Sunday, May 9, 2010

Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

As style movies go, this is the zenith, the numero uno, the tip-top. Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s is the manual for how to look fabulous. It is also a very well-made and fun film with quippy lines and an excellent cast. Personally, my favorite character is Cat, poor no-name slob.

I selected the outfit that Audrey wears when leaving for Sing-Sing and hailing a taxi with George Peppard on the street. It struck me as the most everyday wearable outfit that she sports in this film.

Here is my interpretation:

Run-Down:
Dress: White House/Black Market, Ruffle Matte Jersey Dress, $98
Hat: SunGrubbies.com, Chloe Sun Hat, $32
Scarf (to be worn around the hat): Nimli.com, Azuri Silk Charmeuse Scarf in Oat, $24
Sun Glasses: Old Navy, Quilted Side Sunglasses in Black Jack, $9.50
Shoes: Payless.com, Lavish Ruffle Peep Toe in Black, $24.99
Total: $188.49

I started with the dress. What distinguishes Audrey's black dress from other black dresses? To me, the important distinction was the wide ruffle at the bottom. So, I found this ruffle matte jersey dress from White House/Black Market. Although it is $98, I think this black dress would be very versatile and could be styled in hundreds of ways. This dress itself is work appropriate or could be styled differently for a variety of non-work occasions.

The hat was the special part of this outfit. I wanted a really big one and found it affordably at SunGrubbies.com. I paired it with a silk scarf in a champagne-beige color called Oat. These silk scarves (which come in about 100 colors) are normally over $100. They are now on sale for $24. The scarf would be tied around the central part of the hat and left to drape over the edge, just like Audrey’s.

The sunglasses and shoes I went cheap on. Old Navy and Payless, respectively, and they both look fab! Holly Golightly style for under $200. And all of the pieces are wardrobe basics that can be remixed in innumerable ways so you get your mileage out of them.

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