The Hat.  Once upon a time, it was a real head-turner.

It was the quintessential “must have” on Easter Sunday. Everyone looked regal at a wedding (even if you weren’t a Royal), and depending on your career or station in life, it was an unofficial form of identification.

While hats are not as ubiquitous as they once were, they still garner attention; but not in the way they once did.

Today, donning a hat often carries a different set of meanings, which can vary from fashion to function.

For some, wearing that beloved but tattered baseball cap may be a lucky charm.  For others, throwing on a hat helps control that crazy hair while working out at the gym.  And then of course, there is always the curse of the dreaded bedhead!

Hats Off to You

There is a time and place for wearing certain types of hats, especially if you are in a situation where you are representing your company. No matter the situation, removing a hat is always a courteous and respectful act.

While this is not a definitive guide, here are some helpful tips for improving your hat-iquette:

Hats On

  • Outside
  • Sporting events (including indoors)
  • Some public areas
    • Hallways and corridors
    • Elevators
    • Train stations and airports
    • Public transportation
    • Hotel lobbies

Hats Off

  • Most indoor locations (including at work)
  • Homes and meals
  • Restaurants and cafés
  • When being introduced
  • Churches and other places of worship (unless required to wear a head covering)
  • Theaters
  • Weddings and funerals
  • When the national anthem is played or the flag of your country passes by

PRO-TIP: Ladies, if you’re wearing a fashionable hat, the only time it should be removed is while inside at work or if you’re blocking someone’s view. If you’re wearing a baseball style cap, the above rules apply.