Beret hat: How to wear it?
Published: 14th August 2020
How to wear a beret hat
There are certain accessories when you’re looking at a vintage style which just catches the eye. Berets are a great example of this. Have they ever not been associated with chic stylish looks? Ready to embrace this style into your wardrobe? You can pick up your own from our vintage accessories section right here.
40s Film noir Femme Fatal
Lauren Becall is a real icon for this style, if you want that, she might be a spy or have killed her last rich elderly husband look, this is the one for you. Simple hair with a long wave Veronica Lake style, lose with a vintage feel, not a heavy set. Go smart with a simple but well-cut blouse, pencil skirt & fitted jacket, small handbag, Killer heels would be recommended, and possibly a gun in your garter belt.
50’s a la Marylin Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
A beret will not do much to protect your perfectly created pin curls but it will look great next to them. This is an extension of the more 40s style with more ‘up to date’ for the time hair. If you can get an extra long matching scarf to throw over 1 or both shoulders this will complete the look. All of the knits. I mean really would you argue with either of these two? Full-on matching knitted dresses or skirts with matching sweaters, PLUS a knitted matching beret too. It’s glorious.
Get this look with our V2 Pencil skirt
60s style Beatnik
This is one which gets me every time, the 60s style which was nodded at with early New York punk style (hi Deborah Harry, we’re looking at you)
Your favourite vintage idols of the day had this look in the late 50s or early 60s, Audrey Hepburn, Ann Margert, Bridgette Bardot, Twiggy. It’s a great one to have fun with. Think monochrome, slim cigarette trousers, loose sweaters with a high neck. Poker straight hair, or a cut in a bob. Bardot is one of our favourite references of this look. Hepburn really shines in the movie Beatnik too.
The 60s style also saw berets pulled low over the head, this picture of Twiggy illustrates that. You’ll see this way of wearing a beret, straight on your head & pulled low, feeds into 70s style too
Yes the original birthplace of style & Dior’s New Look which looms large over any vintage look. Small hats have an air of 40s style, Or course the beret hat is a French item and typically associated with Paris. Wearing a beret like your French or wearing a beret like your Parisian is the name. Confidence is the key here, look, feel, act & behave as if it’s the most natural thing in the world (it is) and as if you look incomparably chic in your beret hat & you’ve nailed it. Anyone questions you, side-eye them & walk away.
That 70s look
You might only have 1 item of 70s style clothing, but this is where accessories are so useful, mixing in the right accessory with the right item of clothing can help create a whole new look. That beret you wore for a 40s style outfit, can also work great in a 70s inspired outfit. The fashion in the 70s was to wear your beret. Going out for the night? Think sparkles & matching hat to dress, for work? A power suit with beret combo. We love this bib & dungaree dresses with matching berets. As with the later 60s style these were pulled lower over the head.
Did we miss your favourite way of wearing a beret? We’d love to hear from you!