10 Steps to Grace Kelly Style


How to dress like Grace Kelly

1.) Quality over Quantity- Grace knew that by buying small amounts of high quality garments, she could stretch a dollar and still look amazing. Look for well-made garments in luxury or durable fabrics. One nice silk scarf, a classic wool coat in a solid neutral, a pair of quality black pumps. Don't be afraid to invest a little extra money in those pieces that you can wear year after year and will never go out of style.

how to get grace kelly classic style

 2.) The magic is in the details
Look for small details that make a piece special. A grey coat with really beautiful buttons or A plain cardigan in cashmere.  Bound button holes, french seams, interesting pleating and tucks all make for a really nice piece of clothing- fit for fashion royalty.

How to dress like Grace Kelly

3.) Stick to Basics-Again, she was all about the basics in her garments and accessories. Here's a short list:

black, perfectly fitted pedal pushers
a string of pearls
a beautiful solid pullover sweater in your favorite color
one glitzy but elegant bangle bracelet
black flats
pencil and circle skirts in solids
a sophisticated coat
a large brown leather hand bag
a solid shirtwaist dress in washable cotton
a perfectly fitted suit in a neutral (grey, black, brown, navy, cream)
retro style jackets with over-sized buttons

 4.) Peachy fresh skin
Keep skin smooth and moisturized. Use a peachy blush on the apples of your cheeks and try a coral lipstick. Maintain a youthful glow and don't forget the sunscreen.

how to dress like grace kelly
 5.) A great figure
 Part of Grace's elegance was her perfect silhouette and tiny belted waist. While we may not all be blessed with her statuesque form, a few foundation garments make a world of difference. Getting fitted for a bra regularly helps clothes to fit their best and improves posture. High waist panties or a pair of spanx smooth out a classic pencil skirt. Grace almost always wore a belt at her natural waist to show off her physique. Oh, and don't forget a slip to prevent visible panty line and clingy fabrics.

 6.)Sleek, shiny  hair
 Grace always had the most perfect hair. Keep yours smooth, shiney and sleek with just a tiny dab of anti-frizz serum and a perfect pin curl set. On windy days, tie a luxurious scarf over it to keep fly-aways at bay.

 7.) Iconic accessories
 She was well known for her trademark accessories and even had a handbag nicknamed after her. Sunglasses, pearls, an over-sized leather handbag and beautiful silk scarf are all iconic Grace Kelly accessories. Take a hint from Grace or create your own trademark look.

how to dress like grace kelly
 8.) Less is More
 Grace was a minimalist in her style. She often wore solids or simple prints, sleek lines with one statement piece such as a unique print scarf, bold hat or over-sized belt.

 9.) Create a balance
 If you want to wear a funky print dress, try a sophisticated, neutral jacket over the top. For a wild hat or sparkly accessory, keep the rest of the outfit very toned down. Grace was just a girl from Pennsylvania and her man was a Prince of Monaco. She knew that opposites attract and the same is true in fashion.

10.) Look effortless
Even on her wedding day, there was nothing fussy about Grace Kelly. She had a look about her like she rolled out of bed, threw something on, pushed her hair back and hit the town looking incredible. She always looked very comfortable in her clothes, confident in her look and although very poised, she was also quite relaxed. To achieve Grace's effortless look, never wear anything that you aren't 100% happy with. If it's too tight, too baggy, too scratchy or hurting your feet, you won't feel good and others will notice. My personal number one rule in fashion is that if I'm not madly in love with it, I don't wear it. When you feel good in your clothes, you look good too!

how to dress like Grace Kelly


  1. Another thoroughly fantastic GK post - quite possibly my favourite so far. I agree with these timeless fashion rules and apply many of them to my own wardrobe and way of dressing as well. Stellar series, Brittany, thank you so much for putting it together.

    ♥ Jessica

  2. Oh yeah you hit it on the nail too about Grace. Did you know that she hardly through away her pieces esp her cardigans and slacks-she kept them for years on end and would wear those pieces over and over. She said in an interview that she didnt understand what people saw her an an icon of fashion when her tastes in clothes were so simple, but like Audrey she wore many amazing designers pieces that just shot her up to icon statues plus like Audrey again she wore things that flattered her figure but didnt show too much and were simple :) I am lovin this series too!! xox

  3. She's pregnant in the photo where her husband is assisting her from the car. She used the Kelly bag to cover her "pooch."

  4. She was so glamorous, no wonder she became a princess.

  5. Thank you Brittany - I've just caught up with your Grace Kelly week posts. So many lovely photos - the ones of her with her children are especially good. I love to wear my hair off my face when its hot here (nearly always) so will try the hairstyle too - thanks for the tutorial.xxxx

  6. Thank you so much for this post, I really enjoyed reading this. These simple rules can make any wardrobe look so much more glam and especially the fitted bra and panties rule, as you can have the mist beautiful clothes, just sometimes when they are on, they do not reach their full potential.
    Love Lil x

  7. I really enjoyed this post ! Grace Kelly was the epitome of simple elegance & distinction. She's a great inspiration !



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