When you’re in need of a wardrobe shake-up, you can never go wrong by looking to the classics for inspiration.
From the preppy, co-ordinated perfection of Clueless, to the eccentric androgyny of Annie Hall, costume designers of Hollywood have been pushing boundaries and influencing pop fashion culture for years.
But standing head and shoulders above all of them is Breakfast at Tiffany’s, one of the most stylish films of all time.
It might seem like a clichéd choice, but free-spirited heroine Holly Golightly captured the imagination of audiences at the time, and remains an icon today. Yes, it helps that Audrey Hepburn is grace personified, but the clothes are damn good too.
That dress is the obvious standout, but put away your pearl necklace because there are subtler ways to steal some of Golightly’s effortless class. We’ve picked out a few of this season’s staples with a vintage edge that’ll instantly appeal to fans of the film.
Plunge V Neck Midi Skater Dress
Skater dresses are a classic shape – get the skirt length right and a vintage vibe is easy to accomplish. Styled with minimal accessories and a simple up-do, this navy midi option is a sophisticated and modern nod to the film’s most iconic look.
A sexy and feminine evening dress, whatever your shape or size the lower back and fitted waistline will accentuate your curves.
Turtle Neck Swing Dress
Golightly loves a turtle neck jumper, and it’s no wonder – with a cosy and flattering neckline, they’re perfect for rainy days in New York City.
This turtle neck swing dress comes in a variety of colours, but the muted elegance of the chocolate brown and camel options work best for a vintage look. Pair it with a wide brim hat and ripped jeggings for an edgy but elegant daytime look.
Long Sleeve Mac Jacket
There’s something about the humble trench coat that Hollywood loves, and it takes centre stage in Breakfast at Tiffany’s romantic finale.
The stone colour and masculine fit of this mac jacket gives a fresh take on the key elements of the classic trench coat. Pair with cat eye sunglasses for a vintage feel, no matter what you’re wearing underneath.
Perspex Insert Court Shoes
When it comes to heels, Golightly keeps it simple with pointed toes and plain leather court shoes. The Perspex inserts on these black court shoes add a modern edge without taking away from the classic clean lines and shape.
Court shoes are often viewed as slightly boring workwear, but these are quietly edgy enough to see you straight from a day in the office to a night on the town.
A quick flick through this season’s fashion reveals lots of options that a modern day Golightly would love. The important thing is to embrace her free-spirited nature and have fun!