I heard a similar saying, but that the higher the peak of a peaked cap, the poorer the army. I can't really agree that your saying applies though, since Napoleon captured half of Europe in those fancy blue uniforms, while the British conquered a quarter of the globe in their red coats.Once heard a saying, "the fancier the uniform, the less able the military". Don't care for dress/dress-type uniforms with all sorts of badges and ribbons on them. Look at some US Army members' uniforms and you doubt if they have any place to put any more badges, etc. Like the SS uniforms. Not overloaded. Personally, at that time didn't need to put much on the dress uniform, just rank, name tag, U.S.'es, ribbons, and two badges max. In uniforms, less is indeed more. The more you wear on the uniform, the more stuff to put on properly and take off.