A masterclass in chic
While it may seem trite to say ‘Audrey Hepburn is my style icon’, the enduring impact Hollywood’s most beloved ingénue has had on popular culture is undeniable. Her roles in cinema classics from Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Roman Holiday to Funny Face delighting audiences with her incomparable sartorial joie de vivre.
Who doesn't love AH, really? Rememember when Kendall Jenner said if anyone could play her in a film - if it were possible - she would choose Hepburn: (‘she was so chic and talented.’).
So, in honour of the movie star's birthday on May 4th (on what would have been her 88th birthday), here’s nine style rules from Audrey Hepburn to live by. That will never go out of fashion…
Your summer uniform is everything
For those on the hunt for a capsule wardrobe for a city break this summer, think 1950s midi skirt and blouse combo a la Audrey in Roman Holiday.
Keep it #basic
A classic striped shirt? We'd be lost without you, all year round.
A hat is your BFF
Stylish and hides ‘night before’ hair? What’s not to love. And this season you can’t ignore the plethora of head candy on offer – baker boys, berets, straw hats…we could go on.
Don’t be afraid of colour
Yes, we want every single item Hepburn wore in 1957 Funny Face (essentially a film in love with fashion), but that red dress and organza shawl designed by longtime collaborator Hubert de Givenchy is perhaps the most memorable (Of Givenchy she said: ‘His are the only clothes in which I am myself. He is far more than a couturier, he is a creator of personality’).If there was ever a person to persuade as to jump on the red trend band wagon…
When in doubt, stick to all-black
Polo-neck + skinny trousers + brogues = movie star off-duty meets Parisian fashion editor vibes.
Join the co-ords club
Suit up, baby! Power dressing is never not a good idea.
Invest in some ‘look at me’ sunglasses
Summer is the time to make a spec-tacle of oneself, darlings.
Stick to luxe loungewear
Keep your WardROBE in check at all times (is it time to invest in a chic kimono-style dressing gown? Hmm.)
A Little Black Dress goes a long way
Buy now, wear forever.