I have been a beret wearer since the age of about 20, my original reasoning being that because of its shape, it was less likely to blow away in strong wind. I was wrong, but persevered.
One of my favourite berets (they're all different) was eaten by Bok, and I was left with just two; my present ratting beret, which is past its sell-by date, and my wider Sunday beret.
A couple of weeks ago I was buying Mouse poison at my local plant, pet, and everything to do with outdoors, shop, when I spotted the above. A genuine wide brimmed Beret Basque.
I think it was priced at a staggering €42; so I screamed inwardly and threw caution to the winds.
It will become my Christmas, Weddings, and Funerals beret; and probably see very little other use.
As they used to say "If you want to get ahead, get a hat".