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16 Practically Perfect Audrey Hepburn Summer-Style Pictures

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.

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1956

On the set of War and Peace as the prim aristocrat, Natasha Rostova.

SILVER SCREEN COLLECTION2/16

1955

Hepburn pictured writing a letter in a picturesque palm grove with her straw boater beside her.

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Early 1950s

At ease wearing a jaunty hat and polka dot nautical wear on the stern of a boat in Switzerland.

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1960

Hepburn and her husband Mel Ferrer wearing checks with a bullish friend.

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1954

Posing with a parasol on a golf course in Switzerland.

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1955

Looking every inch the Hollywood doyenne in a floral-print day dress, wide-brimmed hat and pristine ladylike shoes and gloves.

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1967

Bug-eyed and fabulous as Joanna Wallace in Two for the Road.

HENRY CLARKE8/16

1971

Pushing her son, Luca, in an ornate pram in her garden in Italy for Vogue.

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1954

During a balmy New York summer, Hepburn kept cool in printed playsuits.

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1968

Playing the tourist and dashing across the busy Piazza Di Spagna in Rome.

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1955

Hepburn practising her dancing skills – in particular the gavotte – for her role in War and Peace.

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1955

To the beach! In 1955.

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1953

Hepburn as Princess Ann on the Spanish Steps in Roman Holiday.

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1966

Filming Two for the Road in her signature polo neck and ballet pumps. 

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1954

Enjoying a spot of pitch and putt without any traditional golfing attire in sight.

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1954

At her Alpine hideaway – the Bürgenstock resort in Switzerland – in summertime.

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