Let Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly Inspire Your 4th of July Wardrobe

They've got looks that are a little bit retro and a little bit risqué.

British actress Audrey Hepburn in swimsuit by the swimming pool on location  in St Tropez during filming of Two For The Road. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Getty Images)
Audrey Hepburn lounges by the pool in St. Tropez during filming of Two For The Road. (Photo: Terry O’Neill/Getty Images)

The countdown to the freedom associated with the Fourth of July unofficially started a long time ago. But now, Independence Day is actually around the corner, and with it comes the need to pack strategically for beachside vacations, or staycations by the pool. Rather than adopting haute trends and of-the-moment cuts, why not take some tips from Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot and Sophia Loren and keep it classic? From high-waisted bikinis to tasteful crop tops, this slew of starlets have plenty of inspiring looks to borrow from.

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Grace Kelly

(GERMANY OUT) Kelly, Grace Patricia - Actress, USA - *12.11.1929-14.09.1982+ Scene from the movie 'To Catch a Thief'' with Cary Grant Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock USA 1955 Produced by: Paramount Pictures Vintage property of ullstein bild (Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
Grace Kelly and Cary Grant (Photo: Getty Images)

Dramatic sunglasses? Check. Simple-yet-bold swimsuit? Check. Adorable co-star? Check. As you can see, Grace Kelly truly understood the paired-back glamour necessary for indulging in a European beach vacation.

Elizabeth Taylor

(GERMANY OUT) *27.02.1932-Schauspielerin USAin einem Badeanzug- 1952 (Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
Elizabeth Taylor rocks the one piece (Photo: Getty Images)

With a bit of asymmetry, Elizabeth Taylor’s one-piece swimsuit could easily pass as a current style. Whether it looks like a Lisa Marie Fernandez style or Eres design is up for negotiation.

Brigitte Bardot

French-born actor Brigitte Bardot wears a floral bikini and poses in a boat in the harbor of La Madrague near St. Tropez, France, 1968. (Photo by Robert Cohen/RDA/Getty Images)
Brigitte Bardot poses in a boat near St. Tropez (Photo: Robert Cohen/RDA/Getty Images)

We can’t all look like Brigitte Bardot, but we can definitely adopt her penchant for string bikinis. Bonus points if yours comes with a sleek, vintage boat.

Cyd Charisse

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 01:  Hollywood. Cyd Charisse In Swimsuit  (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
Cyd Charisse in a modern look (Photo: Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone/Getty Images)

Lest anyone says that crop tops are a disgrace, this image of Cyd Charisse proves otherwise. In a buzzy floral print and a simple pair of espadrille sandals, this look is easily duplicated for any warm summer day.

Sophia Loren

(GERMANY OUT) Loren, Sophia *20.09.1934- Schauspielerin, Italien(eigentl. Sofia Scicolone)- mit Marcello Mastroianni in dem Film 'Schade, dass Du eine Kanaille bist' (Peccato che sia una canaglia), Regie: Alessandro Continenza, Italien- 1955 (Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
Sophia Loren in a timeless silhouette (Photo: Getty Images)

Dressing for the seaside isn’t all bikinis and coverups. Sophia Loren’s tight tank and billowing midi skirt is breezy and easy, perfect for lunch, shopping, or just looking elegant.

Audrey Hepburn

British actress Audrey Hepburn on the set of How to Steal A Million. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Getty Images)
Audrey Hepburn on the set of How to Steal A Million. (Photo: Terry O’Neill/Getty Images)

If you have yet to add a shirtdress to your summer lineup, this look worn by Audrey Hepburn will persuade you to do so. Crisp, white, and simply chic, this is an ideal outfit for traveling to or from your seaside destination.

Let Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly Inspire Your 4th of July Wardrobe