Ever since I was a little girl, I have been infatuated by Audrey Hepburn. Why would I not be? She was beautiful, kind, and elegant.
All I have ever wanted was to be just like her. I can remember being in high school, and growing out my eyebrows to look like Audrey’s. (That was short lived, but still!) As I have grown, I notice that my style very much reflects her style. There is something about classic clean lines, ballet flats, a little black dress, and the simplicity of her style that makes me fall in love. In my eyes, and many others, she is the definition of beauty. There is so much to learn and take in from her life.
I compiled a list of tips we can take from Audrey’s life on earth, and here it is:
1. The classics never go out of style.
Those are the pieces that you should invest in. A little black dress, cigarette cropped pants, black flats, a button down white blouse, a circle skirt. She knew that this kind of style never fades. To this day, many women try to replicate her style with these classics.
2. Give unconditionally.
Not only was Audrey charming in the movies, and a style icon, but an ambassador for giving to the less fortunate.
According to unicefusa.org, “In 1988, Audrey became a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and traveled to more than 20 countries, meeting children who struggle every day just to survive. She reported what she saw to world leaders, governments, and the international media, lending a fierce and singular voice to the fight to save children’s lives. By the time she died in 1993, Audrey had instilled in hearts and minds all over the world a passion for UNICEF’s vital work.”
One of my favorite quotes from Audrey is, “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.”
3. Little ballet flats are the best go-to.
This one rings true for me especially. I am on my feet all day, and heels aren’t usually my first choice. While they can be super chic, a little black flat can be more durable, and can do wonders for an outfit. They are easy, comfortable, and always in style.
4. Happy is pretty.
When someone has a glum expression on their face, no matter how fabulous their outfit is, they don’t look fabulous. When your energy is low, others can read that, and absorb it. When your energy is high and positive, others will be attracted to you.
“The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it’s all that matters.” -Audrey Hepburn
5. Sexy doesn’t mean revealing, or being a certain size.
“There is more to feminine charm than measurements. I don’t need a bedroom to prove my womanliness. I can convey just as much femininity picking apples on a tree or standing in the rain.”
I find that my style is a little more conservative than many other people my age. I have found that it’s so common for women to overexpose themselves to show their sex appeal or their feminine features. I simply won’t buy into it. It’s not because I don’t like my body, or because I am afraid to show it. It is simply because I don’t find it necessary to show it all off. I think I could be just as charming covering all my skin, no matter what size I wear. Its in the eyes, in the language, and in the way you carry yourself.
6. Be true to your uniqueness.
Audrey Hepburn came into stardom in the era of the Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor. Full figured women. That’s what Hollywood was looking for. Audrey had the build much like a ballerina, (because she was) which was not very full figured. Yet, Audrey was so successful, and charmed the world with her beauty. She became a style icon, even though she was so different. Perhaps that is why she became such an icon.
7. A little black dress is the best staple piece.
Its perfect as a stand alone piece, and perfect for building on. A LBD is a must-have in every woman’s wardrobe. Thanks for the tip, Audrey!
8. Give others the chance.
Take a step into their shoes before dismissing, or giving up.
Audrey said, “People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.”
9. Simply said, “The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.”
10.”The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.”
It is not the materialistic things. It is not the photos, the superficial things. It is each other. Hold on to those who mean most. It is what makes life whole.