An ultimate beret guide

The beret's history is a fascinating journey that spans centuries and continents, evolving from practical headwear to a cultural and fashion icon.

Let’s revisit the story of the iconography of French style and explore the styling inspirations by Galerie Mode!

Did you know…

The beret's origins trace back to the Basque people, inhabiting the Pyrenees Mountains on the border of France and Spain. These early berets, made from wool, were likely worn by shepherds and fishermen for their warmth and practicality.

By the 17th century, beret production became industrialized in southern France, particularly in the Oloron-Sainte-Marie region. Initially associated with the working class, by the 1920s, berets gained wider popularity, becoming a fashion statement for both men and women.

In the early 1900s, it started gaining traction as a fashion statement, especially among artists and intellectuals in Paris. Figures like Picasso, Monet, and Coco Chanel popularized the beret, imbuing it with an air of bohemian chic. The beret also embodies a sense of French identity, often depicted in stereotypical caricatures and media portrayals.

Ways to wear a beret

The beret, with its tight fit around the head, can be worn in a variety of angles. Worn back of the head or tilted, a beret hat offers different ways to wear, enhancing the wearer’s charisma and unique style. Its elegant versatility helps the beret become a powerful fashion statement, retaining its position in the ever changing world of fashion.

Ways to wear a beret:

- Back of the head: For a more casual vibe, position the beret at the back of your head, with the brim resting at the nape of your neck.
- Straight on: Wear the beret centered on your head, with the headband above your brows.
- Tilted forward: For a playful touch, tilt the beret slightly forward, letting the front of the brim dip above your forehead.

Beret hat styling inspirations

A beret hat is a versatile fashion statement that can elevate any outfit, adding a touch of effortless sophistication. Explore simple styling ideas to wear this iconic hat for different occasions.

Casual Chic

A style that seamlessly blends sophistication with casual comfort. The black raffia beret injects a touch of Parisian charm, while the poplin shorts and white bodysuit duo hits the balance between effortless and chic. Finish off with classic, minimal pearl earrings and mini crossbody bag.

A touch of bright

For the cooler days, this outfit captures a cozy chic style with Parisian flair.The relaxed-fit, deep green sweatshirt is complemented with a touch of femininity from the grey ruched midi skirt. Infuse a burst of sunshine into the outfit with a yellow metallic wool beret worn straight on.

Winter neutrals

Start with a supportive bra top as your base layer and black leggings, then throw on a timeless trench coat. A wool beret in a neutral color adds a touch of Parisian charm and warmth, while a spacious tote bag in a neutral color like ivory or white completes the outfit.

Bold and romantic

For a romantic date night, embrace a timeless silhouette with a polka-dot dress. Inject a dose of personality with a leopard print beret hat and a matching leopard print clutch. Finally, add a touch of timeless elegance with a pair of pearl earrings.

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