For every Miley Cyrus fashion explosion and Rihanna’s bold extravagance, there’s a celebrity counterpart whose classic style is firmly in the face of these flashy style statements. A number of starlets know how to balance a thoroughly modern outlook with a trendy, yet timeless appeal. We see it on the red carpet; we see it in their off-duty gazes; and everywhere in between. And that’s because it’s not just clothing that defines them, it’s an attitude of chic sophistication that pervades their every move.
If fashion savvy were an Olympic sport, these seven stars would bring home gold for their absolutely classic celebrity style that truly stands the test of time.
1. Blake Lively
2. Naomie Harris
Throw any look like Naomie Harris, and the actress beautifully makes it a classic and flaunts it with the utmost elegance and panache. The James Bond girl has never been afraid to explore bright color palettes, not to mention interesting punch patterns and silhouettes. Yet never once did these bolder moves compromise her spirit of classically refined elegance. She has a veritable roster of designers who are behind her in her consistently well-dressed endeavors: she thinks Altuzarra, Christian Dior, KaufmanFranco, Lanvin, Michael Kors, Mugler, Ralph Lauren, Roksanda and Valentino. The sheer variety of these labels only further demonstrates her sartorial power. We can all learn a two-way from Harris about indulging in bold and beautiful style.
3. Dakota Johnson
The daughter of actress Melanie Griffith and actor Don Johnson, Dakota Johnson not only has a Hollywood pedigree, she also has the style to match. She’s been a star to watch ever since she skyrocketed on the scene by pushing the boundaries of 50 shades of gray . However, it’s her style that’s most captivating about her for her ability to be classically cool at the same time, yet modern and romantic at the same time.
Easily switch from a monochromatic palette with striking, minimalist appeal to a more vibrant and trendy territory. Wear a real designer alphabet: Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Chanel, Christian Dior, up to Gucci, Michael Kors, Saint Laurent and more. Wear elegant dresses, glitzy disco ball gowns, feminine dresses and feminine jumpsuits, not to mention jeans and t-shirts casually. The lesson to be learned here? How to balance edginess and femininity with lasting appeal.
4. Victoria Beckham
Victoria Beckham is the ultimate ambassador of the brand, for herself and her eponymous fashion line. The former member of the Spice Girls has achieved enviable status as a successful crossover artist, as this designer’s collections are highly regarded and worn by the ‘tallest’ celebrities on the scene. But no one wears her clothes better than Beckham herself. Subtle silhouettes, elegant architectural shapes and a hint of sexy vibe work in harmony for timeless sartorial appeal. We should all take notes from this trendy tycoon on how to play cool and classic every day of the week.
5. Natalie Portman
Comparisons between Natalie Portman and iconic style star Audrey Hepburn are many and frequent. Given Portman’s chic style perspective, it makes sense. As an ambassador for designer Christian Dior and the Miss Dior label, she easily portrays the pinnacle of French sophistication and feminine charm. The little black dress was made simply for a girl like Natalie, and she proves that the essence of good style is often graceful simplicity.
6. Emmy Rossum
Emmy Rossum may be overlooked on the style scene, but this actress consistently delivers elegantly timeless and incredibly chic outfits that never fail to raise the bar in fashion. From Oscar de la Renta’s sweet and sophisticated dresses to Elie Saab’s embellished numbers, she’s consistently showing off a sophisticated and classic look. Rossum shows us the underdog style sometimes takes the most lasting steps.
7. Margot Robbie
While Australian actress Margot Robbie’s style ranges from Grace Kelly-inspired dresses to cutting-edge packaging and off-duty statements, it’s always chic. Her statuesque structure of hers is built for fashion and has a commanding presence that brings the ultimate in classic glamor to every look she wears. She is the epitome of an ‘it’ girl who will never go out of style.