Wednesday, April 14, 2010

she wore a raspberry beret, the kind you find in a secondhand store, she wore a raspberry beret, and if it was warm she wouldn't wear much more

Continuing on the same note as my previous post on floppy hats, I dedicate this post to my love of berets. I like the diverseness of the beret. One can look like an innocent Parisian ingenue, or a badass revolutionary (see: Patty Hearst, circa 1974).


Arguably the look that started it all: Faye Dunaway in 1967's Bonnie and Clyde. This crook's look wasn't complete without a fantastic felt topper over her honey-colored bob.


Jane Asher (left) and Pattie Boyd both sported berets when in the company of their Beatle boys. Coincidentally, both of the girls wore the hat on their travels to India.

French icon of sex, song, and style Brigitte Bardot pulled off the equally-as-iconic French accessory without a hitch.


Another lovely French actress, Catherine Deneuve, looks positively chic in her knit beret atop her cropped hair.


Gorgeous gamine Audrey Hepburn poses for some early fashion shots with a white beret resting on top of her head.


Supermodel Agyness Deyn matches her beret to her gloves, while Alexa Chung, Peaches Geldof, and Michelle Williams sport the look for some added spunk to their outfits. Kirsten Dunst and Blake Lively (as her GG character Serena) both choose berets of the pink variety.


Alicia Silverstone stars as Cher Horowitz, the most fashionable girl in school, in the 90s classic Clueless, so naturally she would sport a beret on several occasions throughout the film.


Sixties siren Britt Ekland dresses up a simple suit with a beret and tons of chains and tassels.


Groupie-turned-singer/songwriter Bebe Buell poses in a beret for an earthy photoshoot during the mid-1970s.


Except for the whole impregnanted-by-Satan thing, things look pretty great for Rosemary Woodhouse (Mia Farrow) in Rosemary's Baby, in a plaid beret and matching scarf.


Queen of punk rock Debbie Harry adds an element of feminine sweetness to her otherwise rocker looks.


Charlotte Rampling wore the beret with ease during the 1970s.


The lovely Lauren Bacall in publicity shots for The Big Sleep.


Marilyn Monroe perfectly captures the Parisian essence of the cafe scene during Gentlemen Prefer Blondes when she and Jane Russell's characters take a rest at a French bistro to sing "When Love Goes Wrong, Nothing Goes Right."


Screen legend Ingrid Bergman is captured during a candid moment with her Gaslight costar Charles Boyer and sporting a beret.


Photographed several times in a beret, each of different colors, chanteuse France Gall had an affinity for these floppy felt hats.


Godard gamine Anna Karina can light up the screen donning this French staple.


Anita Pallenberg rocks a gold sequin beret while at a premiere with beau Keith Richards.


An eleven-year-old Anna Paquin accepts the Academy Award in a blue beret and matching dress.


Nicole Richie, Zooey Deschanel, Eva Green (in The Dreamers), and Jenny Lewis each have a love affair with red berets.


Barbara Novak (Renee Zellweger) dresses up in a beret to go to a swingin' beatnik party in Down With Love.

13 comments:

Kirby said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

This is such an amazing post. I am totally inspired to rock my beret now... <3

Wildernesschic said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Love this post .. Have always loved and have always worn a beret, a hat being an essential item when one has curly hair. For me it's Faye Dunaway and Debbie Harry that rock them the most xx

Miss Peelpants said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Love love love.

I need to get a brightly coloured one. I nabbed a grey one en route somewhere in the depths of winter, because it was either that or black....but I really want a bright pink one. But then, I am a Prince fan ;)

Queen Jane said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Kirby - so glad my post inspired you. Go on and rock that beret!

Queen Jane said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Wildernesschic - Faye Dunaway is such a classic inspiration for this look. I remember seeing a photo of her from a few years ago at a premiere in a beret, and my heart did a little pitter-patter to see her again. And doesn't Debbie just look smashing? I never think of her as a casual beret-wearer

Queen Jane said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Miss Peelpants - I absolutly ADORE prince. He can do no wrong in my eyes. I understand the need to get brightly-colored berets. I only have black, navy, heather grey, and plaid. i'm feeling the need for a turquoise or fuschia colored one

Wille said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Great collection of cool ladies!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Great post!
The largest collection of berets you'll find at www.SouthPacificBerets.com, or read all about them at www.BeretAndBoina.blogspot.com.

Baroness E said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates
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Ette said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I was searching "red beret" on google to find some pictures for my blog and this amazing article came up!
Then I noticed you had one of my all-time favorite photos of Brigitte Bardot (with the deer) on your blog and I knew I was in love!!!!
Please keep in touch your blog is utterly chic and so amazing

Peace & love
OXO, ETTE

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found you site over misterwong... but one question do you have twitter or facebook, where i can be connected with you blog...? thanks

Cadet 514 said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I notice everyone here talking about wearing a Beret is Female?

Funnily enough I'm 22 and MALE and I wear a Beret BUT its with my Uniform LOL.
I go to a Military College where you get 400 Young men who ALL have to wear a Beret.
Yep! Its an All Male Military College too sadly :( (sniff sobs)
Ironically enough, local ladies who've seen us about have called us "Beret Chic" or "Beret Smart"
Quite a flattering comment seeing as a Lot of us are continually Bullied by our sisters for having to wear a Beret!!!

Cadet 514 said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Hi QueenJane ,
I'm all for Brightly Coloured Berets and I'm MALE!!!
LOL
I go to a Military College, and all of us (and yes were all Male too) have to wear a Signature coloured Beret according to our year group :)
Same was the case at our "feeder" cadet high school :)
Except at Cadet School our Berets were Brighter!!!
How I miss those Bright Colours