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 Style for Bastille Day

It’s Bastille Day today, so we thought we’d help the French celebrate liberte, egalite, fraternite – that’s liberty, equality and brotherhood, by paying homage to classic French style.

What is French style? Probably many things, but in our heads it’s that effortless Brigitte Bardot look – striped Breton tops, capri pants and pumps. All in a subtle red white and blue palette.

Or maybe it’s sexier Beatrice Dalle style – all tight black jeans, and high black shoes. Perhaps it’s Audrey Tatou-style – trenchcoat, a trenchcoat and a dress is effortless chic. What about Marion Cotillard? She is achingly beautiful and stylish, no?

Whatever French style is, it’s chic, effortless and really easy to do. Think simplicity, with a bit of sassiness thrown in, bien sur!

Christian Dior’s New Look in 1947 revolutionised women’s style  – those nipped in waists and voluminous skirts are classic vintage style French style. Add a modern touch with a logo t-shirt, or keep it elegant and simple with a classic white shirt.

French style bastille day twoClockwise, from top left: Voluminous skirt, £34.99, H&M, Bonne Fille t-shirt, £24, JOY, sunglasses, £7.99, white shirt, £12.99, both H&M

A trenchcoat, a simple dress, some sunglasses and a great bag. French style done! it’s all you need to look sophisticated,and, well, more French!

french style bastille day threeClockwise, from top left: Trenchcoat, £21 (was £42), BHS, blue dress, £49, JOY, sunglasses, £5.99, New Look, cross body leather bag, £165, French Connection

Classic stripes, red, white and blue – beautiful French style. Trousers, a vest and pumps is perfect, or try short shorts for some St Tropez style!

frech style bastille day fourClockwise, from top left: Red trousers, £44, Betty.Jackson Black @ Debenhams, stripe shorts, £40, Crew Clothing, Lotus pumps, £22.50 (was £45), BHS, striped vest, £10, JOY

French? Shout about it on your t-shirt. Even if you’re not French, why not? If you look this good with your simple French style, what’s the harm in pretending! And with killer heels and tight black jeans you’ve got the attitude to pull it off! Ooh, la, la!

French style bastille day oneClockwise, from top left: Black 1969 skinny jeans, £44.95, GAP, French? T-shirt, £40, French Connection, black court shoes, £29.99, H&M, striped top, £12, BHS

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