Audrey Hepburn is the ubiquitous princess of Old Hollywood elegance and stardom. Her photogenic looks and acting chops weren’t her only claim to fame, Audrey was also the style icon of her time.
With fashion recycling itself every season, and new trends forcing their way into the spotlight for their 15 minutes of fame, Audrey’s effortlessly chic, simple, and Parisian-inspired look remains a consistent, and consistently relevant, reference point that never fails to feel fresh and new.
On the runways, design houses like Louis Vuitton, Prada, and Giles Deacon showcased a return to the classic and timeless style of the 50s, which embraced the feminine form without revealing too much skin. Audrey’s penchant for longer length circle skirts, waist-exaggerating belts, and crisp fitted blouses made her the 50s biggest style influence. With extremely dainty outfits, she was the model of femininity, and yet her waifish form allowed her to adapt more boyish and casual elements into her style, like slim-fit ankle-length trousers and ready-to-face-the-day ballet flats. Her ability to flawlessly blend a feminine and masculine aesthetic made her a standout, and it paved the way for today’s outlook on fashion that has both glamour and practicality in mind.
There are only 5 pieces you need to bring out your own inner Audrey Hepburn: a longer twirl-friendly skirt, a leather belt, a neatly fitted button-front blouse, cropped slim-fit trousers, and a universal pair of ballet flats. Starting the year off with an edited collection of simple-minded essentials is definitely the way to get off on the right foot. Check out the pieces we selected below to get you started on your Audrey reincarnation today. With these basics, you’ll never be out of style – just like Audrey.
1. White Wool Mix Mid Calf Full Skirt from ASOS – $129.30; 2. Stretch Twill Minnie Pants from J. Crew – $79.50; 3. Marc by Marc Jacobs Logo Plaque Ballet Flats from Shopbop – $195.00; 4. Skinny Boyfriend Belt from ASOS – $13.79; 5. Fitted Shirt from ASOS – $48.27