5 most famous types of classic style

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The classic style is known for its elegance and sophistication as well as its timeless designs. But there are types of styles that emerged from the classic style that might share some similarities but are different from the original one. What are they?

As a general rule, there are many different types and variations of the classic style. The most known ones are:

  • Classic elegant style
  • Soft classic style
  • Dramatic classic style
  • Urban classic style
  • Natural classic style

These five types cover a pretty wide range of variations. For a more in detail look and some explanation of what they are, read on!


The classic style itself emerged in the early 20th century as a result of the ongoing industrialization in the fashion industry. Due to new technologies, the mass production of formal attire that was affordable was made possible. 

Soon, the classic style focused and still does to this day on simplicitytimeless designs, quality products, and tailored garments. At this time the different types and variations of classic style started to emerge too. Inspired by the Art Deco movement, the classic style started to incorporate modern elements like symmetry and balance.

Nevertheless, it also tried to match the overall aesthetic of the Art Deco movement with its Greek elementsand overall appeal. You can find this in classic interior design which also is a type of classic style. 

In this article, we will now look at each of the above-mentioned types of classic styles and also give a short outfit inspiration to match each one of them for men and women.

Classic elegant style

The classic elegant style features high-qualitytimeless pieces. Also, a put-together appearance is a must-have if you want to look in this type of classic style. Additionally, clean lines and neutral colors like navy, black, white, beige, or grey will look good.

To always put together a great outfit with a rather small number of pieces, the clothes should be easily combinable. If you want to know more about classic outfits in general, check out my article about classic outfits for men and women.

In opposition to other classic styles, the classic elegant style focuses on rather formal attire. Typical clothes are blazersbutton-down shirtschino pants, and trench coats for either gender. Additionally, to that, women can opt for a black dress, a cardiganpumps, or ballet flats

For men, this style contains Loafersdress shoes, and V-neck sweaters. For some more information about the classic elegant style, check out my article about it where I will explain everything to you in full detail

Soft classic style

The soft classic style embraces a feminine silhouette. This also gives away its gender specification which is for women. You will not see a man wearing a soft classic style. 

Nevertheless, this style contains some features of the classic style too. These are timeless piecesquality fabricsneutral colors like beige, black, white, and navy, as well as tailored clothing

Additionally, smooth fabrics such as silk, cashmere, or chiffon add up to this style. Clothes like blouses and blazers of smooth fabrics, as well as skirts and dresses, embrace this feminine silhouette. To form an even more figure-shaped look, a belt is a nice accessory for this type of style. Just wrap it around your waist with skirts, trousers, or dresses. 

For the top, you can also incorporate cardigans and sweaters

For more accessories, earrings, a bracelet or a necklace are great. Shoes like pumps or ballet flats are good options. Again, if you want to know more about this type of classic style, check out my article about soft classic style. 

Soft classic woman wearing a dress. She sits at an antique table.
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Dramatic classic style

With the dramatic classic style, you will want to stand out. This type of classic style features a combination of classic style elements for men and women and dramatic pieces. You can create a fashion statement by incorporating these dramatic pieces into your timeless, classic outfits. 

The dramatic features are things like asymmetrical cutsmetallic accents like gold or silver buttons, and outstanding jewelry like chunky bracelets or earrings. Additionally, the colors of this style vary from red to green and blue and are in general more experimentative

To create the contrast in the outfits you will need classic clothes like blazerstailored trousersskirtscashmere sweaters, and cardigans, as well as pumps or loafers. Furthermore, bold-colored high-heelsT-shirts with patterns and symbols like plaid or geometric prints, colored pants, or blouses with unique patterns.

If you want to get to know more about this style, check out my article about the dramatic classic style.

Some outfit combinations for the dramatic classic style are:

  • Boldly patterned blazer with a white or black button-down shirt and some dark trousers. (Men and women)
  • Dress pants with a bold-colored sweater and a button-down shirt underneath. (Men and women)
  • Dress with asymmetrical lines and pumps. As accessories, earrings or a clutch bag (women)
A woman wears a dramatic classic outfit: A blazer with plaid pattern, a black purse and a dress underneath.
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Urban classic style

Unlike the principle of most types of classic styles, the urban classic style likes to incorporate trendy pieces of clothing. It pairs it with some of the timeless garments of classic style. Key features of this style are streetwear influences such as bomber jackets, rather bold colors like red, purple, and yellow, as well as modern silhouettes that sit rather tight to the body. 

For accessories, the urban classic style likes to incorporate sunglassesbold watches, and caps or beanies

Blazers, button-down shirts, and tailored pants are the same part of this type of classic style as bomber jacketssneakers, and T-shirts. Unlike most of the classic styles, the urban classic style changes its clothes as new trends occur. This is the main difference from other types of classic styles. 

For outfit combinations, it is as simple as combining any modern clothes with classic ones. Also, you can wear a bright-colored suit or a graphic T-shirt and just match it with some tailored pants and loafers

A couple stands before a house. They are wearing trench coats. The man wears white sneakers and dark trousers and a turtleneck sweater. The woman wears black boots.
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If you want to get to know more about this style, check out my article about the urban classic style, where I will explain this very interesting one to you in full detail.

Natural classic style

As the name already tells, the natural classic style features natural fabrics like wool, silk, cotton, or linen. This style focuses more on minimalism but also likes to dress rather luxuriously. Additionally, neutral colorssuch as beige, grey, ivory, forest green, or navy do great with this type of classic style. Opposing the urban classic style, you will not find any trendy attire or modern silhouette. 

For clothes, tailored pantssimple dressesblousesbutton-down shirtsblazersA-line skirts, or jeanswill fit this style. For shoes, you can wear loafers are typical, as well as pumpsoxford shoes, or ballet flats

When it comes to accessories, leather stuff will be great. Belts, a leather watch or bracelet, as well as a purse will look great on you. Also, a silk scarf is typical for a natural classic style. 

As an outfit, you can combine some wide-leg pants with a blouse or a button-down shirt. Also, a linen, or tweed suit will be a great outfit, as well as a wrap dress with pumps

A woman wears a natural classic outfit. She combines a wrap dress with beige and white stripes with a beige purse and holds purple flowers.
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If you want to know more about the natural classic style and get some inspiration for your outfits, check out my article about it.


As we can see from this article, there is a lot to the types of classic styles and even though they have the same originmany things are different. Nevertheless, some things like timeless pieces, rather formal attire, and quality clothing remain the same throughout any type of classic style. 

If you found this article helpful or want to leave me some inspiration for a new topic, don’t hesitate to write me a comment down below. 

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