Shop Our Favorite Chic Berets.
The iconic beret seems as quintessentially French as baguettes or Breton stripes, but this hat style actually belongs to everyone. We're not kidding; there are smart military versions, slouchy styles (the kind we tend to associate with artists), and the chic, minimal renditions preferred by tastemakers like Diane Kruger. Whether it's worn facing forward or tipped to the side at a jaunty angle, this traditional chapeau makes a strong style statement with minimal effort. Read on to see why this Current Classic--rendered in a fun print or adorned with a sweet bow--is back on our radar.
No matter the fashion landscape, the beret has endured as a timelessly chic accent, worn both by renowned style icons of the '40s (Joan Crawford and Katharine Hepburn) and contemporary, fashion-forward celebrities (Diane Kruger). The brimless beret helped Crawford direct attention to her striking facial features--the famous wide eyes, high cheekbones, and broad lips--and channel the screen legend's original boy-meets-girl style. At Chanel's S/S 13 Haute Couture show in Paris earlier this year, Kruger wore a beret with the label's tweed number. With its exaggerated collar and nipped waist, her dress exudes a decidedly cute, girly feel, which is effectively tempered by the smart, tilted hat.
On The Market
1. American Apparel Unisex WoolBeret ($24) in Raspberry
American Apparel's a go-to for wardrobe basics, so their classic interpretation of the beret is a safe bet. Try one in a rich raspberry hue to jazz up your everyday look.
2. Yestadt Millinery Purple Leopard Beret ($368, available through special order at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Make a bold statement in Yestadt's leopard beret. Worn with your hair tucked in and a bold red lip, this hat's tailored shape is best for emphasizing your features.
3. Hat Attack Wool Beret ($44)
Embellished with a little leather bow, Hat Attack's beret is a sweet twist on the timeless chapeau. Style it with a slim pencil skirt and heels for a feminine, 40's-inspired outfit.
4. Eugenia Kim Olivia Metallic Chevron Knit Hat ($240)
Top off your look with this adorable knitted hat by Eugenia Kim. Leave it to the talented milliner to create a luxe version with a playful pom-pom.
5. Goorin Bros. Hot Toddy Beret ($32, 323.951.0393) in White
Complement a cozy sweater and your favorite jeans with this soft, cream beret for a polished weekend ensemble.
6. LAUREN Ralph Lauren Wool Felt Beret ($48)
You can't go wrong with a beret as simple and straightforward as LAUREN Ralph Lauren's practical cap. Slip it on whenever you need to add extra polish to your look.