Fashion in Film: Berets

If you’re like me, you often find yourself watching films and seeing tons of fashion styles you would love to wear in real life.  I watch movies from so many decades and from so many different genres, if I actually did copy all the styles I like, I’d have one diverse wardrobe.  But if there’s one accessory you could easily get a lot of mileage out of, it’s a beret.  Berets have been a popular hat style for decades, so if you want to go for a Norma Shearer inspired look one day and a Faye Dunaway inspired look the next, a beret could easily work for both styles.

Garbo Beret

Garbo was very famously a big fan of berets.

Dietrich Beret2

Marlene Dietrich sure loved a good beret, too.

Norma Shearer Beret

Norma Shearer always looked super chic in them.

Harlow and Lombard Berets

Jean Harlow and Carole Lombard looked lovely in them, too.

Film Noir Berets

Feeling inspired by film noir? A beret could give you a Peggy Cummins in Gun Crazy, Lauren Bacall in The Big Sleep, or Lana Turner in The Postman Always Rings Twice look.

Ingrid Bergman Casablanca

Ingrid Bergman briefly wore one in Casablanca.

Marilyn Monroe Beret2

And who could forget the one Marilyn Monroe wore to sing “When Love Goes Wrong” in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes?

Dunaway and Bardot Berets

Want to try a 1960s inspired look? Brigitte Bardot and, of course, Faye Dunaway both looked fantastic in berets.


  1. Lovely snaps of a great, wearable style. You’ve nicely proven that almost anyone looks terrific in a beret! Loved this post. Am nearly done with mine and I think you’re really going to love it! Warmly, Kay

  2. I wish I could pull of a beret, but they just make my head look really small. I like these pics. Katharine Hepburn wore a beret in CHRISTOPHER STRONG (1933).

  3. Yum yum! Garbo in her beret is timeless. Clara Bow wore a darling beret in “It” and I will always remember how adorable she looks!

  4. This is great! I love these clean, chic berets. Like my snood, my only fear of wearing a beret is that I would end up looking like a hipster rather than a vintage vixen.

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