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Miss Elegance
Dramatic Classic

Please note that I originally wrote this blog post in 2015 on my previous website, GET the LOOK. Some of the information below may be outdated. Currently, I work mainly with Ethereal Typology, created by me.

Outfits pinned on my Pinterest and my Instagram are the most current sources of information.


The beauty of a Dramatic Classic woman is defined by symmetry, expressed both in facial features and in body structure. It is the main feature of all three classic types. In the pure Classic type, we have the perfect balance between female Yin and male Yang. As the name suggests, Dramatic Classic is a type in which the attributes of dramatic beauty are clearly visible. The Yang element takes over, making the beauty of a Dramatic Classic woman a bit angular and sharper. As a result, facial features take on a more exciting and definitive quality. The cool sterility of a pure Classic disappears. The fiery Yang element reveals a clear, bold image and requires an appropriate, elegant setting.

The icon of the Dramatic Classic style was Jacqueline Onassis. Her official image rose to the rank of a symbol, becoming a determinant of the then-classic elegance. Today, the aesthetic adopted by Mrs. Onassis is slowly taking the status of a retro style. In the 21st century, women of the Dramatic Classic type expect a slightly different perspective on the concept of elegance.

Therefore, it is worth looking at the style of slightly younger representatives of Dramatic Classic. Within one physiognomic type, we will find women with slightly different faces and significantly different color types. To verify our views, it’s best to look at the outfits of several famous Dramatic Classic women. They will be Julianne Moore, Demi Moore, Courteney Cox, Diane Kruger, and a girl with a tattoo, Noomi Rapace.

The first row shows the styles often favored by the ladies mentioned above. The second shows the outfits appropriate to their type of beauty. Interestingly, suitable examples were quite challenging to find. Each of these five actresses very rarely wears things that emphasize her beauty and in which she could actually deserve the title of Miss Elegance.


  • Height – from approx. 164 cm (5’5”) to approx. 174 cm (5’9”)
  • Long vertical lines
  • Body type – most often pear (body fat is deposited in the hips and thighs)
  • Shoulders – slightly sloping or square
  • Arms and legs – in proportion to or slightly longer than the torso, somewhat muscular
  • Hands and feet – moderate size, slightly square
  • Bust – medium, proportionate
  • Waist – proportional, defined
  • Hips – in proportion to the shoulders, wider than the shoulders at a higher BMI
  • Forearms – proportional, sometimes slightly muscular


  • Jaw – slightly or more sharp, often square, slightly protruding chin possible (Julianne Moore)
  • Nose – quite proportionate, straight, sometimes sharper
  • Cheekbones – quite defined
  • Eyes – symmetrical, medium spacing, medium size
  • Lips – even shape, medium size, proportionate
  • Cheeks – slim, taut


The hairstyle should be pretty sleek and defined. If the hair is wavy, it should be smooth (not necessarily straightened) and quite precisely arranged. The unruly waves and romantic hairdos Diane Kruger is fond of disturb the harmony of facial features. Classic, smooth hairstyles are more beneficial. For shorter hair, an even bob with parting in the middle or on the side will be perfect (asymmetry can be used when styling the Dramatic Classic).

If the hair is wavy, the bob should be more elegant than artistically messy. Avoid hairstyles that are too short, sharp male cuts, and symmetrical straight bangs. The face of the Dramatic Classic woman unquestionably looks best without bangs. And the number one hairstyle is as smooth as possible.

Below is a photo showing the startling metamorphosis of Noomi Rapace. Long, undefined waves turned into a smooth bob with parting in the middle. The color change to blonde (Noomi is a Winter) introduced a strong contrast, emphasizing the dramatic aspect of the beauty. By the way – an example of the correct and unsuitable Dramatic Classic makeup.

Unfortunately, this is Noomi’s only successful blonde styling. Her other blonde metamorphoses are pretty terrible. Here, the fantastic makeup and smooth, dramatic hairstyle determined the success of the whole. However, a few successful photos do not prove that Noomi will always look advantageous as a blonde.

Dramatic Classic makeup should be balanced, quite classic, matte. Neutral colors work best in eye makeup, and smokey eyes are the best type of makeup. It is favorable to accentuate the cheekbones. In the example of Noomi’s makeup, we can see that with a strong emphasis on the eyes and cheekbones, the lips may be slightly paler. But they should never be too pale or nude.

The most desirable solution for all classic types is to synchronize the saturation of eye and lip makeup. In Dramatic Classic makeup, just as in pure Classic, red lipstick plays a vital role. Classic types of beauty look great in red. Pearly or glossy lips are not recommended. Colorful eye makeup is also inadvisable.

Finally, Noomi Rapace in a strong theatrical makeup that does not highlight the actress’s beauty at all. Exaggerated contrasts and poorly defined cheekbones made Noomi’s face flat and stripped of femininity. The first photo shows flattering, balanced makeup and a modern, elegant bob with wavy hair. This hairstyle is a contemporary alternative to Jacqueline Onassis’s elegant hairstyle. After all, not every Dramatic Classic woman has straight hair by nature.


The style of Dramatic Classic is based on straight or diagonal lines. Details are geometric and elegant. The silhouette is clearly defined; therefore, tailored fits will be best. This type of beauty looks excellent in mini length.

  • tailored cuts
  • defined waist
  • defined shoulder line (e.g., epaulets)
  • double-breasted buttons
  • lengths: above the knee, knee-length, or below the knee
  • maxi length only in evening dresses
  • trousers with narrow, fitted legs (not tight-fitting, skinny)
  • V-necks
  • crew necks
  • fitted turtlenecks
  • classic collars
  • vertical and horizontal lines
  • contrasting accents 
  • geometric shapes
  • asymmetry
  • piping
  • stripes
  • zigzags
  • herringbone pattern
  • geometric patterns
  • biker jackets with a stand collar
  • accessories with a defined shape, rectangular
  • simple, geometric (rectangles, squares) or slightly rounded jewelry
  • stud earrings close to the ear or clips
  • oversized clothing
  • retro style
  • boho style
  • romantic style
  • girlish style
  • flowing necklines
  • loose turtlenecks
  • undefined shapes
  • too wide sleeves
  • wide-leg pants that are very wide in the thigh area
  • dropped waist
  • high waist 
  • flared skirts and dresses
  • A-line cuts
  • frills
  • bows
  • lace
  • polka dots
  • flowers
  • small patterns
  • watercolor
  • chiffon
  • light fabrics
  • handbags with undefined shapes (e.g., baggy)
  • shoes with round toes
  • fine, delicate jewelry