Bérets…do you?

Like them? Wear them? Associate them with The French? It was this headline that caught my eye:

‘Berets, Unapologetically French And Unapologetically Chic’ (Elle UK).

No surprises there, with the inclusion of the words French and Chic!

I’ve written before about stereotypes associated with France and the French, including wearing striped Breton tops, carrying baguettes and, of course, wearing berets. Over the years, I’ve seen very few French people wearing berets ( although I have seen plenty of striped tops and baguette carriers!!) and on those occasions I have they’ve tended to be sported by older gentlemen!

Bérets have been around  for a very long time. Depending on which source you read, the béret can be accredited to Noah or the ancient Greeks but the ‘modern’ beret is said to have originated in the Basque region.

I asked my youngest son what he associated with the word ‘béret’. He came up with worn by ‘the military and pretentious artists (!).’

He’s probably right up to a point. Picasso, Marlène Dietrich, Faye Dunaway and so many other painters, actors, singers have been pictured wearing berets. Whether this makes them pretentious, I have no idea! There are many other celebrated beret wearers.  Too many to mention in one blog post!

The beret has also been used to symbolise revolution; as worn by Che Guevara for example.

My first encounter with a béret was as part of my Brownie uniform. Haha! Luckily, I don’t have any photos of me wearing, what I considered to be the most hideous outfit. For someone with olive skin, a brown dress, accessoried with touches of yellow, did me no favours at all!


I managed to find this image on Pinterest. It is almost an exact replica of my Brownie uniform. I believe that the Brownie uniform is much more practical now.

What about bérets as a fashion item? I must have been scarred by my Brownie Uniform Beret as I have never worn one since I was eleven. Apparently bérets are back in fashion. I know for some people they have never gone away. Penny, who writes the blog:


wears a beret (and other hats!) with aplomb. Do have a look!

I’m actually thinking that I might be brave and try a beret. I’m sure I’ll be able to find one in  charity (thrift) shop. I’ve found a video that might help me with styling my béret:

Sadly, there is only one historic beret factory left in France: Laulhère. The Laulhère company has become something of a French institution… It’s the last remaining  factory producing distinct and 100% homegrown French berets, which it’s been doing for 200 years. Having survived the threat of bankruptcy, the company is now growing and its berets are even worn by princesses and movie stars.

I’m looking forward to hearing from all those beret wearers out there!

21 thoughts on “Bérets…do you?

  1. I have been wearing berets dice I was a child. I associate them with my mother and my school uniform. If anything to do with France, I associate them with my husband’s school uniform as well. Don’t even get me started on that French chic shit!! Lol!! I swear I’ve never seen anyone in Paris or the South in a beret!!! I can’t even….. this is my kind of post!!!!💖💖💖💖💖💖

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  2. I love the vlogger styling her berets – the red beret is ace! I think berets can suit even those who say they don’t have a hat-face so do try one June! And thanks so much for directing people to my blog 🙂

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  3. OMG June, that Brownie uniform took me right back to the late sixties! My uniform had the later cross over tie but otherwise was the same. I wore a beret then and I’m still wearing them now…I love a beret as I have a small head and most hats are too big for me. You should give them a go, berets suit most people and I’m sure you’ll find one in a charity shop…I did.
    Like you, I’ve only seen older gents in France wearing them.

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    • I’m glad I’m not the only one who wore (suffered) a Brownie uniform! I’m determined to give berets another go & I’m hopeful I’ll find one (charity) soon. Thanks for visiting!


  4. Actually I really wonder about some of that french chic stuff that people are writing about. A lot of it sounds very fanciful when I compare it to french people I have known or met. Anway, I did a post about it a while ago, I’m not sure if I can put this on your comments but here goes: http://you-areunique.blogspot.co.nz/2017/11/le-french-paradox.html. I may have been way off the mark with what I wrote, but I sincerely hope not.

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  5. When I see a picture of someone in a beret I think they usually look wonderful. There are definitely women who have the panache to carry them off but I’m not one of them. I’m not even a wearer of other hats. I wish I was because I love look with a little quirkiness about it.

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  6. That Brownie uniform took me back! Mine was very similar (the neck tie/scarf was different) but I got expelled after only a couple of months so I didn’t have to wear it for long. I don’t remember a beret though. I hate hats of all kinds, in fact I hate anything on my head so I absolutely will not ever wear a beret. Berets are about as often seen in France as men with onions around their necks! Except in the Basque region where I have seen them being worn (by men) quite a lot. Thanks for linking up, I enjoyed this post very much. #AllAboutFrance

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    • Expelled from Brownies – haha! I won’t ask why… Berets and hats are very much a marmite item. People seem to love them or hate them. As far as I can tell, there are no half way measures. Thanks for commenting #AllAboutFrance


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