I read an article about Audrey Hepburn in Elle magazine, with a lost feature interview and a lot of pictures of her. That inspired me to write this blog post.
Audrey has always been my fashion icon. Besides that, I think I’ve reached that point where I’ve seen all of her movies. My favorite is, of course, Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
So I thought – why not make a step by step tutorial on how to recreate the Audrey Hepburn fashion style? I researched a lot and tried to find similar pieces Audrey Hepburn wore (both in movies and outside the set), matching with celebrity style – but also linked to some online stores where you can find something similar. Hope you like it!
1. Big Floppy Hats
Audrey Hepburn is most known for the enormous hats she wore – especially in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, where she had a special new hat for almost every scene. Big hats are easy to recreate, since it’s very popular right now (especially for summer time) – so you can probably guess they’re not that hard to find.
Here’s Kim Kardashian rocking a brown hat with some kind of feather on it – which makes the look very elegant and sophisticated. I think the hat goes really well with the big earrings and fur. It kind of creates this rich business woman look.
This look is more sweet, summery and casual. The hat also has a little reddish touch to it, and makes it a bit more special instead of grey or black. I found this hat at ASOS.com for £25.
2. High Neckline Black Dress
Givenchy designed a lot of Audrey’s dresses – both on and off screen. For example Givenchy designed various outfits in the movie Sabrina, where the little black dress appeared, and later in a longer version in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Audrey preferred their neckline cut-outs, created to hide her collarbones (to avoid her looking underweight) and show off her shoulders.
The photo is from the movie Sabrina and sketch done by the one and only Edith Head, who won an award for the design in the Academy Award for Best Costume Design in 1955.
In the photo we see Victoria Beckham wearing a really high neckline dress that looks very elegant with the big sunglasses and gloves.
3. Trench Coat
Audrey Hepburn wore a lot of trench coats just as much on screen as off screen – and I think trench coats never go out of style. You may know the romantic scene in Breakfast at Tiffany’s where Audrey and George Peppard were both wearing trench coats while kissing in the rain.
This photo is from a scene in Breakfast at Tiffany’s with George Peppard, where Audrey is wearing her famous beige trench coat.
This is from the Burberry Spring/Summer 2011 catwalk show. A more tough-looking trench coat with gold studs on the shoulders. The best way of wearing a trench coat is, as you see on the picture, to tie a belt around the waist. In this case a purple double belt together with a green clutch.
4. Head Scarf
Head scarfs are also one of Audrey’s key fashion items, in 60′s silk pattern scarfs, to wear over you head. It’s actually very common these days; I’ve seen many girls using a big scarf as a hood – and it looks really cute! You can see an example below of Vanessa Hudgens.
Vanessa Hudgens is wearing a head scarf in a very casual and modern way. The scarf is light blue and designed by Louis Vuitton. Very chic and stylish. Also, the orange Chanel purse really gives a pop of color to the outfit.
Hope you enjoyed these tips and got further insight into Audrey Hepburn’s style.