Style Icon: Brigitte Bardot

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Actress, model, singer, activist – Brigitte Bardot had it all. With big eyes, pouty lips and messy blonde hair, she became a sex symbol in the 60’s and it wasn’t just her looks that caught the world’s attention.

Brigitte Bardot’s style captured the spirit of the French Riviera. She encompassed that je ne sais quoi that makes French girls so elegant and effortlessly chic. She often wore denim jeans, Beat Generation-style coats, Breton stripe tops and ballet flats. Brigitte made the choucroute hairstyle popular and also inspired the “bardot” style neckline, a wide neck cut that exposes both shoulders.

Bardot is credited with making St Tropez a desired destination and she revolutionised the way French women wore swimsuits. She starred in many films, but I would recommend watching Le Mépris. The film is based on the Italian novel Il disprezzo and features the amazing Malaparte house on the Isle of Capris, one of the best examples of Italian contemporary architecture.

Bardot is one of my ultimate fashion icons and it’s not hard to see why the femme fatale’s timeless style continues to inspire women today.

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