As the muse and dear friend of French designer, Hubert de Givenchy, Audrey Hepburn is one of the world’s most legendary fashion icons. For the past 60 years since she captured the hearts of millions with her debut starring role in 1953’s Roman Holiday her style has been one to be envied and emulated by celebrities, fashionistas and mere mortals alike.
Her signature style is elegant, classic and polished. Based around a clean and simple silhouette and minimalist colour palette, her style is as relevant today as it ever has been, and by investing in a few of Audrey’s timeless, trademark pieces you can build a foundation of classic wardrobe staples that will ensure you always have something fabulous to wear.
The Little Black Dress is synonymous with Audrey Hepburn’s role as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s in 1961. The infamous Givenchy dress launched the LBD into the fashion spotlight, where it remains to this day as a must-have wardrobe staple. A couple of black dresses in your closet will never leave you in one of those ‘I-have-absolutely-nothing-to-wear’ situations, and are always a perfect option, whatever the occasion. For daytime chic, a classic black shift or soft jersey dress paired with simple cream or tan accessories are perfect for just throwing on and looking fabulous.
For the evening, you can do no wrong in a black prom dress understated yet glamorous, timeless and elegant. Take style notes from Audrey and accessorize with diamonds and pearls and some simple black court shoes. If you’re an ultimate party girl like Holly Golightly, don’t forget the oversized sunglasses so that whatever time you arrive home- you do it in style!
When Audrey wasn’t wearing fabulous Givenchy gowns and window shopping at Tiffany’s, she was busy pioneering the cigarette pant and ballet pump combo. In many of her film ‘costumes’ and in her off-duty wardrobe, she favoured a Parisian vibe; tight fitting, ankle flashing capri pants and pretty but practical ballet flats, often paired with a white, button down shirt, turtle necks or Breton stripes. Slim fit chinos or turned up jeggings with a pair of sweet pumps are a great way to update this look with a striped t-shirt or tie-up shirt.
No matter what Audrey wore, she always carried herself with grace and elegance, and exemplified the idea of being beautiful on the inside and out. She was always groomed to perfection, boasting flawless skin and shiny hair, twisted up into chic chignons or styled into her delicate pixie crop which complimented her petite frame and elfin features. She was blessed with an enviable bone structure and doe eyes, and kept her make-up simple.
For understated, natural make up, master the art of contouring and highlighting to create the illusion of perfect cheekbones to rival Audrey’s, keep your eyebrows well shaped and groomed, and a quick flick of black liner on the eyelid. Keep the rest simple with a barely-there peachy flush across the cheeks and lips. Audrey was a firm believer in sticking to what suited her, which is what makes her style so timeless; she didn’t change with the trends if they didn’t suit her, she made the best of what she had, and she adapted her style gracefully with age.
Rosie Crompton is a fashion blogger from UK fashion search engine ‘Style In View‘. A beauty junkie and fashion fanatic, she also writes for her own fashion and beauty blog, ‘Everything’s Rosie Blog’.