Dress like an Icon: Audrey Hepburn

I always feel victorious when I quickly pull together an outfit and people compliment my look. I feel especially vindicated when I hear, “you look so stylish.”

Like every other woman, I stand in my closet and think, “I have nothing to wear. What in the world am I going to wear?”

But I have a trick. Instead of asking what do I want to wear, I ask who do I want to be today.

I pick an icon and dress like her. Simple.

From Audrey to Bardot to Carrie Bradshaw to a 90’s Ralph Lauren model, I pick an icon and build a look to emulate her.


For a recent cocktail party, I chose Audrey.

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Navy dress, slick hair, and kitten heels.  Easy.

I also used one of my favorite 5 rules of style – do something wrong – mixing rhinestones with modern silver accessories.

And the result?

Modern Audrey.



This week I found two navy dresses that made me want to stock my whole closet with modern Audrey Hepburn looks.

I love this dress from Cameo.  The peplum will become fussy with too many accessories, so keep it simple with bright earrings, a sleek clutch and the standard black kitten heel.

While a black kitten heel may seem a little bland, the scallop in this J.Crew kitten heel reflects the drape of the peplum, which makes the outfit very Audrey.

Pulled together, thoughtful, simple, yet still interesting.



Cameo Navy Peplum Dress | Kate Spade Earrings | Clare V. Clutch (Made in LA) | J. Crew Kitten Heel

This cotton poplin dress is an easy basic to dress up or down.  For a cocktail party, the cotton fabric and the sleek design are so modern that you can wear your shiniest baubles without risking you look like you are going to the prom.


COS Navy Poplin Dress | Sabine Earrings | Silver Belt | Dannijo Cuff (Made in NYC) | Loeffler Randall Poppi Heel

These dresses would also be perfect for a fall wedding.  I would just toss a cropped black cardigan over my shoulders and head to the party!

As always, if you are looking for something in particular, I am glad to help!  I spend way too much time browsing in the stores and online…so we should put that time to good use!

Hit me up on email, in the comments below or on twitter @jamesdrygoods and let me know how I can help – because that is the kind of girl I am. – j



audrey image via imdb