Monday, 12 May 2014

Style Icon: Katharine Hepburn

How to Hepburn

Today is Katharine Hepburn's birthday, so I am taking this moment to appreciate her for the Style Icon that she was. Her tomboy aesthetic wasn't just a fashion statement, but a step on the road to feminism. This bright, eccentric and strong willed woman was ahead of her time and a feisty rule breaker. In her own words:

"If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun."

Hepburn's mother was originally a suffragette, so perhaps this where here innovative thinking came from on how women should be and what they should wear.

Her style can be described as a uniform of khaki or black, wide leg trousers and men's tailored shirts. She chose comfort over glamour, yet always looked effortlessly elegant. A true champion of masculine chic, she turned the term "Tomboy" on it's head.

“I wore pants when they weren’t fashionable; I sat down on the curb if I was tired; I did what I wanted and what I thought was reasonable so long as I didn’t hurt anyone. But is that so unusual?”

While the other actresses of her time followed a pattern of being blonde, busty and submissive to their witty male co-stars, both on screen and in real life, Hepburn was out-spoken, witty and more often than not she out witted the males around her. She once told Calvin Klein:

“I realised long ago that skirts are hopeless. Anytime I hear a man say he prefers a woman in a skirt, I say, ‘Try one. Try a skirt.’”

About two years ago I read a book called, How to Hepburn, by Karen Karbo. It is a funny and interesting read on how to manage life as a modern woman, according to Hepburn.

What do you think of Hepburn's style?

Love Dani xx


  1. She is one of my favorite style icons...

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Andrea x

  2. she's definitely inspirational especially realizing that dressing the way she did was definitely not as common as it is today. Its great that you took the time to write a post about her !


    1. You are so sweet Rei, thanks so much for commenting xx