I see a picture of Audrey and, obviously, I know who she is. But I see a style modeled from Audrey and I can still recognize it as her influence. This is, perhaps, the funniest effect of a style-icon: styles styled off the woman who wore them best. For who else wore a pixie-cut and short fringe better than Audrey in Roman Holiday? Who will forever stand in my mind as the gold standard of How a Woman Ought to Look in Black Cigarette Pants? Audrey. It's this trademark quiet elegance that made me coin the word "Hepburnism," which has since gone into circulation among my friends. I'm not sure I'm the first person to use the term, but I came up with it myself as far as I'm concerned. Hepburnism....if an item of clothing has extra Hepburnism, I'm eighty percent more likely to buy it. A boat-neck, three-quarter-length-sleeved tee, black ankle-pants, a crisp, vintage-inspired sundress. If a person has Hepburnism, they become one of my style inspirations. And to me, few things say "Hepburnism" quite like the Little Black Dress.
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"One is never over-dressed or underdressed with a Little Black Dress."I love a good LBD so much that I dedicated a Pinterest board to "Hepburnism: The Art of The LBD." A little black dress is a power-play and there's no arguing with the fact. I add as much Hepburnism in my wardrobe as I can and always feel ideally clothed when I walk into a room in a chic black dress. There is truly no feeling to compare with that of being well-dressed and knowing the fact. In addition to wearing one often myself, I always find myself admiring that one woman in the room who is exuding the most confidence, simplicity, and elegance. More often than not, she's wearing a black dress. And now comes confession time: I own three black dresses. Second confession? I would buy another (...Or maybe two...). For now, I'm just glad to style and show you the three in my possession. First up?
The Efficient Baxter
I love the military accents of this no-nonsense LBD from Sharagano. It's a little black dress without being overly stuffy about it, and the bronze accents and symmetrical aspects of the design allow for fun shape-play with jewelry. I love pairing it with simple geometric jewelry, often in gold or bronze. Also, it is casual enough to pair with my faux snake-skin heels, which is a fun departure in itself.
Next up is my favorite dress of the three. I'll call it...
I found this dress by MSK at the only stop in a Steinmart I have ever made. I am glad I did stop in, however, because as I've said, it's my favorite of my LBDs.
More formal than either of the others, I feel the most Hepburnish in The Sweetheart. It shouts to be worn with red lipstick, a neat flick of eyeliner, a good perfume, a modest pair of heels. If I had a date to a someplace swanky, I'd choose this dress out of nearly anything in my closet.
Third of all, and the dress I've had longest is
The Girlish One.
I received this dress as a sample from eShakti several years ago and love the jersey-knit drape of the fabric. Because the dress was made to my specific measurements, it fits like a dream and I love it. Also, let's talk circle skirts for a minute:
Thought so. There is nothing more fun to spontaneously swing-dance in than a circle skirt and you know it. If you've lost touch with your childish side, just get a full-skirted dress. It'll come back. Promise.