Have you ever wondered why we call shoulderless dresses bardots? Well wonder no more! The name comes from the iconic French BAFTA award nominated actress, model and singer (some people just have it all, huh?) Brigitte Bardot. Back in the late 50s, when Brigitte was at the peak of her powers and referred to in the media as the locomotive of women's history, she turned heads in a series of gorgeous shoulderless dresses which would later be referred to as bardots.
Before Brigitte made baring your shoulders cool, women's fashion was a lot more conservative, particularly in terms of dresses. It was more or less unheard of for a lady to reveal her shoulders in public until Brigitte started strutting this brave new look.
Today, the bardot dress has made a comeback in a big way as modern women around the world embrace the spirit of Brigitte Bardot. Some fashion commentators have gone so far as to call shoulders the new cleavage, highlighting the playful yet provocative style of shoulder-baring dresses.
Other than the fact that they reveal the shoulders, there aren't really any more 'rules' as to what makes a dress a bardot. They can be as long or short as you like, so you'll always find one to suit you whether you're a mini or a maxi fan. Seeing as they reveal some skin by their very nature, they've really taken off in terms of summer and day dresses, with many women opting for shorter options in order to match top to bottom, so to speak.
While it was once seen as being fairly risque, the bardot dress evokes a certain elegance and sophistication. That is why many women now like to incorporate the look into their evening wear and bring it out for special occasions such as weddings. The look has become very popular among wedding guests, particularly bridesmaids in recent times, frequently showing up in great numbers at spring and summer weddings as well as glamorous race days.
Whatever fun event you find yourself at, there's always a good excuse to get the party started with a bardot!