Style Icon: Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn | Lisa Comfort

For me, Audrey Hepburn is THE style icon. She was a lot more petite than I am and had a certain ‘impish’ vibe going on, but her style is easy to replicate. Her silhouette of a cinched in waist, whether that is in capri pants or a LBD (little black dress!) was iconic and my personal favourite.

Audrey’s more casual look was capri pants and a Breton top with pumps. Understated yet still pretty. With a high neck and pretty much always with her hair tied back – her hair was almost part of her silhouette. I think if you plan on wearing a high-neck then having your hair tied up creates a cleaner, prettier look.

Her dresses were definitely her most elegant look as seen in the photo above. I prefer her in the fuller skirts with the fitted bodice (as opposed to the Breakfast at Tiffanys’ LBD) as I quite enjoy the contrast of the two – the fuller skirt helps to accentuate the waist. If you look back at my pre-pregnancy wardrobe, I pretty much always cinched my waist as I do like that typically feminine silhouette.

Both the Elsie dress and the Betty dress patterns were based on this design. Again, she wears her dresses with a high-neck – never revealing too much. So elegant!

And finally, something I didn’t know until I started researching this post. Audrey had a little dog! I like to think we would have bonded over this, and if we became friends, we would glam up and go walk our dogs together! Dream on, Lisa…

All that said, there are a few key things here that are so Audrey – a LBD, Breton shirt, ballet pumps and some killer sunglasses. Those are the staples you need in your wardrobe for a little nod to her. If you want to make some Audrey-esque trousers then the Sew Over It Ultimate Trousers were based on her capri pants. Simple to make and look fab with a Breton shirt and pumps. You can even make your own Breton shirt in my e-book, My Capsule Wardrobe: City Break. And if you want that knock-em out glamorous, full-circle, fifties inspired dress then the Betty Dress pattern will give you exactly that.

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