10 Different Ways To Pull Off A Beret

The American arrives in Paris with a few French phrases he has culled from a conversational guide or picked up from a friend who owns a beret.” Fred Allen, one of America’s most popular comedians, hit the beret dilemma on the, ahem, head when he described their innate pretension. There’s a feeling that the pancake-shaped hat is a Gallic birthright – and that anyone else is merely playing the pouting, pancake-hatted Parisienne. Allen would be amused to hear the beret has emerged as autumn/winter 2017’s most divisive accessory, with the street style set (not to mention Maria Grazia Chiuri, who has made leather versions by Stephen Jones a key weapon in her Dior girl’s arsenal) determined to make the flat-crowned hat happen. How to wear it now? Take inspiration from the pavement-pounders: don’t be afraid to accessorise with earrings or sunglasses, or to try head-to-toe black. Just steer clear of tourist-shop red – unless that’s part of your irony-laden look.

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