It’s no secret that I am somewhat obsessed with Audrey Hepburn. From Two for the Road to Wait Until Dark, from her darling little ballet flats to her oversized sunglasses, there is nothing more chic than Audrey. When picking a Halloween costume, I knew I wanted it to be elegant and fun. So what else could I have picked? Follow these easy steps and you will not only pull off Ms. Hepburn this Halloween, but you will be the spitting image.
1. Pick Your Audrey
The clear favorite is the little black dress-wearing Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Other options could include the hot pink dressed Holly, or the white dress shirt-wearing Holly. She was in other movies too: the iconic black and white dress of My Fair Lady, a 1960s Givenchy suit in Charade, a circle skirt and white dress shirt in Roman Holiday, or the french style of 1950s in Sabrina.
2. Paint Your Face
Audrey had a very distinct, funny face. You can alter your normal makeup routine to capture that doe-eyed look. Start with tons of fake lashes and a black solid liquid-lined lid. With such a dramatic eye, keep the cheek and lip color fairly natural.
Audrey’s jewelry was iconic, just like her. A bold pearl necklace, tiara, and black sunglasses will tip off your friends to exactly who you are.
The little black dress is great because you might already have something hanging in your closet that will work. Look for a 1960’s shape, fitted in the waist and chest, with a slight bell shaped skirt. Either full-length or to the knee will work for length. Keep it simple.
5. Shoes to Dance in
Audrey’s shoe of choice was the ballet flat. Possibly left over from her dancing days, she wore the delicate slipper with most of her ensembles. While everyone else is wearing 4 inch heels with their sexy kitten outfits, you’ll be able to dance the night away in comfort.
To finish off the look, you have to get her essence right. She usually had a playful little smile, about to do something spontaneous, but always classy and distinguished. That’s a hard balance to find, but that’s part of the charm of Audrey Hepburn. Also, add these words to your vocabulary for the night: darling, fabulous, and golly gee damn!
Now all you have to do is find your Paul Varjak or your Truman Capote! Have a stylish Halloween!