Audrey Hepburn’s fashion choices have never gone out of style. She donned perhaps the most famous little black dress of all time in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, a black satin sheath sleeveless floor-length Givenchy gown that made the LBD forever a staple in every woman’s closet.
Of course that dress, while now iconic, was for a role in the movie, not something Hepburn pulled out of her own closet and wore to a glamorous gala. But Hepburn and Holly Golightly shared a classic, sophisticated style. In fact, unlike stars today that essentially rent clothes from designers for one-time usage, Hepburn’s closet was her own. As we start thinking about fall fashion, updating our work wardrobes and pulling out our favorite black dresses and sweaters from our closets after a summer of color, Hepburn is the perfect muse. Get a timeless, completely unmistakable and put together look in three easy steps.
Your Perfect LBD
You had to know this one was coming. All women need at least one. It’s so versatile and timeless, find a good one and you can rock it for years. Wear it with a blazer and kitten heels to work or pumps and diamond accessories to a cocktail party. Look for a dress that’s just right for your body. A halter style accentuates the shoulders and makes hips seem smaller, while a sheath makes petites look long and lean. Wrap dresses look fab on almost everyone. We should really thank Hepburn for making the little black dress a thing. One more tip: Steer clear of long sleeved styles so it can work during all seasons. You can always layer in the winter.
Invest in Basics
Hepburn hasn’t gone down in fashion history as a risk taker, but she essentially handpicked the pieces that have stood the test of time as wardrobe necessities. It’s more than the dress, it’s the full skirts, black crew neck sweaters, ballet flats (another reason to thank her), long-sleeved striped t-shirts and high waisted cropped pants that hit just above the ankle. Don’t feel bad about splurging on these items in neutrals, especially black, because they’re going to get some serious shelf life.
Careful with those tweezers. Hepburn’s signature style may have been classic, but she went bold with her brows. Her full set inspired women to go for a more natural look, rather than the pencil-thin eyebrows Clara Bow had in the 1920s. Use the video above to get Hepburn’s movie-star arches.