The beret is a brimless hat with a tight headband and a soft, flat, round crown. It is traditionally made of a tightly woven wool or wool felt and may be worn in a variety of ways, most notably with the crown drooping to one side.
A favorite topper of intellectuals, artists, poets, jazz and bebop musicians, and the Beatniks, the beret has ancient roots but became more widely worn in 19th century France and Spain, especially by men and in the military. The black beret was once considered the national cap of France.
It became a fashion staple for women in the 20th century, having been worn by movie star Greta Garbo and infamous gangster Bonnie Parker in the 1920s. A raspberry-colored beret was immortalized in a 1985 song by Prince and the beret remains a must-have in many wardrobes today.
Written by TheMerchantsofVintage
See Also: Tam-o’-Shanter