If you’re even thinking about trying to pull off a beret, then you’re probably the kind of freethinking fashion revolutionary who doesn’t want or need to follow guidance, much less ‘rules’. But we’ll give you some anyway.
Speaking of “statement”, your beret-wearing artist’s palette is by no means restricted to the conventional navy and black: “Now we’re seeing brighter, lighter colours – for example, white is in demand this season.”
What To Wear With A Beret
Provided you’ve got the clout to wear a beret at all, then whatever you like. Gosha, Off-White and Stüssy have all deployed berets with the streetwear uniform of hoodies, track pants and trainers. It’s been suggested by some pundits that you should dial down the rest of your ‘fit to compensate for the statement-iness of the beret, which is only logical. But frankly, if you’re wearing a beret, then you’re way beyond such concerns.
For more of a Left Bank look, draw outfit inspiration from the autumn/winter 2017 show by YMC (a wearable, not-bonkers brand that has repeatedly advanced berets before they were ‘cool’ – ditto Margaret Howell): an overcoat or tweedily academic tailoring, chunky statement knit or Breton top and a long scarf, all in monochrome and just the right side of mime artist. Again, some commentators counsel against stripey tops because of the comedy Frenchman connotations, but if you’re going to wear a beret, then we say: lean in. Or bank left.
Finally, you could take direction from Spike Lee – or Jack Nicholson at the 1976 Oscars – and wear your beret with black tie. Or purple, in Lee’s case. Do the bright thing.