Style Icon: Brigitte Bardot

Brigitte Bardot

When they say blondes have more fun, I’m pretty sure they’re talking about Brigitte Bardot. This vivacious style icon was a famous movie star and musician in the ’60s, but she’s probably best known for being a famous “sex kitten”  (Hey, they nicknamed her, not me!) who pushed the limits of the era with risqué performances like the infamous French chart-topper Je T’aime… Moi Non Plus, written by and performed with Serge Gainsbourg.

With those pouty lips and big made-over eyes, I’m pretty sure she’s got too much sexiness for someone like me to ever handle, but I certainly wouldn’t mind borrowing her hair dresser. Never before has anyone made me want to go blonde like Brigitte Bardot. But really, I’d settle for having just one hair day with as fluffy and perfectly styled hair as her’s- brown, blonde, blue… Doesn’t matter a bit. Or, if I can’t have her hair? I’ll just steal her style.

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Brigitte Bardot’s big hair was often style with a wide headband or big hair bow- a very feminine look that she balanced with a simpler wardrobe. She was frequently spotted wearing classically styled clothes, like plain sweaters, striped tees, and white shirts paired with cigarette pants or high-waisted jeans. Classic pumps (add a bow for bonus points), a wide-brimmed fedora, or even a floral crown are great finishing touches for a Bardot-inspired outfit. Have the blonde hair, but not the volume? Try clip-on extensions! I bet Brigitte herself even wore them from time to time. Add a heavy dose of black eyeliner and falsies, and you’ve completely stolen her style.

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INSPIRED BY: Laura Petrie- In Color!

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Television and movies can be pretty powerful sources for fashion inspiration, but when you’re constantly watching the black and white classics, as I am, your wardrobe can easily become increasingly drab. Lately, The Dick Van Dyke Show has been continually playing in the corner of my computer as I get work done, or on our tv screen when I’m nursing baby Lucy. I’ve become obsessed with Laura Petrie’s (Mary Tyler Moore) classic wardrobe, but in turn, I’ve noticed that I’m starting to favor black, white, and gray in my personal style choices. It’s silly, really, because do you think those are the only colors Laura Petrie wore? Doubt it! After that realization struck me, I began to daydream about what colors Laura’s outfits really were. Here’s a little peek inside my head, and Laura’s newly technicolor wardrobe.

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It gets pretty Pleasantville, doesn’t it? Colorizing Laura Petrie’s wardrobe was sort of addicting, and now I want to do the rest of the characters, and the Petrie’s living room too! It’s like a coloring book for crazy adults. Kind of therapeutic! I know. You guys probably think I’m pretty nutso. But when inspiration strikes… you just gotta do what ya gotta do.

Laura’s my most recent style icon to emulate in my own personal fashion choices. Who are your favorite style icons from tv shows?

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Style Icon: SANDIE SHAW

It seems like in the ’60s it was fashionable to be French or bohemian. Or, even better- both! Sandie Shaw is an English pop singer who emerged in the ’60s, sometimes singing French songs and almost always prancing about like a bohemian with her bare feet. Funny enough, while she was known for her bare footed performances, Sandie Shaw recently underwent surgery to beautify her feet, which she admitted she had always hated! Well, there ya go. Even the most admired people have something about themselves they want to change- and what a surprise when it’s their most famous feature!

Well, I’m not much of a foot person. I can’t stand mine to be touched, and it’s always creepy to see that someone with a foot-fetish has favorited all of the photos of my feet on Flickr. (There’s one way to get bloggers to stop taking feet pictures!) But I do think that Sandie Shaw had great style in the ’60s. Totally casual with a mod flair, it’s definitely a look that would be easy to emulate today. My personal favorite ensemble I found from ’60s Sandie is the photo below with checked cigarette trousers and a comfy turtleneck. Perfect!

Style Icon: MARIANNE FAITHFULL

Shrouded in infamy, Marianne Faithfull’s legacy is as haunting as the music she sings. Before 1964, when she was discovered at a Rolling Stone’s party in swinging London, she was just like any other hopeful singer-songwriter, carrying her guitar from one cafe to the next, waiting for someone important to take notice.

Thankfully, her career quickly took off and Marianne Faithfull went on to make quite a few albums I really enjoy. But soon her intense and widely publicized drug addictions began to destroy her life, break up her relationship with Mick Jagger, separate her from her son, and even eventually put her on the streets. Her life was so sad during the years of her life that interest me the most, so I feel a bit shabby focusing on something as trivial as her personal style. But I mean, look at her! How can I resist?

Faithfull is often better remembered as a muse rather than a musician these days, as so many timeless songs were said to be inspired by her, while her own career was so on-again-off-again. It’s really bizarre how her style, and even the quality of her voice, changed through the ’70s. She had suffered from anorexia in her lowest times, dramatically changed her voice with her unhealthy lifestyle, and the style of the times had changed from mod to punk. She has since picked up the pieces of her life and had moved far away from where she was during her darker years. But my favorite period of her style in voice and fashion is the ’60s- And thankfully, for our enjoyment,  it was captured on vinyl and film.

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