What happens in Paris clearly don't stay in Paris. Famous for their berets, this hat trend is poised for a major comeback as a chic accessory that will instantly upgrade your outfits (and maybe proclaim your wokeness!). The beret has its roots anchored in military fashion, previously worn by soldiers back in the beatnik era. It's also been favored by artists since the 18th century, as they were once worn by painters and poets. Did you know famous personalities Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, Edith Piaf, John Lennon, Yoko Ono and Brigitte Bardot wore this French hat, too?
Now that you've learned that berets signal your political and social engagement—AKA your wokeness—here's how you can style them. Take inspiration from brands like Dior, who awakened the tough persona berets imbibe through its leather iteration, follow Gucci, who channeled Margot Tenebaum's eccentric style or maybe you can cop how these street style stars are styling their berets!
1. Pantsuit Topper
Go all out with your retro-inspired blazer and trouser coordinates and add on a colored beret. It's the punctuation to take your usual officewear from mundane to modern.
2. Color accent
All-black dressing is an easy outfit combination to put together. But to keep your look interesting, pick up a bold-colored beret just to break the monotonous tendency!
Style your beret like the Parisian girls do. Equal parts of casual and chic. Pair your trusty denim skirt with ballet flats and top it off with a cute beret to finish your look.
Who says a beret can't be worn with sporty pieces? Adding a beret in the same color scheme is the unexpected item you need to stand out among activewear-inspired ensembles.
5. Toughen up
Berets are known to be made out of soft materials like felt or cashmere. But do as Rihanna does and add little edge to your outfit and wear a beret made with leather!
6. Formal wear accessory
Jewels may add a certain finesse to your gowns and frocks but nothing beats a beret. Challenge the norm and opt for a beret to push the envelope and change the way you accessorize.
Go back to the beret's roots and wear it like the soldiers did. Opt for military hues that come in boxy silhouettes for maximum effect.
8. Highlight street elements
Earn major street style cred by finishing off your hoodie ensemble with a beret. The beret will instantly upgrade the hoodie ensemble everyone is used to seeing around.
9. Balance the silhouette
As maximalism enters back into popularity, the beret can instantly help you in trying out this trend. Voluminous tops and wide-leg trousers have the tendency to engulf you, balance out the big silhouette by adding a beret.
Of course, the fail-proof way to style your beret is going the polished, preppy route. Keep the look contemporary by sporting a pastel print on print pairing!