Hat-hesitant? Who could blame you? As accessories go, an eccentric chapeau can make for a riskier bet than most. But even those of us who might typically choose a simple knit beanie during the cold months have ample reason to reconsider: There’s a beret revival in full swing—despite what certain French beauties may have to say to the contrary. After recent turns on runways from Isabel Marant to Saint Laurent menswear, and most famously—and oft-mimicked—those of Alessandro Michele at Gucci, the beret has made its way onto the streets. Our eagle-eyed editors have spotted an uptick in appearances both at the menswear shows abroad, and here on the streets of New York City.
Reports IRL beret fan and Vogue.com Fashion News Writer Steff Yotka of her tests in the field: “I find a beret to be a much better solution to keeping warm in winter than a traditional beanie. It has a nice structure that can turn the most basic outfit into something more special.” Consider it the easy, grown-up upgrade (or antidote) to the ubiquitous grungy slouch of off-duty model styles: both practical and pretty.