34 Iconic Starlets Guaranteed to Inspire Your Classic Fall Style
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.
In 1970, Ali MacGraw epitomized effortless chic in Love Story.
We love Angelina's take on classic creamy tones — the pumps, the bag, the coat, and the sheath all speak to understated sophistication.
When we think of iconic early '70s style, we instantly think of a very chic Faye Dunaway — scarves, knits, and long, lean trousers à la Bonnie and Clyde.
It's hard to ever find fault with French Vogue's editor in chief, Emmanuelle Alt. While she rarely deviates from tailored blazers, black jeans, and low heels, we love that, here, she employed the use of stripes to keep the look dynamic.
Turtleneck? Skinnies? Loafers? Check, check, and check. Audrey Hepburn hits all the right Fall fashion notes in Funny Face.
Alexa is notable for mixing the classics with her own signature style elements — this time in a fuzzy white topper, slick leather miniskirt, ankle boots, and a heart-print Burberry Prorsum clutch — for modern polish.
Gwyneth used flashes of white — found on her sunglasses and on the soles of her Stella McCartney boots — to offset her chic black outfit.
Kate has a way with elegance, choosing classic pieces in figure-flattering silhouettes — even if it's just a svelte pair of dark denim, Wellies, and Fall-hued layers to get the look.
The iconic actress set a new standard for feminine elegance, adopting chic wide-legged trousers and menswear as her own in 1954.
Katie is a girl after our own denim-loving heart. She consistently styles up the most-classic Americana staples. Case in point: this denim skirt look made even cooler with burgundy boots and a gray fedora.
Reese sticks to feminine classics, opting for perennial favorites, like a breezy printed skirt paired with a soft oversize sweater and suede knee-highs.
Glamorous but never overwrought, Anne Bancroft gave us inspirational glamour in The Graduate. Kate Middleton might have ushered in a modern era of nude hose, but Anne made us fall in love with black first.
Jean Seberg's chic, understated style in In the French Style is perfect portrait of the Parisian look so often sought after.
We're totally smitten with her effortlessly Parisian-cool take on classics. This polka-dot top combined with textured trousers gets a sophisticated upgrade but remains a perfect everyday outfit.
The queen of boho cool still pays homage to the classics with the most-luxe counterparts: a gorgeous fur coat, cozy jersey layers, and slouchy tall boots.
Cameron sticks to a low-key classic style MO in a stellar mix of skinny jeans, sleek ankle boots, soft sweaters, and tailored blazers.
With style that's both sexy and approachable, Jen mixes up more menswear-inspired pieces (like a schoolboy blazer and boyfriend jeans) with ankle boots and a cute black bag.
Candice epitomizes chic, sensible style, snapped here in 1970.
Sarah Jessica Parker
We could wax poetic about Sarah Jessica Parker's ultraladylike style year-round, but today, we pause to admire just how genius this long-sleeved plaid swing dress and peep-toe booties were for a Fall evening on the town.
Jackie Kennedy Onassis
Jackie Kennedy Onassis forever popularized oversize shades, pearls, flats, and the understated appeal of classic dressing.
We'll leave the playful prints (in a darker hue) and exotic textures (a great leopard pattern never goes unnoticed) to Rachel Bilson, who always excels at putting a youthful spin on classic pieces.
Admittedly the most eclectic of the bunch, Olivia offers the most risk-taking styling approach to the most classic of autumnal wares. Take this leather-on-leather look — she injected an edgier mood with studded accents found on her jacket and sunglasses. The best part about classic Fall style is how it can morph into a plethora of unexpected sensibilities.
Miranda Kerr dressed up an all-black outfit with surprisingly cool elements — black-and-white oxfords, retro round sunglasses, and a luxe fur coat.
Jessica Alba opted to punch up this classic layered ensemble with complementary tones of blue and purple. And can we talk about those gorgeous boots?
The paisley-print top put a fresh spin on Elizabeth Olsen's monochromatic ensemble.
Look to Natalie's wear-with-everything trench coat and sophisticated bow pumps for easy work-wardrobe solutions.
Emma Stone's tartan plaid jacket and ballet flats provided a double dose of off-duty-meets-classic appeal.
Rachel Zoe sticks to her go-to wide-legged silhouette, but we love the white blouse and printed blazer addition.
The French actress and singer possesses that cool-girl style that only comes naturally to a select few. But we'll try our darnedest to play copycat, starting with the most-tangible pieces in her wardrobe: the perfect trench coat and boxy sunglasses.
A sweet headscarf and statement bag can dress up the most basic of trench coats; just look to siren Brigitte Bardot for extra inspiration.
Eva puts her bombshell spin on classic Fall hues — try floral-print trousers with lug-soled boots and a brightly colored coat for a similar brand of cool.
Blake's penchant for classic silhouettes with a quirky twist is most evident here. Houndstooth print and textured stripes made it cozy and cute!
Zoe's take on menswear-inspired outerwear paired with slim-fit jeans and sleek boots made this look a timeless one.
Kate gravitates toward simplistic layers topped off by statement outerwear and standout accessories. Case in point: a cool saffron-hued jacket, textured booties, and sleek aviators.