Thursday, May 6, 2010

Audrey Hepburn - Sabrina (1954)

Sabrina is one of my all-time favorite movies. The introductory monologue is so evocative: “Once upon a time, on the north shore of Long Island, not far from New York, there was a very very large mansion, almost a castle, where there lived a family by the name of Larrabee.” Of all the fantastic film beginnings, this is one of my very favorites.

There are so many fantastic looks in this film and the tense chemistry between Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart makes it well worth watching. (It is rumored that they reviled each other personally and professionally.) Ultimately, I selected this outfit that Audrey Hepburn wears to go sailing with Humphrey Bogart’s character because it seems epitomizes that free and easy Long Island feeling.

Here is my interpretation:

Run Down:
Shirt: Victoria’s Secret Button Back Plaid Shirt, $44.50
Shorts: Old Navy, 5 inch Perfect Khaki Shorts in White, $19.50
Earrings: Chico’s Cassandra Bronze Hoops, $17.50
Sandals: Charlotte Russe, Bow Tie Basket Weave Wedge Sandals, $28
Belt: Francesca’s Collection, Braid My Love White Belt, $18
Total: $127.50

I another reason I chose to recreate this look is because I bought my first pair of shorts in probably ten years just recently. I haven’t been able to find a pair of shorts that was flattering and modest without being dowdy. But, these “Perfect 5 inch shorts” from Old Navy are in fact perfect. I feel very comfortable in them and they are actually quite flattering and not too short. And of course, everything from Old Navy is very affordable.

I added the color picture of Audrey to this because it is so hard with black and white films to imagine what color the clothes actually were. It takes either imagination or a bit of research. Plus, this supplementary picture shows her shoes. Simple white wedges seem to complement this perfectly. You can just barely see in the photo that Audrey is wearing hoop earrings as her only accessory. I have chosen a low-key bronze earring.

Lastly, I added a belt because not many of us are blessed with Audrey Hepburn’s slim figure and a belt might help to smooth things out and achieve the strapped-in look that she gets by wrapping the shirt and probably pinning it.

Like many classic looks, the trick to this is not really the pieces (they are easy enough to find) but the actual way you wear the clothes. When I have a chance to get an appropriate shirt, I am going to try this Audrey-wrap thing and see if we mere-mortals can actually achieve this look. For now, I would recommend a tight-tuck and belt instead. Has anyone tried this styling for a button-down shirt? Any tricks and tips you can share?

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