It’s time to put your caps and snapbacks to rest, because this season is all about berets and biker hats. This trend became a big hit in early 2017 when we saw our favorite models and celebrities like Bella Hadid, Vanessa Hudgens, Kendall Jenner and Rihanna wear them. The trend is now firmly establishing itself on the streets, especially since Chanel made the beret its most noticeable accessory during its Cruise 2019 show.
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Still, it’s hard to wear a beret without feeling like you’re giving off major bonjour vibes, and the same goes for a biker cap. But both styles are rooted in rebellion — the beret was used by French citizens to subtly show their nationalism during World War II and biker caps were popularized by biker gangs in the late 40s in America. So why not throw caution to the wind and embrace your subversive side?
Subtly show their nationalism
Here, inspiration for how to make the beret and biker cap your own. French citizens to subtly show their nationalism
First up, let me provide context for the S/S 19 catwalk shows and designer presentations as a whole: There was much talk around feminism and equality, with fashion houses—big and small—using their platforms as a place to host debate and discussion, promote diversity and, most of all, create clothes that women can feel confident and powerful in. We were, after all, in the thick of the #MeToo movement, with global scandals awakening many a dormant mind.
“One of the biggest trends we saw during the shows was the overarching theme of the real woman; a welcome return to femininity, women empowerment and wanting to dress for yourself by feeling confident and comfortable,” says Elizabeth von der Goltz, global buying director for Net-a-Porter.
“In terms of pieces, the trend incorporates everything from comfortable tailoring, longer skirt lengths and relaxed outerwear in flattering and fluid shapes. We saw this most prominently at Riccardo’s debut for Burberry and also Loewe, The Row, Valentino and Givenchy. It’s a very easy trend to adopt for any woman, and this is what I love most about it,” says Goltz.2/80
I’m all for designers really thinking about both the hidden and obvious strength fantastic outfits can bring to the table, and what’s truly liberating and empowering clothing for women is, undoubtedly, choice (on any given topic).
Which perhaps explains why there are so many looks, items and details that make the spring 2019 fashion lineup: You’ve got loud and quiet looks, sporty and elegant getups and modest and racy silhouettes.
As noted by Elizabeth von der Goltz, there is a certain relaxed elegance that subtly threaded its way through many shows—often coming in simple, demure silhouettes rendered in equally soft colours like oatmeal, biscuit, blush and off-white. In basic terms, we’re looking at a spectrum of beige, but in fashion terms, that’s one of the chicest things a girl can wear. This colour palette looks grown-up, sophisticated and expensive, even if you aren’t able to invest in the looks pictured here.4/80
Max Mara is known and loved for its camel coats but for spring 2019, a range of neutral tones was employed in many ways via multiple fabrics—to great effect.5/80
Givenchy’s tough tailoring for spring 2019 takes the trend a level deeper into tones of khaki and army fatigues. Powerful both for work and off-duty.6/80
Dior’s balletic influencers for spring 2019 put these pretty shades of pink-toned beiges at the very centre of Maria Grazia Chiuri’s dreamy collection.7/80Shop spring’s beige trend:
Over this past year, everything appears to have been fastened with horn and tortoiseshell buttons, but I predict that 2019’s update will centre around bows. Whether big or small, these whimsical little additions will be found on everything from summer blouses and dresses to jewellery and hair accessories.
Picking out a date night look is hard enough. Add chilly weather into that equation and the difficulty level of getting dressed goes up significantly. But it doesn’t have to. The season of sexy sundresses and crop tops may be over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t put together winter date outfits that are cold weather-appropriate and cute.
Whether you’re heading out for a romantic dinner, grabbing cocktails at a bar or hitting a holiday party, you don’t need to freeze to get your flirty on. All it takes is a little creative styling to prep the perfect winter date outfit. That means layering in rich textures like leather, faux fur, suede and more — and having a decent supply of stylish boots on hand, er, foot. You may not be able to show as much skin as you do in summer, but you’ll still look just as hot.
Ahead, we’ve curated a few easy, no-fail winter date outfits guaranteed to send your significant other’s heart racing. Shop them ahead and get ready for things to heat up.