How to Shape a Beret

If you've ever seen a serviceman walk past you wearing a beret, then you know it has a unique style all it's own. Part hat, part skull cap, shaping a beret perfectly can be a bit tricky. But with a little patience, you'll be wearing your hat in style. Here are some tips on how to shape a beret.

Lay out your two bowls. It is important that the bowls are larger than the beret itself.

Fill one bowl with ice cold water and fill the other bowl with warm water.

Repeatedly plunge the beret in both bowls. Start with the warm water and move to the cold water. Do this repeatedly until the beret is well drenched and pliable. Avoid getting any leather wet on the beret.

Place the beret on your head. Pull down the beret material so that it drapes over the right ear.

Shape the beret to your desired effect. Everyone's head is a different size. Focus on the draping shape over your right ear coupled with the beret resting two finger-widths above your left eye. Your military dress code book will go into more explicit detail.

Allow the beret to dry on your head to finish shaping the beret.


Never place anything on top of your beret. This will crush the shape and cause you to reshape it all over again. If the material on the beret becomes fuzzy then you can shave off the fuzz balls with a razor.

Things You'll Need

  • Beret
  • Pair of bowls
  • Water
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