As a woman, knowing what to wear and when can be a really hard decision. Men often joke about how long it takes us to get dressed, but they have no real concept about how important it is to look right. What we wear says a lot about who we are, but we also have to follow certain expectations. For instance, if you are attending a dinner party, your clothing also has to show that you respect your host and hostess and their understanding of fashion and you have to make sure you are never better dressed than the hostess. These are important decisions and it can be hard to get it all just right. However, throughout the ages, there have been a number of true female fashion style icons. If ever you find yourself stuck for what to wear, then looking at these women may just help you decide on the right garments.
1 – Brigitte Bardot
French actress Brigitte Bardot has been voted the most stylish woman ever in various international polls, beating even Marilyn Monroe.
In the nationwide poll by soft drinks company Orangina, the 1960s film star was voted into the top spot with 29.5% of the vote, narrowly beating the late Elizabeth Taylor in second place.
Brigitte Bardot was known for her huge mane of blond hair, which she often piled on top of her head. She liked short dresses, but would often have long sleeves to offset this. She also loved to wear petticoats underneath her skirts, with the exception of a short time during the 60s where striped pinafore dresses were her preference. During this time, she also straightened her hair and wore it down. Bardot was also famous for her neckline (known as the “Bardot Neckline”), which is where she would wear a top that exposed both of her shoulders, something that is making a real comeback in fashion today.
2 – Grace Kelly
When it comes to Grace Kelly, most women are inspired by her because she lived a true fairytale romance.
Grace of Monaco, face of fashion! Looks like Jane Birkin is not the only one who has a Hermes bag named after her… This graceful lady also has a bag carrying her name. (Kelly bag).
Grace Kelly was an actress who stole the heart of Prince Rainier III of Monaco and became the world’s favorite woman. Although she led a troubled life, as did her children, she remained loved and she always looked her best. Indeed, her fashion sense is so respected that besides having a Hermes bag named after her, she has also had a full exhibition on her clothes at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2010.
3 – Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn rose to fame by portraying women in transformation in different movies. She was trained as a dancer, which remained visible in the lines of her body until the day she died. Hepburn was the original gamine woman, which made her a muse for many fashion designers, including Givenchy.
It was her lithe frame and sprite-like carriage that earned her the devotion of couturiers like Hubert de Givenchy, who designed clothing she wore onscreen and off.
One of the main reasons why Hepburn is loved not just by fashion designers but also by regular women is because she was a true humanitarian. She may have one of those figures we love to hate because we cannot achieve them, but when we consider that she spent her life traveling the world with UNICEF to help children in need, all we can do is love her again. Unfortunately, only the very lucky few can look as good as what Hepburn did in her type of clothing. The exception, of course, is her trademark cropped pants with flat shoes, which most of us could pull off too.
4 – Michelle Obama
More and more women are finding themselves inspired by the First Lady. Although First Ladies have often been loved, only very few have really grabbed the attention of the general public in terms of their looks. However, with Michelle Obama, women all over the world are trying to emulate her effortlessly classic look and style.
She’s an everywoman with smart high-low taste, a good figure, and, on occasion, the need to dress for a black-tie event with the world’s most powerful rulers in attendance.
Indeed, she has been recognized by Vanity Fair for her amazing sense of style and fashion. She knows how to look good without looking dated, and that is something that is hard to do when you are in the public eye and always have to make a good impression. Whether she is wearing a designer dress or a sports outfit, however, the First Lady always looks her best.
5 – Bianca Jagger
Bianca Jagger is another woman with whom we can all be inspired by. She is not afraid to break convention and will wear quite “out there” clothing. However, this is to be expected considering that she was Mick Jagger’s first wife. What really makes everybody love her, however, is that she has worked as a human right’s advocate for many years, using her social position to make a positive change to the world. This has led to many of us trying to look like her, because we believe in her philosophies and good work. Indeed, Bianca Jagger is a true style icon.
Often spotted in turbans, sequined pieces, and truly fabulous hats, Jagger was fashion-forward even for her time. The model–and Studio 54 fixture–embraced the bold, flashy outfits that cemented her fashion icon status.
These are five of the most iconic women who have ever graced our screens and lives. They each have something different and they have each used fashion to reflect their personality perfectly. We all have a little Michelle Obama and a little Brigitte Bardot in us. We all feel like Bianca Jagger or Audrey Hepburn at some point in our lives and we have all dreamed of having a life like Grace Kelly. Next time you need inspiration on what to wear, therefore, look towards these women.