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We all know the tried-and-true crewneck, the elegant bateau neck and the wear-with-everything V-neck, but now it’s time to get acquainted with the square neckline. This of-the-moment silhouette conjures images of pure romance for me: Jane Austen’s girls in rich pastoral settings, crisp aprons layered over flour-sack prairie frocks and a pigtail-braided Brigitte Bardot strolling, carefree, in Italy.
And that’s why it feels just right as we slowly inch toward summer. I’ve been loading up my online shopping cart with sundry styles cut with the wide-slung neckline, so I figured I’d share my e-treasures with you all. Scroll down to shop some of my favorite square-neck styles.
Some people like to spend their free time playing video games, Pinterest-planning their (imaginary) dream wedding, backpacking across countries or learning about wine. Me? I like to think about color. I collect different hues in my head: the blue-purple of jacaranda trees that almost seems to glow, the cheery yellow reflected off a canary’s wing, the radiant gradient of Flaming June‘s robe. Color is often the first thing I notice about an object, and I tend to catalogue the colors I see, one by one, in my mind palace until I’m left with an intangible, but no less pleasant filing drawer filled with folders marked ROYGBIV.
I’ve had a crush on tulle since my days as a prepubescent ballerina, and if anything, my feelings on the material have only deepened in the intervening years. However, never has the diaphanous fabric felt so fresh and so fashionable as it does in the hands of Molly Goddard. This visionary Central Saint Martins-taught designer first revealed the modernity of tulle to me with her Spring 2016 collection, and ever since then I’ve been spotting yards of the brightly colored stuff sashaying down runways from Gucci to Dior (and strutting conspicuously down sidewalks on the likes of Rihanna).
Sequins are no stranger to the red carpet. In fact, along with glamour and elegance, sparkles have been a mainstay on the awards show circuit since Mary Pickford wore a beautifully embellished dress to accept her Best Actress Oscar at the second-ever Academy Awards in 1930. But this year glimmered brighter than most. Alongside the lace that’s been so popular of late and the Old Hollywood fit-and-fare silhouettes that are always a hit, dresses cloaked in monochromatic sequins from top to toe were a big hit.
That most Parisian of head-toppers is back, and I blame Bella, Blair and Alessandro. It seems that when the newly minted creative director of Gucci and grower of Christ-like hair brought crazy-grandma glasses, flower-topped neck ties and all-around joyous kitsch back to the center of what’s in style, he brought berets along with him.
Let’s take a trip, shall we, back to the Gucci Fall 2015 runway, the freshman womenswear show for the hero of our story. Where under Frida Giannini there once was slicked-back hair and a barely restrained sex appeal there now was a sense of indie romance with a cherry-hued beret on top. And I’m not mad about it. I’ve had a bright red beret—you know, I’m starting off classic—sitting on my Nordstrom Wish List for the past couple of months, and now that the weather is finally cooling down, I think I’m ready to pull the trigger.
Which brings me to the final reason I’m ready to embrace this trend with open arms: there’s a certain militaristic smartness about the look that I find especially appealing in a time of hot Hamilton tickets and a bandolier-clad Beyonce. Come to think of it, I’m also in the market for a sharply tailored military jacket—but that’s another blog post for another week.
Scroll down for plenty of well-styled inspiration and a round-up of shoppable berets.
After you’ve absorbed as much styling inspiration as you care to, scroll through these shoppable berets to make the look your own. Then tip your hat at Cher as you skip out the door, as chic as a gosh darn French woman strolling home from the Chanel show. [show_shopthepost_widget id=”1976228″]
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