Last Updated on February 10, 2023
You’ve probably been seeing berets a lot more since a certain TV show has popped onto our screens, but how do you wear them?
Yes, the TV show in question is Emily in Paris. The fashion is a contentious issue; either you love it or you hate it, but either way, there’s no denying that its brought French fashion to the forefront of our minds (and wardrobes).
One such item we’ve been seeing a lot more of is the beret. Of course it’s not a new item, with a history dating all the way back to the 19th century when French and Spanish militaries wore the crowned design as part of their uniform.
Coco Chanel then adapted the hat, traditionally worn by men, for women and we’ve never looked back.
While it originated as a felt or wool hat, many berets now come in a wide range of materials and designs, including leather, crochet-knit and denim.
If Emily in Paris hasn’t convinced you to give it a go, perhaps the legions of celebrities who are fans of it will – Beyoncé, Bella Hadid and Meghan Markle amongst them.
I’ve historically struggled to make a beret look as effortless as it should, so I enlisted the advice of stylist Jessica Evans to teach me how to wear one the French way.
How to wear a beret
Follow these simple steps to achieve the French girl aesthetic perfectly.
- While it might be tempting to find any old beret, it’s important to find the right fit. Jess says, “This shape needs to fit your head perfectly simply so it doesn’t fall off throughout the day. Try multiple options as one size doesn’t fit all.”
- Ensure the hat isn’t too flat. Jess adds, “The brim must fit the front of your head properly and it takes a minute to perfect. Using a mirror, pull the top of the hat up using the little stem. Tilt the beret to one side (whichever side looks better for you) and voila! You are a style icon.”
- What about styling? Jess advises, “If a classic felt beret isn’t your vibe, take it into the New Year by giving it a 2022 spin. Opt for an alternative fabric such as PVC loved also by Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid and Alexa Chung.”
- If you’re nervous about wearing a beret, Jess has some pointers. “Keep it neutral when paired with brighter hues if or opt for the other way around.”
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