The ’90s beret trend is back

The classic accessory of Parisian artists is enjoying a major moment this fall and I’m loving it. There’s a long history of chic women sporting the beret. Not only has it graced style icons we all know and adore (Kate Moss, Karolina Kurkova, Barbra Streisand, Brigitte Bardot, Twiggy), but it was also a major accessory on the recent runways. Part sophisticated, part sweet, this versatile accessory is set to become your new go-to fashion item.

Hats are always one of the best accessories for fall and winter and there’s something incredible classic and chic about the beret. You can play around with textures, prints, and colours to add an element of edginess to your outfit. I you’re a little confused on how exactly to wear it, here are a few tips that may help:

Use it as the focal point of your outfit.

Go for a bigger size—a tight beret feels itchy and awkward.

Tilt it to the side, or wear it further back on your head. Make sure the knot is located to fit at the back of the head.

You can pair the beret with a low ponytail, sleek, straightened hair or can tuck your hair into a tight chignon and cover it with the beret, leaving a few loose strands to fall and frame your face.

Your beret’s shade should not only pair well with the tones of your wardrobe, but should also be chosen to best suit your hair colour: blondes look great with green, light blue, grey and pink berets; brunettes with brown, forest green, burgundy and red; black hair looks stunning with purple, red, cream and navy blue; and redheads look best with deep greens, navy blues and light pink berets. There are so many colours and options but you can also never go wrong with a simple black.

Zara, Shopbop, Asos

Berets are understated and accessible enough to incorporate into everyday wear and because of their versatility they are appropriate for both casual and formal occasions. Best part? It’s an item you don’t need to spend a lot on!


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By Barbora

Slovakia-born, Toronto-dwelling fashion lover. A fashion consultant, freelance writer, red carpet reporter and the creator behind ChiChi.