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STYLE ICON PROJECT: Audrey Hepburn’s Pink Dress in Breakfast at Tiffany’s

DAHLING! Have you always loved the pink Givenchy dress that Audrey Hepburn wears as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s? Then today’s Style Icon Project post is for you! Read on to see how I channeled Holly Golightly’s pink party dress look for today…

HOW TO GET HOLLY GOLIGHTLY’S LOOK IN BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S

While nothing will ever compare to Audrey’s stunning pink Givenchy dress in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, this sweet pink kate spade new york frock does evoke a similar vibe, don’t you think? The darling bow detail and ladylike silhouette are lovely and would work so well for any upcoming weddings you might have on the books.

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This Kiel James Patrick pink dress is also darling, as is this Audrey Hepburn-inspired pink brocade dress on Etsy (for less than $110!). And you can never go wrong with this classic pink dress — the bow on the back is so charming!

AUDREY HEPBURN COAT & ACCESSORIES

My coat is an old J.Crew find that a friend gave me, but this bright pink coat has a similar look and I love this pink coat with bows by Atlantic Pacific.

My white clutch is a vintage find, but this simple white envelope clutch is very similar.

As for shoes, I was surprised to discover that I don’t own any pink pumps (blasphemy!) , but my favorite gold glitter heels did the trick. If you’re looking for pink heels similar to Holly Golightly’s, these pink kitten heels would be perfect.

As for baubles, these Roxanne Assoulin earrings I’d be eyeing turned out to be perfect for modernizing the look.

TO TIARA OR NOT TO TIARA

Finally, let’s talk tiaras. This Holly Golightly tiara was from when I dressed up for our Breakfast at Tiffany’s party a few years ago and while I probably wouldn’t wear it out and about, I was recently watching an episode of Gilmore Girls in which Emily makes Rory wear a tiara and it looked so Audrey and made me think: Perhaps we should all start wearing tiaras…to the grocery store. Let’s make the mundane marvelous, shall we? What do you think?

To tiara or not to tiara…that is the question.

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Audrey Hepburn films often deal with a transformation story—a common girl becomes a high fashion magazine model, or a princess runs away and lives an everyday life—which usually leads to an amazing fashion narrative. Hepburn loved style and even sometimes had a hand in sketching her potential looks with the legendary costume designer, Edith Head. Combined with the actress’ long-standing collaboration with Hubert de Givenchy, there’s never been a shortage of chic in Hepburn’s movies. Here, watch the best of those moments on film.

1) Roman Holiday, 1953: Hepburn plays a princess who runs away to Rome in this early film. The actress sports lots of light fabrics and colors with white button-down shirts, flared midi skirts and lots of silk scarfs gently knotted around the neck. In one scene, Hepburn gets rid of her long hair and transforms with a new short crop. Of course, pairing most looks with a Vespa doesn’t hurt either.

2) Sabrina, 1954: Hepburn stars along side Humphrey Bogart as she changes from shy waif into stylish Parisian. Famed Hollywood costume designer Edith Head directed all of Hepburn’s clothing in this film—expect lots of dark double-breasted suits, chic pencil skirts, ballerina-style flaring skirts on cocktail dresses and pleated chiffon turbans all designed by Hubert de Givenchy. Hepburn is also seen mostly wearing flats in this film. The collaboration between Hepburn and Givenchy was a first, but would go on to span her entire film career. Sabrina was the film that cemented Hepburn as a style icon to watch.

3) Funny Face, 1957: Rooted in the world of fashion with a imaginary magazine as its backdrop, a fashion photographer (based on Richard Avedon) spots a shy bookstore employee (Audrey Hepburn) whom he believes has “the look”. They travel to Paris together for work and end up falling in love. Audrey’s clothing emphasizes a perfect mix of geek chic and Parisian style, once again a collaboration by way of Edith Head and Givenchy—but this time, the clothes were custom made, one-of-a-kind pieces by Hubert de Givenchy himself. In one scene Hepburn dances in a Paris nightclub in straight, cropped black pants, a black turtleneck and little black flats. All black never looked so good.

4) Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 1961: By far the most iconic Hepburn film, the actress dons the famous little black dress designed by Givenchy in the opening scene, with a neck full of pearls, opera gloves, black sunglasses and a chignon piled high as she bites into a croissant and stares into the windows of Tiffany’s. Also memorable in the film: the Burberry trench coat worn during the rainy scenes, the long cigarette as an accessory and lots of silk scarfs worn babushka style. Of Hepburn’s many Givenchy looks, she once said, “His are the only clothes in which I am myself. He is far more than a couturier, he is a creator of personality.”

5) Charade, 1963: Hepburn serves as ultimate style muse in Charade, at the height of the 1960s. She stars alongside Cary Grant and sports round, oversize sunglasses, red and yellow wool coats designed by Givenchy, leopard print headscarves and tiny pearl earrings. There’s also no shortage of pillbox hats and dresses and tops with high collars.

6) My Fair Lady, 1964: In My Fair Lady, a professor takes it upon himself to transform a working class girl (Audrey Hepburn) into a society woman. The film is full of billowing gowns and elbow-length gloves, but the perhaps the best reason to watch is for the grand hats in every hue, and the jewelry: incredible necklaces and tiaras cover Hepburn like a form of armor.

7) How to Steal a Million, 1966: Hubert de Givenchy was reportedly given a budget of $30,000 to design Hepburn’s wardrobe in How to Steal a Million. The result is the perfect mix of glamor and 60s mod. Think black lace masks and dresses for eveningwear and A-line dresses and white plastic sunglasses. The makeup also played a part in redefining Hepburn’s on-screen style with a serious cat eye.

Kristen Bateman Contributing Editor Kristen Bateman is a contributing editor at Harper’s Bazaar.

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his post actually started out as a part of my capsule wardrobe series, but as soon as I started pulling it together, I realised you don’t actually need to put together an entire capsule wardrobe in order to capture that Audrey Hepburn style of dressing that’s just as iconic today as it was back in the 50s and 60s, when Audrey herself was still rocking these styles.

No, the key to Audrey Hepburn style dressing lies in its sheer simplicity – which is why you really only need a handful of items: like these, for instance…
trench coat / pencil dress / flared dress

shoes / skirt / capri pants / lipstick / eyeliner

sunglasses / fitted sweater / Breton top / bardot top

I’ve stuck to a mostly black and white colour palette here, purely because the monochrome look is so easy to mix and match, but if black’s not for you, don’t worry about it: get the styles and silhouettes right, and you can still pull together an Audrey Hepburn style outfit in any colour (or colours) you fancy.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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A COUPLE OF AUDREY HEPBURN STYLE DRESSES/SKIRTS

What’s an Audrey Hepburn style dress? Well, the woman herself wore lots of different dresses, obviously, but she tends to be associated most often with that classic ‘Breakfast at Tifffany’s’ style sheath dress, or really any kind of black, slash-necked style with a simple shape, and no fuss.

This kind of dress is such a classic that it’s not too hard to find on the high street, but if you’re stuck, the retro-reproduction brands are your style saviours here: both Collectif and Lindy Bop have created their own Audrey Hepburn style dresses – and even named them after her, just to make sure you don’t miss the reference. Collectif’s Hepburn dress and Lindybop’s ‘Audrey’ dress are both normally available in a range of prints, and are a pretty affordable way to get the basic look, without feeling like you’re wearing some bizarre kind of Audrey Hepburn costume – these may be from retro-inspired brands, but the simple shapes mean they can easily be given a more contemporary look, depending on how you style them.

If you prefer separates to dresses, meanwhile, it’s easy enough to create the same kind of look with skirts: black pencil skirts or circle skirts are everywhere these days – try Collectif’s ‘Fiona’ pencil skirt or Lindy Bop’s ‘Peggy’ circle skirt for starters.

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CAPRI PANTS

I love House of Foxy’s 50s capri pants, and am now onto my second pair of them, but, again, this is a style that’s relatively easy to replicate on the high street. ASOS, for instance, almost always have a selection of cropped trousers in stock, in various colours. for an even more casual look, ankle length jeans will also work here: chose black for that classic, Audrey Hepburn style, or blue for a more modern spin on the look – as long as they’re relatively close-fitting, and hit above the ankle, they’ll work.

