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.
Faye Dunaway donned the classic wool topper as Bonnie Parker in the 1967 big screen sensation, Bonnie and Clyde. Her style was the epitome of chic and she managed to make indulging in a homicidal crime spree look somehow, sophisticated:
Internationally renowned fashion icon, Twiggy, also helped covet the style in the 60’s adding a touch of color to the scene:
In the 70’s, John Lennon and Yoko Ono brought an element of ‘cool’ to the accessory and perhaps a touch of irony, appropriating the traditional military wear while they championed a message of peace:
And in the 90’s , Alicia Silverstone as Cher Horowitz in the film Clueless, reignited the sensation:
So the Beret is “back” in Spring 2017, but looking back through its history, we doubt it ever really left. Nevertheless, now somehow seems like a better time than ever to add this elegant and timeless piece to your hat rack.