That being said, I've spent some time reading about Soft Classic styles and decided to do some research on-line. I wanted to try and outline a visual of various styles, necklines, accessories etc that seem to match Kibbe's vision of Soft Classic. I'm not a Kibbe expert, so its possible that some elements may not be fully Soft Classic, but its my interpretation of it based on what I've read - so I hope that you enjoy this post!!!
I had to start my visual tribute to Soft Classic, but discussing my favourite neckline - the delicate cowl/draped neckline - I feel that this photo is a good reprenation of this style and I love how this top is also tappered at the waist, another Soft Classic feature!
The scooped and jeweled necklines are lso good reprsentations of elements that suit the Soft classic style! I think that the scooped neckline is perfect for an everyday casual wear look, while the jeweled neckline can really add that 'refined elegance' for evening that Soft Classics seem to posses so well!
I love these two photos because they represent many different elements that are so consistent with what David Kibbe outlines as perfect for Soft Classics: gathers, folds, defined waist, tappered sleave, draped/delicate plunging in the neckline - I just think 'class' when I see these two clothing items, especially that grey dress - I love that defined waist and neckline!!!
Blouses/tops and dresses with a delicate lace edge or soft bow are consistered some of the best details for a Soft Classic look. I think the key word for Soft Classics is to keep it delicate and elegant - anything too over-sized and ruffle like to leaning too much into romantic and/or dramatic territory - the key is to keep it soft, delicate and simple - an elegant lace edge vs full fledged lace and ruffles!
Wearing light-weight knits are also a Soft Classic trademark according to Kibbe - I like that in each of these photos, the models are wearing a slightly scooped neckline and the lines are delicate and soft - I wear 'alot' of these types of light-weight knits and I always get a lot of compliments - this is my go-to everyday casual look that I feel is very classy and elegant for day!
Earings and jewelery that have circles, ovals or have controlled clusters are said to be the best for Soft Classics - I very often wear a basic small and delicate gold-ball earing or circular diamond studs for everyday and then add oval and circular clusters for evening looks! I personally dislike jewelery that is too chunky or dramatic - I prefer something small, delicate and ornate - I also find that circles and ovals are definitely better than anything angular, squared or boxy!
As for shoes, this is the ideal Soft CLassic shoe - tappered shoe with a narrow heel! I think to have a few of this pairs on hand in a neutral and darker basic colour would be idea for any Soft Classic woman!!!
I hope that you've enjoyed this little visual journey. I tried my best to find a physical representation of the descriptions that Kibbe himself wrote about - I feel that using this as a guide will be ideal for me in my future shopping trips - its always nice to have a visual to go by!!!