There aren’t many people who I consider to be a ‘style icon’ Sure, there are lots of people whose style is amazing, daring, even risky, but rarely any I’d consider a timeless icon. Brigitte Bardot is an exception. I might not be able to understand a lot of her films (her being french and all) but her style is something I get. So, if there’s any way I can channel even a hint of what she had going on, I’m in. Which is why I was all over the Bardot / off-the-shoulder / cold-shoulder / whateveryouwanttocallit trend. It first came about in around 2015 and two years later, the Bardot trend isn’t going anywhere. I generally don’t like to post about passing fashion fads but I figure this one’s here to stay.
From tops to dresses, hell, even jumpsuits, I’ve been snapping them all up this summer. But whenever I wear them I’m met with at least one person telling me they wish they could wear them but “my shoulders are too broad” or “my torso’s too short”. Ladies! The best thing about the Bardot trend is that it’s super flattering on everyone. EVERYONE. And here’s how…
SHOP THE BARDOT TREND
LOOK AT ALL ANGLES
Granted, the Bardot trend is aimed at those who want to flash a little flesh, but that doesn’t mean you have to. If you’re conscious of your upper arms or that armpit fold we’re all prone to, look at designs with cap sleeves or a draping cold-shoulder sleeve which is the latest take on the trend (and next on my shopping list!).
DON’T FORGET YOUR NECKLINE
If you’re slightly bigger busted try to stay away from the straight neckline which can make your shoulders look wider and give you the dreaded monoboob. Try opting for more of a sweetheart neckline that will soften your décolletage (OK, I know a little French!) and enhance your curves.
CINCH YOUR WAIST
I love this striped Zara Bardot dress but, it looked a little sack-like and didn’t do much for my shape. Which is why I grabbed a material belt from another dress and tied it around my waist for a bit of definition. The beauty of the Bardot trend is that it’s sexy in an understated way which means a lot of the styles are looser. I love this but more often that not, a knotted or thin belt makes all the difference.
ACCESSORISE WITH CAUTION
Personally, I want my shoulders and back to do all the talking so I don’t wear a necklace with my Bardot pieces. But, if you want to, a thin, subtle necklace would add another layer to your look, just be careful it’s not too much.
AND IF YOU’RE FEELING DARING…
If you’re looking for something a little different, I love to team my Bardot top underneath a sleeveless shirt dress in a neutral colour. You can also do this with a vest top to make it give it a new edge.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
How do you style your Bardot trend? Maybe you’ve found a new way to wear it or want to avoid the trend altogether. I’d love to know what you think…
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