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A look at Audrey Hepburn's style
By Julie DiNisio
“The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries or the way she combs her hair.” Perhaps this is why we remember Audrey Hepburn and revere her as a style icon; she wasn't obsessed with looks or beauty. She knew that true beauty and grace comes from within. But this remarkably likeable female celebrity still experienced fame for her classic looks, on and off the screen. And her timeless style can still be duplicated today.
Hepburn tried out a variety of hair styles during her career. She is most known for her elegant updos and short pixie cuts. Her iconic chignon in Breakfast at Tiffany's is as notable as the movie itself, her most famous role. In my opinion, the actress looked best when her hair was short or pulled back, revealing her youthful and unconventional face. Her beauty – the result of an English father and Dutch mother – was an oddity at the time, especially for Hollywood. But her willowy frame and pixie-like features forever changed female acting and modeling standards. She popularized a gamine look.
Hepburn maintained a close relationship with French couture designer Hubert de Givenchy. They met on the set of Sabrina, for which he was designing her clothes, and Hepburn fell in love with his feminine yet simple, well-tailored designs. Givenchy designed the black dress worn by Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's opening scene, considered one of the most treasured pieces of clothing from the twentieth century. Note that the dress was only worn in the one scene. Regardless of its short air time, it defined Hepburn's chic and elegant style.
Givenchy also designed much of Hepburn's personal wardrobe. In her casual wear, she made use of several key pieces like white button-up shirts, skinny cut pants, fitted skirts and suits, and, of course, little black dresses. She often paired these pieces with kitten heels or ballet flats. And in terms of accessorizing, she knew the effortless drama a scarf, set of pearls, or pair of black, elbow-length gloves could add to any ensemble. If attempting to emulate Hepburn, adopt the motto “Less is more.”
Hepburn once said about herself, “I never thought I'd land in pictures with a face like mine.” Nowadays, it's hard to imagine how she couldn't have gained such colossal fame with her classic, one-of-a-kind looks.
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