When we think of fashion icons from the Golden Age of Hollywood, figures like Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, and, of course, Audrey Hepburn, come to mind. A timeless icon, Hepburn, who passed away in 1993, was revered every bit as much for her fashion sense as she was for her films. With a style that easily swung from glamour girl to girl-next-door, hers is a look that can still be emulated today with the right finds.
How to Dress Like Audrey Hepburn
If you’re going to emulate Audrey, there are a few things you need to know. With these four tips in mind, you’ll be well on your way to starlet status.
1. Stick to the basics. A big reason why her fashion is still adored to this day is that it’s timeless. That classic quality can be attributed to the fact that Audrey knew the power of a good basic. With signature pieces like a stylish trench coat, slim black pants, and chic statement dresses at the heart of her wardrobe, her penchant for simple, easy pieces make for a great model for any woman looking to fill her closet with things that will never go out of style.
2. Opt for subtle accessories. Ever the fan of accessories, such as mini earrings and stylish sunnies, no Hepburn-inspired look is complete without the right — yet subtle! — finishing touches. When picking your pieces, go for things like silk scarves, embellished flats, or statement bags that top off your look without going over the top.
3. Keep your beauty routine simple. We get it: Not everyone is into makeup and elaborate skincare routines. Known for her effortless look, Audrey was someone who proved that when it comes to beauty, less is more. In fact, a volumizing mascara to help you recreate her famous doe-eyes, a pop of color on the lips, some boldly defined brows, and a signature scent (this one was Audrey’s favorite!) is really all you need!
4. Rock a low-maintenance haircut. In one of Audrey’s biggest films, Roman Holiday, she receives the pixie cut of all pixies. An easy-to-style look that can easily be dressed up or down, the breezy chop inspired countless women to undergo transformations of their own. Since pixies aren’t for everyone, however, you’ll want to sit down with your stylist and figure out what low-maintenance means for you. Maybe it’s a trendy bob or a basic chop that allows your curls dry to perfection. Whatever you end up going with, choosing something that’s chic and easy to maintain is the best way to channel your inner Audrey.
Modern Audrey Hepburn-Inspired Looks
Now that you know how to dress like Audrey, it’s time to shop! From tailored basics and signature pieces to outfits that appear to be ripped right from some of her biggest films, we’ve put together nine Audrey-approved looks we think you’ll adore! Keep scrolling for Woman’s World‘s Audrey Hepburn-inspired looks anyone can wear.
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Audrey Hepburn Roman Holiday Outfit
Roman Holiday Audrey
Where to buy: Top, $47.40 (Originally $79.50), Nordstrom
Where to buy: Skirt, $79, Stories
Where to buy: Bandana, $32, Nordstrom
Audrey Hepburn first broke onto the scene in the 1953 classic Roman Holiday. While much was made of her acting chops in the film (she did win an Oscar for the role, after all)!, the casual outfit she wore while exploring Rome with Gregory Peck (swoon) also went down in infamy. To recreate this gorgeous look, you'll need a white, short-sleeve button-down top, like this Tommy Jeans modern blouse, a belted khaki shirt, like Stories' linen blend A-Line skirt, and a chic bandana scarf, like this one from Rebecca Minkoff, to tie it all together. The high-waisted, belted silhouette of this skirt is a nearly dead-on recreation of the one Audrey wore, while the bold, printed scarf adds flair.
Audrey Hepburn Sweater Dress
Jet Set Audrey
Where to buy: $138, J.Crew
A shining example of modesty at its finest, this belted sweater dress, worn by the movie star in 1953, is one that immediately captured our hearts. While you'll be hard-pressed to find an exact replica, J.Crew's belted sweated midi is the perfect modern take. Hitting right below the knee, it's made from a cozy nylon and wool blend that's perfect for cooler days. Complete with a swishy pleated skirt and ribbed top, this Hepburn-inspired look is sure to become a staple in your wardrobe rotation.
Audrey Hepburn Summer Outfit
Where to buy: Blouse, $40.80 (Originally $68), Nordstrom
Where to buy: Shorts, $59, Nordstrom
Where to buy: Sandals, $59, Nordstrom
To recreate this warm-weather look, you'll need a stylish plaid top, like Wit & Wisdom's plaid tie-front blouse, a pair of comfortable white shorts, like Jag Jeans' Gracie bottoms, and a chic pair of sandals, like these best-selling BP Lucia sandals. We love this particular top because of its placket-framing piped seaming and jaunty knot tie at the waist that's oh so figure-flattering. That's not to mention the shorts, which are the ultimate sunny day staple, keeping comfort in mind with their stretchy fit and wide waistband.
