Bridgitte Bardot’s iconic style
After talking about the keys to Jane Birkin’s style, I realized that Bridgitte Bardot should also be covered. Another key player in French Girl style she is a bit of a Marilyn to Jane’s Audrey.
Best known for her roles in the ‘50s and ‘60s that made her into a sex symbol, the French actress, singer, and model would often stun in simple outfits that would make women weep with need. The image of a French pin-up girl on a beach towel in a simple white bikini? That’s inspired by Bardot. I’m hoping we’ve become feminist enough to step away from the view of her as a sex symbol and fully accept her as the style icon she is.
While figure-fitting dresses were part of her outfit repertoire, Bardot’s looks in the ‘60s and ‘70s often comprised more of beach wear, pantsuits, and simple dresses. The Bardot neckline-clearly named for her-shows off the decolletage, but not much else and is clearly the start of when the trend cycle began to adapt women wearing off-the-shoulder items. If you’re interested in adapting Bridgitte Bardot’s playful, flirtatious, and feminine style to your own wardrobe then stick around for the essentials you will need to do so.
Sundresses (specifically in a gingham pattern)
Animal print coats
Signature hair/makeup you’re known by
Stripe details or polka dots