The Hatiquette Guide
Topper tips from etiquette experts, style bloggers, & hat historians.
noun, ha-ti-ket. The conduct to be observed in hat wearing.
Hats cover part of the head, and this can make you seem “distant”. Understand this, and you can judge the situation and make the decision to wear the hat or take it off anywhere.
A fedora is a great everyday hat that can also transition to more formal settings, like date nights or parties. Men should typically remove their hats upon entering a building or home.
Today’s hatiquette allows a woman to don her hat as a fashion statement and as part of her outfit. The hats seen at the royal wedding have been erroneously termed “fascinators”, which is an incorrect term. Those particular hats are called “whimseys”. In fashion history, a fascinator is a billowy head scarf, and not a hat.
During the national anthem, females may keep their hats on. There is a tendency for women who wear men’s hats to take them off during the national anthem.
Women are not expected to doff any hat whilst in a church or indoors at all, whereas it is the norm for a gent.
It’s unconventional for even a woman to wear a brimmed hat after sunset, unless of course, the occasional late afternoon garden party turns into a soiree.
Common courtesy is something to keep in mind: If a lady attends an evening at the theater, and the size of her hat will impede the view of the audience member seated behind her, it would be considered rude to wear that particular hat.
A lot of guys hate hats. I get it. They mess with our hair and, subsequently, our vanity. But when it’s 16’F outside, I kinda don’t care. Where and how I rotate my hats depends on what I’m wearing at the time, how I’m feeling, Where I’m going, and how cold it is outside.