Style Inspiration From Timeless Icons

There are a handful of women who enter the realm of "style icon." They're legends whose impressive careers are marked by notable personal style; they're the sort that designers (and non-designers) are inspired by decades after their initial impact. It helps to be rich, French, and/or famous to achieve style icon status, but if you are not these things, you can still play the part. We dug up archival images for Eartha Kitt, Audrey Hepburn, Diahann Carroll, and Katharine Hepburn, and put together four looks perfect for right now, including a surprisingly sporty take from Audrey's past and more than one way to do polished slouch.


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Although she's become synonymous with little black dresses and pearls à la Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the starlet’s off-screen look was a lot less formal. Test-drive her casual style with a fitted denim jacket and stylish sneakers.

Joseph suede pants, $1,195; Bottega Veneta sneakers, $690; Steve J & Yoni P denim jacket, $410; Inez and Vinoodh rings, $1,035.

Image Credits: Courtshop denim jacket, $145; Topshop tee, $68; Houghton pants, $1,950; Cole Haan penny loafers, $140.


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Our favorite Dynasty diva had an elegant wardrobe on and off-set, sticking to classic pieces in a monochrome color palette. Her go-to color? Cream.

Gianvito Rossi boots, $1,160; Jérôme Dreyfuss bag, $875; CO culottes, $675; Zara top, $70.

Image Credits: Elizabeth and James jacket, $1,495; Elizabeth and James top, $285; Elizabeth and James trousers, $345; Christian Louboutin pumps, $675.


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The fashion industry’s current obsession with sharp suiting is the main reason why we all want to cop Hepburn’s style. The actress proved to be way ahead of her time — pairing tailored trousers with feminine, stack-heeled oxfords.

Michael Kors pants, $795; Zara shoes, $100; Stella McCartney cardigan, $968; Topshop bangles, $22.

Image Credits: Jenni Kayne boyfriend blazer, $545; Ji Oh top, $450; ASOS trousers, $72; Giuseppe Zanotti shoes, $975.


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Kitt knew her way around an animal print. Her taste for feline prints pairs well with fall-appropriate colors like brick red and classic black.

Wren top, $28; Sportmax skirt, $525; Zara shoes, $40; Topshop earrings, $14.

Image credits: Loeffler Randall coat, $1,650; A.P.C. sweater top, $340; A.P.C. skirt, $280; Giuseppe Zanotti shoes, $1,075.

Photographer: Shanita Sims. Stylist: Michael Kozak. Assistant Stylist: Alex Robinson. Hair & Makeup: Jezz Hill. Model: Erica Candice at Request.