Fashion Inspiration: Katharine Hepburn

Katharine Hepburn's style

Katharine Hepburn was something of a trailblazer in the Classic Hollywood era. One of the first leading ladies to reject Hollywood glamour and wear trousers, she pioneered the casual look and loved wearing menswear-inspired tailoring and collared shirts.

She wore mens suits and casual sportswear at a time when it was practically unheard of, and in contrast to other dazzling female cinematic stars of the time wore smart, tailored high-necked dresses on-screen, rejecting the sparkle and flounce of a lot of Hollywood costumes of the time.

She played tennis, golf and swam daily and was very much a role model for independent woman at a time when Hollywood stars tended to be glamorous puppets controlled by their studios.

Katharine Hepburn's style

Above: Publicity photograph for the film Woman of the Year, featuring its stars Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, 1942. Get the look by pairing a slim-fitting breton-striped T-shirt with a pair of wide legged trousers with turn-ups and flat shoes.

Katharine Hepburn outfit

Above: Top | Trousers | Shoes

Katharine Hepburn's style

Above: Publicity still of Katharine Hepburn in the 1942 film Woman of the Year. Team a slim fitting black skirt with 40s style slingback heels and a fitted small-check jacket worn with a high neck t-shirt underneath.

Katharine Hepburn Outfit

Jacket | Skirt | Shoes

Katharine Hepburn's style

I love the simplicity of this outfit (above) from the 1943 movie Stage Door Canteen. The outfit she wears in the film is actually a jacket worn over a small collared blouse, but I loved these versions below. The first is the super-deluxe Alexander McQueen version (*sigh*) and the second is a much more reasonably priced alternative. Which do you prefer?

The actress pictured with Hepburn is Cheryl Walker.

Katharine Hepburn outfit

Dress | Dress | Shoes

Image source and copyright: 1, 2, 3, 4: This work is in the public domain because it was published in the United States between 1923 and 1963 and although there may or may not have been a copyright notice, the copyright was not renewed.


8 thoughts on “Fashion Inspiration: Katharine Hepburn


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  2. Michael Mixerr

    Very few people have taken notice that Katharine Hepburn facial features resemble Audrey Hepburn. The puffy cheeks and high high cheekbones are what I’m referring to. Not to mention her perfectly rounded chin, gorgeous lips, and marvelous jawline structure! Her eyebrow shading is impeccable. Her was just dark beautiful long hair. She resembles the looks of a model. If you looked closely at her photos, you would know why.

    Katharine Hepburn definitely had the best eyebrows and had the best legs! One thing is for sure is that Katharine Hepburn was a tomboy and knew how to be pretty and elegant at the same time. Katharine Hepburn often wore long trousers. There wasn’t too much flounce or frills in her clothing. Katharine sure knew here fashion! Her slender figure as a model made her a spiffy gal! The reason for her having a slender figure is because she often did exercise everyday. She was also a swimmer. You can tell Katharine was very adept in taking her swimming lessons.

    Katharine Hepburn was ahead of her time when women wearing men’s suits and sportswear was not considered the norm by the standards of society. Katharine Hepburn was an overlooked Hollywood actress. This was due to the popularity of Aubrey Hepburn as an actress at the time.

  3. GIA

    Love Katherine Hepburn. Beautiful bone structure that looked as if it were chiseled from porcelain itself. Other than having the same last name, Katherine and Audrey do not significantly look like each other though I would agree, both have nice facial features.


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