When she was a teenager, Brigitte Bardot studied ballet in Paris for three years; When she became an actress, she showed her dancing skill in film like Et Dieu crea la femme; After she became BB, Brigitte Bardot started to show her strong dancers' legs instead, wearing a pair of high waist shorts, whether in solid color, or in Vichy checks, with bare feet or pairing with a pair of ballet flats, walking around St. Tropez, making both the small fishing village and herself into icons.
When she was a teenager, Audrey Hepburn's dream had been becoming a professional dancer, but she was told she was too tall to dance as a prima ballerina, her heart was broken, but her fans are blessed.
A pair of shorts is one of Audrey's wardrobe staples in the summer, sometimes solid, sometimes patterned, mostly high-waisted. She pairs them with wrapped shirts or jersey tops, keeping herself cool and stylish in the long hot days that linger on.
The sight of Audrey Hepburn in a pair of shorts, is the sight of innocence, youth, joy, and freedom, with a dose of melancholy when we look at her well-proportioned, well-trained dancer's legs: What if her ballet teacher in London did not give her that sentence? Would she be less known to us, but happier to herself?
Nothing is like a white shirt in a woman's wardrobe.
From Audrey Hepburn to Katharine Hepburn, From Monica Bellucci to Isabella Rossallini, from Grace Kelly to Gong Li, from queen to first lady to model to actress, they have all worn white shirts, to interpret elegance, beauty, nonchalance, naughtiness, to hide or accentuate their sensuality and sexuality, to send a message, to make a statement, or look for refuge when they do not know what to wear, like Carolina Herrera.
For the women who have been called a styled icon, the white shirt is a universal language, a connection, a weapon, even creative outlets.
In the world of fashion, everything can become a trend, but the white shirt always stay, in different fabrics, in different cuts, in different lengths and weights, and in years and decades to come, it will very likely still be here, on the new bodies who will be anointed "style icons".