“Who is your style icon?” Halfway into that question, and millions of girls around the world spit out the same answer that is practically engraved in minds from the moment they first heard and learned of this person. This is the obvious, but well-deserved: Audrey Hepburn.
The world’s LBD OG. A woman with so much class, she was probably wearing pearls in the womb. While women’s feet went numb in heels, she strode the streets of France in flats. She made the unsexy, sexy. Her allure was in revealing the woman she wanted to be on the inside, and then reflecting that on the outside.
For Audrey, it was never about plunging v-necks or open backs. It wasn’t about impressing others to feel beautiful. Style meant presenting yourself in your best form, leaving much to the imagination, and strutting a look as golden as your heart. Her look wasn’t chaotic, loud or complicated. It most certainly wasn’t boring. It was about grace, a look not to trip on. It was about being true to who she was in this world: elegant, timeless, and inspiring. She was genuine to who she was and it showed in what she wore. So with the millions of girls who would agree, I have to say yes, Audrey Hepburn is most definitely my style icon.
Now alas, the 21st century! While I will never know what exactly she would be wearing today, I would imagine it would look a little something like this.
To stay in, to run errands, to be human—her day look:
- The Classic White Button Up
- Turtlenecks and high collar lines
- Capri pants
- All black everything
- Flats, because even dancers need a day off
- Cat-eye frames, and skinny scarves
To eat breakfast at Tiffany’s, to be Princess Sabrina, to go out and feel fabulous—her night look:
Most importantly, Audrey taught us that style is all about being true to ourselves. So whatever it takes for you to look in the mirror and be able to see for yourself that you look beautiful today, wear it with a smile, and own it.
Keogh, Pamela Clarke. Audrey Style. New York, NY: HarperCollins, 1999. Print.