How to Wear a Beret Without Looking Like a Total Tourist

How to Wear a Beret Without Looking Like a Total Tourist
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If there’s one thing we’ve always dreamt of (besides marrying into the Royal Family and sitting in VIP at a Beyoncé concert), it’s moving to Paris. We’re confident our French is good enough (merci! oui! croissant!) to help us navigate the twisted cobblestone streets, and the Eiffel Tower won’t even know what hit it when we post that Instagram from the top.

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But, alas, our lives exist elsewhere—so we have to manage day-to-day without a Louvre in sight. And sometimes, we feel like that’s super unfair. But then, we remember there’s something in our closets that fixes everything: a beret.

OK, so berets don’t fix everything, but they’re probably the closest we’re ever going to get to being a Parisian it girl, so we have to at least try. The thing is, figuring out how to wear a beret without looking like a tourist is a serious challenge. How do we make it New York, but make it Paris and still make it fashion?

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After tons of research (this topic is very important to us), we’ve come up with a solution. Now is simply not the time to trust our own intuition—instead, we must turn to our favorite fashion models, bloggers, designers and influencers to provide some much-needed inspo for our looks. We’re ordering, and, luckily, they are serving.

Now, if only we could get a croissant up in here.

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Are We Paris, or Are We Human?

Blogger Caroline Daur attends NYFW in 2017 wearing a classic black beret. Paired with velvet and polka dots (plus what could be a fancy bathrobe), it elevates her look from "fashion blogger" to "Parisian fashion blogger" in a heartbeat.

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Classic and Mod

Model Mame Thiane Camara slays London Fashion Week in a classic black beret—but instead of making it girly, she turns her ensemble into a sleek, tomboy-ish city look that we totally want to steal. Let's just say a big collar goes a long way.

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The Ultimate Cool Girl

This Paris Fashion Week model totally embodies the modern-day Parisian woman we all dream of being. A black beret is one thing, but a black leather beret? Genius. And pairing upscale textures and colors with a neon pink sweatshirt will never not be cool.

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You Better Werk

This Milan Fashion Week guest knows how to pair her plaids. Going for a badass working femme look? Throw on your checked blazer-dress with some patent leather. You won't regret it.

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Upgrade Your Jumpsuit

Chinese TV host Linda Li Jing attends Paris Fashion Week in a relaxed denim jumpsuit (which we officially need). But the outfit is anything but casual—especially since it's paired with another leather beret. We love the combo of textures in this look.

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A Mismatch Made in Heaven

What better way to accent your all-black ensemble than with a contrasting beret? That's right: There isn't one. And model Julia Belyakova knows it.

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Color Wheel Vibes

This Paris Fashion Week guest knows her way around a color wheel—orange and yellow tones complement a blue ensemble perfectly. Plus, we've never seen a mustard beret before, and now we feel like we've been missing out.

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She Wins

Model Gizele Oliveira's Parisian street style look is both elegant and powerful (as it should be), and we are genuinely obsessed. The best part? You can totally recreate it. A white top, some black pants and boots, a plaid jacket and a classic black beret are all you need to match this model's ensemble.

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Don't Worry—There's More Leather

This NYFW guest is clearly aware of our borderline-unhealthy obsession with leather and incorporates it into her fall outfit seamlessly. We love the contrast between her yellow-toned pieces and her stark, black outerwear. Plus, there's nothing better than mixed textures.

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Berets Just Became Casual

Model Gizele Oliveira rocks her black beret yet again—but, this time, to complement a tiny backpack and some oversized sneakers. Suddenly, it feels like we could wear a beret to work without looking...disoriented.

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All Green Everything

Model Marianne Fonseca wears some emerald tones to Paris Fashion Week, and we love a matching ensemble. We almost wish she went green on the entire outfit, but we admit that she made the right call—an all-black base breaks it up just enough.

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"Pop of Color" is a Lifestyle

If you're going to wear a pop of color, it'd better be red. Or pink. Or orange—you can't go wrong, really. But this model went totally right by incorporating her accessories into the base of her outfit. She totally lets the coat shine, and the beret looks like it's just a part of her.

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Beret, but Make it Fashion

This London Fashion Week guest is exactly what we mean when we say "make it fashion." This combo of preppy and badass, wool and leather, mod and classic totally takes the cake.

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Coco Knows Best

Fashion blogger Gitta Banko takes "Parisian" to a whole new level by applying double-C logos to all her accessories. What's Paris without Chanel, anyway?

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The Showstopper

Model Greta Varlese attends Paris Fashion Week in the coat to end all coats. It's absolutely gorgeous, and there's almost nothing that could upstage it. Except, maybe, an effortlessly-tilted, bright red beret. Yeah, that'll do it.

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Black-and-White is the New Black

Fashion blogger Alexandra Lapp is clearly aware of the polka dot trend, and black-and-white co-ords will never go out of style. What better way to slay the most classic of trends than by pairing them with a beret?

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Our Perfect Outfit

Senegalese model Mame Thiane Camara knows her way around a beret. And if you know us, you know we love turtlenecks and blazers. Plus, we want more of that bag strap. 10/10.

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A Game of Colors

This Paris Fashion Week guest knows that more is more, and less is a bore. (Iris Apfel, we love you for truthing so hard.) A wine-colored, graphic beret is the addition to this bright, playful ensemble we didn't even know we needed.

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A Win for Fall Fashion

Nothing screams "Paris Fashion Week" like an unexpected trench coat and a classic navy beret. But nothing screams "It Girl" like a pair of bright, white booties. So remember our headline about how to wear a beret without looking like a tourist? Yeah, this is how.

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