Wearing a Wool Beret

The Military Style

The beret is a popular military accessory, worn by both standard soldiers as well as the elite special forces in America as well as in Britain and Russia. These berets are often made of wool, and they're worn very similarly across national boundaries as part of a uniform. If you want to carry off the official look, a bit of fashion mimicry is relatively simple to do.

First, shave down any stray fuzz on your wool beret. This gives it a smoother appearance. Tie your hair back, or braid your hair if it's long enough. Those with short hair don't have to worry about anything. Slide the beret on over your hair, roughly one inch down from your hairline. Tie the ribbon in the band until the beret fits your head snugly, but not so snugly that it's hard to pull off. Shape the beret by pulling most of the material over to the right. Once the material's been pulled over, the tip of the beret should be touching your right ear even though the leather band should go flat around your head.

If you have a unit flash or a patch you'd like on your beret, stitch it onto the cardboard flash support. Once the flash is on you should trim the carboard so that it's no more than 1/4 inch bigger than the flash it's supporting. Once your beret is shaped, it's just a matter of slipping it onto your head and adding a little additional swagger to your walk.

Fashion and Knit Berets

Trendy Options for Your Beret

Fashion berets are made of a variety of materials, and they're often floppy, knit hats. Wearing one of these may require a bit more style, and it will create a much looser, Bohemian attitude rather than the stiff, testosterone-laden military look. There are a couple of ways you can wear these, and just as the military look works better for men these looks tend to work better for women.

The first option is to use a beret to help frame your face. In this case you put the beret along the top of your hair, perhaps an inch above your hair line, and it should sit above your hair. Leave your bangs out, and let your hair frame your face. For this look, which is a sloppier, artistic look, you want to be sure your hair is not pulled up under your beret.

Another option is to wear your beret in a slouch. Place it further back on your head, or wear it cocked at an angle with your bangs going at the opposite angle. Depending on the look you're going for and the shape of your face this can really enhance your overall look.

Of course the third option, and the most practical one, is to pull your hair up under your beret and leave your bangs pulled to the side. Alternatively let your hair hang down the back of your head, but use the beret like a hair band, pulling your hair back and then holding it in place with your hat. It's all up to you, as the person wearing the beret, but feel free to experiment or to mix and match your looks and styles till you find something that really fits you and your unique style.