Fashion Barometer Friday: Berets

Sacre déjà vu, Batman! We can’t quite believe it but yes, berets are back. Again. You’ve probably read about this in one of the five kabillion articles there have been lately over the return of the beret, but we couldn’t resist a remark when our 177 to Peckham bus driver started wearing one. This is a true sign that the barometer is hitting peak beret (our 80-year-old neighbour has been wearing one for a decade but that’s no trend for him, he is just living his beret life).

Famous beret sporters are legion, with some frequently touted examples including Faye Dunaway in Bonnie and Clyde, Cher in Clueless and Anna Karina in everything. But what about dark horse style icon Resistance fighter Michelle from ‘Allo ‘Allo? Surely it’s no coincidence that the trench is also reemerging as a favourite for 2018.


What could be more relevant than resistance style in these turbulent times? Rihanna and Beyoncé have both been spotted in a leather Dior number, embodying the political cachet this item has had in many eras and political movements, from 1940s France to 1960s civil rights activists. Films and novels set in WWII are more popular than ever, and more are cropping up with central, three-dimensional female characters. Their Finest is a recent The Ray fave, because we would watch Gemma Arterton watch paint dry.

Their Finest Hour and A Half Directed by Lone Sherfig
Their Finest (2016), directed by Lone Sherfig and starring Gemma Arterton

Also coming up is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (ignore the bizarre name and enjoy the swoony costumes and gripping story). Anthony Doerr’s novel All the Light We Cannot See is set in our childhood haunt of St Malo and is a terrific read. Meanwhile, get down to the shops and get yourself a beret, tout suite.

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