What are fashion styles…well it’s hard to define. Diane van Furstenberg said “It is an effortless confidence in being yourself, it is a way of putting yourself together according to your mood and what you want to project. Personal style appears to come naturally for some, but for others it can take a while to find it!” or, in some cases, not at all.
If it’s tough for natal women, then it’s even tougher for us who were not born as females. So with a little help from Sylvia of 40 Plus Style, we are going to look at some current names women use to describe their fashion styles. Perhaps one will speak to you or perhaps you are a combination of more than one of them. At the end of this article, you can download tips on how you find your own style .from Sylvia or go to her site for more information. She offers some interesting programs.
Classic is, as the name suggests, one of the more classic and enduring styles. It’s timeless and popular with women over 40 and most of us will have at least a few classic pieces in our wardrobe. These are the pieces that will usually last the longest in your cupboard, so you may want to invest in a few high-quality garments that will always make you look good.
Some great examples of classic garments include:
- The trench coat
- A white button down shirt
- A pencil skirt
- A tailored jacket or blazer
- A cashmere sweater
- The turtleneck sweater
- Tailored trousers
- A shift dress
- The twinset
- Ballet flats
- The classic pump
- A beret
- Animal print shoes and accessories
- Leather gloves
- Diamond or pearl studs
- Cartier Tank Francaise Watch
- The hermes Kelly or Birkin Bag
- The LL Bean Canvas tote
These are often the best bet when it comes to investing in high quality and long lasting pieces that you will wear again and again.
Examples of people with this style are: Jackie O, Marlene Dietrich, Lauren Bacall, Jodie Foster.
Here are some further classic looks from our Pinterest pages.
“You can’t be a bohemian in tight clothes. It just doesn’t work. you have to be able to move and dance and climb.” Diane von Furstenberg
Women with bohemian style like movement, color and sparkle. It is an nonconforming style that tends to be associated with the hippie era and with Latin cultures
Some examples of bohemian garments include:
- A peasant blouse
- The hippie skirt
- A (fake) fur vest
- A tunic
- A caftan
- Bohemian handbags
- Long necklaces
- A poncho
Examples of people with this style include: Ali MacGraw, Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen, Diane von Furstenberg.
Minimalism is not about abandoning pattern or print. I see minimalism to be a philosophy that involves an overall sense of balance, knowing when to to take away, subtract. It’s an indulgence in superbly executed cut, quiet plays of color tones and clean strong shapes.“ .Calvin Klein
If you like the minimalism philosophy. it’s about having less and enjoying the things you have more. So it’s even more important to buy the right things; clothes that are of high quality and fit you extremely well.
Some examples of minimal garments include:
- A simple tailored jacket
- A winter coat
- A designer little black dress
- A minimal tuxedo
- One single handbag
- A minimal watch
Examples of people with this style include: Sofia Coppola, Angelina Jolie, Audrey Hepburn.
Minimalist style is all about exuding a less is more attitude. Clothes are extremely well tailored and high quality, and the simplest pieces make the biggest impact. Calvin Klein, Sofia Coppola, Angelina Jolie, and Audrey Hepburn are designers and/or celebrities that fall into this style category.
The trendy and fashionable style is an embrace of seasonal trends. These fresh of the runway looks are about taking risks and gladly standing out. While the looks can be a lot of fun, they are often outdated pretty soon and are often not as timeless as classic or minimalist styles.
You tend to be fashionable and trendy if you embrace the new trends each year and incorporate them into your style. You are willing to take risks and are happy to stand out. This style can be a lot of fun and very arty, but will look outdated pretty soon.
Clothes for this style are hard to define as the trends change every season. Fashionistas will need to follow the trends through magazines and the latest fashion shows to know what to look for in the shops.
Things that go in and out of fashion include:
- Shoulder pads
- Platform heels
- Outrageous hats
- Skirt volume
Have a look at some of my favorite trends this season from fall 2018.
Examples of people with this style include: Isabella Blow, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Diana Ross.
This style is hard to describe, which is not surprising, as this style is really a mixture of all kinds of styles. The eclectic woman knows how to mix and match all the different styles and truly make it her own. To make this style really work, it is important to have a good eye for what you like, to know what suits you and to have the innate style instinct or (learned) knowledge to mix it all together. This is a very creative and fun way of dressing.
Examples include: Kate Moss, Laura Bailey, Gwynyth Paltrow and the ladies of the Advanced Style blog.
Modern Romantic Style
Not included in the original resource article, but definitely out there is this super feminine style. We’re talking girlie-girl which includes styles with lots of ruffles and lace that you often see in the Latin cultures. Then here are some really awesome outfits. and the video below to explain the style in more depth.
Check out our “Fun and Flirty” Pinterest board
Street / Urban Style or Casual Chic
This is the constantly evolving style that develops on the streets of the big cities. It is constantly changing and quite undefinable, but it tends to be a mix of casual and hip and what’s happening in the world at any particular time. This style is more prominent among youngsters as opposed to 40 plusers, although, of course, there are always the exceptions to this rule. Some previous street style trends include: new wave, punk, goth, grunge, mod and hip hop.
Examples of people with this style include: young Madonna, Debbie Harry.
Creating your own style profile
Now, if you are like most (trans)women, you will have elements of a few of these styles in your own personal wardrobe. I tend to like classical garments and the boho look equally.
And while I follow fashion and the trends closely I only adopt that which I feel could stay in my wardrobe and be part of my personal style year in and year out.