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From black cigarette jeans to Peter Pan collars, we've nailed down 11 dressing lessons that best encapsulate Audrey Hepburn's timeless style.
1. A versatile waist belt is instantly slimming—ideal even if you, like Hepburn, have a teeny waist.

Tthis 1950 shot from London's Kew Gardens depicts Hepburn in a longer-hemmed ensemble that feels thoroughly Kate Middleton-approved, smiling ear-to-ear, pearls on. A wide variety of Hepburn's signature accessories are represented, such as her waist belt, beret, collared blouse and small handbag. How charming, no?

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2. Never underestimate the sheer styling magic of a timeless print or pattern.

Hepburn was photographed here in 1951 whilst enjoying a day in the sun on a break from filming. Characteristically, there's no other bathing suit that the then-21-year-old would have favored more than a frilly and polka-dotted number—a style which looks just as sharp in his image as it would today on the beaches of Montauk. Note that she paired the bottoms with a crisp cover-up and espadrilles for the quintessential beachside uniform.

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3. A white collared blouse (short- or long-sleeved) is a must-have for any outfit under the sun.

In 1953, Hepburn made her American debut in a little movie called Roman Holiday, in which she starred opposite Gregory Peck and won over her adoring U.S. audience a hundred times over. While this image is a film still rather than a candid shot, Hepburn's style is perfectly encapsulated by this short-sleeved button-down that she seemed to wear every day from 1950-1980.

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4. A skirt suit can be worn on many occasions, though it must be tailored to utter perfection.

While on the set of Roman Holiday, Hepburn is pictured here on the Spanish Steps with her mother and her fuzzy Scottish terrier. Despite the informality of the occasion, the actress took the stroll as an opportunity to showcase a truly exquisite skirt suit (Givenchy, perhaps?) with a loose ponytail and, of course, flats. We will always appreciate an effort at dressing up.

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5. If you're going to the Academy Awards, a custom-made Givenchy dress will do.

Admittedly, this particular style tip is less applicable simply due to its formal nature, but we surely would be remiss if this custom Givenchy gown wasn't included. As Hubert de Givenchy's muse, Hepburn proudly accepted her Oscar for Roman Holiday in 1954 while also becoming the first actress to win an Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA for a single performance.

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6. You will never be as chic on the morning after a late night as Hepburn. Just accept it. It's for the best.

No Audrey Hepburn style story would be complete without an obligatory Breakfast at Tiffany's reference, so here you go.

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7. A single-strand pearl necklace need not be cliched if worn with a chic, simple outfit.

Hepburn's beauty is evident in this 1962 portrait, with her signature bangs in full force and her enviable pearl game quite strong. As we're all aware, a basic black blouse can be worn in any number of ways; this is the Hepburn way of doing things.

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8. For the summer months, invest in a pair of versatile high-waisted shorts.

There's something kind of cringeworthy about this statement, but this photo (taken on the set of Sabrina) depicts Hepburn in a very Taylor Swift-esque ensemble, one that we've seen on her almost piece-by-piece. Her basic shorts are a calming force against the louder plaid print of her blouse—which exudes an overall preppy Nantucket vibe.

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9. Throw aside your cutoffs and trucker hats for gingham and patent leather flats.

Believe it or not, yesteryear's preferred uniform for outdoor frolicking contained neither crop tops nor sneakers. Sitting pretty in Palm Grove in 1955, Hepburn sketches while looking impeccable in an elegant sundress and ribbon-accented Panama hat. We'd absolutely love to see this outfit on the Coachella front lines.

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10. Capri pants are an important wardrobe addition, whether worn on vacation or not.

Hepburn's vacation shots can best be indicated by the length of her trousers; a tighter, ankle-length pant often means she's twirling and dancing on set, while something of the capri variety is a sure sign she's soaking up the sun on holiday. Here, we see a somewhat unusual pairing of a turtleneck and a pair of capris while in Capri in 1955.

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11. Master the all-black look, and accessorize with a pair of dancing-ready loafers.

Perhaps this look from Hepburn's Funny Face days is one of her most iconic, if only because of her mean Funny Face dance moves. The 1957 musical film featured Hepburn in her limber, stylish prime alongside one of Hollywood's most renowned gentlemen, Fred Astaire. You never know when the overwhelming desire to do a pirouette will strike you.

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