This "Cliché" French Accessory Is the Season's It Item

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During fashion month, we noticed one major trend that pretty much everyone adopted on the street style scene. Berets—those “cliché” hats typically reserved for French tourist shops—were everywhere. We’ll trace it back to the runways of Gucci and Christian Dior, where the designers made a strong case for the unexpected accessory. Shown in bright hues or crafted from leather, the fashion houses made a statement on the runways that has now made it to the street style scene in a big way. But what is the best way to wear one? Ahead we’re breaking down how to style with a beret so you look like a fashion girl and not a tourist.

The most important thing we learned is about the placement. There are a few ways to wear a beret. The most popular way is just covering the hairline on the forehead tilted to one side. Another way to style it is farther back on the head, similar to how you might wear a slouchy beanie. Another key trick to wearing one comes down to the styling. Try a vibrant color to add a pop of color to a neutral look, or wear one to elevate a dress and over-the-knee boots.

Go on to see how to style a beret like fashion girls, and then shop our favorite styles.

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Match a vibrant beret to an outfit with similar colors.

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A beret is a perfect accessory for a vampy look. This burgundy beret is the perfect complement to lace boots and an off-the-shoulder dress.

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Go for a simpler look with a casual sweaterdress and knee-high boots. 

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Add a pop of color to a neutral outfit with a bold beret.

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Pair a leather beret with a big faux-fur jacket and block heels. 

Add a pop of color to your winter wardrobe with this wool beret. 

Match with a black turtleneck for a chic look. 

Pair with an off-the-shoulder shirt for a sultry look. 

We love the gold detailing on this French accessory. 

Pair with a feminine red blouse to complete a romantic French look. 

Opt for this more affordable army-colored beret from Reformation. 

Add a cool pop of color with this piece. 

Perfect for a cool, laid-back look. 

We love the embellished detail on this one from Mango. 

Pair with a striped shirtdress for a cool Parisian look. 

We love the cool shape of this beret from Iris and Ink. 

Also available in cream, pink, and red. 

Stay warm with a neutral wool beret. 

Red is everywhere this season. Incorporate the color into your wardrobe with this leather beret from Gucci. 

Add to a simple knit sweater for fall. 

We love how simple this leather beret is. 

Pair with statement earrings for the ultimate French-girl look.

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