Few people demonstrate the art of being a lady like Audrey Hepburn, and so when I was preparing for this series, I naturally decided to pull out my copy of Breakfast at Tiffanys and take a few notes.
And thus here is what I've learned from a master:
#1: Big hats will Always cover up bedhead and bad hair days with none the wiser.
#2: And big sunglasses will hide bags under the eyes and a sour attitude. Plus--like mascara--they never go out of style.
#3: Ladies need unexpected skills, like waxing poetically with a guitar on a warm evening so that gorgeous neighbors are drawn to the window ledge to hear the melody...
And as an aside, ladies look lovely even with towels on their heads, although perhaps we should all leave that one for Audrey.
#4: Ladies Do Not sleep in hobo sleepwear (ahem...you know what I'm referring to...), and even their ear plugs have jeweled dangles.
I would, for the record, really like to know where I could get my hands on a set of ear plugs like that. Anyone? Tips? Thoughts?
#5: Ladies are skilled in the advanced art of twisting their hair magically on top of their head and securing it with invisible aids.
It might require a little practice...
#6: Ladies have fabulous coats for all occasions, which can cleverly hide even the frumpiest of gym wear and old collegiate sweatshirts. And ladies get bonus points for hiding post-workout ponytails discreetly under chic hats, too. (Although, for the record, ladies Do Not get points for wearing their sneakers with this get-up. It would ruin the whole look! Consider yourself warned.)
#7: Ladies knit. Need I say more?
#8: Ladies are not afraid to waltz down the street wearing formal attire on a weekday afternoon...
...wearing elbow-high gloves
...and a jeweled tiara.
#9: Ladies look put together even for an evening of lounging around at home in a sweater and pants, although perhaps you might prefer a real sofa to a bathtub--but we won't judge Audrey on that tiny discrepancy.
#10: Ladies even look good in their bathrobes, although there might be some leniency on this one. We can't all be Audreys 24 hours a day, for crying out loud! (note: please, oh please, where can I find a sparkly gold telephone like that?)
#11: Ladies Always eat breakfast, because it is, after all, the most important meal of the day.
#12: And finally, my most favorite lesson of all: pink dresses with matching pink trench coats are perfect for everyday--just don't forget the giant pink tiara.
She's a girl after my own heart...