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Here’s How to Shape a Beret The Right Way

Berets are probably the most common hats and ones that are well established across the world. From law enforcement to different organizations, there are thousands of beret styles all of which depend on the years of tradition and years of wearing the same hat. What is interesting about the beret in contrast to any other hat style is that berets are very versatile and often don’t come pre-shaped. Of course, there are pre-shaped berets but generally speaking, most of them need a few touch-ups in order to look sharp and the way they should.

So, since now we know that you need to shape your beret the right way in order for it to look good, in this article we’ll talk about different beret-wearing styles/methods. We’ll see why berets are so good and why most military-related organizations pick them as part of their soldier’s look.

What you also need to know is that beret has a lot of history in it. They became widely popularized in the 19th century in Spain and France. Ever since then, the beret has become a must-have piece of wardrobe for almost any soldier.  

Berets are often made from soft materials like felt and therefore they can get dirty pretty easily. But, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t wear them. In fact, the beret is one of the most lastings hats out there. Soldiers wear it in war, in the mud, and during the crossfire. So you can imagine how strong and long-lasting this hat is. In the lines below, we’ll see what are the best ways to wear a beret, clean it and shape it the right way. 

Knowing How To Wear Your Beret

First thing first, you need to know if you’re wearing a beret as a part of the dress code or uniform, or just as a fashion statement that describes you. In most cases, the beret is a part of a uniform. Therefore, every single soldier or member of the organization needs to wear it the same way. In most cases, this means that you wear it in such a way that the brim is straight across your forehead. Some organizations, such as the US Army, require that edges sit exactly one inch above your eyebrows. 

Now, you can be sure that when you place the beret on your head, there will be some excess material. This is exactly why a beret almost always needs to be shaped and in most cases, it won’t be preshaped. Usually, the excess material is folded and draped towards the right side. 

If you’re wearing your beret for fashion, there really isn’t an exact way you need to wear it. You have all freedom and there really isn’t a limitation to this matter. Usually, people wear it so that the hat is tilted diagonally to the one side. If you wear the beret for pure fashion, it doesn’t need any touch-ups. Leave it as it is and don’t mind the excess material.

If you aren’t wearing your beret for fashion reasons, then you need to look for your hairstyle as well. Especially women. Some hairstyles like a bun can damage the shape of the hat. You should let your hair fall freely underneath the beret. Some organizations also have a rule that the beret you’re wearing needs to have the same color as the color of your hair. 

Shaping The Beret

When it comes to shaping the beret, there are some tricks you should utilize in order to pull out the best look. First of all, what you need to know is that any new beret has an inside lining. What you need to do now is very delicate. Basically, you need to cut this inner lining so that the beret snugs your head perfectly. It shouldn’t be too tight but it shouldn’t be too loose at the same time. You also need to be careful that you don’t damage the outer fuzzy layer of the beret. This inside lining is the main part of every single beret and its purpose is to protect the hat from possible damage before the owner starts wearing it. We said that this hat has top quality and we meant it. Also, this lining is there to provide the best possible fit for the owner. Based on their head size and feel, every beret is an individual piece of art that will fit perfectly on only one person. How about that?

The next step is to remove any fuzz that might be present on the beret. How to do this? Well, it might sound silly, but believe us, using a disposable razor is the most effective way. Just run the razor in a single direction over the surface of your beret. Be sure that you don’t do this more times over the same spot as the razor can damage it. 

Another way to get rid of the fuzz is to use a lighter. Hold the lighter in place with one hand and take the beret with the other. With moderate speed, run your beret over the flame but be careful that you don’t leave it too much on the open flame. You don’t need to do this over the whole beret, just do it over the parts where the fuzz is visible. 

Lastly, if the fuzz on the beret is big and visible, you can use clippers to clip it down. Imagine like you are clipping hair – repeat the same motion here and what you should have is a fuzz-free beret.

Now that the beret is clean from the fuzz, the next step is to shape it. The right way you can do this is with the help of hot water. Soak the beret in hot water. Keep in mind that hot water will make your beret shrink a bit so if your hat is large then soaking it is a good idea. If your beret has a tighter fit, avoid hot water and just use regular tap water. 

When you soaked the beret, squeeze out the extra fluid. How to know that the beret is soaked enough? Well, when you twist it, the water shouldn’t be dripping. That’s a good sign. Now that your beret is in a perfect state for shaping, place it on your head. With your hands, pull the sides of the beret in order to sit properly. Adjust the surface of the beret the way you want it. When you’re done, leave it to dry. After one day, the beret will be ready for wearing and in most cases, it will have the shape you created. 

With good maintenance of the hat itself, your beret can last forever. There are some known cases of 100+-year-old berets. This type of hat is good to have as it’s going to be your lifelong partner and as a plus, you’ll look pretty cool with it. It’s an unusual hat to own and most people aren’t even aware of it and if they know about it, they think it’s solely a soldier hat. Show them they are wrong and stand out from the crowd.

