Fashion

Audrey Hepburn's Rules of Style

Whether you're wearing a black turtleneck or opera gloves, the iconic star's signature look is the ultimate source of inspiration.
Comments

Though it's been more than 50 years since Audrey Hepburn reigned supreme as the queen of Hollywood's Golden Age, her influence can still be found in our everyday sartorial choices—from pixie pants and feminine flats, to classic black dresses and bold red lipstick. We learned a lot from Audrey: the transformative power of a skinny belt, the importance of oversize eyewear, and the belief that timelessness will always supersede trendiness. Consider these Hepburn-approved fashion rules your bible for chic style.

Create shape by cinching in your waist.


ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

Manipulate any silhouette—be it a full-skirted shirtdress or a body-hugging sheath—by simply adding a belt. The actress alternated between wide and skinny versions, always positioned at the smallest part of her waist.

Borrow from the boys.

By day, channel your inner Audrey with a preppy plaid blazer and a bowtie. After dark, tiptoe out of your comfort zone by pairing a bralette with a half-buttoned tuxedo jacket.

Add a bold red lip.

A punchy pout has the ability to instantly elevate any ensemble—whether you're sporting off-duty denim or a little black dress for date night. Be sure to keep the rest of your look simple, as Hepburn did, with pared-down accessories and clean, minimalist makeup.

Invest in a pair of penny loafers.


Your prep school days might be a thing of the past, but penny loafers should always have a place in your footwear rotation. They're youthful yet sophisticated, and a well-made pair will last a lifetime.

Always have oversize sunglasses within arm's reach.

When you're inclined to go incognito in your own city, oversize shades will forever be your secret weapon. Holly Golightly opted for large, tortoiseshell frames with off-green lenses in Breakfast at Tiffany's—a style that's still being produced today.

Behold the power of the one-piece.

One-piece swimsuits are coming back with fervor, and Hepburn, who rocked them often, would approve. When she wore a solid red suit with slicked-back hair on the beach in '66, it confirmed what we already knew: Subtlety can be seriously sexy.

A skinny ankle-crop flatters every figure.

Hepburn was known for her signature pixie pants, cropped just above the ankle to show a tiny sliver of skin. The classic cut elongates legs and works equally well with both flats and heels.

When in doubt, default to the LBD.

One could argue that a little black dress (LBD for short) is the most essential staple of any woman's wardrobe. Hepburn swore by them. Think of the LBD as your most loyal companion—an always-available +1 for parties that simultaneously serves as a default for first dates, funerals, and interviews alike.

Explore the versatility of a striped t-shirt.

The actress taught us that stripes should be treated as a neutral. Pair a Breton top with jeans, mix-and-match it with contrasting patterns, or style it with—that's right—more stripes.

All-black-everything is a guaranteed style win.

Hepburn let us in on a number of invaluable secrets. Among the best: There's no such thing as "too much black." When worn head-to-toe, the slenderizing hue is the epitome of chic.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

Comments
View More Articles About:
About The Author
Avery Matera
View Other Articles From Avery Matera
Comments
Latest Stories
 
Share
It's as easy as decluttering your space and swapping some old fixtures for new ones.
 
Share
A few tips and tricks everyone-including their mother-should know.
 
Share
The case for-and against-jewelry at the beach.
 
Share
The waterfront penthouse features four bedrooms and five bathrooms.
 
Share
It's part of a trove of documents related to the Queen's consort that are now online for the first time.
 
Share
The Duchess is spearheading a sartorial initiative to benefit Smart Works, one of her patronages.
 
Share
From sophisticated tropical soirees to elegant European fêtes, we talk to the wedding planners who can make your destination wedding happen.
 
Share
Netflix just dropped two companion trailers for the upcoming film.
 
Share
These styles will have you counting down the days until autumn.
 
Share
 
Share
Fundador Supremo 18 was named Best Brandy in the World 2019 by the prestigious International Wine and Spirits Competition.
Load More Articles
CONNECT WITH US