The Surprising Secret History of Berets

 How a round cap with a tiny woolen sprout earned its timeless appeal

Berets are the most elegantly timeless style of hat – at once capable of being tidy and astute, feminine and intellectual, unassuming and intriguing. Whenever I happen to spot a round cap with that tiny woolen sprout, I can’t help but feel a flutter of whimsy and charm – it is, after all, the same hat that Mary Tyler Moore joyfully tosses in the air at the end of the opening of The Mary Tyler Moore Show while the music goes “you’re gonna make it after allllll”. It’s a blue striped knitted beret, complete with pom-pom, and it is marvelous.