I enjoy reflecting on how personal style evolves, especially one’s own sense of style. Every place I’ve moved to has had an influence on my style: I got into outerwear and boots in Wisconsin, I fully realized a love and appreciation for scarves and tunics while living in the UAE, and I’m loving my current exploration into skinny jeans and colorful tights here in Portland.
But are there tried-and-true style muses we each keep going back to? Who are my own style icons/muses? I posed this question yesterday morning to Sam. We turned to each other, and said out loud at the same time, “Audrey Hepburn.” 🙂
Her style is so modern yet so timeless — a style so ingrained in our Western culture that sometimes, we don’t even realize we’re referencing it when we pull out our flats, skinny pants or capris, striped tops, big sunglasses, or LBDs. There are thousands of books and sites and magazine articles out there touting her influence and greatest looks, but it never gets old for me. I will still stop in the middle of a bookstore or library and thumb through yet another book of Audrey Hepburn photos. What is so irresistible about her? My husband, I think, captured it when he mentioned that throughout her decades of style, there remained a youthful joy in her face and in her manner.
When she passed away in 1993, I commandeered my mom’s People Magazine’s special collector’s issue celebrating Audrey’s life, films, humanitarian efforts, and of course, her sense of style (see right). I still have this issue in my personal collection — sorry, Mom — and I still enjoy reading through it and being inspired all over again. And you can tell she LOVED fashion. As she once said:
Some people dream of having a big swimming pool. With me, it’s closets.
So how do I translate Audrey Hepburn’s style in my daily life? I looked back through my archives, and some of the things that capture some of Audrey’s lasting influences on me: stripes (of course), flats, classic silhouettes and strong lines, comfort and ease in one’s own clothes, and above all, a sense of playfulness and fun.