This month we are suffering from Francophilia! After all, when it comes to fashion, no one does it better than the French. To satiate our sartorial desires, we are looking at the ultimate style queen of the ‘60s—Brigitte Bardot. This woman keeps on giving…
#1 HAVE A SIGNATURE STYLE
French fatale Brigitte Bardot defined the era with her signature style and breathtakingly iconic beauty. No offence to the arms, back or legs, but Brigitte is the reason why we can flaunt our achingly cool collarbones. There’s no surprise that the ever-popular neckline—the Bardot, was coined after her. Whatever your style maybe, take your cue from Brigitte herself and channel a look that truly defines you.
#2 LOVE ANIMALS
“If I could do anything about the way people behave towards each other, I would, but since I can’t I’ll stick to animals”. The French beauty gave up acting at the peak of her career and established the Brigitte Bardot Foundation for the Welfare and Protection of Animals. Her initial funding came from auctioning off her personal possessions.
#3 BE YOUNG, WILD AND FREE
In Brigitte’s book, more is more. From Roger Vadim and Jacques Charrier to Gunter Sachs and now Bernard d’Ormale, she had a fair share of lovers. “When I love, I do it without counting. I give myself entirely. And each time, it's the grand love of my life”, she said.
#4 COMFY CAN BE CHIC
When you think about Bardot’s closet, the last thing to come to your mind would be a pair of flat shoes! Turns out, in 1956 Brigitte Bardot asked Rose Repetto to make her a ballerina shoe that she could wear from the dance studios to the streets. It wasn’t long when Brigitte wore the slippers-as-shoes in the film ‘And God Created Woman’ with a pair of cropped trousers and a Breton top, making the now-popular ballerinas a fashion statement. French-style on fleek!
#5 EMBRACE YOUR BODY
There’s absolutely no denying that Brigitte was the only French woman in the ‘50s to have that elusive ‘it’ factor. Widely referred by her initials, BB single-handedly made the bikini a must-have fashion item through her film, ‘The Girl in the Bikini’. It was one of the first occasions when a bikini had appeared in film whilst they were still considered immodest.
#6 DO THE HAT-TRICK
Brigitte’s style far exceeded playing around in a bikini. She often styled her hair with a chic hat and ‘i-don’t-care’ attitude! This season, whether you want to channel her character from the western ‘The Legend of Frenchie King’ or her personal style in Saint Tropez, make sure your hat does the trick.
#7 THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS BAD HAIR DAY
No one has yet managed to emulate the same effortless glamour as Brigitte. Whether styled in an undone updo, ladylike pigtails, or a coif, her gorgeous blonde tresses are as enviable today as they were in the ‘60s. Not only did she work all these hairstyles with suave, she was also the queen of mastering the bedhead look. We can’t get enough of her undone and completely uncalculated style.
#8 GO BIG OR GO HOME
No one epitomises French femininity like Brigitte Bardot. Bardot could pretty much pull off anything! From buttoned-up pantsuits and full-circled skirts to bikinis and a floppy hat, she knew how to master that effortless-chic vibe. She also taught us that when it comes to skirts, the bigger, the better.
#9 FOLLOW YOUR PASSION
Bardot was known for doing more than just one thing. She started as an aspiring ballerina in her early life, than became world-famous with her controversial acting career and later started recording many popular songs, mostly in collaboration with Serge Gainsbourgh, Bob Zagury and Sacha Distel. She didn’t follow the norms, instead, she made her own.
#10 WHEN IN DOUBT, POUT
Popularly known as the ‘princess of pout’ by TIME magazine, Brigitte made one thing clear: never take life too seriously. Whist her films may have been forgotten, Bardot’s pillowy lips and the charming gap-toothed smile are never too far from people’s minds.
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