Bombshells in Berets
Come the spring, we at Beauty Bombshells are going to have to be surgically removed from our best defence against the cold snap: our trusty berets. Berets have been big news this winter – and they’re a much more glamorous option that woolly hats or (heaven forbid!) beanies. You only have to position your beret at a jaunty angle, pout your red lips and voila! – you’re as sultry as Lauren Bacall (above, in The Big Sleep).
Through the decades, berets have also been staples of some of our favourite bombshells’ wardrobes, both onscreen and off. In 1946, the same year that Lauren Bacall smouldered in The Big Sleep, Lana Turner played the murderous femme fatale Cora in The Postman Always Rings Twice. And guess what her choice of headgear was …
It wasn’t just bad gals who went for berets: when Lorelei (Marilyn Monroe) and Dorothy (Jane Russell) landed in Paris in the classic bombshell movie Gentlemen Prefer Blondes in 1953, they both paid homage to French chic with their natty headgear.
In The Gay Divorcee, the 1934 film which first starred the headlining team of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Mimi (Ginger) didn’t get as far as Paris when she began sporting her beret – this pick-up scene took place in Southhampton. We love the extreme jauntiness of the beret, the bell-sleeved jacket and the printed dress, but, oh Ginger, the white court shoes?!
And to show that the beret has been a style staple of off-duty bombshells through the decades here’s Carole Lombard and Brigitte Bardot working the look 30 years apart.