Classic style conjures up visions of timeless wardrobe staples — the crisp white button-down, a wide-legged trouser, camel coats, skinny jeans, leather midcalf boots, and ballet flats — and the kind of styling approach that's polished and never fussy. Certain women know exactly how to nail this Fall outfit equation every single time, whether it be with a masterful display of layers, an eye for tailoring, or a covet-worthy collection of boots. We're looking at you, Gwyneth Paltrow.
But before Gwyneth, and before the trench coat stylings of Alexa Chung and Kate Moss, the very beginnings of great cold-weather fashion can be traced back to the likes of Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Ali MacGraw, and an effortlessly cool Francoise Hardy (pictured). To add to the growing list, we've also got modern-day starlets Angelina Jolie, Kate Middleton, and Kate Bosworth to take cues from as the seasons change. Trends come and go, but these women show us how to capture timeless beauty with no-fail minimalism.