Channeling Audrey Hepburn

30 Sep

Wearing this outfit made me feel like the princess of grace — Audrey Hepburn — in the classic film “Roman Holiday.” My day was spent skipping across town with a gay little tune on my lips.

In wearing such a dainty silhouette, I felt like should do a pirouette into an arabesque for dodging pedestrian traffic while catching a cab. Moreover, it brought out the romance of the day and gave me wild daydreams of meeting my Gregory Peck on some random Big Apple street corner.

While none of this actually happened (the impromptu ballet or Mr. Right discovery), I am still amazed at how clothing can alter who we chose to be in the course of a day. In this example, my clothes gave me the presence of being a lady with boundless class and mirth. As a result, I found myself to be a little more light-hearted and flirty throughout my routine.

But in terms of putting this ensemble together, it’s straight-forward — a blouse, skirt and shoes. The skirt — a 1950s circle skirt, made from an original pattern I picked up from a thrift store — has folds and folds of fabric, which in modern everyday wear isn’t a common occurrence. So that alone made me feel like an incredible dame from yesteryear.

Yet, the blouse I paired it with is a modern, Lycra top with a polka dot-detail at the bustline. The tightness of the top, showing the feminine lines of the upper body, is a nice counter balance to the full and billowing skirt. (Note: wearing a slip is necessary, especially in a skirt that can take flight from all the eddies created by urban design and autumnal weather.)

Here’s the detail:

How Much for ‘Channeling Audrey Hepburn’?

$0 Black Lycra Top w/ Polka Dot Detail (hand-me-down)
$25 1950s Circle Skirt (Pattern, Material, Sewing Costs)
$20 Black Mary-Jane Style Sling Backs (DSW Clearance)

{So} What’s the Take-Away?

Give your everyday a vacay!

Not all of us have the time or resources to skip across the pond for a “Roman Holiday” of delight and romance, but all of us can find ways to bring a little escape to our everyday lives in how we choose to be each day. Tailoring your personal style to have a have a certain attitude or “feel” will give you that reminder in the course of the day to be that which you want to be.

And in the process, it might just open up the door to a serendipitous chat at the coffee shop, or give you the courage to do a little elevator flirting. After all, what is there to loose? When you are being thrifty, vintage, chic … there is nothing but the possibility of gaining everything! So live big!

{PostScript} I pulled my hair into a pony tail, and hot ironed the tresses for a practical out-of-the-way, but finished look — which took all of 5 minutes. Yet, the loose barrel curl framing my face and forehead was not really for aesthetics, rather for hiding a mountainous blemish — eeks!

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9 Responses to “Channeling Audrey Hepburn”

  1. ironmonastery September 30, 2010 at 11:54 PM #

    Always classic, always lovely, Ms Wallace.


  2. Susan Kovalick October 1, 2010 at 2:36 AM #

    Wonderful, wonderful. I want to go shopping with you!


    • Thrifty Vintage Chic October 20, 2010 at 10:04 PM #

      oh, absolutely!! How fabulous would that be?


  3. Kelly Beck October 1, 2010 at 4:55 AM #



  4. Barbara Wallace October 1, 2010 at 9:44 AM #

    Pleasing to view and read. A statement of applying timeless classic chic!


  5. Lemonzest October 12, 2010 at 1:14 AM #

    vintage.. always love it..
    the fringe style is my fav..


    • Thrifty Vintage Chic October 20, 2010 at 10:05 PM #

      isn’t it? always such a great change of pace!


  6. Lemonzest October 12, 2010 at 1:15 AM #

    fabulous vintage


  7. thefunkyjunkie October 27, 2010 at 9:25 AM #

    Absolutely love your style. And absolutely love that I found this blog by googling ‘vintage Halloween costumes’.

    From one vintage lovin’ chick to the next–come check out my thrifty adventures, and in the meantime, I will be coming back here! 🙂



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