Nov 20, 2017 How To

3 French-Girl Secrets to Wearing a Beret

by Lauren Eggertsen

I don't know about you, but every time I wear a beret, I feel like I look like I'm trying way too hard. And after some careful examination of how French girls wear theirs, I realized there were a few key styling tips I was missing out on. So I reached out to three of my favorite Parisians to find out how they manage to make a beret look so effortlessly chic. Luckily, Adeline RaponKenza Sadoun el Glaoui, and Sabina Socol were game to let us in on their beret-styling secrets so that we too can enjoy the luxuries of the iconic topper.

Click in to read the French style tips on how to wear a beret and to see a few of our favorite beret outfits.

Adeline Rapon

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"The beret mostly helps make my simple way of dressing more interesting, like for a party or somewhere where I'm supposed to be a little more dressed up! I think I can wear a beret with quite anything, since there's so many different styles and colors, like sparkly, or leather, red, blue, and more!"

Kenza Sadoun el Glaoui

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"Wearing the beret doesn't mean wearing a total Parisian or French look. I like to wear the beret as I would wear a cap—in a casual way or in a very minimalistic way. It is the perfect retro touch to an outfit, which is why I like to wear it with a modern look."

Sabina Socol

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"Wearing a beret is extremely cliché—especially if you're French. But to me, wearing a beret is a question of timing. Now that we've seen (and loved) it during fashion week (I'm looking at you, Dior and street style stars), we might be tempted to give it a try."

See our favorite beret outfits:

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Pictured: Beret + Check Coat + Elegant Sweater + Skinny Jeans + Ankle Boots

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Pictured: Beret + Button-Down Shirt + Zip Turtleneck + White Pants + Loafers

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Pictured: Beret + Parka + Black Sweater + Track Pants + Sneakers 

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Pictured: Beret + Monochromatic Outfit + Over-the-Knee Boots

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Pictured: Beret + Moto Jacket + Turtleneck + Plaid Skirt + Vans 

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Sandra Semberg

Pictured: Beret + Oversize Blazer + Patterned Sweater + Tights + Kitten-Heel Boots 

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Pictured: Beret + Long White Coat + Skinny Jeans + Statement Heels

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Sandra Semberg

Pictured: Beret + Thin Knit + Velvet Skirt + Patent Boots 

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Pictured: Beret + Bra Top + Co-Ord Jacket and Pantsuit 

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Collage Vintage

Pictured: Beret + Trench Coat + Spotted Shirt + Check Pants + Jacquard Purse 

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Pictured: Beret + Graphic T-Shirt + Boot-Cut Jeans + Cowboy Boots 

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Sandra Semberg

Pictured: Beret + Shearling Jacket + Sweater + Wide-Leg Pants + Converse 

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Style du Monde

Pictured: Beret + Graphic Tee + Leather Pants + Chunky Boots 

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Pictured: Beret + Festive Coat + Skinny Jeans + Flats 

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Pictured: Beret + Faux-Fur Jacket + Frilly Dress + Slingback Heels 

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Pictured: Beret + Printed Coat + Striped Scarf + Pumps 

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Collage Vintage

Pictured: Beret + Sweater + Track Pants + Brogues

Now all you need is the perfect topper. Shop our editor-approved berets here

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