Inspired by Petite Silver Vixen: My New Beret

‘Tis the season in the North Country when hats are a necessity as temperatures have a tendency to drop below freezing quite frequently. Also, living so near a Great Lake, winds can often become a problem. So if I don’t want a mouthful of my own hair every time I step outside, hats are sort of a prerequisite to keep my tresses from blowing around in a blinding and choking manner! But there is no need to sacrifice style when choosing a hat. You already know my current obsession with those 20’s inspired cloche hats. But I have recently been inspired by the fabulous style of Jacqueline of Petite Silver Vixen and her amazing array of berets. Check out her post 15 Reasons to Wear a Beret! and you will see exactly what I am talking about. Then hop around Jacqueline’s blog a bit for some more inspiration on styling berets with any outfit!

*This is not a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.

*Beret: TJMaxx. Shop TJMaxx hat selection here.

I recently purchased my very first beret and I chose basic black to test my beret-wearing ability. I first styled it on the blog in my Thanksgiving Day post, but I have worn it quite frequently in the past few weeks since its acquisition.

*Sweater: Kohl’s (From a few years ago).

*Jeans: American Eagle (From last year).

This outfit is just one way that I styled my new black beret. I was feeling that Parisian vibe that berets often connote with my black argyle turtleneck sweater. The weather was damp and bitter cold and begging for a comfortable and cozy look the day I wore this outfit. Distressed boyfriend jeans, a chunky knit scarf, and warm socks paired with open toed booties seemed to fit the bill nicely. Add in a menswear inspired tweed overcoat and I was ready to brave the outdoors.

*Coat: Talbots (From 15 years ago).

*Booties: Charlotte Russe (Similar here and here).

And now that I have ventured into the world of berets, I need to add more colors to begin a proper collection. I just ordered this dusty rose wool beret from Banggood and I am so excited for its arrival. But it will take me a long time, I’m sure, to build a beret collection as fabulous as Jacqueline’s!

Do you wear hats? What is your preferred style of headwear? I would love to hear about it in the comments!

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I am a 40 something Army wife and stay-at-home mother of 2 boys and 2 cats named Dave and Frankie. I have a passion for helping other women feel fabulous in the midst of this crazy, beautiful life.

32 Responses

  1. Looks super stylish, I may have to pull mine out! Jacqui

  2. Love that coat!

  3. Hats of any kind are totally fun, and I’m so glad I’ve been experimenting with them. But do you know I don’t really have a beret?? That’s crazy, and I need to remedy that now!!
    Love the entire outfit, Shelbee!!

    • Yes, Jodie! You will totally rock a beret! I cannot believe that you don’t have one. My heavens! I see you in a very brightly colored beret. Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you have a fabulous week.


  4. I absolutely need a beret in my life. Checking out Banggood and Jacqueline’s blog now!

  5. Oh Shelbee, you sweetheart for mentioning my blog and including the link to my ’15 reasons to wear a beret’ post! How kind of you and I’m tickled pink at the thought that I’ve inspired you.
    I’ve been waiting to see you rock the beret and boy, you ROCK THE BERET!!!! Love, love, love it on you! Wishing you many happy years of beret wearing.

    (Go on, buy another one…….)

    • Jacqueline, thank YOU for inspiring me! And I love that you used the phrase “tickled pink” since my next beret is a pinkish colored one! On the way to me now. I can’t wait to style it. And thank you for such a lovely comment…but no one rocks the beret quite like you, my friend!


  6. Great look Shelbee, love your jeans 🙂 Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays.

  7. Cute hat and I also just love your distressed jeans!

  8. Love this hat on you! I have a similar one!
    Stylin In St. Louis

  9. That beret looks so cute on you, it fits your outfit perfect! I love those jeans, they’re the perfect fit on you!

  10. Oh, berets, they make me feel really sophisticated for some reason 🙂 You look good, Shelbee with this look! And this is the best way to wear an androgynous style, with great feminine boots!
    I am wearing hats always. Lately, with the cold that we are having here in north Spain, I am wearing knit beanies (with animal ears, I just think they are very playful!).

  11. Those are fun heels and i truly believe the best inspiration is obtained from our fellow bloggers.

    • Thanks so much, Lorena! I am forever finding inspiration from other bloggers! Which is why I like to post my Inspired By series! Thanks for stopping by. I hope you are having a fantastic week.


  12. What a cute outfit, Shelbee! I really love Beret and those booties. I would have never thought to wear socks with them, but it’s a neat trick to winterize your summer outfits.

  13. Hmmm. I have never given much thought to the beret. But I really am not much of a hat person. Mainly just sun hats at the beach and a beanie if it is super cold in winter. I like the array that Jacqueline has, and could almost be persuaded with the leopard print one!

    • Alicia, thanks so much for stopping by! I have only recently begun wearing hats consistently. When my hair was shorter, they just looked awful on me. But now that my hair has grown out, I am hooked on hats. I am really digging Jacqueline’s leopard beret, too, and may have to add one to my wish list! Stay tuned if you are interested in more ways to style hats…because I have a bunch more to share! Have a fabulous day!


  14. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. Yes, the beret is sort of a signature piece of her.

  15. The beret really suits you! I love that Jacqueline inspired you to try this style of hat! I usually wear baker boy caps or hats with a wide brim but I bought a vintage mustard-coloured beret on eBay (on a total whim) back in the summer so I’m really pleased they are on trend right now. I shall also follow Jacqueline’s advice and buy another…any excuse 😉 Thanks for linking up Shelbee!

    Emma xxx

    • Emma, thanks so much! I also love the baker boy style hats, but they don’t love me in return! They just don’t work with the shape of my face and head. I keep trying them on hoping for a different result! Haha. Oh well, I will admire them on others and stick with my berets and cloche hats. And a vintage beret in mustard sounds marvelous!


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