chanel is my go-to fragrance. i’m also a big fan of their lipsticks.
Burberry: this is one brand that has consistently delivered iconic elegance for decades whether it’s their signature trench or field jacket.
St. John: if you want classic knitwear look no further. love their sportswear.
Everlane: this is a new brand with a fabulous online presence and two brick and mortar stores on either coast. there are quite a few key pieces i like from this brand. but their loafers are top-notch
a very happy sunday, ladies! it’s been a lovely long weekend with time spent with my kiddos. who could ask for more?
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is the Founder and CEO of Style at a Certain Age. She writes Sundays-Fridays on all topics ranging from fashion, health, wellness, home design and more.
She’s 63, 5’8, and size 8.
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