Ask CF: How do I Dress Like Audrey Hepburn in a Modern Way?

Learn how to channel your inner Audrey while still looking modern and college-appropriate.
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Learn how to channel your inner Audrey while still looking modern and college-appropriate.
How to dress like Audrey Hepburn

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Dear CF,

One of my summer goals is to revamp my style. After reading your article on celebrity fashion muses, I realized that I’ve always been drawn to Audrey Hepburn’s look - it’s classic and feminine, but with a slightly boyish charm. I think it’s a great fit for my personality and I’d love to model my wardrobe around it.

That being said, I’m having trouble using Audrey as a muse while still looking up to date. I love my trendy pieces and I don’t want to look like I’m wearing a retro costume. I want to combine Audrey’s style with that of a normal 20-something gal, if that makes sense.

Can you help me dress like Audrey in a modern, college-appropriate way?

Our Response

I think everyone can agree that we all go through fashion phases. There are times when we want to change up our style and "transform" ourselves into something new without doing a complete 180. 

If you read CF often, you know that we advocate looking to celebrities for fashion inspiration, especially when you're still defining your style. Audrey is a fantastic choice - I think we've all been inspired by her at one point or another.

The great thing about Audrey is that her style is so timeless. Since so many of her go-to pieces are still in style, it's easy to take inspiration from her in a modern way. Read on for our best tips, as well as three outfit ideas to help you emulate Audrey.

Sincerely,

Emily

Keeping It Classic

Audrey Hepburn outfit 1 - Black and white look with sunglasses, quilted tote, Lita boots

Top, Skirt, Purse, Boots, Lipstick, Sunglasses

Audrey's look is all about embracing a timeless style, and it doesn't get more classic than an entirely black and white outfit. Tuck a collared button-down into a simple black skirt, then add bold sunglasses and neutral lip to get Audrey's glamorous vibe. Finish the outfit with modern items you may already own, like a black purse and our favorite Lita booties.

Summer Casual

Audrey Hepburn outfit 2 - Blouse, boyfriend jeans, fedora, sneakers

 Top, Bottoms, Shoes, Hat, Clutch

This outfit is a bit more casual and has a subtle retro vibe. This apricot-hued button-down calls to mind Audrey's orange frock from Breakfast At Tiffany's. Dress it down by tucking it into your favorite boyfriend jeans. White accessories maintain the classic gamine style, while a straw fedora completes the look.

Neutral & Nice

Audrey Hepburn outfit 3 - Chambray, long skirt, heels, cross-body, mens watch

Top, Skirt, Shoes, Purse, Watch, Bracelets

The last look features one of Audrey's favorite outfit combinations - a midi skirt and a collared button-up - but looks modern thanks to trendy fabrics like lace and chambray. A small purse and classic, no-frills accessories add balance to the look while playing into summer's neutral accessory trend. 

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What do you think?

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