Oui, c’est vrai! The beret is back. Countless fashion experts and Instagram bloggers alike are calling this quintessentially french accessory the ‘must have’ item in 2017. But us hatters wonder, did it ever really leave?
Though its origins can be traced back to the Bronze Age, the humble beret was widely adapted by French working class in the 1920’s. It wasn’t long before it made its way to the hat racks of fashion lovers internationally.
If you follow Hattingdon you know that the beret is one of her most popular looks ever — Hattingdon loves a beret! That’s Bonnie Ariste up there in the banner.
I love a beret too. However, I am never really certain I am wearing it just right. How about you?
With Hattingdon I can wear a beret from the Bonnie Hattingdon® design series and know I will always look smashing. Take a look.
I styled myself with berets (and the occasional head scarf tied in a jaunty fashion) all through college. Being a big time, all time, classic movie fan, I thought a beret made me look as chic as Lauren Bacall in “The Big Sleep”.
Naturally, when I created Hattingdon I had to include berets in her collection.
I named the design Bonnie.
Bonnie. Hmmm, didn’t Bonnie in the 1967 movie “Bonnie and Clyde” wear a beret too? Oh look. She did. And not only that. Faye Dunaway and the movie were credited with bringing the beret back in style.
Widely regarded as the easiest hat to wear, berets are also the most versatile. Just make sure that you pull it down on to your head . . .
The fabric also needs to be soft and malleable so it doesn’t sit stiffly like a saucer. I do not agree that berets are best worn with long hair – Faye Dunaway in Bonnie & Clyde teamed hers with a jaw-length bob and looked amazing – but even if it is just a few wisps, you do need to see some hair to pull off the look.
Milliner of the moment Gina Foster says: “I always like typical French berets worn at a jaunty angle, with the side sweeping down to the right – which is usually the most flattering angle on the face.
“Or pull it on to the head and slightly down at the back for a more fresh-faced, casual look.”
Of course, you need concern yourself with none of that with Bonnie Hattingdon. You can sport a beret and not worry a thing about your hair or if you are wearing your beret right. Hattingdon wears a beret perfectly and looks marvelous. So will you!