Audrey Hepburn Stripe Outfit
Where to buy: Top, $17.99, Amazon
Where to buy: Pants, $55, Nordstrom
The ultimate girl-next-door look comes in the form of Audrey's casual striped outfit from 1955. Perfect for everything from running around town to lunch dates with friends, this look proves that casual can also mean chic. Channel it by picking up a striped boat-neck top, like HUHOT's über-affordable version, and a pair of black, loose-fitting trousers, like these pleat-front pants from Leith. The cotton-spandex blend of this shirt ensures the most comfortable fit possible, while the subtle front pleats of the trousers adds an air of sophistication to anything you pair them with.
Audrey Hepburn Funny Face Outfit
Funny Face Audrey
Where to buy: Sweater, $49, Nordstrom
Where to buy: Leggings, $34, Nordstrom
Where to buy: Flats, $39.98, DSW
A dancer in her own right, Audrey loved to channel her inner ballerina through fashion. This look, which immediately recalls images of 1957's Funny Face, is comprised of a bateau neck sweater from Halogen, a pair of Hue's capri leggings, and the ultimate Hepburn staple — a pair of embellished ballerina flats (we like this Amandra pair). You'll love the relaxed fit of this soft, pima cotton sweater every bit as much as the stretchy cotton-blend knit of these must-have leggings.
Audrey Hepburn Breakfast At Tiffanys
Breakfast at Tiffany's Audrey
Where to buy: Dress, $128, Nordstrom
Where to buy: Scarf, $79, Nordstrom
Where to buy: Heels, $39.97, Nordstrom Rack
Where to buy: Trench Coat, $84.90, Nordstrom
If there's one film you think of when you hear the name Audrey Hepburn, it's 1961's Breakfast's at Tiffany's. While it was filled with looks that were curated by Hepburn's long-term collaborator, Hubert de Givenchy, the trenchcoat was one of the most iconic. To recreate the famous ensemble, you'll need a couple basics, including a little black dress, (Nic+Zoe twist-side matte jersey dress), a white silk scarf (Nordstrom satin border silk chiffon scarf), nude heels, like LifeStride's super comfortable Pretty Kitten heel pumps, and, of course, a form-flattering trench coat. We love B.B. Dakota's Thunderstruck style for it's waist-cinching cut, belted cuffs and draped lapels. Holly Golightly, eat your heart out!
Audrey Hepburn Coat
Where to buy: $99.97, Nordstrom Rack
Everyone needs a stylish coat in their closet. For one that screams Audrey, try this Laundry By Shelli Segal Button front coat pick. It's got a silhouette that's strikingly similar to her classic1968 button-down and is made from a woven wool blend. It features a pleated back and gold, accented buttons for a crisp and polished aesthetic and comes in ivory, blue, and black to suit any style.
Audrey Hepburn Sweater
Wait Until Dark Audrey
Where to buy: Sweater, $59, Nordstrom
Where to buy: Lipstick, $34, Nordstrom
For a demure Hepburn ensemble, channel the star in a baby pink sweater, like this back button crewneck find from 1901. Featuring a similar neckline to Audrey's and three-quarter sleeves, this sweater will have you practically swooning over its comfy cotton blend. Complete with a back-button closure that invokes a vintage look, it's the ultimate staple. Top it off with a soft, matching lipstick, à la Charlotte Tilbury's Hot Lips lipstick in Super Cindy.
Audrey Hepburn Red Dress
Love Among Thieves Audrey
Where to buy: Dress, $25.14, TB Dress
Where to buy: Belt, From $10.99, Amazon
Audrey Hepburn was the consummate example of the beauty that can come with aging. As she got older, she not only embraced more mature looks, she made them fun (See: this gorgeous red-polka dot number from Love Among Thieves). Luckily, it's a breeze to recreate with this long-sleeved polka dot maxi dress from TB Dress and a Grace Karin chunky buckle belt in white. Hitting right at the ankle and featuring a slenderizing a-line silhouette, this dress is as flattering as they come. When paired with this gorgeous faux leather stretch belt, you'll get a waist-defining look you can wear all year long.