As for what you wear with them, meanwhile…

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SLASH NECK AND BRETON TOPS

The slash neck/boat neck top is an all-time classic, and another key element of Audrey Hepburn style that’s fairly easy to replicate. If you’re shopping on the high street, look for slightly boxy styles in simple shapes and colours: if you’re happy to go with a more retro look, meanwhile, I love Vivien of Holloway’s slash neck tops, and would happily buy one in every single colour, if I possibly could!

Oh, and stripes are also a good bet here – they’re easy to wear, and literally never go out of style!

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MAKEUP & ACCESSORIES

A large part of what we think of as Audrey Hepburn style actually comes down to things like makeup and accessories. Winged eyeliner and red lipstick, for instance, will instantly give just about ANY outfit an Audrey-inspired feel, while cat eye sunglasses are another easy way to get the look, without totally changing your OWN look.

If you do want to take the look a bit further, though, my retro-inspired capsule wardrobe will give you a bit more inspiration: enjoy!

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Audrey Hepburn was one of the most iconic fashonistas as well as actresses. Known for her classy glamour and simplicity, she never goes out of style! Here are a few ways you can mimic her glam and dress Audrey Hepburn style!

1. Classic Trouser

These pants are a must when going for the classic Audrey look. She always looked super casual yet chic. These pants are perfect for any occasion; work, school, meetings etc. You don’t have to try too hard looking this good!

2. Wool Coat

Dress it up or down, the wool coat never goes out of style while keeping you quite warm! It is very chic for practically any outfit; casual or more dressy. Going all Audrey style in this would make heads turn for sure!

3. LBD

How can you go Audrey Hepburn style without the little black dress?! Perfect for any occasion as well, the simple black dress looks so classic and sexy at the same time. Wear this to a cocktail party or office meeting and you will definitely be the glossiest gal in the room!

4. Swing Dress

Audrey Hepburn absolutely killed it in her classic swing dress! Retro is totally coming back in style so there is every reason to go for this classy look! You can totally wear this for weddings, dances, or cute photo shoots (or even dress it down for casual strolls in the city!).

5. Striped Shirt

This was definitely a signature Audrey Hepburn kinda look. Super cute and casual, there is no need to do anything more with this outfit. Dress it up or down with some great pants, skirt, or shorts and you will be ready to go super chic into the cafe!

6. Ballet Flats

Cute and super comfy, ballet flats are a must for dressing like Audrey. They’re not only great because you can wear them practically with any outfit, but also they are extremely wearable for hours without getting those annoying and painful blisters!

7. Black on Black

This was an iconic Audrey Hepburn look; black on black. It is sooo simple yet very chic; what can go wrong with black?! Just find a cute top and pair it with some classic black pants and you will be ready for a vogue photo shoot!

8. Cat Eye Glasses

Audrey was known for her iconic Breakfast At Tiffany’s look with her sexy cat eye glasses. You can definitely copy this look by getting your own and look super good without trying!

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9. Casual Retro

Rock this casual retro look just like Audrey did with some classic shorts and a tee! You will look cute anywhere whether you’re going to get some ice cream on a date or strolling the city park!

10. Penny Loafers

A typical Audrey type of shoe, penny loafers are both super classy and extremely comfy just like the ballet flats! You can dress them up or down, the style is totally up to you!

11. Retro Winged Eyeliner

To top off your Audrey Hepburn style, go for the retro winged eyeliner look! It is super easy to do and looks extremely glam without looking like you are trying to hard! You can buy liquid eyeliner almost at any drug store and makeup store!

12. Pearls

Last but not least, finish your look with some pearls (i.e. necklace, earrings, bracelets etc.) Super simple but goes a long way into making a statement, you will look the classiest in the group with this accessory.

Audrey Hepburn was a fashion icon in the 50’s and 60’s but her look never goes out of style! What are some other ways you can copy her classic look?

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