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?

Shoulder Style

Shoulder style. It’s a thing. You will be getting your shoulders out at some point this autumn/winter, so make sure they’re in tip-top condition. Time to get them moisturised and toned, and then pop them on display.

And how do you do that? Well, in either off-the-shoulder, cold-shoulder, or one shoulder style.

You’ll have plenty of time to sort your shoulders out before you buy this gorgeous cold shoulder knit from New Look (£22.99) – it hits stores in October. A jumper with no shoulders might sound a bit pointless, but this is fashion, so just go with it…it’s shoulder style!

New Look cold shoulder rollneckGorgeous lace off-the-shoulder top from French Connection (£65)? Yes, please! This is gorgeous shoulder style!

French Connection off shoulder lace topOr maybe we like this navy blue one from H&M (£14.99) better?

H&M off shoulder lace topLooking sleek and stylish with your shoulders out? Lo no further than this lovely bright blue jumpsuit from Warehouse @ Debenhams (£70).

off shoulder jumpsuitH&M’s off the shoulder dress (£29.99) is a mix of gypsy and military style and will see you through from late summer to autumn.

H&M off shoulder dressStripes and shoulders look fab together. This great cold shoulder top from Red Herring @ Debenhams is even better now it’s in the sale! (£9, was £18).

Cold Shoulder Debenhams topH&M’s striped sweetheart neck, off-the-shoulder top (£7.99) is perfectly retro. Team with a midi skirt and ballet pumps for Audrey Hepburn or Brigitte Bardot style. We love it!

H&M off the shoulder stripe topMake your off-the-shoulder statement bright and bold with a red fine ribbed knit top (£19.99) from H&M

red knit H&M top…or, even brighter in a bold yellow. This off-the-shoulder bardot style top is another sale bargain – £10, down from £30, at Oasis @ Debenhams.

Yellow Bardot topWarehouse @ Debenhams deep blue ruffle cold shoulder cami top (£32) has little straps to keep it on. We like it a lot.

Warehouse off shoulder topWe also like this simple Louche @ JOY cold shoulder top, also in the sale, down to £16, from £32.

JOY shoulder topNew Look’s studded black cold shoulder top (£12.99) is the perfect match for black skinny jeans and a leather jacket, right?

cold shoulder black topWe also love this Valley of the Dolls @ JOY cold shoulder dress (£49). Beautiful sleeve detail and being cold shoulder and not off-the-shoulder perfect for those of us who cannot go without a bra!

Valley of the Dolls cold shoulder dressFinally, just show off one shoulder in this lovely geometric print dress from Oasis @ Debenhams (£65).

Oasis one shoulder dressReady to get those shoulders out yet?! What’s your favourite shoulder style?