I have been a beret wearer since the age of about 20, my original reasoning being that because of its shape, it was less likely to blow away in strong wind. I was wrong, but persevered.
One of my favourite berets (they're all different) was eaten by Bok, and I was left with just two; my present ratting beret, which is past its sell-by date, and my wider Sunday beret.
A couple of weeks ago I was buying Mouse poison at my local plant, pet, and everything to do with outdoors, shop, when I spotted the above. A genuine wide brimmed Beret Basque.
I think it was priced at a staggering €42; so I screamed inwardly and threw caution to the winds.
It will become my Christmas, Weddings, and Funerals beret; and probably see very little other use.
As they used to say "If you want to get ahead, get a hat".
A fellow Hatter.... I have worn a hat since 1965....I was 15 and was introduced to the wide-brimmed Australian-style bush hat.... for rifle shooting on outdoor ranges, because the side clipped up with a popper... leaving me free to use the sights.ReplyDelete
It then became my choice of headgear for photography.... because it shielded my eyes and the camera.
It was around that time I started to put feathers I found through the bow at the side of the outer headband.
I currently have six in various stages of maturity.... from a brand new white one...bought, rather like your latest beret... to one that is so mature it follows me around like a dog!! It is my gardening one....and is the only one that has the feathers that it has accumulated, pointing backwards.... since "compulsory headrests in cars, I wear the feathers pointing forwards.
But I only wear them spring, summer and autumn... now that winter is here, I wear woolly or fleece hats that pull down over the ears!!
I have one of those Russian style furry hats for winter; it protects my ears from frostbite. Otherwise it's a beret for everyday bald-patch covering. I have quite a few hats, but few are worn!Delete
By the way, I'm now collecting our dog's hair, and shall make a wire container to distribute to nest builders. A few years ago, when we still had our Lab', I found several nests that had beautiful beige linings.Delete
Nice one... they'll appreciate it!Delete
Come on Cro, don't keep us in suspense - a photo of you in this new chapeau !ReplyDelete
I was considering a drawing, but thought better of even that!Delete
I think the beret suits you very well Cro!ReplyDelete
Greetings Maria x
I do hope so, I've been wearing them for a long time.Delete
You have a Sunday beret? Wow, I'm impressed.ReplyDelete
Sunday, ratting, and mid-week. The choice is vast.Delete
Speaking as a hat wearer may I suggest you should be wearing it to break it in and moulding it to your head shape for future comfort on those high days and holidays when you will be wearing it?ReplyDelete
I think you're right. I shall wear it for my dark mornings' dog walk. I still haven't worn it yet.Delete
I think we, your loving readers, deserve a picture of it on your head!ReplyDelete
Maybe, one day.Delete
As they also say - it you want total admiration then please put a photograph on your blog of you wearing said hat. I am sure you can persuade Lady M to take one for us.ReplyDelete
See above. I'll ask her.Delete
I have three berets two black and a brown one plus two brimmed hats one in felt and the other in hide, also several cotton sun caps which are rarely used...ReplyDelete
The only brown berets I've seen were the one my sister wore to school when she was about 6, and of course the ones worn by brownies.Delete
Like Mr Stephenson, I'm still looking for the perfect hat. I did once have a well loved Harris Tweed flat cap, but it was half-inched by a beautiful Parisian girl, and I didn't like to demand that she return it.
Sometimes when you see something you've just got to go for it. Very spiffy. I like that quote, I have not heard it before.ReplyDelete
Blow the expense; take out a mortgage, and wear the hat.Delete
My favorite style. Artistically slouchy, but it looks good on special forces, too.ReplyDelete
I think they look good on everyone except accountants and tax inspectors.Delete
Please please a photo of you in this new beret. I only wear a peak when I walk the dogs. It's to shield my prescription glasses from the sun when I take photos. When I was growing up, women had to wear hats to church. I remember feeling very mature and ladylike when I was old enough to wear a hat.ReplyDelete
Sounds like me with long trousers; a life changing moment.Delete
I have a red beret from Paris. Oo la la.ReplyDelete
The Basque berets are red, and very nice too.Delete
A man in a beret is always interesting.ReplyDelete
I wish I was a hatter. The man is a hatter and I have visited numerous hat shops of varying sophistication, but there is never anything for me. Just something with the head, the hair, the self image... I wish I could do a Greta Garbo.ReplyDelete
I wore a boater at school, a bowler when I worked in the city, and a beret ever since.ReplyDelete
Nothing beats the Akubra. Everyone looks good in them.They are very expensive but worth every cent.ReplyDelete