Good day Life Junkies. Here’s a little KEYS101-

I was asked what’s the difference between a tam and beret, on yesterday. 
Here’s my two cents.

The pattern and the knitting are nearly the same. The different names are used in different countries. For example, a tam is from Ireland or Scotland. A tam is a Scottish hat usually plaid with a pompom on top. It’s shaped like a dome or round spaceship. 

The beret from France is flat and brimless all around . It’s shaped like a frisbee. A lot of stereotypical crooks wear them in movies or tv shows. No matter the fashion landscape, the beret is endured as a timelessly chic accent, worn both by renowned style icons of the ’40s Joan Crawford and Katharine Hepburn and contemporary, fashion-forward celebs like Diane Kruger. 

Joan Crawford pictured in a beret.

  The brimless beret helped JC direct attention to her striking facial features–wide eyes, high cheekbones, and broad lips–capturing the screen legend’s original boy-meets-girl style. 

A lot of people use these terms interchangeably, although in my mind they are clearly different. A beret has some crown height, rather than being fully symmetrical like a tam. A tam is a little deeper and able to hold your hair inside of it. The beret is more flat and worn tilted on the head or “cocked ace deuce” as the old timers would say…

Here’s an image of a tam 

Here’s mores images of a beret  

Carry on life junkies.





About crazechameleonstudio

Craze Chameleon Studio established in 1999 by founder Aisha Keys, a native Washingtonian, is one of the must vintage clothing collections in D.C. At the age of 23, her distinct fashion style turned the heads of many people on the streets of D.C., thus propelling her into a career as a personal shopper and fashion stylist to aspiring models, vocalists, musicians, and local fashionistas. Because of her ability to change her look from day to day, she was nicknamed the Chameleon; thus creating Craze Chameleon Studio. A studio of vintage clothes from the 20’s – 60’s. At the Studio, Aisha creates masterpieces utilizing her creative eye and vintage pieces. “…through my original style and vintage apparel, I show people how to put it all together and create their own unique fashion statement.” Aisha Keys. Craze Chameleon Studio has carved out its own niche among vintage retailers by providing up to the minute fashion that looks as if it is off the runway today, but is an original garment from fashion past. Since opening in 1999, CCS has been one of D.C.’s vintage clothing resource and one of the most celebrated vintage destinations in the D.C. area; supplying clothes to many retailers in the metropolitan area like Kaur, Nana, Meeps, Crossroads, Buffalo Exchange, Reddz Trading and Mustard Seed. CCS has an incredible array of vintage clothing from cocktail dresses, furs, suits, designer garments, accessories for men and women, and household collectibles and furnishings. There is an exclusive collection of used and dead stock items at the studio. To make an appointment call 2022008892 or email

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