Halloween is all fun and games until somebody asks, "What are you supposed to be?" We get it:
Dressing up like a viral meme is hilarious in theory, but difficult and time-consuming to execute properly. Prefer something foolproof? Opt for a costume everyone will understand, like Audrey Hepburn. Hepburn tops the list of Hollywood icons everyone will recognize — even those who ignore the latest pop cultural moments. Like Diana Ross or Cher, Hepburn always had a signature look, especially when it came to her famous onscreen roles. Just try to remember the last time you didn't see someone dressed like Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's in a blonde beehive and tiara on the final day of October. But Hepburn's notable looks don't just stop there. Long before and after she played Golightly, Hepburn continued to evolve and take on roles that would create a life of their own. In other words, you've got lots of Hepburn costume options to choose from. Luckily, we went ahead and picked out her most memorable to inspire yours, ahead. Audrey Hepburn's First Oscar WinIn 1954, Hepburn scored her first Academy Award for her role as Ann, the rebellious princess, in Roman Holiday. While this moment was early in Hepburn's career (it was her first major film), her award-show beauty look went down in history — spiky bangs and defined brows included. Photo: Ralph Morse/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images. More Audrey Hepburn's Wedding To Mel Ferrer
The same year Hepburn would win her first Oscar, she'd also meet and marry actor Mel Ferrer. Although the two would divorce over a decade later, her beauty look on the big, albeit private, day is a classic one. (Now, you'll get more mileage out of that delicate flower crown you originally bought for a
Photo: Ernst Haas/Ernst Haas/Getty Images. More Audrey Hepburn in Three years after receiving her first big award, Hepburn got this role as a timid bookstore clerk turned couture model, Jo. While Funny Face Funny Face is loaded with mouthwatering fashion moments, it's her simple, all-black ensemble, including a mock turtleneck sweater and black loafers, that's impossible to forget — and easy to copy. Combine the outfit with side-swept baby bangs, a fluffy ponytail, and her famously s'marvelous brows. Photo: Bert Hardy/Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty Images. More Photo: Donaldson Collection/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images. More Audrey Hepburn in Hepburn's 1957 movie was marketed as the "love affair that [would] be felt around the world!" Maybe that was true, but we'd say it was the actress' chic bob that really struck audiences. Love in the Afternoon Photo: Archive Photos/Getty Images. More Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady
Eliza Doolittle's rags-to-riches evolution is a classic, but her avant-garde hair makeover might be the best part. Copying
looks will likely require lots of
, but the payoff will be
worth it. (Pretentious phonetics professor not included.)
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Enter: Hepburn's most iconic role, Holly Golightly. Luckily, you don't need to learn how to play
on the guitar to replicate this look. All you need to transform into the socialite and clever gold digger is a tiara, black silk gloves, and a beehive. And for the finishing touch: Besamé Cosmetics'
Portrait Peach lipstick
— a shade directly inspired by Hepburn in the '60s.
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By '64, Hepburn chopped her hair again for the role of Nicole Bonnet in this heist comedy. Pulling off the "crime of the century" didn't just include Peter O'Toole, but the "
Coupe Infante 66
," Hepburn's new signature 'do cut and coined by French hairstylist
Alexandre de Paris
. Pair the retro bouffant with a dramatic cat-eye and you're done.
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Iconic pink sweater aside, the most memorable part of Hepburn's Oscar-nominated role is her voluminous twist on the vintage pompadour. Unless you're feeling risky, we suggest opting for a
c heap costume wig
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