Forever chic: Vintage 60s-style sunglasses that will give you Audrey Hepburn vibes

Forever chic: Vintage 60s-style sunglasses that will give you Audrey Hepburn vibes

Hello darkness, my old friend

Text: Ryan Sng

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From now 'til the end of days, Audrey Hepburn's sleek, ladylike allure will inspire women across the world. The appeal of her enduring style lay in it remaining, in her own words, ever "attainable" to the masses; she favoured unfussy clothes — usually from Givenchy — and simple-yet pivotal accessories. Like many other cultural icons, Hepburn is eternally frozen in the popular imagination as Holly Golightly. The truth is, however, that she did not emerge fully-formed as a glamorous fashion plate, nor did she adhere as religiously to her signatures as many believe.

Photos from her semi-retired life in late '60s and '70s Rome, for example, reveal a more casual side to her dress sense, while features in fashion magazines of the time saw the actress flirting with Mod and Bohemian fashions (and not always, might we add, successfully!). We glean from this that great style comes from exploration and experimentation, and to that end, put together a guide of Audrey-tested sunglass trends for you to try out.


Pre-Roman Holiday — and effectively pre-fame — Hepburn worked as a model and chorus girl. The below image is a rare look at the future movie star wearing subtle cat eye glasses, which, despite her looking expectedly chic, she seems never to have taken a shine to. Nevertheless, there's a lesson to be learned; there are no mistakes, only learning experiences, on the path of self-discovery.

Legendary photographer Richard Avedon lavishly praised Hepburn's photogenic beauty, declaring that the actress had "achieved in herself her ultimate portrait." We don't think, however, that you need to be Audrey Hepburn to pull off round frames, despite misguided fear-mongering over their supposed face-enlarging properties.

From rich reds to pale ambers, tortoiseshell resin sunglasses are universally becoming. A version of the Oliver Goldsmith pair Hepburn wore in Breakfast at Tiffany's is still sold on the brand's website; what better endorsement of a style's longevity is there?