Fashion Inspired By: Roman Holiday


The last few weeks of summer are upon us. Co-eds are returning to school and people are scrambling to fit in last minute vacations before the weather changes. The thought of a quick getaway always reminds me of one thing: Audrey Hepburn’s classic Roman Holiday.

I would be very surprised if some of you weren’t familiar with the iconic movie. The romantic comedy, which was released in 1953, starred the dashing Gregory Peck and elegant beauty Audrey Hepburn. The film was a huge success securing a Best Actress Oscar for Audrey Hepburn. Oscars were also awarded for Best Screenplay and Costume Design.

For those of you who haven’t seen the film: Roman Holiday is based on Princess Ann (the Princess of an unspecified country) who becomes overwhelmed with her royal duties while on a tour of several European cities. While in Rome, Princess Ann escapes the embassy and winds up spending the day with Joe Bradley, played by Gregory Peck, who is a reporter, but keeps his profession a secret.

The movie is almost entirely set around the one day the pair spend together, and truly is a must see. Hepburn is dressed simply yet gracefully. It’s amazing to see trends from years past come back, her midi skirt and crisp button down would be appropriate for day to day wear today.

I’ve decided to throw in a picture of Audrey Hepburn’s Givenchy dress that she wore while accepting the Best Actress Oscar. This gown can be considered one of my top five favorite dresses of all time. It fit her perfectly, was so beautiful and appropriate; I’d be very surprised if someone ever wears a dress as well as she did with this one, again.

It’s difficult to find a dress similar to this one, but a few options caught my eye. Although the length of the skirt is much, much shorter, the high neckline and white lace remind me so much of the original.

(ASOS Skater Dress with Lace and Mesh, $59.61,; Free People Lace Skater Dress with Daisy Trim, $93.67,

Are you inspired by Roman Holiday?

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