Microtrend: The Rise and Rise of the Beret
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.
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Catwalk Notes: On paper, red leather beret sounds oh so wrong, and yet, as Alessandro Michele's vision comes to fruition on the catwalk, it works! With this natty hat, the rules are that there are no rules. Wear it with everything from lace camis to silk shift dresses to dinner parties, power lunches and beyond.
Catwalk Notes: Sixty percent of the Gucci models had a beret (crochet or wool) on their heads to top off the jaunt that was the summer collection. Far from blending into the outfit, this nana-chic vital component to the looks cemented the tone as totally eccentric. Not for everyone, but those brave few will certainly earn another fashion stripe for pulling off this microtrend.
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