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Style Icon: Audrey Hepburn

Posted by Natali on Jul 14th 2014

When shopping for vintage fashion, what better way to start than by looking back at how fashionistas of the past wore these looks? Without a doubt, one such style icon is Audrey Hepburn.Screen Shot 2014-07-08 at 5.33.45 PM

Audrey Hepburn is the quintessential style icon. The British actress and humanitarian has been ranked as the third greatest female screen legend and is a member of the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame. Her wardrobe has inspired many of the fashion staples still popular today. From her fitted pants to her famous Little Black Dress, Hepburn’s style challenged the fashion of the time, while still evoking a distinctly feminine aura.

Hepburn’s most famous role was Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961). But more¬†importantly, her style in the movie is still revered by women today. The black dress she famously wears at the beginning of the film made the LBD a fashion icon. The Givenchy piece sold for nearly half a million pounds in 2006, proving that the LBD is still a style staple. Hepburn also proves that sunglasses can be worn with any outfit for the ultimate cool-girl look.

So, we know Audrey Hepburn is the ultimate symbol of style and grace. Now, here’s how to get the Hepburn look:

Know what works for your body type.

b82c40a91de11498b18acd99f44097abThis is the key to dressing like style icon, Audrey Hepburn. Trends come and go, but style is more permanent. Even if something is trendy, it doesn’t necessarily mean its the best choice for your body type. Look for pieces you know are figure flattering. If you are struggling with finding flattering clothing for your body type, be sure to read our Fit Clinic series, which highlights the best fashion for your figure.

Once you find clothing that works for your body type, befriend your tailor. Sometimes all you need is a little individual help to make classic clothing look amazing. This extra step can make a huge difference in your look.

Keep your clothing choices simple.

Hepburn is a symbol of elegant simplicity. She did not become a style icon by constantly wearing complex outfits. Hepburn is a testament to the fact that sometimes less is more. Keep your clothing choices simple for an understated, yet undeniably chic look. A crisp, white shirt and tailored pants can go a long way for an effortlessly, chic look.

Invest in Hepburn’s go-to wardrobe staples.

To get the Hepburn look, expand your wardrobe with some of her favorites. Examples include a classic white shirt, fitted pants, and ballet flats. Don’t forget a little black dress and a pair of kitten heels to really capture her look. One example of a perfect little black dress is this Theory Little Black Dress¬†found at Back In Style! The dress really captures the Hepburn look and is the perfect palette to start a classically chic outfit.

Have fun with accessories!

While Hepburn kept many of her clothing choices simple, she enjoyed accessorizing her outfits. Wear a scarf to add zest to your wardrobe. Dark sunglasses were another go-to accessory. Accessories are a great way to express yourself without overpowering an outfit.

Shop the Audrey Hepburn Look

Shop the Hepburn look: Theory Little Black Dress ($60)/ Vintage Black Double Brimmed Hat ($36)/ Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Black Oversized Sunglasses ($150)/ Vintage Half Moon Rhinestone Earrings ($24)/ Christian Louboutin Black Satin Mary Jane Flats ($120)

Now that you know how to dress like this style icon, don’t forget to shop for Audrey Hepburn-esque pieces at Back In Style!

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