Born Audrey Kathleen Ruston in Belgium in 1929, Audrey Hepburn began her film career in 1948. Though she quickly became known for her iconic roles in Roman Holiday (1953), Sabrina (1954), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), and My Fair Lady (1964), Hepburn has remained in the minds of many for not only her acting roles, but also her style.
Unlike many actresses in her era, Hepburn typically chose to forgo more overt sexuality in favor of chicness: Her hair was always perfectly coiffed, and she favored elegance over trendiness; choosing anything from couture by Givenchy (who considered Hepburn his muse) and ballet flats from Salvatore Ferragamo, which were developed especially for her.
In January 1963, Vogue‘s Cecil Beaton wrote, “What goes into the Audrey Hepburn mystique? When the star dust settles around her, it becomes clear to the nakedest eye that she [Hepburn] is deeply, intelligently knowledgeable about her looks.” Decades later, as Hepburn’s style remains influential and iconic, it’s clear that Beaton knew what he was talking about.
Read on as we break down some of Hepburn’s most influential looks and how you can find affordable alternatives.
1. Cropped pants
One look Hepburn helped to popularize was the cropped pant. She wore them dressed up with a cashmere sweater and ballet flats, or slightly more dressed down when riding a bike. Skip the wide-leg crop and head for the style Hepburn was typically found in, which was a sleek cigarette pant that grazed the ankles. Affordable alternatives of this iteration can be found in several stores, and this slim cropped pant from Gap is one of our favorites for both its feel and price. Other affordable iterations of Hepburn’s black cigarette capri include this version from ASOS, and the mid-rise Lolita capri from LuckyBrand.