You’re either a hat person or you’re not, and there’s rarely anything in-between. But with the onset of the much colder mornings, and evening commutes that leave you shivering all the way home, the need for a hat to cover your ears and keep you from freezing becomes ever more present. I’ve always been a fan of a hat, even if most of the time I forget to wear them; my wardrobe has a growing selection of head garments, but in all honesty most of the time I’m in too much of a rush to remember to plonk one on my noggin – but in the winter having easy garments you can rely on to keep you warm *and* stylish makes all the difference. Last year the iconic beret started to make a comeback and I dabbled in the trend, but this year I’m all about the effortless style of the classic shape. In my opinion, everyone needs at least one beret in their winter wardrobe; so if you’re thinking of taking the plunge but aren’t sure where to start, here’s why you need to pick up a beret and four ways to wear one perfectly…
So why does everyone need a beret, I hear you ask? Unlike a bobble hat, which tends to instantly make an outfit seem more casual, a beret keeps things totally chic and more suited to an office look (if that’s your thing.) It adds an instant touch of Parisienne sass and chicness with very little effort, while keeping you all warm and cosy. The simple style suits practically anyone, especially as it can be worn in all manner of ways to work with your face shape, so you don’t have to worry about hunting down a certain style that works for you. It’s also kinder to your ‘do, as it won’t leave hair looking flat, flustered or flyaway; the bobble hat is great at keeping you warm, but as soon as you take it off your barnet is totally ruined – so you have to commit to keeping it on all day long! (We’ve all been there.)
A beret is also a great way to update your look for 2018 too, instantly making a dress you’ve worn 100 times fresh again or a simple jumper and jeans combo a little more interesting. Opting for bold colours or embellished styles nods to the chic trends that we’ve seen in the glossy magazines, pushing your boundaries a little if you want to keep the rest of your look super simple. Sometimes a little beret is the finishing touch you look to pull everything together and to give you a spring in your step – because you instantly feel a little more on-trend when you’re wearing one!
I’ve I’ve convinced you to give it a go, but you need some help styling your beret, here are some of the different ways you can wear one to suit your face shape or look:
1. TILT TO THE SIDE
My personal favourite, adding a jaunty angle to your beret helps to keep it fun and chic in a classic way; I like to wear mine to one side to counteract the roundness of my face and to flatter my best side.
2. WORK WITH THE CROWN
If you don’t like to wear hats over your forehead (I know it can get sweaty and also play havoc with your makeup!) then placing the beret further back onto the crown of your head will provide an elegant and chic result. If you’re worried about a gust of wind blowing it off, secure in place with a few bobby pins.
3. USE THE BAND
The band of your beret can cause confusion, but it’s really it’s up to you whether you turn it in or out; each way will provide different styles and looks, so play around and see what works for you.
4. WITH ADDED HEIGHT
You don’t have to pull the beret down over your head if you don’t think it suits you; lifting it and creating height (with space above your crown) flatters angular face shapes and is better for warmer days too, when you wear it more for style than for warmth.
If you need some inspo, I’ve created a little Pinterest board with all my favourite looks and different ways you can wear this super chic piece of head gear. Check it out here!
SHOP THE LOOK
Marks & Spencer Leopard Print Dress | £49.50 | LINK
ASOS Velvet Ankle Boots | £35.00| SIMILAR HERE
Accessorize Black Wool Beret| £14.00 | LINK
Givenchy Antigona Bag | £1695.00 | LINK
ASOS White Wrap Around Coat | £89.00 | SIMILAR HERE
SOME AWESOME BERETS TO TRY