From the East to the West, from the runways of Paris Fashion Week to the NYC city streets, our fall trending style picks are the faceted fashion accessories that are alas here to stay. Berets and Greek Fisherman caps are commonly made using harmful materials like wool and leather, however there are sustainable alternatives made from deadstock and hemp. View the gallery above and keep reading on to find out where you can purchase ethical berets and Greek fisherman caps.
These caps grew in popularity in European countries during the 1920’s for the working class due to its simplicity and practicality. The round flattish beret has been a staple for numerous European countries military attire, the Black Panther Party and fashionistas for decades. The analogous flat-topped fisherman cap was adapted into subcultures, including the knitted Rastafarian cap.
As the slow fashion movement progresses, it is vital that we continue to search for those sustainable options when it comes to keeping up with dynamic trends. Organic cotton, faux fur, vegan leather and deadstock are a few of the eco-conscious materials to look for on the tag and description box. Urban Renewal and Rawganique are two companies focused on designing ethical items, including our favored European caps.
Urban Renewal is an eco-friendly fashion brand that utilizes deadstock and surplus materials to cultivate new clothes and accessories. Their black Remnant Beret is sold at Urban Outfitters. Rawganique, a sustainable company that has prided themselves to create items that are GMO-free, chemical-free and sweatshop-free, has Greek Fisherman Hats that are made from organic hemp. These ethical options are similarly priced to those fast fashion companies who are not as eco-friendly.
These hats can be worn in the brisk fall weather with almost any item that you already have in your closet. A simple black beret and fisherman hat can be styled mono-chromatically with a black turtleneck, black leather skirt, thigh-high black boots, and a black trench coat to complete the look. You can even add a pop of color with a silk neck scarf or a purse. Whether you choose to rock these hats as a style icon and/or for a political cause be sure to choose sustainable companies.