Audrey Hepburn: Style At Any Age
Few style icons are as influential as actress and humanitarian, Audrey Hepburn. Her style is one the earliest capsule wardrobes consisting of black pants, pencil skirts, boat-neck tops and turtlenecks. What is perhaps most remarkable is how she never strayed from her simple, sophisticated style— even as she aged.
Capsule wardrobe basics
A key element to Hepburn’s style is that she understood what flattered her body. Tall and thin with a dancers’ body, she opted for elegant silhouettes that skimmed her slight frame and showcased her swan-like neck. In Charade she wore wide, face-framing necklines, and simple black turtlenecks in Funny Face. Her clothing was fitted, but never tight. When you purchase items that fit and flatter your body, they’ll actually be worn instead of sitting in the hopeful section of the closet.
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication
Many of us take style cues from the latest trends, which may result in a look that doesn’t reflect our true personal style or doesn’t flatter. Audrey Hepburn had a more minimalist approach fashion, before minimalism was trendy. She often wore all black cigarette pants or pencil skirts with turtleneck sweaters, or fit-and-flare dresses or full A-line skirts — all of which can be mixed and matched to create individual looks. Paired with simple earrings and her delicate bangs, her style was simple but always glamorous.
Ladylike casual is possible
Audrey’s casual style was far from the athleisure most of us wear these days. She often wore capris with flats or longer dresses to maintain her ladylike look. Unlike today, where celebrities borrow or are given clothing, she bought and owned most of what she wore. She needed to be committed to each piece she chose.
Though she passed away nearly 20 years ago, women of all ages continue to look to Audrey Hepburn for inspiration.