Audrey Hepburn - My Style Icon of the Century

Like countless women around the world, Audrey Hepburn is my all-time favourite style icon. Its amazing to think that her closet was filled with many fashion staples that women still swear by today: fitted pants, the little black dress, cropped silhouettes and a wondrous assortment of hats and earrings.

In her day, she was a very forward dresser - she wasn't afraid to wear pants (when most women of her time were in dresses and skirts) and no matter what her outfit choices, she always managed to retain an aura of femininity. Her colour palette was very simple - mostly black and white, although she would sometimes wear a bright pop of colour. To me, her fashion choices consistently oozed elegance and class.

What I love the most about Audrey Hepburn's style was her “joie de vivre” -“cheerful enjoyment of life” or “enthusiasm, energy and spontaneous living”. I find the exuberant spirit in her, incredibly captivating and I think that she was able to make groundbreaking and quirky fashion choices because she was confident in her own skin and didn't take life too seriously.

Check out that conical hat! Any other actress may not have the guts to wear it, or the grace to pull it off, but on Audrey, it looks fun. In fact, it looks like she’s enjoying herself, and I don’t know about you, but the photo made me smile – even now.

Even Taylor Swift was inspired by Audrey Hepburn’s black capris and ballet flats combo in “Funny Face” as seen in her “Shake It Off” music video. In fact, she even copied Audrey Hepburn’s hair and makeup style for a while, and it was extremely well received; another testament to Miss Hepburn’s timeless style quality.

The other thing I respect about Ms Hepburn was the fact that she did not succumb to being a sex kitten. In an era where voluptuous women with hourglass figures were plastered all over Hollywood, Audrey Hepburn wore boat-neck gowns and made turtleneck sweaters and striped crewneck tops look sexy. She was her own kind of beautiful and I super respect that!

Audrey Hepburn was a practical dresser. I think she valued comfort over fashion. Here’s my theory, in the days where women were mostly in fussy dresses and high heels, Ms Hepburn chose to wear cigarette pants cropped at her ankles and unadorned black ballet flats. She personifies the elusive fashion term  “effortless chic”. She wore clothes with simple silhouettes such as crew neck tops, white shirts and little black dresses often because these items allow breathing room for her physical features and personality to shine through.

Finally, I love her finishing touches. Her choice of accessories, including that multiple strands of pearl necklace and wayfarer sunglasses worn for “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” are still fashion staples today. But mostly, I love her collection of funny hats. They never fail to put a smile on my face and remind me to not take things too seriously. To give myself permission to take risks, have fun and be ME!! 

What about you? Do you have a favourite style icon? Who is it and why? Would love to hear from you, so please, feel free to leave your comments below. Meanwhile, have a wonderful week, filled with grace, gladness and style!