Hello, Darlings! Today I am Introducing My Soft Classic Style. I have always embraced a more classic, minimal style. But as I age, my lifestyle and personal style have evolved. I find I enjoy the comfort level of the Soft Classic Style.
Introducing My Soft Classic Style
What Is Soft Classic Style
Soft Classic Style priorities two things -Comfort & Simplicity. Comfort for me means clothing that is soft, easy of care, not too tight, scratchy, or uncomfortable. If it bothers me in any way, I will not wear it. Simplicity is clean lines and the absence of too many details. No lace, embroidery, texture, little to no buttons, very simple almost boring style. So I use color to bring interest to an outfit.
Discovering Your Classic Style
When I did the Dressing Your Truth Free Course, I discovered I was a Type 4 which is a classic style. But even the classic style can be divided down to embrace a more secondary type. This really helped me as my lifestyle did not fully mesh with a truly classic style. As a youth, I was “all in” the preppy style which is similar to today’s “Cute Classic Style” as I entered the workforce, I leaned more towards the “Edgy Classic Style”. But now with my midlife lifestyle, comfort needs put me square in the “Soft Classic Style”.
Check Out April Grow From Stunning Style Society
I was lucky to find April Grow and her Stunning Style Society. April focuses just on the classic style and embraces a Winter Seasonal Color Palette. I have learned that April discovered her “true” style when she did the Dressing Your Truth course. She now creates her own content with weekly Facebook Lives, called”Style Snacks”. April also creates Capsule Wardrobe Guides that help women can purchase, with shopping links and styling ideas. Along with a private Facebook group for those who purchase her guide, April gives them additional training tools, her Style Steps to better understand what she calls Classic Style Twist.
You can follow April on Facebook by joining her open Facebook group- Capsule Wardrobes For Classic Style
Defining The Five Different Style Twist
April Grow of the Stunning Style Society defines the different Classic Style Twist as follows
The difference in each style is in the details. I recommend checking out her blog post/videos for a better understanding and to see if any of these styles feel like you. Knowing the little differences between the different “Style Twists” can help you be a better shopper and understand the “why” behind what you wear most. Many retailers specialize in certain styles, such a Draper James specializes in Cute Classic Style.
Elements Of Soft Classic Style
There are certain elements that help define Soft Classic Style. Not all the elements work for me, but I do see many of the elements in my wardrobe. As always, it is important to remember that understanding your personal style is essential to building a capsule wardrobe, but body type rules trump all. If it doesn’t look good on your body, it doesn’t matter if it is in your style.
Look For The Following Element
- Prioritizes comfort through soft “touchable” fabrics
- Small prints and florals – especially prints that have blurred edges such as wildflowers/watercolors.
- Neutral colors adding only one bold color per outfit
- Soothing colors
- Very little to no detail
- Ruffles or lace
- Softer edges such as soft lapels/draping/shawl collar
- Like sheen but not high shine
- Simplicity is key- too many detail and you feel overwhelmed, lost
Check Out This Video On Soft Classic Style
Soft Classic Style Necklines
I enjoy wider necklines and necklines with structured drapes. A loose mock turtleneck, a cowl neck, and a wider V-neck are my necklines of choice. I will also wear an open zipper collared shirt, especially in my sports and athletic wear.
Soft Classic Top- Loose Mock Turtlenecks
Soft Classic Top -Sleeveless Cowl Neck Top
Cowl Neck Top With Modesty Panel
Soft Drape Top With Softer, Thinner Fabric
Soft Classic Sweater- Wider V Neck Sweater In Thinner Knit Material
Soft Classic Style -Classic V Neck Top In Comfortable Fabric
T-shirts In Wider V Neck Style
Faux Wrap Top
Soft Classic Bottoms
Again, the theme for the Soft Classic Style is Comfort & Simplicity. I don’t own a lot of pants/jeans/skirts/shorts. What I do own all must be comfortable, and that means fabric. Stretch is key for pants. Most all my pants area Ponte Knit with elastane and are slightly thicker material. This covers the lumps and bumps, gives structure, and creates a smoother-looking appearance.
Ponte Knit Pants
The details of the bottoms are simple, with little to no details. For comfort, I prefer a wide waistband with no zipper, pockets, or belt loops if possible. Clean and minimal are best. Boot cut or trouser styling is the best for my Petite Pear Body Shape. Skinny Jeans, jeggings are all too restrictive, even leggings are too tight. Yoga pants with flared or bootcut are winners
I am still trying to find the ultimate pair of jeans (no belt loops, pockets, or zipper). But for now, my Wit and Wisdom jeans from Nordstrom are the most comfortable.
Finally, all my pants/ jeans/shorts/ skirts are in neutral colors -black, white, navy. Prints or bold colors tend to overwhelm me and may not work with my Pear Body Type.
Soft Classic Jackets, Cardigans, Kimonos, And Vest
For my Soft Classic Style and climate, layers must be simple but most important, not bulky. I found that thinner sweaters work best.
Soft Classic Layering Pieces- Cascade Drape Cardigan
Thin, Suede Jacket With Wider Lapels
Shear Kimono In Graphic Zebra Print
Soft Fleece Vest With Wider Collar
Soft Classic Detail In Accessories And Jewelry
For Pears, accessories and jewelry are key elements in the wardrobe. These pieces give an outfit interest, keeping it updated. It is important with accessories such as scarves that they not be overly textured or bulky. Comfort and Simplicity are still the keywords
Looser Infinity Scarf In Bold Color
Thin, Graphic Ikat Scarf
Pashmina Style Scarf With Black Dress
Draped Black & White Zebra Print Scarf
For Jewelry Think Round
Circle or oval-shaped earrings such as hoops, pendant necklaces, layered necklaces, bangle bracelets all add interest. These pieces are perfect for my style. Round =Soft.
Hoop Earrings & Circular Necklace
Statement Necklace With Modern Round Pendant
Leather & Silver Circular Pendant Necklace
Where To Shop For Soft Classic Style
Good news, because Soft Classic Style heavily emphasizes comfort, you can find pieces for your wardrobe from many different retails. Some of my favorite retailers to shop are:
- Kettlewell Colours
- Land’s End
- Chicos/Chicos Off The Rack/White House Black Market/ Soma
- Soft Surroundings
- Banana Republic
- Charter Club brand at Macy’s
Check Out My Posts On The Elements Of A Capsule Wardrobe
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