How to get Audrey Hepburn’s Timeless Style

When people think of Audrey Hepburn, they think of grace, class, elegance, and style. Audrey knew what looked good on her, and what didn’t. For many women, capturing her style continues to be the pinnacle of timeless grace and elegance. I have some suggestions for you if you’d like to upgrade some of your wardrobe and fashion style with an Audrey Hepburn touch.


1. Find what looks good on you. From an early age, Audrey had a clear mind as to what looked good on her and she stayed true to her own style all her life, even arguing gently but stubbornly with those who saw fit to request otherwise. She had a dancer’s eye for self-knowledge, knowing both her finer points and her lesser ones.She wasn’t afraid to acknowledge what didn’t work for her as much as what did. And it’s good for you too to find your faults, because we all have them. But also find at least one thing about you that you really want to accentuate and love about yourself. With Audrey it was her daunting 22 inch (55.9 cm) waist.She wore clothing cinched at the waist to show it off, and enhancing is what you should do with whatever you like about your body.

  • Tailored clothing looks great because it is made to fit you. Consider having some classic, timeless clothes tailored individually for you; the difference in how the clothes sit on you is simply remarkable.

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2. Watch a few Audrey Hepburn films for an idea of her elegance and styles.


3. Keep your choices simple. Audrey never liked things to be complicated, including fashion and “less is more” was her key belief. Indeed, she once said: “Boil it all down to what counts the most: What is the essence of what you are trying to do, what is the most important thing? Things only get complicated when you try to address too many issues.”Her match with Givenchy was a reflection of her preference for simple clothing and even today Givenchy clothing is known for its elegance, simplicity, and line. Think “elegant simplicity” when putting your look together.

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4. Avoid following trends. There is no need to be swayed by trends when you’re already certain of your personal style. Audrey wasn’t swayed by trends and indeed, her sense of timelessness came from her belief in quality before all else. Sean Hepburn Ferrer said that the reason Audrey has remained an icon to this day is because she stayed with her look all her life once she found it and didn’t reinvent herself every season.While Audrey loved fashion, she used it as a tool to complement her looks, rather than letting fashion use her. So in your own case, stick with the classics that you know work for you and perhaps give a glance at trends by the simple addition of a colored brooch or a scarf that reflects the color scheme of the day but no more – use seasonal changes as the accessory, not as an enslavement to trends.


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6. Consider Audrey Hepburn’s basics as possible basics for your wardrobe.

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  • The white shirt: Audrey wore a white shirt in the movie Roman Holiday. After this, it became a classic in women’s wear. The best white shirt is button-up, plain, and without embellishments. Audrey used to tie hers at the waist for a tiny look. It can be worn for work with a blazer thrown over it, worn with the sleeves rolled up for relaxing, or worn with a skirt and heels for a dinner outing.

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  • A pair of kitten heels: Audrey’s heels were short and elegant. At 5″ 7, Audrey felt herself taller than many actors of the time and didn’t wish to accentuate her height. Her choice of kitten heels simply added to her elegance and what’s more, medical specialists tell women that the safest height for heels is kitten heel height!

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  • A pair of flats: Audrey’s initial dream was to be a ballerina. Circumstances prevented her from achieving this dream but she did carry over some of the ballerina style into her daily wear, and ballet flats were definitely one of these choices. Flats can go with many clothes, including pants and full skirts. They’re also great for height reduction if that’s an issue for you.

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  • A fitted suit: Chic fitted suits were another one of Audrey’s trademarks. One very good quality suit can be mixed and matched with a range of your other clothing pieces.

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  • The little black dress: It was Audrey who introduced this to us, both in the films Sabrina and Breakfast at Tiffany’s, showing its enduring importance as a fashion icon to this day. Her Givenchy black dress from Breakfast in Tiffany’s sold for nearly half a million pounds in 2006.  Now an absolute essential in any woman’s wardrobe, the LBD is best plain but dressed up with accompanying items.

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7. Consider casual wear as Audrey wore it.

Audrey preferred jeans, slacks, Capri pants, or khakis to skirts. For jeans, either a skinny fit or a bootcut fit work well. She preferred dark, classic denim, but that’s because it worked for her, so be sure to find a shade of denim that works for you. As for khakis, Audrey wore the slim fit, and this looks good on mostly everyone; all the same, be sure to find a length that works for you.

  • When it comes to tops, she preferred polos, turtlenecks (black), button down shirts, or t-shirts. She liked them in a solid color (her favorite was white) and without any logos or print. Find a colour that goes well with your skin tone .

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8. Select some suitable accessories.

  • Dark sunglasses: These look good on everyone and are perfect for your gloomy, “I didn’t get enough sleep” days.
  • Long evening gloves: For special glamor at night, why not wear a pair of long evening gloves with your evening dress?
  • Pearls: A quality pearl necklace is an essential in your jewelry box. Avoid overly large pieces or fake pearls; buy a pair of small pearl earrings over of a pair of huge fake ones.

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5. Pay close attention to your grooming. Audrey’s look was always unmistakably well groomed and neat. Her love of simplicity extended to ensuring that she appeared simply made up even though quite a lot of effort had gone into achieving this look. For a simple but effective look, concentrate on caring well for your hair and getting it cut regularly. Select a hairstyle that suits you and revise the look as you age.

  • The first thing people notice is how you look. As such, flawless skin, manicured nails, and well-groomed hair all matter for first impressions.
  • Looking good helps you to feel good too. Dressing well for even a trip to the supermarket can give you an air of confidence that helps you interact well with others.
  • Take good care of your clothes. Buy quality and keep them in good shape with careful washing and by following the care instructions on their labels. Keep them well pressed and stored.
  • Audrey believed in buying shoes a half size bigger rather than smaller so that they did not deform over time or hurt the feet.


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Written by Aneliya Vasilieva

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Editor In-Chief of Fashion Style Magazine, Aneliya Vasilieva is an international fashion editor and stylist. She edits and styles looks that enhance brand positioning and messaging and owing to her fashion experience and remarkable taste level, she has become well known in the fashion world. Her enthusiasm, attention to detail and professionalism are qualities she brings to corporate styling projects for many clients in the industry.