Fashion & Beauty

Wear Pants Like Hepburn

November 26, 2019

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The inimitable Kate in her signature silhouette. / Getty Images

INDEPENDENT AND confident on screen and in private, Katharine Hepburn knew instinctively how to flatter her long, lanky and athletic figure. And she wasn’t about to be deterred by Hollywood directors who frowned upon her clothing preferences.  Her signature look: trousers with roomy legs paired and balanced by a classic, structured button-down or a slim turtleneck.


To channel Hepburn’s style and sass, see our picks for pants:


LEFT: Can’t you just see Hepburn in these flowy Palazzo Pants ($79.99, Mango), paired with a button-down shirt casually tied at the waist?

RIGHT: Say, you’re not feeling so confident one day. Pull on these dusty coral, wool-crepe Stevie Belted Wool Wide-Leg Pants ($695, Moda Operandi) and connect with the spirit of Hepburn. London-based fashion brand Regina Pyo is getting high marks for her wearable looks.


LEFT: Pleats, please. And plaid, too. Embrace them both in this Mijeong Park Plaid Pleat Pant with roomy leg and button-tab waist (Need Supply, $190). Kate would approve.

RIGHT: Boden’s Ketten Wide-Leg Pants ($130), made from a drapey viscose fabric, have a little stretch for comfort and a self-tie belt for nipping in and accentuating the waist.


LEFT: Pull off an insouciant Hepburn look in Vince’s menswear-inspired Belted Pinstripe Pants ($365, Nordstrom).

RIGHT: Celebrate your individual style in these ochre-colored silk 3.1 Phillip Lim Front Overlap Pants ($495, Shopbop).


See the pants Hepburn wore and costumes from her career at the Frick Pittsburgh’s exhibit “Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage & Screen” through January 12, 2020. (The Frick is located at 7227 Reynolds Street, Pittsburgh, 412-371-0600) . 


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