Audrey Hepburn – The Untouchable


Audrey Hepburn…actress, philanthropist, E.G.OT. (winner of an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony), a good girl (with secrets), and a fashion icon – never to be rivaled…never…ever!

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She had the most wholesome good girl image but she had layers – she needed them, otherwise those eyes wouldn’t have been so special..they hid secrets that were never to be made public and those perfectly shaped lips of hers were sealed…

But for the purpose of this post, I’m going to focus on her unique style that broke through the buxom beauty fashion of the time and became the thinking man’s woman…

1) STRIPES

audrey hepburn in her stripes

Apparently in Medieval times stripes were considered to be evil and jesters, prostitutes and hangmen were the among the only condemned souls to don stripes, but then fast forward to 1917 when Coco Chanel started the nautical stripe trend.

coco chanel in her famous stripes

Audrey Hepburn loved her stripes and earned them! She favoured Breton stripes but wore lots of different styles. She was not alone, icons throughout the ages have donned the horizontal pattern. Whilst browsing the internet looking for other movie stars in stripes I came across this shot of Brigitte Bardot looking effortless.

brigitt bardot stripes

and maybe I’m wrong but doesn’t she bear a remarkable likeness to Ireland’s Face of Fashion Jo Archbold???? ( pictured here with Some fella called Harry!)..anyway just sayin…

jo archbold

But it’s all fine well talking stripes on Hollywood icons – we need to know where to find them TODAY!..so here are 3 ideas you might like..

House of Fraser jumper from Linea.

house of fraser jumper

Cath Kidston top.

cath kidston striped top

Marks and Spencer limited edition.

marks and spencer striped jumper limited edition

2) MIDI SKIRTS

audrey hepburn in midi skirt

Tough one this. I personally adore midi length skirts and dresses but an inch too long or too short – and the whole look can be ruined! Audrey Hepburn had an enviable figure – yes, but although she had a naturally petite frame – her thinness was down to years of being malnourished due to the hardships of WWII. SO her legs and arms were simply the same width from top to bottom. But here are my picks from the high street today …

Penneys keep it edgy with a chunky jumper and boots.. Midi Skirt: €17, studded jumper :€24, boots : €23.

penneys midi skirt €17, studded jumper €24, boots ?23

MISS SELFRIDGE opt for Thoroughly Modern Millie with this floral matching top and midi skirt.

Miss Selfridge matching top and midi skirt

Cath Kidston.

cath kidston midi skirt

NEW LOOK DENIM MIDI SKIRT – €22.99.

new look midi denim skirt €22.99

M&S MIDI PLEATED SKIRT FROM THE AUTOGRAPH RANGE 

m&s autograph midi skirt

…and finally – my favourite from the LA REDOUTE VINTAGE COLLECTION …

la redoute vintage collection mide dress

3) THE POLO NECK

audrey hepburn turtle neck

..I always hear people saying they LIKE polo necks but can’t wear them as their necks are too short – you don’t have to be like Linda Evangelista to carry off a polo neck but depending on your neck length you need to adjust your neck line…

LINDA EVANGELISTA POLO NECK

so, let’s say you HAVE a neck like a gazelle – you can wear your polo neck unturned and simply tucked in under your chin..if your neck is fairly average then a polo neck turned down will be perfect, if your neck is vertically challenged then stick to a shorter length fold that is stitched down (think turtleneck).. Audrey wore them timelessly, and it’s a garment that’s difficult to modernize – but take a look at what’s out there for A/W 2015…

JIGSAW give it a tomboy vibe..

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Peter O’Brien adds his own stamp from his Arnotts collection €95.

peter o brien at arnotts €95

MONSOON keep it classic

Monsoon polo neck

Grey is always a safe bet from NEW LOOK €11.95

new look polo neck ?11.9 9

Go chunky and chilled with Massimo Dutti 

massimo dutti polo necks

Not forgetting us tall girlies..Long Tall Sally

long tall sally poloneck looks

4) LOAFERS AND FLATS

audrey hepburn shoes

Rarely would you see Audrey in anything higher than an elegant French heel, but more typically she would be in flats, be they loafers or ballet pumps. A huge fan myself, I’ve learned that unless I adjust my trouser length I can look boring and ..well..God forbid, drab!..trick to making flat shoes work?…bare some skin …simple..always have your trousers/jeans end a few inches above your ankle..

..and what’s out there??…

be chilled but charming head to toe in NEW LOOK ..Coat £€64.99 Jeans €29.99 Loafers €29.99 Sequined Scarf €9.99

newlook loafers Coat £49.99 €64.99 Jeans £24.99 €29.99 Loafers £24.99 €29.99 Sequined Scarf £7.99 €9.99

PENNEYS go for gold with these at just €15

penneys gold reflective loafers €15

DUNE have plenty to offer…

dune ballet flats and loafers

Show your wild side in these leopard print brogues from Fabucci

leopard print brogues from fabucci.ie €119

..and Ballroom Of Romance meets Saturday Night Fever in these suede ballet flats encrusted with crystals from Cinders 

cinders suede loafer encrusted with crystals - ice grey and rose pink ?139.95

5) TRENCH COAT

audrey and george peppard breakfast at tiffanys

audrey in trench coat

Ah, the timeless trench coat…there is no need to wonder how to update this garment…it’s a statement piece we all need in our wardrobe..and goes with pretty much anything. I just picked a Dannimac black trench up in a charity shop for €13 – it is so beautiful!!!..can’t wait for the weather to turn dark and grey so’s I can add to the dullness! ..but fresh off the high street we have…

The ultimate in style and chicness (yes, it is a word) from M&S 

M&S trench coat

Perfect for any occasion is this textured lace trench from Simply Be

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Black that bit too black?..then opt for navy and this Reiss trench from ARNOTTS €335

reiss navy trench coat from arnotts €335

….I stopped at 5 Audrey Hepburn classics before I got writers cramp and you guys got bored!…hope you enjoyed!!

X Corina

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