Are you feeling that your look is a bit too tame and restrained? Well then, why not bring a touch of Gallic va-va-voom to your style, courtesy of Brigitte Bardot? Nell Darby looks at La Bardot for some vintage style inspiration.

Bardot retired from the movies in 1973, yet the style she showed in her films and rather public life in the Fifties and Spantsixties is timeless and will add a bit of Parisian chic to the most bland of wardrobes.

Bardot, born in Paris in 1934, starred in many films before becoming famous across Europe with her role in And God Created Woman (1956). Her style, understandably, changed over the years, but there were two main looks that defined her – the Fifties sex kitten, and the Sixties star.

In the Fifties, Bardot was often pictured in a white vest top and narrow-legged Capri pants in a spotted fabric rounded off with flat ballet pumps,  a look that wouldn’t be out of place this summer.

Bardot originally trained as a dancer, and this training is evident both in her classic poses when modelling, but also in her tendency to wear simple, elegant clothes influenced by ballet dress.

With the Fifties influence very much in vogue this season, we should note that it was Bardot who popularised the gingham back then, both in fitted shirts and little dresses.

 

topBy the early Sixties, she had developed a liking for simple knitted sweaters or fitted t-shirts with round necks, either plain, or with horizontal stripes (as shown in her 1963 film Contempt). The Bardot neckline, a wide neck that shows off both your shoulders, was named after her, and wearing a top with this neckline is the perfect way to show off a slim top half.

Bardot teamed her jumpers with skirts and tight, wide belts. Her skirts would be either a dark, knee length pencil skirt or a patterned tulip or pleated skirt. If the bottom half was patterned, though, the top and shoes would be plain and probably dark, to set off her blonde hair.

beltAlthough Bardot did wear skirts, she also still wore her narrow-legged trousers into the Sixties, in a variety of fabrics and colours. Some were plain, but others were patterned, including polka-dots and tartan.

But remember, with Bardot’s look, less was more. Don’t mix and match your patterns, so if you wear a plain top, pair it with a patterned skirt or trousers or vice versa, and keep it simple. Voila!

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