Microtrend: The Rise and Rise of the Beret

Philippa Morgan Walker

The beret is back, and it's cooler than ever before. This hat was once a satirical accessory used to instantly turn almost any character into a Parisian artist archetype; now it's a vital element of Gucci's emergence as the cutting-edge brand that brought young-aristo eccentricity back to the fashion fold. Blogger Natalie Off Duty admitted on Instagram recently that she never travels without one; that's reason enough for us to get involved. What's more it's been topping off some of the hottest outfits on the A/W 16 front row at New York Fashion Week.

The 2016 way to style this flying saucer–shaped hat is so far flung from the Breton stripe. Quite the contrary, the beret is now 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! With a universe of styling possibilities at your fingertips, we decode who's wearing it and which one should you buy now because this trend isn't vapid, it's here to stay.

Scroll down for a master class in beret-wearing fun!

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