Fashion By Jenni

{November 28, 2007}   My Style Icon of the Past: Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn, Image from

“Breakfast At Tiffany’s” and “Audrey Hepburn”. Those phrases might strike as familiar, but do you really know the impact they had on the world? Namely the fashion world. Audrey Hepburn continues to have a major influence on the fashion world despite the fact that she is dead. She made an impact through elegance unlike most icons of her era such as Marilyn Monroe who attracted everyone’s attention through playboy and barely there outfits. Aubrey is my favorite fashion icon of the past and wasn’t even that into fashion, which is rather ironic. Despite that fact she is still is regarded by many fashion experts as one their biggest influences.

Those oversize sunglasses you are wearing that are so in fashion, who do you think originally started the trend? Aubrey wore them in one movie and suddenly the entire nation jumped on the bandwagon. Before that wire frames were the trend. Without her they might have continued to be in fashion.

And that little black dress? This essential to everyone’s wardrobe began with Audrey wearing it in Breakfast At Tiffany’s. She is a pillar of today’s fashion, but she did it in a non-flashy way and didn’t even try to draw attention to herself. The outfits just looked natural and effortless on her that people were desperate to be like her.

Coco Chanel started the trend for pearls, but Aubrey mainstreamed them years later. Pearls are an indispensable accessory and are a timeless piece that never has never faded. Fashions of the past are coming back into fashion, but her two staple pieces, little black dresses and pearls, have remained in fashion all these years. A little black dress and pearls have always been named the pinnacle of elegance.

So those three items are most associated with her than the other trends she started. Capri pants of all colors and ballet flats were also made mainstream by her. This isn’t a well known fact and I even I was surprised when I discovered this. Another little known fact about her is that the famous movie “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” was not written to star her. Her most famous piece was designed for Mariliyn Monroe, but Audrey got the part and I belive the film wouldn’t be as unique without her. Audrey acts as Holly with naievty and innocence while Marilyn would sent the film in the complete opposite direction.

So now when people begin to discuss Audrey Hepburn you actually know why she is famous for her fashion and when you look at next year’s styles you will be able to pick apart which pieces were influenced by her.

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” -Audrey Hepburn


Taylor says:

YO! Word is that Audrey Hepburn started the ballet flats? You know, I adore Audrey Hepburn now; because I wear ballet flats as often as I can.
And do you know how Audrey died? Just Wondering…

Audrey Hepburn died at age 63 due to colon cancer. And I was shocked too that she started the ballet flats trend and now whenever I wear them I think of her. The reason she wore them was because she was tall and didn’t want to look any taller by wearing heels.

Seed says:

Despite being a skinny actress of her era,Audrey Hepburn became the most admired and watch fashion icon not only during her time but even until now.The way she dress,an image of material girl yet simple is very cathing.And of course,the face of someone you can help but to love it because it is somewhat funny and cute.

Im actually doing a LONG Research paper on The History of Fashion Trends and Im using examples of Fashion Icons like Audrey! Know any other great facts like why she was such an inspiration to all?

Lulu says:

Just so you know, her name is auDrey, not auBrey.

i heart the maine says:

hah fashionista i am doin a reasearch paper on audrey hepburn..
i love her she is absolutly gorgeus. i admire her!

DENISE says:

Unique! I love Audrey Hepburn!
She was and still is a true icon of fashion, elegance and talented actress. Audrey had personality, grace, kindness, humour and style. She stands for decency and humanity care.
She was an extraordinary woman and has there ever been a presence so feminine, so charming, so lovely, and lovable. She was also simple but in a kind of careless way, her beautiful eyes go so deep that we ourselves get lost in them.
Thanks Audrey for everything!

Madame says:

Hey! I’m doing a research paper on her too! (surprise!)

Anyway, I’ve found that you’re sitre is an absolutely amazing source for all things fashion! Keep it up grrl!


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