Hip, Hip — Beret!
Fall's hardest-working accessory may be the easiest to wear—the versatile beret. Timelessly chic, the hat is part of our style history.
Who can forget the Black Panthers wearing these iconic toppers as a sign of revolution? In 2016, when the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl coincided with the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party, Beyoncé had 50 Black women dancers in “formation” during her halftime show. They wore berets as an homage to the group.
This isn’t just power dressing. This is Black Power dressing. We’ve loved the look forever on stylish women such as Nia Long, Tracee Ellis Ross, Janet Jackson, Janelle Monáe and Mary J. Blige.
HBCU students have been rocking them on campus for generations. During Milan Fashion Week, Giorgio Armani’s Fall 2023 ready-to-wear collection accessorized unstructured, earth-toned ensembles earth-toned ensembles with black berets.
Think fluid, wide-leg pants, monochrome sets, sleek maxi dresses, and classic blazers and cardigans. Textural plays of matte and shimmery fabrics, fringe and faux fur kept the layered looks lively.
Styling your beret: To get that très chic tilt, keep the brim tucked in and level. Play with the crown by angling it to one side, keeping the crease sharp. On the other side, you can play with the shape to add volume and verve. Or, for a puffier look that covers your ears, you can untuck the brim.
Daytime outing? In crisp weather, pair your beret with a trench coat, peacoat or other classic silhouette, plus ankle boots. Date night? Try a velvet beret over sensual separates.