The beret is back
Have you ever had that moment standing in front of the mirror, dressed up to the nines, but still have that feeling of some imperfection and incompleteness? If yes, I have the answer and definitely have no intention to keep it under hat. The abracadabra is a hat, cap, beret or any other headwear that is sure to cut the Gordian knot and serve as a smash hit for your whole outfit. This season, the beret has had a huge comeback, seen as the number one style piece on bloggers and street style.
A friend of mine recently bought one and I wasn’t sure if it’s more granny style or just ultimately cool. So, if you’re not sure either, but you want to follow this new trend, let me introduce you to the secrets of wearing a beret without looking like a grandma.
But what is a beret, actually? This style has a very eclectic history. It is in fact, named after the farmers of Basque Country, who wear it to work. It then became the accessory of the traditional French military uniform and was subsequently, universally recognized as the painters’ hat.
In the 1940’s it defined sporty looks and finally transformed into a sexy and feminine icon of the 1980’s and 1990’s. They’ve cemented themselves as a timeless accessory and topped the heads of style icons like Brigitte Bardot and Twiggy.
The beret has now made its comeback as this season’s must-have, the essential final touch to your look. But don’t assume this is just a girly style – you’d be surprised by the number of cool ways to wear it! Check them out!
Who can wear the beret? No matter who you are by your profession or by nature – a pragmatic business lady or a strict schoolteacher, whenever you pose with a French beret on your head, it leads to poetic moments far beyond imagination.
You may have found your Instagram feed flooded by pictures with berets, but you still don’t know how to handle it? Well, I have prepared the following rules for you to offer an insight into the brilliant production of the beret. Alors, vas-y!
The beret is a universal option for any height and shape of a woman and you can wear it casually or formally. It's no wonder why French women always look for new designs. I personally think that this hat is a perfect addition to any outfit. You can easily pair it with any outerwear option and you can style a black beret with ribbed knit sweaters and cocktail dresses for a glamorous and chic addition. No matter if it's one color, multicolored, or it comes in a basic design, it's a total catch. Find berets in elegant muted colors, including black, dark grey, navy, as well as plaid or monochrome ones, which are still graceful and elegant. I suggest to invest in one this year, to get yourself the most wanted fashion accessory.
Apart from the fact that we’re all for looking like our cool Parisian sisters, one of the other reasons to wear a beret is that they’re so versatile. You can wear one low on the back of your crown like your favorite beanie or you can wear it fluffed up on top of your head. You can wear your beret slanted to the side with a chic braid or you can have it dip over your face for a mysterious vibe.
Then there are all of the different outfits you can finish off with a beret. A beret may be a practical option for the cold weather, but you don’t need to limit wearing it to when you’re outside. A jaunty beret works with almost anything, from casual looks to coats to your fancy clothes. You can also take Gucci’s more-is-more approach any time of day and top your outfit with a beret and a handful of other statement accessories.
Actually, a beret looks best when styled with hair worn down, but it’s also the number one piece for short-haired girls. But, you can wear your hair in almost any style with a beret, depending on what kind of look you're going for. If you choose a bun, make sure to place it high enough to fit inside the beret, or low enough to sit below the band. Wearing hair loose with a few large curls makes for a glamorous 1940s look. I love to wear the beret when my hair isn’t made properly – such as a cool alternative for super fast hair styling. Some think that a beret has no purpose, but when you find yourself wearing it during a spring shower, you’ll be so happy for something just to be covering the top of your head!
But, to be honest, pulling off a beret without looking like an amateur painter or a mime is no easy feat. However, I’m gonna give you some rules for avoiding style disasters.
You can style the beret to almost every kind of look. There are knitted berets, woolen berets, berets with small pearls or rhinestones on it and so on. I love the classic wool berets worn with a long camel coat and a basic sweater and jean combo, as this look is an all-round chic and classic style.
This season, the beret is worn with sheer lace tops (just don't leave your bra at home), and it's teamed with heavily embroidered dresses, off-duty suits, you name it! Your wool beret will go perfectly with almost anything in your wardrobe, from sophisticated LBDs to slick suits in candy-whipped colors. Take a gray suit out of the office and onto the streets with a printed beret complete with a furry pompom. For a more relaxed vibe, ditch the shirt under your jacket.
Styling a beret the cool urban way means to go for long tailored trousers and a statement biker jacket: sweep your hair back to make it really stand out. Say good bye to mix ‘n match and try reds and pinks for a playful mix of late-winter colors! From the runway to real life, the Gucci beret is best worn with a tilt and a mix of seasonal colours. Remember, it's not about playing matchy-matchy. Whether worn with boots or high-heels, this style is endlessly (Parisian) chic! A black beret takes any outfit to a new level, including a long furry jacket and jeans. Or, personalize your furry coat and jeans with striking accessories: tie everything together by matching your lipstick with your beret.
Another favorite style: Pair the beret trend with over-the-knee boots! Take everything you know about proportions and forget it. Team a cape with over-the-knee boots and elbow-length gloves. Top the look off with a puffy beret.
Your beret doesn’t need to be the only statement accessory! Why wear one print when you can wear two, three or even four at once? Coordinate the tones in your dress and hat, then match the shades in your blouse and gloves - that way you still have some cohesiveness in your outfit.
How to wear the beret? Tilt the rim of your beret over one eyebrow, asymmetrically to frame your face perfectly for those street style cameras. Or tilt your beret to the back of your head so you can show off a statement pair of sunglasses — and your pretty face.
With a universe of styling possibilities at your fingertips, I bet you just have to go out and buy one now.