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How to Style a Beret

The staple you're missing.

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As we're all aware, the French just know what they're doing when it comes to style. Over the years, you've doubtlessly attempted to emulate that je ne sais quoi that is synonymous with French-girl fashion. But there's one staple of Parisienne style you may have avoided for fear of not being able to pull it off: The beret. This iconic chapeau has been a runway staple for fashion houses for years, and style icons like Rihanna, Princess Di and Cher Horowitz have worn this headpiece with ease. And now, so can you! The beret is such a versatile accessory and comes in many different fabrics, from the classic wool-felt to cool and edgy leather. It gives a touch of femininity to any look it's paired with. Here, seven outfits we've styled to show you how to confidently accessorize any outfit with a beret.

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1 First Night Out
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When we are finally able to dress up for special occasions, I, for one, will be opting for an outfit that speaks to the fact that we have all been wearing loungewear for a full year. Pack on ruffles, florals, glitter, and metallics. Don't stop there—if you're really looking to make a statement, add on a beret with a lace-veil overlay for that added whimsical aesthetic.

Shop the pieces: 1. Madewell Heart Hoops, $24; 2. Vampire's Wife Dress, $1,695; 3. Maison Michele Beret, $675; 4. JW PEI Crossbody Bag $45; 5. Maria La Rosa Socks, $49, 6. By Far Sandals, $193

2 Big Collar Energy
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The exaggerated '70s collared blouse, leather culottes, and beret might be an intimidating look to pull off, but each of these pieces will help you step out of your box (I promise). Layer this blouse under a knit cardigan so the wide collar lays on top; sport a pair high-rise culottes with tall croc-skin boots that will pass the hem of the trouser; and top it off with a felt beret tilted slightly to the side. Finish off this look with your go-to sunnies, a mini shoulder bag, and your daily jewelry.

Shop the pieces: 1. Hat Attack Beret, $32; 2. Ganni Blouse, $165; 3. Mango Cardigan, $30; 4. VIKA Faux Leather Culottes, $186; 5. Amazon Sunglasses, $10; 6. JINEAR Ring, $12; 7. JINEAR Ring, $12; 8. The Marc Jacobs Bag, $150; 9. Schutz Boots, $188

3 Simple Yet Chic
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A beret is timeless—so a foolproof way to incorporate it into a look is to keep the rest of the pieces timeless. A cardigan, a pair of great-fitting denim, a wool coat, a sling-back flat and gold jewelry. Put this all together and you have a outfit that works every time—without fail. Find pieces that have updated details, like a cardigan with voluminous sleeves, to keep the look modern.

Shop the pieces: 1. Brixton Beret, $49; 2. Oak + Fort Cardigan, $78; 3. H&M Wool Coat, $149; 4. AGOLDE Denim Jeans, $200; 5. Mejuri Ring, $95; 6. Alienina Should Bag, $62; 7. Balenciaga Slingbacks, $795

4 French Kiss
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Layer a slinky slip dress under a cashmere sweater with black boots and a classic trench. Instead of adding jewelry to this look, opt for a silk scarf tied around your neck, and in lieu of a knit beanie choose a muted pink beret. These small substitutions will elevate your outfit to that effortlessly chic French-girl aesthetic we all love.

Shop the pieces: 1. ASOS Design Beret, $16; 2. Extreme Cashmere Sweater, $520; 3. Lauren Ralph Lauren Trench Coat, $140; 4. Burberry Silk Twill Scarf, $485; 5. Nordstrom Gloves, $99; 6. Rat & Boa Slip Dress, $150; 7. ASOS Design Boots, $44

5 Sporty Spice
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Don't overthink it—a beret can be worn with any outfit. So, consider wearing a beret with a relaxed look like this varsity-inspired jumper and worn in denim. The key is to accessorize correctly. Add trendy chunky sneakers and jewelry, a belt bag to wear across your body, and a non-traditional cable knit beret to finish off the off-duty look, and you're out the door.

Shop the pieces: 1. Sporty & Rich Crewneck, $140; 2. Undercover Knit Beret, $205; 3. Leon Set Necklace, $80; 4. Wrangler Denim Jeans, $98; 5. Jennifer Fisher Ring, $99; 6. Louis Vuitton Bumbag, $2,595; 7. New Balance Sneakers, $120

6 Matchy Matchy
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An easy way to be both trendy and comfy is to lean into the "borrowed from the boys" trend. Layer a thick cable-knit sweater dress under an oversized straight blazer. Now, for accessories, add a belt to cinch the waist and coordinate a shoulder bag with gold accents to match. Finish off the look with a suede beret to mirror your blazer and you're ready for the city streets.

Shop the pieces: 1. The Frankie Shop Blazer, $179; 2. Helen Kaminski Beret, $130; 3. Ray-Ban Sunglasses, $154; 4. All In Favor Sweater Dress, $69; 5. B-Low the Belt , $138; 6. MANC Shoulder Bag, $400; 7. ZARA Boots, $80

7 Leather Weather
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Go bold with a leather beret! Style yours with bottle-green leather pants and a cardigan that shows off some skin. Pair these pieces with booties with a heavy chain accent that lean into the edgy vibe of this look and finish off the look with your favorite hoop earrings and sunnies.

Shop the pieces: 1. Leather Beret, $13; 2. Florens Top, $130; 3. Amazon Sunglasses, $154; 4. Jennifer Zeuner Hoops, $176; 5. Wilfred Leather Pants, $148; 6. Bottega Crossbody Bag, $2,850; 7. Stuart Weitzman Boots, $595

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