It might be time to invest in a beret.

By Samantha Sutton
Updated Jan 30, 2020 @ 6:30 pm
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Listen, we enjoy a poofy top and a sequined dress just as much as the next fashion lover, but some days, we don't feel like going all out when it comes to our outfits. We'd much rather throw on a pair of high-waisted jeans, a cozy sweater, and our everyday sneakers, relying on accessories to give our look a bit more flair.

That's where berets come in. Once we started wearing this classic (and extremely cute) hat style, we simply couldn't stop. It wasn't long before we discovered that these babies pair well with everything, and can also be worn fall through spring. Plus, a beret purchase won't break the bank — we found one from Shein for just $5 — meaning we can invest in a few options and keep them in rotation.

So how, exactly, have we been styling our berets — especially on days when we're crunched for time and need an easy way to give an outfit some oomph? Here are three quick tricks to try tomorrow.

Take Simple to Whole New Level

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Like we said, some days just call for jeans and a sweater. Much like statement earrings or a padded headband, a beret will give things unexpected twist, even when your outfit is made up of solid and understated staples.

Shop the Look: Boohoo Oversized Roll Neck Sweater, $62;

Think One-and-Done

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A jumpsuit may qualify as the easiest outfit ever, and a beret will instantly add some personality to this one-and-done piece. While this particular option is beige, berets are also a good way to add a pop of color to an otherwise neutral look. You can even stick to a single shade, making your outfit monochromatic, beret included.

Shop the Look: Happy x Nature Orbit Jumpsuit, $168;

Go Ahead and Get Playful

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Berets are often considered cutesie and feminine, and if that's your style, don't be afraid to lean into it. This hat is the perfect way to top off a dress — whether it's of the ruffled, button-down, or sweater variety — creating an easy, fun two-item pairing that can then be styled with footwear of your choice.

Shop the Look: H&M Cotton Utility Dress, $25;