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14 Fashion Tips You Should Take From Audrey Hepburn

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Audrey Hepburn was an actress who became the fashion and style icon of her time. Her style was loved by many and still, today, many, myself included, look up to her. Not just because of her fashion sense and style, but because she was also a kind-hearted woman who did all she could to help those in need. So if you’d like to be a little more like this amazing woman, follow these 14 tips below.

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“My look is attainable. Women can look like Audrey Hepburn by flipping out their hair, buying the large sunglasses, and the little sleeveless dresses.” -Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn

Credit: Vogue UK

1. Stripes

Striped Top from Forever 21

Whether her stripes were on her dresses, basic tops or hats, Audrey looked great in nautical garb. The best part is that you can easily play around with this pattern through colors, width of the stripe, and direction. I especially love when there’s a variation in size from thin to wide horizontal stripes in a basic top. You could even add a different pattern somewhere in your outfit, such as a floral print or polka dot, and they’ll complement each other well. This top from Forever 21 is the perfect homage to Audrey Hepburn while still being comfy and cozy!



2. Bold Red Lipstick

Whatever Audrey wore she wore it well, and red lipstick was no exception. A dash of red lipstick can be bold while adding just the right amount of pop (especially if you’re wearing all black). You just have to make sure to find the right shade for your skin tone. I always like trying a couple of different shades before making a final choice but my favorite, thus far, is the Bobbi Brown Old Hollywood shade.

3. All Black

You can never go wrong with an all black outfit, whether you’re doing an LBD or separates. Audrey knew that better than anyone else, and it was a signature look for Audrey, particularly from her movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Not only is black slimming, but it also has a sophistication about it that is great for any occasion.



Audrey Hepburn

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4. Bold Brows

Audrey was infamous, and still is, for her perfect bold brows. They add a sense of boldness to facial features without needing much else. Now, wouldn’t you love to have a set like hers? Luckily, the look can easily be achieved with a step-by-step guide. I love the Prestige Cosmetics Brow Pencil for this. It glides on easily, and it has both a pencil side and a spoolie side for blending and combing the brows in place.

5. Ballet Flats

Audrey was always seen wearing flats: simple, comfortable, and put together. They were one of her favorite types of shoes to wear, and I don’t blame her, they keep the painful heel experiences away. Flats have the unique advantage of being dressed down with a casual outfit or dressed up with a more formal outfit, like the aforementioned little black dress.



Audrey Hepburn

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6. Printed Capris

Printed capri pants were one of her favorite articles of clothing as well. They’re fun and comfortable to wear. Recently, there’s been many prints out there to choose from as well giving plenty of opportunity to play with various colors and patterns.



Audrey Hepburn

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7. Collared Shirts

Audrey wore them often, and there’s a reason she was known as the fashion icon of her time. Collared shirts can be simple but they can also look incredibly chic if worn the right way. Nowadays, you can find all types of collared shirts, from sheer fabric to studded, laced or even bejeweled. You can never go wrong with a simple white button up collared shirt paired with a skirt and/or some jeans.

8. Hats

Audrey Hepburn loved her hats and was seen wearing all types of hats throughout her lifetime. Sun hats, top hats, pillbox hats, boater hats and much more. I’m personally a fan of hats; they’re fun to polish off an outfit, and they can cover up a bad hair day! With the frizzy hair I have, it’s a wonder why I don’t wear them more often. I personally love boater hats because they give a cute vintage look to an outfit that I just can’t resist!

Audrey Hepburn

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9. Ray-bans

The famous over-sized sunglasses she wore in Breakfast at Tiffany’s were actually Ray-Bans. Looks like they’re not just for hipsters after all. I mean, if you’re a hipster, then by all means keep wearing them; they look great! It doesn’t mean that they can’t be a fun addition to an evening gown too, though.



Audrey Hepburn

Photo Courtesy: Vogue.uk.co

10. Cinched Waist

Audrey was often seen wearing an outfit with a cinched waist. Having a cinched waistline in an outfit helps accentuate the waist and emphasize feminine curves. All you have to do is add that cute belt over a cardigan or high-waisted skirt, and you’re set to go.

Audrey Hepburn

Credit: Wolf and Willow Blog

11. Vintage Bikes

I absolutely love vintage or cruiser bikes! Not only do they make you look stylish but you’re also getting a little bit of exercise. Just add a small straw basket, sit your cute pooch inside, and you’ll be ready for a refreshing ride in the park.






12. Plaid

Plaid has been present every season for years now and it’s not going away. It’s such a classic print and it’s remained timeless. What’s great about a classic plaid print is that it can be versatile, as you can see from how Audrey styles her own plaid prints.



13. Humor

There’s nothing sexier than a woman with a little humor. There’s also nothing wrong with having a little fun and being a little out of the ordinary from time to time. Have fun as you go through life!

Audrey Hepburn

Photo Courtesy: MarthaFromMalta.com

14. Musical Talent

So usually it’s the girls who are swooning over the guitar players or lead singers, but why can’t it be the other way around? Musical talent adds a little culture to your life, and it doesn’t have to be difficult. Stick to something as simple as a ukulele to start off with. Maybe the next time you see your special someone, you can enamor them with a ukulele version of “Baby Love” by The Supremes.




Interested in learning more about Audrey Hepburn’s fashion style? Be sure to read Audrey Style.

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  • Jasmine Watts

    Love this article.

    • Selene Sorto

      Thanks Jasmine! :)

  • I loved this! She really inspires me and her fashion sense was ALWAYS on point!