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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Women's hat sizes are fairly intuitive. The average women's head size measures around 57cm. If you are unsure of your hat size the Gigi Pip small/medium hat would be the best starting point. The small/medium hat size is made to fit 57cm + can be adjusted down to 55cm. If you know you have a slightly larger head go with the 59cm size. As far as Gigi Pip sizing goes this is a medium/large, made to fit a 59cm head size + then can be adjusted down to 57cm. The largest size Gigi Pip offers is a 61 cm, labeled as an XL, like our other sizes the 61 can be sized down to 59 cm. For women who feel they have a slightly smaller head than normal we recommend an XS which begins at 55cm + can be sized down to 53 cm. In select styles we offer kids sizing which begins at 53 cm + can be adjusted to 51 cm.
In short- the most common hat size is a S/M (57cm). While this is the most common hat size, remember that properly sizing your Gigi Pip hat will ensure the best fit.
There are two primary methods of measuring your hat size + are based on the style in which you wear your hat. You will need to take both measurements (shown below) + then use the larger of the two measurements to determine your hat size. Once you've received your hat, you can decide how you would like to wear it + adjust your hat size accordingly.
TIP: If you don't have a textile measuring tape, use a string or piece of yarn to measure the distance around your head. After you have marked the yarn around your head, lay it out flat on the ground or table + measure the straightened out piece of yarn with a measuring stick or regular measuring tape.
Adjustable Inner Band Instructions
Flip up the sweatband to find the Velcro tab + pull to tighten. Velcro the ribbon back in place to secure your desired fit. The adjustable band can adjust the hat up to 5 cm when necessary! Some helpful tips about our adjustable inner band-
Hat Sizing Tape Instructions
Hat sizing tape is an additional option for tightening the fit of your hat. Place the foam tape on the inside of your hat, behind the sweatband, with the sticky side facing towards the hat wall. Wrap the tape completely around the hat for maximum size decrease or cut tape length in half for a more moderate decrease. Size to fit prior to removing the adhesive cover. Once the fit is correct, remove the adhesive cover, press firmly into place, and wa-lah.
For more questions about hat sizing, please contact Gigi Pip at email@example.com.