When you think about French style icons, Brigitte Bardot is always at the top of that list. With her waist-cinching bustiers and bikinis along the shores of Cannes, she’s known for her bombshell style—she’s practically the poster child. But the fashion icon’s wardrobe was also filled with a demure style that also happens to be a French style staple: the blush cardigan.
What’s interesting is that Bardot manages to pull off the cardigan in a way that looks effortless, cool, and stylish—all the things we think of when it comes to French-girl style. And you can still see the influence of Bardot’s style today. Just look to French It-girl Jeanne Damas, who designed a similar cardigan for her fashion label, Rouje. While hers is red, it stems from the same idea of taking a closet basic and styling it in a way that feels cool.
Keep reading to see how Brigitte Bardot and Jeanne Damas are wearing their cardigans, and then shop our favorite styles.
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Button up a cardigan to wear the sweater as a top.
Wear your cardigan with a tailored shirt for work.
An asymmetrical detail adds a modern flair to your outfit.
A sweater tee is a fashion-forward alternative to your standard T-shirt.
Throw your hair into a bun with gold jewelry.
The cinched waist is a flattering touch.
Adding patches to your jackets and sweaters is an easy way to upgrade your look.
A lightweight cardigan is an easy throw-on piece for added warmth.
The cutout details give this cardigan a vintage feel.
Blush is an easy pop of color to add to your outfit.
This cardigan is both editor- and office-approved.
A beaded detail is a timeless touch.
Retro girls all own a staple cardigan.
Style this cardigan with a white tee, distressed denim, and sneakers.
Millennial pink is still a trend we have our eyes on.
Style this sweater with espadrilles during the summer.
Pair this sweater with Levi’s and block heels.
Light pink sweater material complements black leather.
Scrunch up the sleeves of your sweater to change the fit.
Invest in a timeless sweater.
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