Trend Watch: Berets

Berets are everywhere! They’ve been on runways and are also Megan Markle’s hat of choice. Below are six tres chic outfits that belong at a picnic on the Seine, visiting a museum in Paris, or strolling through Monet’s garden. They include some of the best ethical, sustainable, or slow berets I could find.

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Primary colors galore! This color yellow is one of my favorites. I think it probably scares a lot of people but it shouldn’t. I haven’t seen a skin tone it doesn’t look good on and the red beret really pairs nicely with it. Also don’t be afraid to switch up the cardigan color. I feel like any neutral colored sweater would pair well with the whole look.

Eileen Fisher cardigan
Made with sustainable tencel.
Mara Hoffman dress
How was it made?
With viscose from the pulp of sustainably harvested trees.
Charlotte Stone boots
Made with vegetable-tanned suede.
Matt & Nat sunglasses
Produced in an ethical factory in China with vegan materials.
Le Beret Francais beret
Ethically produced in the South of France.
Sea Bags tote
Made with recycled sails.

 

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Getting down to the basics of something is where the most fulfillment comes from. This is a really simple, basic look that I could wear a thousand times. Really it won’t ever go out of style. Clothes at their basic level should be functional, pieces that you can wear over and over again. I try to repeatedly feature the same brands and products so that it’s incredibly easy to find brands that are good and the best pieces from those brands. Hopefully, this look does that.

Weekday top
Made with quality fabrics like sustainably sourced cotton.
Ciel skirt
Ciel is a UK company who try to use sustainable materials such as hemp, and organic wool’s and silks in their collections, plus this item is; – made from sustainable silk hemp fabric.
Swedish Stockings
With recycled 40 denier yarn.
Abaca Ticao bag
Hand-sewn using abaca by mothers of children from the Right Start Foundation. Your purchase contributes to a sustainable livelihood for weavers in Southern Luzon, Philippines. A portion of proceeds will go to Right Start Foundation, a non-profit, non-government organization for underprivileged Filipino children.
Bar Jewellery earrings
Made with ethical practices using recycled silver.
Le Kilt Beret
Made with ethically sourced wool in the U.K.
Fortress of Inca Shoes
Handmade by artisans at a fair trade factory in Peru using vegetable tanned leather.

 

 

 

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The grass is always greener on the other side is how I’m trying to look at summer. This outfit is a great transition look because right now it’s chilly enough to wear the dress with this sweater, but in a few months, it will be warm enough to just wear the dress with the beret! Summer stylin’ fun.

ASOS dress
As part of a partnership with the Better Cotton Initiative to improve cotton farming globally for the people who grow it and the environment, too.
Armedangels Sweater
100% GOTS certified organic cotton produced in Turkey.
Bhava Studio Booties
Manufactured in Alicante, Spain where shoes are still being handmade by generations of artisans. The design is in the details, from the choice of upper, and the soft eco-suede lining (all imported from Italy), to the European hardware.
Earth Wood sunglasses
Constructed from eco-friendly sustainable wood
Janessa Leone beret
Made with sustainable and cruelty-free wool.
Herbivore lip treatment
Herbivore Botanicals is a 100% natural skin care company devoted to creating products that are guided by nature and sustainably crafted.
Matt & Nat Bag
A variety of vegan leather alternative materials are used throughout the course of production such as the lining, which is created from 100% recycled plastic bottles.

 

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You can’t wear a beret without feeling a little French. Berets came from sheep farmers in the south of France but now they are synonymous with Parisian chic. If you want to go full out “Liberté, égalité, fraternité” then this look is for you.

Note: the scarf was sold out so I have linked to another one made in Franc

Bamboo Body dress
With sustainable bamboo and organic cotton made ethically in a factory in China.
Margaux Lonnberg coat
Handmade in France with local production and good working conditions.
Falke stockings
Made with polymide Falke fabric. Falke was an early sustainability innovator in 1994 FALKE Yarn received the German environmental protection award in the category “Environmentally-friendly Products.”
Cri De Coeur booties
Made in an ethical, sweatshop free facility with vegan suede and velvet.
Vivienne Westwood tote
Made in Kenya by artisans who work with the of the Ethical Fashion Institute.
Traits scarf
All TRAITS scarves are made in France in limited quantities. They are exclusively woven, dyed, printed and produced by manufacturers in Lyon, France. Each scarf is an original work designed through a research of material, color, texture, and print on high-quality natural fabrics such as merino wools, cashmere, silk, Egyptian cotton and french linen.
Le Beret Francais
Each beret is made in the south-west region of Béarn of fine quality recycled fibers.

 

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A dress and pants. Oh, my! This uber chic beret look focuses on minimalist basics gray and black. But it’s definitely not a minimalist look because the red gives you a pop of color and the elephants come out to play on your feet. The beret is definitely the cherry on top because it gives off this nonchalant cool girl vibe.

Michael Stars dress
Made ethically in Los Angeles with supima cotton.
Rakha pants
With ethically sourced eucalyptus fiber and produced in a green factory that works to reduce carbon emissions.
Kintu New York purse
Kintu works to preserve old world craftsmanship and makes there bags in Italy with French vegetable tanned leather.
Samuji beret
Samuji has a focus on sustainable design and localized production, the beret is made with wool sourced in Italy and produced in Italy.
Pamela Love sunglasses
Handmade in France with plant-based cellulose acetate.
Ilia lipstick
With castor seed oil, sunflower seed oil, sesame seed oil, avocado oil, candelilla wax, shea butter, cocoa butter, beeswax, corn starch, titanium dioxide
Beyond Skin Shoes
Handmade in Spain with recycled PU lining and vegan suede.

 

 

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A look to bring out every kooky-stylish sustainable thing I’ve ever wanted in a casual look. I just think the combination of all these bright colors is really fun, and at its heart, fashion should be fun. There is a beret that’s trendy, a bag that’s bright, awesome earrings, and runners that are unique in every possible way. Even the pair isn’t the same.

People Tree top

Made by Creative Handicrafts, a social enterprise working to empower disadvantaged women of the slum communities of Mumbai, India.

Michael Stars jacket

Designed and manufactured in L.A. with American sourced fabric.

Monkee Genes jeans

With organically sourced cotton.

Artisans and Adventurers earrings

Ethically hand-cast gold-tone brass, made in Margate and Kenya.

Tallis beret

Handmade with 100% upcycled cashmere.

Give Guatemala Casual Runners

It’s made with embroidered cotton of local güipil [/wi-pil/] of 4 different towns in Guatemala – hence the different style names. Although each güipil is created in the same local tradition of their town, each female weaver subtly zig-zags her own personal touch into the pattern so each shoe is unique.

Kite Pride tote

Made with upcycled kite material! Isn’t this so cool?