If you’re facing the age-old conundrum of what to pack for your hols, stop stressing and start taking style notes from one of these vintage muses.
Brigitte Bardot – the summer sex kitten
Famous for looking fabulous in St Tropez, Bardot was the master of flirty style. Her clothes were feminine and gorgeous but also wearable. Rather than stuffing her sweaty tootsies into high heels on her holidays, she often wore flats or no shoes at all. If you want a bit of Bardot in your suitcase, look for 1960s style floral bikinis, fitted girly sundresses and lots and lots of gingham. Waterproof eyeliner and mascara is also essential to give you come-to-bed eyes that stay put while you skip along the sand.
Audrey Hepburn – the classic gamine
Audrey is the perfect illustration of how to wear practical vintage style on your travels. Her iconic brand of gamine chic calls for simple 1950s separates like capri pants, demure blouses, circle skirts and flat sandals. Accessorise with a chiffon scarf worn at your neck or over your hair. To complete the look, hire a Vespa for the day and pretend you’re an undercover princess.
Elizabeth Taylor – the unapologetic glamourpuss
If you’re craving some full-on movie star glamour, channel Ms Taylor in bold colours and low necklines. The key to this look is spotlighting your waist so cinch it in by adding a belt to a full-skirted sundress. Wear heels with your 1950s one-piece and a full face of make-up at all times. Scour vintage stores for glamazon accessories like Pucci scarves and giant sunhats to shield you from the paparazzi.
Bon voyage, bombshells! xx