If you just bought your beret and want to make sure you shape it the right way, then follow the instructions in this article. If you’ve done everything correctly, your beret should have a clean and sharp look and it should be sturdy as well. Berets are quality accessories to have and you should treat them with respect. With the correct shape, every single beret can look better than basically any other hat. 

A disclaimer though – A beret is hard to mix up with other parts of the wardrobe. It’s not like it’s similar to a baseball cap so you can wear it everywhere. Beret has style to it (baseball cap has it as well) and you should wear it like that. Think about a suit paired with a nice white shirt.

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How to Design Your Own Hat With Ease

Hats with unique designs get noticed. That’s a fact. Have you ever said ‘Where did you get that hat?” to someone you’ve seen who’s wearing a hat with a unique design?  If so, they probably answered “I designed it myself’. 

There’s nothing more eye-catching than a crisp, bold message on a hat. Many people today want their own custom hats. Whether it’s to advertise a business with a great-looking logo, or to show pride in a hobby, club, or sports team, custom-designed hats are hot!

If you’d like to design your own hat but don’t know where to start, we’re here to help. We understand your frustration. There are lots of design options when it comes to blank hats. There are hat styles, colors, patches, embroidery, and screen printing choices to sort through and more. 

Here are some tips to help you design your own hat. Sit back, relax, and read the advice we offer for designing hats yourself. 

Choose Your Product: Decide What Type of Hat You Want 

The first order of business is to choose the type of blank hat you’d like. Take a look at the main choices in blank hats below. Then decide what type you’d like to design. 

  • Blank unconstructed 5-panel hats 
  • Blank unconstructed 6-panel hats 
  • Blank dad caps
  • Blank beanies

Unconstructed 5 and 6-panel hats are baseball cap-style hats. These hats are available with flat or curved bill options and can have different closure types on the backsides like fitted, buckle or “slide”, snap-back or velcro closures. 

Blank dad caps are more relaxed baseball cap-style hats. These hats are less constructed than panel hats to promote a look of casual comfort. Dad caps have either standard or short bill lengths. 

Blank beanies are close-fitting, cuffed, brimless hats. Originally designed for cold weather wear, the cuffs on beanies can be pulled down to warm the ears. 

Once you’ve picked your blank hat type, half the battle’s over. Now you can move on to the next tip for designing your own hat. 

Be sure to also check out “Here’s How to Choose Hats For Your Face Shape” for a guide on choosing the correct hat size for you.

Choose Your Color Scheme: Pick your Favorite Color(s)

Blank hats come in lots and lots of colors. Think carefully about the design you’d like to put on your blank hat before choosing a hat color. This way, you can sort through the myriad of hat color choices to eliminate those colors that won’t match or worse, clash with your custom design. Try to pick a hat color or colors, that match up nicely with your unique design. 

Select the Hat Material 

Blank hats are made using many different materials. For example, blank beanies can be made of wool, rib-knit yarn, or mixed thread acrylic, just to name a few. Blank unconstructed hats and dad caps can be made of 100% cotton, cotton/poly twill, denim, poly mesh, corduroy, etc. 

Once you’ve chosen your hat type, simply look to see what material choices you have with that chosen hat, then pick your favorite available material.

Create Your Design: Make Your Final Design Choice

You can either use a design you already have in mind for your hat’s patch, label, or embroidery or create your own design from scratch. Of course, things will be a bit easier if you’ve already got your design ready. But if not, don’t worry. Custom hat makers like Delusion Mfg. can help you create your design. 

When you go through the custom hat creation process, you’ll be guided along the way including when adding an image, text, or message to your custom hat. There are many font choices to sort through, decisions to make regarding the positioning of your label, patch or print, etc.

Unsure? No Worries. Ask for Samples

If you’re unsure of what type of label or patch to put on your hat, you can request samples. Once you’ve ordered samples, you’ll receive a sample package in the mail with an assortment of different styles, fits, materials, and embellishments. 

You can expect your sample pack to include examples of PU leather patches, real leather patches, embroidery patches, woven patches, labels, and satin-printed label examples. 

When you’re able to see and feel the various choices you have in custom patches, embroidery, and labels it will be easy to choose your custom design. 


While it does take a little time to design your own hat, the process is relatively easy! When you’ve completed the steps above and have ordered your hat, you’ll be filled with anticipation while your custom hat is being crafted from scratch. When your hat is done, you’ll be thrilled with the results!

Expect many looks of approval and compliments when you’re wearing your new custom-designed hat. Wear that hat, cap, or beanie with pride and take good care of it! 

The team at Delusion Mfg is always here to help you. If you have any questions about custom blank hats or need some design ideas or tips, get in touch with us and we’ll gladly help.