The Essence of Audrey: Channel the Dazzling Simplicity of Hepburn’s Style With These 8 Signature Pieces
Audrey Hepburn will always be a fashion icon. Unlike many of the contemporaries of her era who oozed a studio-curated sex appeal, Hepburn’s wardrobe was a subtle extension of her poise and grace that felt entirely her own.
Hepburn’s quiet elegance — along with a dedication to flawless tailoring and a muted colour palette — make her the perfect muse for any capsule wardrobe devotee.
While she might be one of the 20th century’s most ubiquitous fashion figures, Hepburn was typically understated about her style and was once quoted as saying:
‘My appearance is accessible to everyone; with hair tied in a bun, big sunglasses and black dress, every woman can look like me.’
In celebration of Hepburn’s perennial appeal and the wearability of her clean, simple look, below are 8 pieces which channel a touch of Audrey’s je ne sais quoi.
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Featured Item: Aria White Tulip Neck Shirt, The Shirt Company
At the risk of preaching to the choir, a white shirt is the linchpin of any capsule wardrobe, and we feel the crisp purity of The Shirt Company’s Tulip Neck Aria shirt is befitting of an Audrey-inspired look.
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Featured Item: Silk Scarf Kente by ID Peters
The headscarf is having a fashion flashback right now and this organic, environmentally conscious Kente-inspired scarf from London’s ID Peters has a suitably chic, modern edge.
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Featured Item: Ursula Boxy Oversized 'Artist's Smock' Organic Cotton Shirt, The Shirt Company
Nothing breathes a relaxed air of laidback refinement more than the oversized or ‘boyfriend’ shirt, so naturally it is one of the touchstones of an Audrey-inspired look. Oh, and If you’ve ever bemoaned the baffling lack of usable pockets in women’s clothing, then Ursula is your girl!
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Featured Item: Le Marais Everyday Linen Midi Shirt Dress and Adelaide White Belted Midi Dress, The Shirt Company
A belted dress is perhaps one of the most recognisable silhouettes from Audrey’s wardrobe, which is perhaps unsurprising considering the shirt dress’s practical, feminist roots.
Subtle nips, tucks and updates shine on the simplicity of this form which will — equally simply — never go out of style.
Little Black Dress
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Featured Item: Givenchy Wool Crepe Mini Dress sold by LVR
While the iconic Givenchy little black dress might technically belong to Breakfast and Tiffany’s Holly Golightly, it simply demanded to be on the list. As Givenchy’s must, Audrey Hepburn inspired this classic into existence and, perhaps as a result, it is synonymous with her image.
The fact that this dress still bedecks countless teenage bedroom walls over half a century after the film’s release is testament to its visual power.
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Featured Item: Venice Ruffle Front Long Sleeved Shirt, The Shirt Company
Heburn often favoured less extravagant looks, but the playful, feminie flavour of her style is palpable. A Ruffled or tuxedo pleated shirt gives a soft sophistication which still feels classic and fresh.
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Featured Item: Massey Classic roll neck by John Smedley
The modish chic of the black polo neck (or turtleneck) somehow manages to be edgy, sophisticated and comfortable all at the same time. In the words of the seminal ‘70s fashion designer, Halston:
“Turtlenecks are the most comfortable garment you can wear. They move with the body, and they’re flattering too, because they accentuate the face and elongate the figure. They make life so easy: you can wear a turtleneck to work and then afterwards throw on a jacket, and it becomes very dressy. You can go anywhere you like”
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Featured Item: The Veronica Bronze Stripe Cotton Dress by The Shirt Company
Synonymous with the breezy, holiday vibes of the seaside thanks to associations with the French Breton stripe, stripes in general convey a laid back feel which also feels cosmopolitan. Could there be anything more Audrey?