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With a heart of gold and stunning yet soft beauty, Audrey Hepburn was and is an icon for many different reasons. She certainly was an unbelievably talented actress, being the star of hit films such as Roman Holiday, Funny Face, My Fair Lady, and (of course) Breakfast at Tiffany’s. But another thing she is often praised for is her status as a fashion icon. Her French-inspired classic look is still coveted to this day.
So what makes her a surprising person to get French style inspiration from?
Well, Audrey was born in Belgium, but she’s actually considered a British actress. Though she wasn’t born and raised in France she still nailed all the elements of French fashion in her iconic look.
There’s a lot that we can learn from her, from fashion to life, but let’s dig into ways to add a bit of Audrey Hepburn style to your look!
The Surprising Person to Get All Your French Inspo From
“Audrey Hepburn style” is a much talked about subject, and with good reason! She worked with the major French fashion house, Givenchy, which I think helped shaped her into a Parisian icon.
She was always chic, timeless, and simple, yet glamorous when the occasion called for it. Though even in her most dramatic and glamorous outfits, she never seemed overdone.
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Here are some of her best looks recreated so you can see how to copy them and look Audrey Hepburn chic in no time!
1. cropped trousers + low back sweater + ballet flats + gold hoops
Let’s dissect this look: You’ll quickly find that both Audrey and French women love a pair of cropped cigarette pants. Though these pants are a little loose around her body, they are tight around the waist, which cinches her in and shows off her slim figure! The v neck back adds a little bit of interest and she accessorized simply, yet perfectly with elegant gold hoops!
Style tips to get from this look: Slim black pants are always chic! High waisted pants that cinch you in on the smallest part of your waist are flattering. All black is not boring when paired with a top that has interesting details! Sometimes all the jewelry you need are some simple hoops. Ballet flats nail dressy yet casual.
2. headscarf + trench coat + black pants
Let’s dissect this look: Audrey takes your silk scarf and wears it in a totally charming yet not old fashioned way! She makes an oversized trench still look chic and not sloppy by pairing it with this headscarf and rolling up the sleeves.
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Style tips to get from this look: Don’t forget the magic and versatility of silk scarves. Start incorporating them into your own outfits! When it comes to outerwear, a trench coat is always a good choice.
3. turtleneck + trousers + loafers
Let’s dissect this look: Audrey didn’t bother with always trying to have the right amount of color or print in each look. She knew that less is sometimes more and that simple classic pieces would always do the trick perfectly! This look shows that effortless elegance that’s a quintessential part of Audrey Hepburn’s style.
Style tips to get from this look: Loafers and turtlenecks might not be “trendy”, but don’t follow the trends so closely, that it turns you off from these staple pieces! Related: How to Build a Wardrobe from Scratch
4. button down + silk scarf
Let’s dissect this look: Audrey didn’t let the item wear her, she wore the item (like the style icon that she is). One great way to do this is by making a basic item your own. Here, she cuffs the sleeves of a white button-down and adds a silk scarf to take this outfit from ordinary to something you want to copy! Related: 10 Chic Different Ways to Wear the Same Shirt
Style tips to get from this look: Though this look is from a movie and not her own personal style, it doesn’t mean we can’t get style tips from it. Reinvent the classics by adding your own flair to staple pieces! Top off “boring” looks with a silk scarf to up those chic vibes.
5. sleeveless button down shirt + headscarf + cropped trousers + ballet flats
Let’s dissect this look: Vintage and charming all in one, Audrey nailed this summer go-to look. The color-coordinating looks cute, not cheesy when broken up with classic prints. You also can’t forget her signature piece – a pretty silk scarf.
Style tips to get from this look: When the temps warm up, break out the gingham print and show a little ankle by pairing ballet flats with your cropped pants. Color coordinating and cute dog optional!
Here are some other favorite Audrey Hepburn style looks to drool over and get inspired by!
Though it may seem opposite, I love to look at past fashions to get ideas on what I should wear now. If you do the same, you’ll quickly find that there’s really nothing “new” and styles are just constantly being recycled from decades before us!
One thing that’s particularly noteworthy about Audrey Hepburn is that although we now recognize her as the stunningly beautiful woman that she was, not everyone saw her this way. When she first came on to the scene at a young age, she was a far cry from the coveted “Marilyn Monroe” look of the time. She was often regarded as “too skinny” and seen as an unconventional movie star due to her dark hair (at a time when blonde was all the rage). But despite this, she continues to go down in history as a beauty and fashion icon. Audrey is a reminder to us all to feel beautiful in our own skin and always walk with confidence.
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