Photographs of Audrey Hepburn enjoying summertime on the golf courses at her Alpine hideaway – the Bürgenstock resort in Switzerland – are enough to spur you to stock up on ’50s sundresses and take up pitch and putt. The British actor – who was discovered at age 22 on the French Riviera by Gigi author, Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette – rarely took to the beach (or, indeed, the driving range) without her pristine ballet pumps, wide-brimmed hats and striped parasols to hand.
Always immaculate and unfalteringly ladylike, Hepburn’s polished style will forever be linked to Hubert de Givenchy, with whom she collaborated on her costumes and personal wardrobe from her role in the 1954 romance Sabrina onwards. But her off-duty moments on holiday, larking around with her first husband Mel Ferrer, or nurturing her children, Luca and Sean, are where we see the style icon at her most relaxed and, dare we say, playful in the style department.
Here, 16 Audrey Hepburn pictures that show no one perfected prim warm-weather dressing quite like the Breakfast at Tiffany’s star.
On the set of War and Peace as the prim aristocrat, Natasha Rostova.
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Hepburn pictured writing a letter in a picturesque palm grove with her straw boater beside her.
At ease wearing a jaunty hat and polka dot nautical wear on the stern of a boat in Switzerland.
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Hepburn and her husband Mel Ferrer wearing checks with a bullish friend.
Posing with a parasol on a golf course in Switzerland.
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Looking every inch the Hollywood doyenne in a floral-print day dress, wide-brimmed hat and pristine ladylike shoes and gloves.
Bug-eyed and fabulous as Joanna Wallace in Two for the Road.
Pushing her son, Luca, in an ornate pram in her garden in Italy for Vogue.
During a balmy New York summer, Hepburn kept cool in printed playsuits.
Playing the tourist and dashing across the busy Piazza Di Spagna in Rome.
Hepburn practising her dancing skills – in particular the gavotte – for her role in War and Peace.
To the beach! In 1955.
Hepburn as Princess Ann on the Spanish Steps in Roman Holiday.
Filming Two for the Road in her signature polo neck and ballet pumps.
Enjoying a spot of pitch and putt without any traditional golfing attire in sight.
At her Alpine hideaway – the Bürgenstock resort in Switzerland – in summertime.