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Baby Boomer Fashion (Hepburn)

Audrey Hepburn poses in her "little black dress" in the 1961 film, "Breakfast at Tiffany's."

The following are 10 fashion icons or trends that helped define the baby boomer generation, according to Journal Star fashion reporter Kathryn Cates Moore.

Denim -- Levis took on star status when James Dean adopted them in the 1950s. Since then they have taken on every shape and form and have never really left the market. From designer to stonewashed to ripped -- skinny or baggy, denim is a staple.

Jackie Kennedy -- From her pillbox hats to her giant dark sunglasses to those stunning evening gowns, Jackie’s polished style started in the White House and continued throughout her life. She was as close to royalty as Americans could get.

Audrey Hepburn -- Her role as Holly Golightly in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” made every boomer want the perfect "little black dress."

Twiggy -- Her big-eyed looks with the signature painted-on lashes made us all want to cut our hair short like the skinny, waifish British model.

Farrah Fawcett-Majors -- It’s all about the hair. The blond, layered locks and those white-white teeth smiling back at so many teen boys in the poster of Farrah in her red swimsuit started a stampede to duplicate the look. Nobody could really match that Charlie’s Angels icon.

Diane Keaton in “Annie Hall” -- The funky, layered look with men’s ties and fedoras took off in 1977 and keeps popping up every decade or so. Keaton continues to stand out -- mostly in all white pantsuits.

Beatles/ Carnaby Street -- From their pointy-toed boots to their mop haircuts, The Beatles were one of the first music groups to bring the British aesthetic across the pond. After they arrived, crewcuts became a thing of the past.

Ralph Lauren -- Billed as the “American” designer, Lauren brought his western, blue-jeaned look to the forefront. Instead of designing for the elite, Lauren was one of the first big-name fashion icons to design for the masses.

Dallas and Dynasty -- These television series introduced America to uber-rich families who always were impeccably dressed -- often in suits that had overly padded shoulders and nipped waists. When these clothes showed up on the Carringtons and the Ewings, variations eventually turned up in retail stores.

Princess Diana -- This lovely princess started out in school marm skirts but eventually found her fashion sense and became a major trendsetter. Exhibits of her gowns still bring in crowds at museums.

Bell bottoms -- Adapted from the original midshipmen Navy uniforms, these pants were the uniform of an entire generation in the 1960s and seem to return to fashion at least once every decade.

Mini-skirts and hot pants -- Shorter was better for boomers in the 1970s, so mini-skirts and hot pants seemed the obvious choice. The trend is back in style this season.

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