Outfits to Wear With French Berets


Your French beret that made you exclaim "ooh, la la!" upon eyeing it in a shop window brings a definitively Parisian flair to your wardrobe. However, finding a way to incorporate your new hat into your daily outfits without looking like you belong in a postcard image of a woman standing in front of the Eiffel Tower may cause hesitation when it comes to actually wearing it. Fortunately, your beret works well with a variety of looks, from classic to laid back.

Classic Prep

  • Go ahead and push the Parisian look for a polished, preppy vibe without going overboard by making it modern. Start with a navy-and-white, boxy, long-sleeve, cotton top tucked into a flounced white skirt. Pop your feet into a pair of black booties and add a black French beret. If it's cold outside, a cream-hued, double-breasted, three-quarter-length coat and a pair of dark gray tights will keep you cozy.

Boho Chic

  • Start with a navy French beret and build your outfit around the idea of a boho chic vibe. For hourglass and rectangle shapes, pull on a pair of bell-bottom jeans in a dark rinse. Go for straight-leg jeans for a flattering finish to apple- and pear-shaped body types. Pull on a fitted knit, elbow-sleeve top in a soft hue, such as pale gray or oatmeal. Add a bohemian edge with a boyfriend-style cardigan in a darker neutral like navy or deep amber. Add a pair of fringed booties or flats in a cognac brown hue, and you're chic and ready to go.

Ultra Feminine

  • If part of the imagery you associate with French hats is from the little girls in the Madeline books, styling around your beret calls for a nod to the preciousness associated with girly clothing. For this simple-to-accomplish look, start with a pair of black opaque tights and black over-the-knee suede boots to keep your look sophisticated and feminine. Pull on a short-sleeve dress with a cinched waist and Peter Pan collar. Finish your outfit with a beret for French chic appeal.

Urban Inspired

  • A French beret can add an interesting touch to an edgy, urban-inspired look. Skip the black or navy and look for a beret in a less conventional hue, such as deep purple, or find a pattern like black with tiny white dots. Pull on a black, chunky knit turtleneck sweater over a black leather miniskirt or skinny pants. Complete the ensemble with black shoes. Opt for pumps for a more sophisticated vibe or buckle-detailed moto-style boots for a rough-and-tumble aesthetic.

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