I tried on a beret and I really liked it. It felt very comfortable and I was rather surprised how good it seemed to look. Maybe it was the tweed jacket or my grizzly, gray stubble? (or the champagne at lunch?) If Fall was coming and not Spring, I would have been temped to purchased it to keep my shiny dome warm. Plus you can roll it up and place it in the pocket of your jacket. But, I'm not a Green Beret and I'm not a French artist. I see some quite senior gents in North Beach hanging out at cafes who seem to make it work. But they have 15 years on me and I don't speak Italian or heard goats. Do you ever see anyone, not in military uniform, wear one and pull it off?