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January 13, 2022 3 min read

Fashionable and functional, a jaunty beret can keep you warm in a colorful and sassy way. And not just one way! Berets can be worn in a variety of ways to complement your hairstyle or beautifully accessorize an outfit. So, how do you wear a beret?


There is evidence that the military wore a similar look in ancient Greece, but the history behind berets today comes from a rural saga. The practical chapeau was worn by the shepherds tending their flocks at the base of the Pyrenees in both southern France and northern Spain. The color of beret worn once indicated the region you were from.

Berets have become the icon of French fashion and art through the years while also morphing into a political statement. A quintessential symbol of powerful political activists like Che Guevara and the Black Panthers, the beret made a statement all on its own.

Who Wears Them?

When you hear the word “beret,” it usually conjures a distinct image of a wearer or wearers. Just a few that may come to mind might include:

  • Faye Dunaway
  • Audrey Hepburn
  • Ernest Hemingway
  • Johnny Rotten
  • Beyoncé
  • Anne Hathaway

The beret continues to be a part of military uniforms worldwide. Many high school and college marching bands don berets, and it is a popular alternative for tuba and sousaphone players, as traditional band hats are too high for tuba clearance.

The reality is that anyone can wear a beret. They can add a pop of color and a sleek line, and a quality beret in classic wool can keep you warm without disheveling a great hair day when worn in certain ways.

Ways to Wear Your Beret

Most other hats do not have the versatility of a beret. Stocking caps, cowboy hats, and baseball caps are all pretty static in how they can be worn. The soft, abundant fabric provides ample alternatives when trying to decide how to wear a beret.

The Traditional Way

Known as the traditional way to wear a beret, you should:

1. Place the beret about three-quarters up on your forehead, tuck the brim under to secure it in place, and then choose a side to which you will tilt the hat.

But don’t stop there, there are many more options!

A few things you will want to consider when choosing your style should include your hair length, face shape, and the clothes you will be wearing.

Short Hair

It’s almost like berets were created for short hairstyles. As a fashion team, they are just so sassy and upbeat. Next time you wear your beret, mix it up a little and:

2. Wear it off your forehead completely and tilted to the back.
3. Try different ways of tucking your hair in, like one side, both sides, or just bangs.
4. Use wisps of hair to frame your face.
5. Pull the beret low, covering your ears and hair completely, Twiggy-style.

Long Hair

Wearing a beret with long hair adds a luxurious and sophisticated air to your look. With long hairstyles, you can:

6. Wear the beret at the back of your head, tilted slightly back (not too much, or it won’t have a natural flow), and pin in place.
7. Part your hair on the side or in the middle, and let your locks flow.
8. Try it with a cute pony or sleek braid.

And as if berets weren’t versatile enough already, you can even create the look of a short hairstyle with a beret. Just tuck in your long locks as much as desired and adjust how you see fit!

Buy a Beret

Chic and stylish, the Sophie Beret by Gigi Pip is your must-have this winter season . . . and all year round. Available in Dusty Blush Pink, Camel, Black, Heather Grey, and Rust, you’ll want this entire rainbow of berets in your closet or on your coat rack.