Classic clothing – fashion inspired by Audrey Hepburn
In 1953, the world was captivated by the fresh faced innocent who burst into their lives on the arm of Hollywood’s most handsome actor, Gregory Peck. Audrey Hepburn’s beauty and sartorial sense took the fashion industry by storm and it is testimony to the enduring appeal of her choice of clothing, that it is still iconic in the fashion industry today. Audrey Hepburn’s timeless classic dressing style was also responsible for making the LBD or Little Black Dress hugely popular.
The shot of her in an LBD, with her already enviable 22 inch waist cinched in, cigarette in a cigarette holder and a string of pearls around her neck, bouffant hair and a faraway look in her eyes as she sat in “Breakfast In Tiffany’s” is a style that is copied by women around the world even today. A little black dress, with cutaway sleeves, straight A-line cut with the hemline reaching to just below the knees, accessorized with a simple strand of pearls at the neck and a chic up-do, is the standard for classy at fashionable and formal events. Audrey would also wear elbow length gloves – these can also be worn today for an extremely elegant look.
Simple A line skirts and dresses, belted at the waist, polka dotted and paired with white blouses, high waist pants, and frocks were other fashion staples Hepburn touted, which are making a comeback today as the retro look. She always liked to keep things simple, so if you want to emulate her sense of style then choose outfits in A-lines and clean cuts. She caught the fancy of the famous designer Givenchy and had a life long association with him – that is why, even today, Givenchy’s designs are all simple and fuss free. The Givenchy LBD she wore in Breakfast at Tiffany’s was sold for close to half million pounds in 2006!
Keep it simple when you are going out or staying in – Audrey would choose slacks, jeans and Capri pants because they afforded her comfort as well as freedom of movement – she also had a preference for dark denims which were skinny fitted – this was because of her ethereal thin figure.
She also preferred to wear button down casual shirts, polo-necked tees and tops in solid colours. Thus we see, she has not only been the style icon when it comes to formal clothing for events, but she has also been the pioneer for casual themed clothing, preferring comfort of fashion – which became a fashion focus by itself. She would pair a vest with skinny jeans and tie a chic scarf around her shoulders and wear ballerinas on her feet. This is a look that is accepted as casual chic by girls today and even finds favour on the high end fashion runways.
Style icons of yesteryears continue to find an audience today thanks to the timeless appeal of their clothing style.