I rather enjoy that most military the world over are - so often against their own preferences - obliged to wear a beret. It rather feels to me like the French getting one over on all those tedious bores who think it's funny to perpetuate such inaccurate French military stereotypes. The world 'trilby' gets used t mean many different things. I suspect you may be thinking of this: or perhaps this: Traditionally, many in the UK would identify those a Trilbies (while folks in the US might call them stingy brim fedoras). Others in the UK insist a Trilby is a narrow-brimmed, soft-crowned had made of wool, usually tweed, thus: I suspect, however, when the ladies object to 'trilbies' they may be referencing the sort of modern hat that is a similar shape, but churned out cheaply and nastily as disposable fashion, thus: Which is much like comparing one of Connery-Bond's nicely cut DJs to the sort of modern "Tuxedo jacket" which has notch lapels, two buttons and pocket flaps. Totally agree. I stopped wearing modern baseball caps when I was in my middle teens because I hated how they looked on me (mainly in combination with my glasses); I'm not sure I could have told you at the time the proportions were the issue, though I know I always felt they would be greatly improved if the length of the bill was cut in half. Not worn or owned one since 1992; I think I could come around to it now if I was to buy an original 30s-shape (and properly sized -I also never liked the 'one-size-fits-some' or adjustable-sizing thing, nor did I care for the d-shape cut-out on the latter's rear).