Wouldn’t you love to look back 20 years from now and actually love the outfits you wore? Some women just exude timeless style, as if they didn’t try but somehow look polished, sophisticated, and chic. That outfit they are wearing would look just as good in a year as it does now, and that is the power of mastering timeless style.

Parisian women, especially, are known for a fluency in timeless style and it doesn’t have to be an impossible goal to master it for yourself.

These women don’t have a natural fashion instinct that makes them superior, but rather they have a set of basic fashion rules they stick to in order to achieve this effortless and sophisticated look.

What is timeless style?
Timeless style is an elevated classic fashion style that ceases to go out out of style or look dated. It consists of elevated basics, sophisticated centerpieces and streamlined outfits that avoid being identified by a particular fashion trend or fashion decade

How can I get timeless style?
Timeless style is mastered by creating a foundational wardrobe of classic silhouettes that have versatility and longevity. It stresses signature pieces over fads, and usually embraces a clean makeup/hairstyle with limited accessories. Focus on building a closet that fits your body type, is neutral-colored, and has classic silhouettes.

1. Invest in great basics 

Timeless style is all about having a flexible wardrobe that speaks to your style goals and owning great basics is essential to this.

You need a foundation of fashion pieces that can be easily mixed and matched and will not look run down or out of style in a year.

Part of mastering this sophisticated look is about wardrobe flexibility. You need those great staples to add easy chicness to any outfit.

2. Avoid Fast Fashion 

Fast fashion, typically, does not have longevity and often lacks in fit. And while that is fine for a trend that will be out of style in 3 months, we are aiming to have a closet full of long-lasting items that fit us perfectly.

You don’t have to go bespoke, but you should be devoting a bit more money to your pieces so that they last and they fit you flawlessly. Long term this is the best strategy for timeless and sustainable style.

3. Pay attention to fit 

The easiest way to date an outfit is poor fit and silhouette. If you have a sloppy silhouette or items that don’t fit you well, the outfit will be a failure. And it certainly won’t be something you should wear again.

Your outfit needs to be balanced. While oversized and fitted pieces waft and wane in popularity, a great outfit will feel balanced.

4.  Recognize what works for your body

Knowing your body shape is a huge factor in timeless style. Trying to force your hourglass shape into a dress best suited for rectangular bodies is a recipe for ill-fitting clothes and unflattering proportions.

Dressing for your shape is what allows your clothes to look easy and “made for you”- all of which in the larger picture will help you master timeless fashion.

This also helps with your confidence and your relationship with clothes, which will be key if you want to continue to improve your fashion sense.

7.  Know your dominant fashion style

So timeless style is often linked to classic and minimalist fashion styles. However, it is good to know what styles you tend to gravitate towards most so that you can evolve your personal preferences to be more timeless. Because, first and foremost, your fashion is about you.