As a Seasoned Traveler, I already know the drill when it comes to packing.

I have braved the rugged terrain of Scotland with the best Primark has to offerย (I’m really into the fuzzy backpack and I haven’t put it down since). I’ve got my travel journey creature comforts down to a science. I’ve come a long way from September, when I was just figuring out how much makeup I could take with me to Berlinย and the pros + cons of bringing along technology.

I’m going to Paris this weekend with Hope. And while I will be bringing more than one thing with me, there is absolutely one thing you must have on your person as you head off to La Ville Lumiรจre: a beret.

Yes, even I, with my voluminous afro, will be donning a beret this weekend. I have genius beauty vlogger Nik Scott to thank for that!

And so, in honor of this chic past-time franรงais, I thought I’d curate a collection of the best berets on the market.

The Classic Beret
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It’s perfect for eating a lot of croissants, smoking a lot of cigarettes and listening to a lot of Carla Bruni, Pink Martini and Nina Simone. Snag this woolen bad boy at Topshop for ยฃ12.

The Romantic Beret
What says romance more than Paris and velvet? Rien.

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Forever21 is selling Rimbaud-level devotion and rosรฉ-flavoured rendezvous for ยฃ12 each.

The Girl Power Beret
Berets are often the symbol of the revolutionary. Sometimes, radical self-love is the most revolutionary act of all.

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Wear your hopes and dreams on your sleeve for ยฃ14 at Topshop.

The Edgy Beret
If you find yourself listening to ETHS or other French metal bands, then this is probably the ยฃ12 chapeau for you.

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Likewise, a burning skullย wouldn’t be a bad touch.

Nor would this ยฃ12-pound, Addams-esque beret (also from ASOS).

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If you’re the sort of cool kid who’d find themselves at a rap gig at La Cigale, aย grommetedย or fire-kissed beret is definitely your speed.

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The Nouvelleย Vague Beret
If you want to look like a glossy French cinema star, dressing a bit more sophistiquรฉ is the way to do it.
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This ยฃ16 beret will have you feeling all times of cรฉlรจbre.

Et c’est tout! I am definitely looking forward to visiting Paris and flexing en franรงais and soaking in the culture.

Unlike the past few trips I’ve taken from London, I will be bringing my laptop with me. But we’ll see if I’m up for writing or inclined to impose my usual moratorium on updating and traveling out from London.

The way it’s been the past few trips, early morning travel and endless walking tours a zombified Caroline makes. At least this time, I know I’ll be the zombie la plus belle that side of the Channel.

Published by Caroline Colvin

I'm a queer black journalist who loves reporting on art, travel, technology and sex-positive feminism.

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