how to do classic style

how to do classic style
thrifted blazer

the color coral


This is classic style! Whenever the person looks elegant and comfortable, not fussy and out-of-place, when it’s truly timeless, that’s classic. And this is Diana from Elegance Now, a new Instagram friend, who’s consistently elegant.

When I see dressing like this, I wonder why I ever stray from the classics.

Classic doesn’t bore me, it doesn’t get old, and it always looks good. 

Audrey Hepburn exemplified the style in the movie Sabrina,

and isn’t it interesting that Diana’s look is so very similar to Audrey’s? That’s why it’s classic. Black slacks or leggings, a simple, black top, and flats. You need nothing else. 

For those of you who don’t like or want to wear all black, you could do red, or grey, or camel. But keep it simple! You’ve got to believe it, all sorts of “additions,” most often known as “accessories,” can kill a good outfit.

I think older women do themselves a disservice thinking that bags, jewelry, scarves, etc. are somehow going to “complete” their look.

At other times, I think it’s a desire to take the focus off our age. There are two problems with that, 1. you can’t, and 2. it just “decorates” but doesn’t improve the outfit.

It’s also time-consuming. Dig out the necklaces, find the right scarf, which bag? And I don’t think I need to talk about cost here.

Save your money and buy good quality classics.

If you want to see and hear what others say about simple versus overly accessorized read this.

P.S. In some ways I really dislike the term “classic.” It’s been bandied about, and as is often true, when that happens words lose their meaning. What does classic mean to you?


I walked into a second-hand store this past weekend to look for this blazer, and I found it. Don’t you love it when that happens?

The blazer is 100% virgin wool, very soft, fits perfectly, is in wonderful condition, and it’s from France!

I’m going to style it 101 ways and show you what I come up with. Here’s my first shot. How to style a blazer? First, just put it on.


Jameela Jamil arrives at the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

In case you haven’t heard, the color of the year is coral. Coral like this dress. There’s lots more to say about the “color of the year,” and I will, but for now, what do you think of this color?


“The enemy of feminism isn’t men, it’s patriarchy. And patriarchy is not men, it’s a system. And women can support the system of patriarchy just as men can support the fight for gender equality.”

—Justine Musk




  • Leslie says:

    Love the color but by March, if I see too much of it, I will be bored. The upside: it looks great on me. Your new friend Diana is a Venezia!

  • Drew says:

    Love the look of timeless, simple style. While less is more, as I age, I’m finding it more difficult to pull it off; it can often feel more plain & tired than clean & classy.

    (Thanks for your site. Always insightful).

    • Anita Irlen says:

      Drew, What an interesting comment, and I do agree. Simple/minimal can turn stark, even austere. But I think that’s where one dash of color, or one “meaningful” piece of jewelry can save the look. Of course it also depends on the color…

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