By Tammy Seibert
Rachel Zoe just happens to be one of my favorite stylist-designers and she is just about my height. I’m short ya’ll. Yes, I am only 5’2”. There are a couple of reasons why I love her style. I bought her book Living In Style: Inspiration and Advice for Everyday Glamour last year and I love this quote:
“There are no absolutes in life. I’ll always be the first one to tell you to break a style rule – even one of my own.”
In an interview, she claims Stevie Nicks is her Spirit Animal which is why she designs so many caftans and maxi dresses and always wears black. She says we are all Gold Dust Women, and Marcie and I agree wholeheartedly with her claim. The one common denominator Stevie, Rachel and I share is short girls love platforms (I digress)…but you know it helps to see the world from a higher vantage point!
Another reason I love Rachel Zoe is she said if she could have dinner with three people, one of those would be Brigitte Bardot. I want to focus on why I also have a love affair with everything Brigitte Bardot or BB as my husband Eric loves to call the famous French actress.
Breaking Down the Bardot Style
Mess It Up. Eye liner and up-dos are some of BB’s signature. Eyeliner is dark and smudged and hair is a bit unkempt. Today it’s called a messy bun but in the sixties she wore the bouffant accessorized with a simple wide black headband or slightly messy layers.
ABOVE RIGHT: Calling the spirit of Brigitte Bardot! Hellooooo~!
It’s All in the Details. Whether she is wearing flowers in her hair, little rings on her fingers or a scarf around her neck, Brigitte knows how to accessorize.
ABOVE RIGHT: The details of a Cato kimono — substantial cord tassels, trim of repeated gold-thread diagonal stitching, high-low hemline…
Au Natural. Brigitte is not a city girl – she prefers natural fabrics and colors such as cotton and linens. She also loves sunshine and wind in her hair either driving around or laying by the beach. She is the French equivalent of the California girl.
ABOVE: Sunshine rays, check. Wind in hair, check. Pensive look on face, check!
Off-The-Shoulder Silhouette. She single-handedly made off-the-shoulder shirts chic. Not only is the look incredibly feminine, but it’s also flattering on every single body type.
ABOVE: Shoulders are always good!
When In Doubt Wear A Hat. Bardot knows a great hat will dress up everything from a bathing suit to a pant suit. Her signature floppy hat worn everywhere from the beach to out and about always added the right amount of oomph to just about anything she put on.
Curvy Girls Matter. BB knew how to play up her curves. Curvy does not mean fat; it means that a woman has hips, boobs, and waist-to-hip ratio of .7 and below. Having meat in all the right places or an hourglass figure. You knew I was going to have to mention curvy somewhere?
ABOVE RIGHT: Tribal embroidery combined with a layer of lace and a tribal beaded necklace in the same colors.
And one more thing: Brigitte’s birthday is September 28, mine is September 29 and Rachel Zoe’s is September 1. Maybe there is some connection to this September month and what we love.
The Real-Real Behind the Scenes
A link to Rachel’s book…who would you invite to your dinner?
A Little Background Music
“Message of Love” by the Pretenders released 1981, the year I graduated high school. Brigitte Bardot gets a mention!
*Photos of Tammy by Marcie Everhart