Charting The Beret's History: From Protest To Catwalk

The beret has made an unlikely comeback this summer. Thanks to Adwoa Aboah's streetwear turn at Glastonbury and Rihanna sporting Dior's leather number back in March, the beret is set to be your new headwear of choice. Although it was first worn as far back as Ancient Greece, the beret really entered the public's consciousness as a political accessory. Worn by French resistance fighters during WWII, it was later adopted by Che Guevara, whose unmistakable dark beret is still preserved in Cuba's Museum of the Revolution.
In the late '60s, Black Panther Party revolutionaries donned leather jackets with black berets atop their afros, a look to which Beyoncé paid homage in her 2016 Super Bowl half-time show. During the same era, in France, it was associated with the Nouvelle Vague movement, with ingénue actresses Jean Seberg and Anna Karina sporting berets with feline-flicked eyeliner, cigarette in hand. Of course, the beret's had its cinematic moments, too: Julia Roberts in Notting Hill, Alicia Silverstone in Clueless, Eva Green in The Dreamers and, more recently, Rooney Mara in Carol.
As is the way with iconic pieces, the beret has often fallen into twee, costume, or hard-to-wear territory. But some of our favourite women are proving that there are countless ways to style the hat, from Beatnik- to military- to hip-hop-inspired. Click through to see how to wear the accessory du jour, from summer festival to the colder months.