Style Icon: Audrey Hepburn


When you think of Audrey Hepburn, you'd be forgiven for thinking past her acting skills and her activist ways. For most, Audrey Hepburn is synonymous with the little black dress and her love of simple, elegant and perfectly tailored fashion. She embraced a simple colour palette yet was striking in everything she wore, and is considered one of the 20th Century's finest style icons.

An important element to Hepburn's style was her confidence. Not one to shy away from pants and oozing assurance in all her sartorial choices, Hepburn taught women all over the world to be happy in their own skin and that sometimes, less is more.


Step 1. Let your natural features shine

Hepburn's pixie-like features were enough on their own without over-the-top dresses and garish jewels. Keep it simple and don't be afraid to show a bit of skin.

Step 2. Slip on a pair of gloves

A fan of immaculate white gloves, Hepburn used them to add a touch of glamour to an otherwise simple dress.

Step 3. Protect your skin

When enjoying the outdoors, protect your face with a wide-brim hat such as the hat worn in 'My Fair Lady'.

Step 4. Understand femininity

Hepburn had a way of making even striped T-shirts and a super short cropped haircut look feminine. She loved to play around with menswear, but her penchant for thick eyeliner and lipstick kept her look glamorous no matter how masculine the choice.

Step 5. Create shape using a belt

Hepburn loved to show off her curves by cinching a dress in at the sides using a tight belt.

Step 6. Colour blocking

Add a fun pop of colour to your outfit with some chunky sandals or some attention-grabbing earrings.

Step 7. Sunglasses

No matter the occasion, Hepburn looked glamorous sporting a pair of sunnies. Who can forget her look in Breakfast at Tiffany's?

Step 8. Be unique

Hepburn wasn't afraid to take risks with her fashion choices and proudly donned an individual style.

Step 9. Stay away from the bikini

Opting for a brightly coloured one-piece turned more heads for Hepburn than any bikini would have.

Step 10. Keep eyes alive

As Hepburn aged, her eyes remained beautiful and a striking feature on her petite frame. The actress maintained her love of eyeliner and mascara long into her senior years.


To get the Hepburn look, there are a few key items to look out for.

Ballet flats - Hepburn was often photographed wearing a simple pair of flats.

High-waisted cropped pants - Teamed with a white blouse, Hepburn showed women all over the world how to elegantly carry off pants.

LBD - The little black dress worn in Breakfast at Tiffany's is Hepburn's most iconic outfit, with women still copying the look today.

Eyebrows - Hepburn's perfectly sculpted eyebrows were as much a part of her look as her fashion choices.

Tortoise Shell Sunglasses - The over-sized style and colour of Hepburn's choice of sunglasses adds glamour to any outfit.

A crisp white shirt - When it comes to lounging around the house, Hepburn knew how to remain glamourous yet comfortable in a white button-down blouse.


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