No. 1; Audrey Hepburn– Actress, icon, & activist.
Key elements: bold brows, stripes, slim trousers, lots of black, and ballet flats.
I’ve found myself inspired by Audrey Hepburn ever since I first saw My Fair Lady as a teenager. Her presence on screen captivated me, and I soon dove into more of her films. Sabrina is my all time favorite, and her own personal sense of style truly comes across in that film. Another favorite for fashion’s sake is Funny Face full of fun styles as the 1950s faded and the 1960s dawned. Throughout most of her filmography Audrey’s style is a prominent feature, nearly always dressed by Hubert de Givenchy.
Her look stood out in her era. In a time of Marilyn Monroe glamour and Dior’s new look, Audrey was refreshing. Comfort and simplicity created an effortless chic that was all her own. Neutral lipstick replaced the bright colors of other screen legends, and slim legged trousers, striped tee shirts, simple flats, turtle neck tops, and trench coats were all regulars in her wardrobe. Of course there was the occasional stunning evening gown, but never in an overdone fashion.
The good news for us is that this timeless look is easy to replicate with what is available to us today. Your favorite pair of skinny jeans, a Breton striped top, embellished ballet flats, and a good brow pencil create a nod to Audrey that is every bit as relevant in today’s world as it was in the 1950s.
Audrey Hepburn, while of course remembered for her style, was also an inspiring woman in many other respects. As an actress, her work has remained timeless, and earned her various awards including multiple BAFTAS, Academy Awards, and Golden Globes. As a humanitarian and activist, she devoted the final five years of her life to working with UNICEF as their Goodwill Ambassador, traveling the globe in an effort to bring relief to children in vulnerable conditions even as she herself was suffering from cancer. She is quoted as saying that “I can testify to what UNICEF means to children, because I was among those who received food and medical relief right after World War II…I have a long-lasting gratitude and trust for what UNICEF does.”
For more information on Audrey Hepburn, I highly recommend the book Audrey Style by Pamela Clarke Keogh. For more information on Audrey’s work with UNICEF, click here.
Who are your style inspirations? Who do you think I should include in this series? I’d love to hear!