During a recent appearance before an audience in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Benedict XVI arrived donning a crimson cap trimmed with white fur.

The cap, known as a camauro, popular during the medieval and Renaissance periods, has not been worn during modern times except for a brief appearance during the 1960′s as part of the attire worn by John XXIII. Perhaps the Pope’s revival of the headwear is a fashion statement, or maybe it’s just a way to stay warm when temperatures dip towards freezing.

Wearing the camauro is not the first time Pope Benedict XVI has had the public seeing red. His red Prada footwear that debuted last summer made a fashion statement and turned a few heads, as did his ermine-trimmed red cape.

Some may be critical, but with a professional wardrobe that leaves little room for interpretation, great accessories and a pop of color are a way for the Pope to show the world a bit of his signature style to the world.

We could all take a fashion lesson from Esquire magazine who named Pope Benedict XVI Accessorizer of the Year:

Have a signature. It could be a pocket square or a chunky watch or a tie clip, but make it your own (and remember that the whole red-shoes thing is already taken).

Esquire Magazine August 20th, 2007

Is there a color you claim as yours? Leave a comment letting me know your signature color.

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