Style Icon: Katharine Hepburn

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If there's one Katharine Hepburn quote to sum up her style, it's this one: "If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun." Film legend, feminist icon and free-spirit, Hepburn was a true style trailblazer who broke the sartorial rules of the forties and fifties by shunning skirts in favour of trousers (shock horror!) A pioneer for a new wave of alternative clothing in the face of the Hollywood elite!

Hepburn & Trousers: More Than Just A Fashion Statement

Although it may seem unimaginable now, before the sixties trousers were deemed socially unacceptable on women. As a Hollywood starlet in the spotlight, this was only heightened for menswear-lover Katharine, whose wardrobe staples were wide-legged trousers, collared shirts and suit jackets.

Her daring, androgynous sense of style frequently met with disapproval from the public. Rumour has it that film execs took such a dislike to her dress code that they once hid her trousers. In response, she paraded around their offices in her underwear until the trousers were rightfully returned. Angered by her boyish behaviour, the media even went so far as to call her 'box office poison'. Not one to buckle in the face of adversity, Katharine ignored the criticisms and stuck to her style guns.

Her decision to live by her own rule book also extended beyond her wardrobe, and she never married or had children so she could be free to 'live her life like a man'. It's this strong-willed attitude, as well as her fierce sense of style that puts her right up there on our Style Icon list!

Take Your Inspo From Katharine Hepburn With Alternative Clothing At Rokit

If like Katharine Hepburn you want to stick to your own stylistic principles, come check out our amazing collection of alternative clothing at Rokit. Forging your own unique look is easy as it can be as we stock only the best in genuine vintage pieces.

Head over to our online store now to see amazing retro alternative clothing or pop into one of our four London stores.