Like the colour orange, skinny jeans and velvet, I almost died a little inside when I heard that the beret was making a comeback. Of course, a girl’s allowed to change her mind…!
Not since the early 90s have I worn a beret. I bought a black one for a fancy dress party at college where I went as Faye Dunaway’s Bonnie Parker – just about the most stylish fancy dress outfit there is, no?! – and they were on trend for quite a while during that decade (think Cher Horowitz in Clueless). Maybe because that’s the last time I remember them being a thing that hearing about their return made me cringe a little?
[THE BERET IS] THE PERFECT NEUTRAL COLOUR AND WILL GO WITH SO MANY THINGS IN MY ALMOST-DEVOID-OF-BLACK WARDROBE.
Anyway, I probably wouldn’t have bought one (despite the beret being THE hat of the Dior Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear collection) if I hadn’t seen this camel wool beret from Asos. It’s the perfect neutral colour and will of course go with so many more things in my almost-devoid-of-black wardrobe than a black one would have.
SHOP THE LOOK:
They may not be the warmest hat to wear in the winter but you can style them in all sorts of different ways: You have to decide on the best way to wear a beret depending on your own style and what looks right on YOU. I tend to wear mine pulled to one side and down onto my forehead (more like a military beret I guess), but you may find it suits you better further back on your head or poufed up a little.
In keeping with the theme of these Monday #iwillwearwhatilike link ups – no rules, ladies!
The rest of the outfit was pulled together from what I just fancied wearing that day. The Jaeger navy pinstripe coat and check trousers are old favourites, the Seasalt sweater dress was new this Autumn (now on sale) and hadn’t been worn in a few weeks, and the patent flatform lace-ups are new and from Marks & Spencer… omGEE do I love these shoes?!!
Marks & Spencer shoes are ALWAYS so comfy, and these have a fabric edging at the back which stops rubbing at the heel (look closely: it looks like my socks are poking out but that’s actually part of the shoes). Again, like the beret, they’re a perfect neutral and I have worn them loads already.
What I really love about this outfit though are the colours and the little collections of stripes everywhere – stripes on the coat, stripes on the hem of the dress, stripes at my cuffs where gloves, roll neck sweater and dress cuffs and coat meet (see the close-up photo below). It’s the details like that which make me love an outfit: Lots of clumps of colour which for me are so much interesting than a black coat, black trousers and black boots… ESPECIALLY in the winter.
Don’t miss the different colour beret and navy coat finds I’ve sourced for you below if you’d like to try out either of these items for yourself…!
Onto the link up: Add your outfits to this week’s link up – and if you’ve added a link to here or my button to your post you may be featured next week!
HAVE YOU EMBRACED THE RETURN OF THE BERET YET? TELL ME IN THE COMMENTS OR TWEET ME @NOTLAMB!
Coat: Jaeger c/o (try this navy pinstripe trench or this similar plain navy wool coat)
Sweater dress: Seasalt c/o (limited sizes, I also like this one)
Trousers: Asos (old, I like these)
Shoes: Marks & Spencer
Bag: House of Fraser (same in black or I like this burgundy one)
Gloves: Tesco (similar)
OTHER BERETS AND NAVY COATS TO TRY:
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Thank you for joining the #iwillwearwhatilike link up! This started as a campaign on Instagram in August 2015 where women over 30 wore everything on a journalist’s list of “inappropriate” items for 30+ women (including leopard print, short dresses and oversized sunglasses. Yes, really). It was so popular that I decided to carry it on weekly where women of all ages link up their fabulous style, never mind what anyone tells them not to wear!
The link up goes live every Monday at 3pm UK time and will stay open for a week. Whilst the original article was of course aimed at the 30+, you can be ANY age to link up. The only criteria is that you’re wearing whatever you damn well like!
Linking up etiquette…
CLICK HERE to read the rules of linking up (and to grab the #iwillwearwhatilike button). Basically it’s just good manners to link back to here – to leave a comment is even nicer!
My favourite outfits from last week’s link up:
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