Bardot Style

Have you noticed it’s all about shoulders this season? You better get yours prepped and ready to bare this spring/summer, because off the shoulder, cold shoulder and one shoulder styles are everywhere.

Our favourite – the Bardot style. Named after iconic French actress Brigitte Bardot, because she loved this style, the simple off-the-shoulder look looks best in a plain, black top, teamed with a skirt, or capri pants, perhaps a headscarf, and some big sunnies, mimicking Brigitte’s laidback French Riviera style.

This top from Louche @ JOY  (£14) is perfect.

bardot style classic black top

BUT…there’s more to Bardot style this season than just a simple black top. We love bright, bold colours for spring.

We love patterns and pastels, and everything in-between. Florals, tile prints, aztec prints, stripes – the list is endless!

bardot style tops patterned

Clockwise, from top left: Floral top, £24, Dorothy Perkins @ Debenhams, tile print top, £14.99, New Look, stripe tie sleeve top, £45, JOY, pink and red and black striped top, £14.99, New Look, Geo print long-sleeve top, £24.99, H&M

The great thing about a Bardot style top is that it’s so versatile. Team it with a pencil skirt, a full midi skirt, capri pants, jeans – anything at all!

Pencil and full skirts and capri pants give you that retro feel. Jeans give your top a more casual, laid-back look.

bardot style tops plain

Clockwise, from top left:Yellow top, £12.99, New Look, pink scalloped edge top, £29.99, H&M, leaf print orange top, £14.99, New Look, green top, £9.99, H&M

Bardot style dresses are easy spring/summer wear, and can be formal, or not so formal. Debut @ Debenhams‘ monochrome dress is classic Bardot style (£110). New Look’s stripes (£14.99) are a more modern, laid-back take, and H&M’s bright red skater Bardot style number (£29.99) is a statement piece.

bardot style dresses

The perfect Bardot style dress must be a floral one – team with wedges, big sunnies and a straw bag. Perfection.

bardot style floral dresses

l-r; Pink floral dress, black floral dress, both £24.99, New Look

Maybe a Bardot style neckline on a jumpsuit works for you (£39.99, H&M)? Or a simple plain navy dress – we are in love with this one from H&M (£29.99). And this bold tunic dress with a floppy Bardot style neckline is a great holiday buy (£17.99, New Look).

Bardot style dresses and jumpsuit

What’s your Bardot style?

French Riviera Chic – get some Cannes Film Festival style

The whole world of celebrity is in Cannes just now it seems, for the Cannes film festival. Even Cheryl Cole’s there…

The French Riviera is synonymous with chic, laid back, sophisticated style. Think Brigitte Bardot and her striped Breton tops, Jackie O and those huge sunglasses, and you’re getting the idea.

It’s a very easy look to recreate here in the Scottish, ahem, Riviera. The palette is simple – think black, blue, red, white and cream, stripes, and a bit of gold thrown in for good luck.

The ‘Riviera chic’ look can be worn day and night – shorts and t-shirts during the day, dresses when the sun goes down, and huge sunglasses at every hour!

Simple shorts, a striped t-shirt, a floppy hat, big glasses  and some deck shoes. Brigitte Bardot would love this look.

French Riveiera Chic Cannes ThreeWHERE TO BUY (Clockwise, from top left): Navy straw bag, £9.99, stripe top, £4, both H&M, blue and white deck shoes, £10.99, New Look, belted straw hat, £14, Debenhams, Navy jersey shorts, £5.99, H&M

A simple white suit, with a string of pearls and bold accessories is perfect Riviera chic.

French Riviera Chic Cannes fourWHERE TO BUY: (Clockwise, from top left): Tuxedo white jacket £48, matchig trousers, £30, pearl necklace, all BHS, Pearlised cat’s eyes sunglasses, £18, Topshop, Blue bag, £22.50, BHS

Simple capri pants or ankle grazing jeans are the perfect way to define this look, teamed with flat pumps, or high wedge heels.

French Riviera Chic Cannes Fashion One

WHERE TO BUY (Clockwise, from left): Blue Chino trousers, £24.99, GAP, wedge sandals, £34.99, New Look, gold knot bangle, £5.99, H&M, Jackie O style sunglasses, £8, Dorothy Perkins, red shorts, £7.99, H&M

Horizontal striped dresses aren’t for everyone, but they epitomise the Riviera Chic trend, in any length, from maxi, to midi, to mini. Add a gold bag and shoes for a classy evening look.

French Riviera chic cannes TwoWHERE TO BUY (Clockwise, from left): Black and white striped maxi dress, £48, Wallis, gold straw clutch bag, £7.99, H&M, navy and white embroidered stripe dress, £55, £Rocha.John Rocha @ Debenhams, Red and white and blue stripe dress, £33, Wallis.

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