Berets, Lieutenant Hats + Sailor Caps – Oh My!

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The sexy alternative to dry shampoo is a fun and slouchy hat. Ditch your flat, wide brim numbers and opt for this season’s slouchy berets, lieutenant hats, and sailor caps. They have a playful vibe that also rocks a certain, je ne sais quoi, French girl cool. Just add a cafe au lait and you’re morning is off to a terrific start already!

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How To Wear Berets..

..without looking like a complete jerk. A simple guide by yours truly, Girlfriend is Better. Berets are best worn slouched towards the front. Urban Outfitter’s Wool Beret pretty much does the work for you. No need to fuss! Tie your hair back into a bun, or let it go free if you’ve got a cropped do. The point is to not have to do your hair in the morning, dig? This look rocks especially with our favorite skate styles.

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I Said, “Ahoy!”

Sailor caps are another rainy day favorite. Stick with navy blue sailor caps, unless you’re dying over this maroon Brixton + UO Fiddler Faux Leather Fisherman Hat like we are. Bohemian-gone-moto, indeed! Take a look at our article on bell sleeves and this season’s bell bottoms. Like berets, sailor caps are 1K times better than wide brim or baseball caps. Perfect for drizzly mornings, when an umbrella is too much for your carefree, hands-free lifestyle. Okay, not feeling red? Play it safe with Urban Outfitter’s Brixton Fiddler Fisherman Hat in navy. The rope accent detailing is super cute and doesn’t overstep when you’ve already got a lot going on with your outfit.

Berets and sailor caps | Bohemian fashion striped pants ruffled blouse | Girlfriend is Better
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Au Natural

Sometimes black can be a little cliché. Find berets in soft neutrals and work that girl-next-door look big time. We especially love pairing them with our favorite coin necklaces or anything Adidas. Try this Luxe Fleece Wide Leg Pant by Velvet to get started. The cropped leg with raw-edged hem is easy and flattering. It would go nicely with a felt beret in beige or red. Since staying in is the new going out, relaxed chic is worth a splurge. Enjoy your own company, dearie!

Berets and coin necklaces | French girl cool | Girlfriend is Better
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Just Add Stripes

Heading down to the local café? Berets and sailor caps are perfectly paired with anything striped. Our favorite striped tee is Cuyana’s Classic Crewneck because it fits just right and has a classier neckline. Just add a blazer and you’ve got a Friday office look that works on weekends, too. Our favorite wool blend cap is the Dorfman Pacific Fiddler Cap and thank goodness for free shipping! Extra points if you try one of our bandana looks with your necklaces.

Berets and sailor caps | French girls cool stripes | Girlfriend is Better
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If you’re going on vacation, consider packing one of these felt beauties in your bag. Berets are especially packable and make you look instantly put together. Lieutenant hats and sailor caps are terrific for east coast cities. They have a little more of a tom-boy feel, while berets are definitely more feminine. You can get away with a little more color from a beret, however. Just look at Le Beret Francais Ecojean Beret, which is 100% made in France. Who can resist a red beret for $17.50? That leaves just enough cash for flowers.

Berets with striped tops and wide-leg pants | Girlfriend is Better
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Stand-in For Bangs

Whether you have bangs or not, all of these caps are great substitutes, since they look best worn over your forehead. This Brixton Audrey Beret in white gives an outfit a little touch of class. The felt/wool fabric and slouchy silhouette holds in place since it has a banded edge for security. Make sure berets especially make a straight line around your head for best results. You can pair them with wide-leg pants or any one of our Summer floral dresses for a win. Need a pair of boots to finish the look? Try the Ace Lace Up Boot with metal hardware designed by New York based jewelry label, Anndra Neen.

Berets and Spring floral dresses | Girlfriend is Better
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Un Bon Chapeau

Whichever style you choose, we will breathe in a sigh of sweet relief! Berets, lieutenant hats, and sailor caps are the freshest head covers you can choose. They are so effortless and carry the perfect vibe for a chill day. We hope you are loving this dose of inspiration – make sure to sign up for our weekly emails below! True friends wear cool hats, read to the bottom, and stay in touch, n’est pas?

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