Look like Audrey by wearing Audrey
Don’t worry, we aren’t advocating the exhumation of her body and wearing her bones as some Voodoo tribute..
Nowadays, with the amount of clothing on offer and the massive range of items available to women, it isn’t hard to buy clothes which make you look good and with a little bit of looking, it doesn’t have to break the bank!
The internet has opened the floodgates for cheap buys when it comes to fashion and not all cheap buys have to look cheap.
Here on the Handle with Cake blog, we have a very small but healthy obsession with the timeless beauty and elegance of Audrey Hepburn. She was one of the worlds most beautiful women and acted as muse to Hubert de Givenchy, the founder of the great Givenchy fashion house. Even today, she is the inspiration for many celebrities and continues to exude a beauty which will far outlive most of us.
Since her first appearance on the silver screen, she has been the inspiration for many women around the world with regards to fashion and many designers have worked to honor her name and beauty by creating items which bear her name and eventually taken a little bit of that elegance to the high street.
Here are a few items which you can buy without heavily investing in a whole new wardrobe or taking out a second mortgage on your home, but still achieve that beautiful Hepburn look.
This is the 1950’s Vintage ‘Audrey Hepburn’ rockabilly style dress by Lindy Bop.
It draws on the natural elegance of Audrey Hepburn with hints of dresses from movies such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The sleek line of the dress with full flared circle skirt adds that little extra something to your swing style wardrobe.
Available to buy at the Lindy Bop store on Amazon for £26.99.
One of the most defining items in any woman’s wardrobe is the shoe. There are millions of styles of shoe, some extravagant designs costing thousands and other which you can pick up at your local market. The shoe says a lot about a woman and this shoe is nothing different.
The ‘So Audrey’ by Christian Louboutin is just that, it is So Audrey! A classic styled black suede pump which bleeds the class and sophistication of a sleek, plain black pump but with a fine satin sash detail on the pointed toe and that legendary beautiful red sole. Definitely something which Audrey would have worn with pride has they been around in her day.
‘So Audrey’ are available for £470 from Shop Savannahs.
Another ‘must-have’ to complete a sophisticated look is the handbag. Now, matching the right handbag with the dress you’re wearing isn’t always the easiest of tasks. It isn’t just about picking one up that is the same colour as your dress, oh no!
The size, shape and functionality all come into choosing the right bag for the right occasion. This bag by Lodis is one of the ‘Swiss Army Knives’ of the bag world.
The ‘Audrey-Caroline’ tote bag is elegant, refined and has a chic aura to it whilst also working as hard as you do.
This tote has a 10″ shoulder drop and contrasting trim and interior with an internal padded laptop compartment. The outside of the bag features a gusseted pocket which houses an organizer panel comprised of pen and business card slots as well as a neat little space to put your mobile phone.
Audrey Hepburn was a woman who loved sunglasses and in most of her movies she wore at least 2 different pairs. One of the most iconic images of her is the opening scene to ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ when she is stood in front of the Tiffany’s store in THAT Givenchy dress and wearing those amazing sunglasses – which she continued to wear throughout the movie.
Designed by Oliver Goldsmith specifically for Audrey Hepburn, these ‘Audrey 1963′ were worn by Hepburn in many of her movies and consist of a shiny black plastic with grey gradient lenses. All of the sunglasses are hand crafted in Italy.
They are available from Barneys.com for £240
Alternatively – slightly breaking from the theme of the blog of ‘items named Audrey’ – if you’re a perfectionist and want the very same glasses used by Audrey in the movie ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ then you’re in luck! The very same glasses are STILL available to buy – just shows how timelessly classic they really are!
FUN FACT – many people think that the glasses used in the movie are Ray-Ban’s when in actual fact, they are another pair of Oliver Goldsmith sunglasses called ‘Manhattan’. The legendary frames worn throughout the movie are at the peak of Hepburn’s perfect wardrobes – like her, they epitomize elegance, glamour and timeless beauty. Handmade in Italy, the Manhattan is a universally flattering feminine design with a subtle, sexy up-sweep. It features a thick and substantial acetate, hand drilled real riveted hinges and is currently available in 4 unique colours,, including the Dark Tortoise shell and green lenses made famous by the woman herself. They are available from eyegoodies.com for £260.
One final piece to complete that legendary look of class is a pair of white leather gloves. Between the 1920’s and the 1960’s, Hollywood was awash with beautiful women and no matter what they were wearing, you could always bet that they were either wearing, or hand a pair of white gloves in their handbags. It was just a given.
Aspinal of London have paid homage to the beauty of Audrey Hepburn with these white leather gloves. Handmade from the finest soft and buttery White nappa leather with delicate scalloped brogued detailing, the ‘Audrey’ leather gloves are one of the softest and most beautiful pairs of gloves on the market to fit in with the 1950’s style.
Currently out of stock on the Aspinal of London website, they are priced at £79.
So, there you have it, now you can look like Audrey Hepburn knowing that every item of clothing you are wearing was created with her in mind and dedicated to the woman herself by giving her name to such amazingly beautiful items.
Next time you buy a fashionable bag or pair of shoes, don’t just think they were made for the sake of making them, but wonder about the story behind them and what inspired the designers to make the in that particular style or name them the way they did. You may be mildly surprised at the depth of research that designers undertake when creating new clothing or accessories.
So until next time, if you have any questions comments or complaints or have an idea about what the next blog should entail, please feel free to send me an email to Jon@handlewithcake.co.uk