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How To Wear The Bardot Trend

This Summer, it’s all about the off-the-shoulder look as cold shoulders are all the rage. If you’re slightly worried about how to bare your shoulders bravely, or how to style up this look, then we’ve decided to put some tips together for you. It’s a simple trend to pull off when you know how!

So bring back your bardot game in a range of colour pop shades, oversized sleeves and ruffle detailing, just to name a few. Because who knew there were so many styles associated with bardot?

Bigger, flouncier styles are better when it comes to this trend. Here’s the best styles (from Zaful) to choose and how to wear them…

The Plunge Bardot

The plunge bardot is a little more daring, but works really well on holiday, especially at the poolside or on the beach. Opt for a matching set so your plunge off shoulder top resembles beachwear, yet you can switch up the matching shorts for a long flowing maxi skirt for when you wish to cover up a little!

Floral Cold Shoulder Matching Set

With the maxi skirt, remember to keep it simple so that the plunge bardot is the main talking piece. We love this Ribbed Maxi Wrap Skirt, in blonde.

The Floral Bardot


Nothing shows off a sweeter style than a pretty floral printed bardot style top. This one in particular is super cute with its sweet pinky flowers on a crisp white top. It’s casual style and versatile colourway means this can be easily worn with skinny jeans, flares, or cut-off denim shorts.

Balloon Sleeve Bardot

The puff sleeve trend is back! The stylish crowds aren’t wearing this trend in the form of OTT bubble dresses, but rather shirts and tops with dramatic oversized shoulders and sleeves. It’s an 80’S trend that is returning, giving shape and drama to our silhouettes. Balloon Sleeve Off Shoulder Top

To balance out this shape, team with a pair of skinny jeans which flatter the figure, like these Freya Distressed Ninth Jeans.

Shirt Bardot

Smarten up the bardot style by incorporating a shirt style off shoulder top, which can easily be worn with shorts or jeans. This one in particular looks stylish yet classic, so could easily be worn for more formal occasions with smart trousers. 

Bow Tied Off Shoulder Striped Shirt 

But then when the sun comes out, you can easily switch up with a pair of cute denim shorts for those BBQs and garden parties. We love these High Waisted Curl Hem Ripped Denim Shorts for those more relaxed events…

Stripe Bardot

Vertical stripes are the oldest trick in the book for when it comes to slimming and lengthening the body – all an optical illusion, obviously! If you’re feeling a little worried about wearing an off-shoulder bardot top this summer, look for a downward stripe version style to give you that slender look. 


Off Shoulder Flounce Stripe Crop Top

Colour Pop Bardot

Wearing bold brights is one of the most exciting things about Summer. Canary yellow is one of the most shocking brights you can get, so it’s the perfect shade to wear for your bardot style. This version has long sleeves and a cute little ruched detail down the middle, making it look more classic and easy to style up with a range of bottoms. 


Gathered Off Shoulder Top in Bright Yellow

Opt for white, denim blue, black or cream to keep this bright bardot looking fresh. We love these High Waisted Lace up Shorts in white.

Bodycon Bardot

Twist up the way you wear your off-shoulder style by trying out a bodycon dress. This lightweight knit version is airy and cool, making it the perfect cover up over swimwear, or with a Demin jacket over the top for those Summer shopping trips or days out with friends. 


Open Knit Off Shoulder Dress


For an effortless look, team with this Floral Embroidered Front Pocket Denim Shirt, worn open, for some cute layering.

Ruffle Bardot

This season, it’s all about layered ruffle sleeves as an update to our tops to give that feminine, pretty look. Ruffles are here to shake up your wardrobe. This summer, think floating lines that look like clouds and dreamy fabrics. Think ruffles on off-shoulder tops, jumpers, frills on pants and dresses with va-va-voom. Start with this bold red style for a simple but striking take on the bardot trend. 


Bell Sleeve Off Shoulder Bodysuit

Flare Sleeve Bardot

Who knew you could go for a daring bare-the-shoulders top, with long flowing flare sleeves too? That’s why we are loving 2018 fashion so far, with a combination of trends just merging together. Summer 2018 is the season of the trumpet sleeve, with the addition of a shoulder skimming top. You know the one: skinny through the bicep, then the flare, trumpet sleeve bells out around the elbow or wrist, hiding your hands.

Keep the silhouette balanced by wearing with skinny jeans, fitted shorts, or pencil skirts. 

Smocked Strapless Top with Detachable Sleeves

What do you think of the bardot, off-shoulder trend? Do you dare to bare those shoulders? If so, we hope this guide has helped with some inspiration! You can find more bardot tops here.

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