How To Wear A Formal Hat-Rules And Etiquette For Women

Men’s hat etiquette:

  1. It is traditionally considered an act of charming courtesy and respect for men to remove their hats in the presence of a woman.
  2. Men should remove their hats while on an elevator, especially if a lady is present.
  3. Men typically remove their hats when entering a building or upon arrival to their destination.
  4. Men shall not wear their hat inside a church; it is appropriate for women to wear dress hats, however.
  5. Traditionally, a gentleman will tip his hat to a lady in passing. He may replace it after she has passed or as they begin to walk/talk together.
  6. It is very poor manners and could be taken as an insult if a man were to tip his hat to another man.

A Note on Religious Services

Different religions have different traditions regarding wearing headwear during their services. For instance, some services dissuade men from wearing hats while recommending women to wear them. Others have special headwear that both men and women are encouraged to wear. The best practice is to ask ahead before attending a service.

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Moving on, if you are still wondering about how to wear a formal hat properly, read the guides below

When women wearing a formal hat enter a building, they don’t have to take off their formal hats. Formal hats are treated as a essential part of a lady’s ensemble, therefore, she don’t have to take the important accessory off when going indoors. Men, on the other hand, have to take off their hats, especially when they enter a religious building. When a woman has to take off her hat, she should tip the hat so that the lining and sweatband as well as the inner part of the hat are unseen by other people.

A lady also doesn’t have to remove her hat when th

A lady also doesn’t have to remove her hat when the National Anthem is played. However, if she wears a unisex and causal hat such as a cowboy hat or a baseball cap, she needs to take this hat off during the time when the National Anthem is played.

However, if you like, you can still take off your hat if you prefer to do so.

Here is some places when you should take off your head: In the theater and inside the formal meeting when you are at work. When you wear a large hat inside the theater, other people couldn’t see what is ahead of them.

Here is an important hat etiquette that moms of the brides and the grooms should know. When they attend the weddings of their daughters and sons, the hats of the mother of grooms should always smaller than the hats of the mother of the brides. It could be easily understood since the host’s hat should be more outstanding than the guests’ hats. On the other hand, if the groom hosts the wedding events, the two mothers of the groom and bride can discuss so that the two hats they are wearing can have the same size.

Keep in mind that you might have to take several p

Keep in mind that you might have to take several pictures when you attend a formal event such as a wedding. So it is important to make sure that your face is not covered by your big wide brimmed hat. Also be more aware of your surroundings and other people when you take a picture with them to prevent your hat from blocking other faces as well. And just like when you enter a building, you don’t have to take off your fancy and dress hat when you take picture.

Last but not least, make sure your hat is secured on your head so you don’t have to use your hand to hold the brim of the hat all of the time.

Women’s Hat Sizes

Most women’s hat sizes are one size only, but that’s not the case with Fashionable Hats. Female head sizes range from 21 inches to 23 inches in circumference. Actual sizes also range depending on the designer. For example, some hats are made for youth sizes, and others come with adjustable bands to keep the hat in place. Whether you are looking for a wide brim hat, fedora, or baseball cap, you can measure your custom head size with Fashionable Hats that you can use to shop for all types of hats in the future.

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The Rules of Hatiquette

If you have been wearing a hat for some time, you may have been introduced to many of these rules already, though you may not always follow them. It can seem a bit strange to go around tipping your hat to some and raising it to others, but such is the nature and expense of fostering a gentlemanly deportment.

Hat Tip or Raise?

Either the tipping up or down the brim of the hat or fully raising it may be acceptable, but strictly speaking there are times when one or the other should be used.

Tip O’ the Hat to Male Friends

When you come by a male friend on the street or elsewhere hats may be worn, it is customary to greet them with a tip of the hat. Depending on your style, this may be a tipping up or down of the hat, and is simply a way of saying “Hello, good sir” or “Howdy.” A full raise of the hat is also acceptable but not necessary unless you and your pals prefer that formality.

A tip of the hat to a friend is a gentlemanly greeting.

Raise the Hat for a Lady or Particularly Honored Person

When acknowledging a lady it is proper to give a full raise of the hat. The same rule might apply to greeting older men or someone of particular respectability. For instance, a mayor, governor, police officer, local hero, etc.

The hat should be raised when acknowledging a lady or person of significance.

When Meeting Someone for the First Time

Whether it be a man or woman (but especially when it is a woman), remove your hat upon initial introductions. One point of note: don’t run your hands through your hair before shaking hands. Just let your mop alone and get to the shaking of hands and exchanging of names. Once the initial introduction is complete the hat can go back on.

A hat should come off and be held to the side when meeting someone for the first time, especially when it is a lady.

Even when meeting men, out of doors, it is proper hatiquette to remove your hat.

When Talking for an Extended Period of Time

When stopping to talk to someone, man or woman, the hat should be removed. This demonstrates respect and also signals the intention of engaging in a conversation. There are a number of occasions when this rule does not apply, such as when in formal dress or uniform. It also appears that when men are with fellows they know well, this rule does not apply. Use it as you see fit.

When Indoors

The general rule is to remove your hat when coming in the house and place it back on when outside. I especially remember this rule being enforced while in the military. The foldable hat that most branches of the military uses, called a side cap or garrison cap, is easily folded and put in the belt or tucked into the waistline of your pants when not being worn. This is another rule that has a lot of modern leeway. In the past you would remove your hat when you entered a bank or grocery store, but that is no longer the case. It may be quite gentlemanly to do so, but it is also quite inconvenient when you don’t have a place to hang your hat. However, if at work or at someone else’s home, remove the hat.

Note: I followed up on a thought presented by a manly commenter. It appears that banks may require you to remove your hat and sunglasses when you enter, not for the sake of etiquette but so the security cameras can get a clear view of your face.

The side cap or garrison cap as pictured, is removed (uncovered) when indoors and not recovered until outside.

When Eating at the Table

There are a few reasons why a hat should come off when eating. One, if you are inside it should already be off. Two, and most importantly, taking a hat off means you are going to stay a while and enjoy the meal and conversation. Imagine a man and his sons coming in for lunch after a long hard morning of work. The wife has been working hard as well, tending the garden and getting the food ready. How would she feel if they came in, wolfed down their meal and headed back out to work, versus taking off their hats, taking their time to thank her, enjoy the meal, and finally head back out? You can see the message this conveys. Also, depending on the circumstances, a hat can be pretty nasty and it may be best to leave it outside or on the floor.

Note: An exception to this rule may be when eating out of doors, as in a picnic or some potluck get-together. In some instances, nature trumps civility.

When Praying or in a Place of Worship

When engaged in prayer or listening to prayer, or in a place of worship, take the hat off. This is a form of reverential respect. Most of the time this is simply done out of tradition, but some Christians will use 1 Cor. 11 to justify this practice. I have noticed that people will leave their hats on until they get into the actual sanctuary and keep it on in other parts of the church building. However, this violates the “When Indoors” rule.

Take the hat off when praying or when others are praying.

During the Pledge of Allegiance or National Anthem

Thankfully, we still see this being practiced regularly during the opening ceremony for sporting events. Remove your hat and hold it as you listen to or join your countrymen in the National Anthem. Remove your hat and place it over your heart during the Pledge of Allegiance.

Remove your hat during any ceremonial event such as the Pledge of Allegiance or National Anthem.




If there is any man whom you wish to conciliate, you should make a point of taking off your hat to him as often as you meet him. people are always gratified by respect, and they generally conceive a good opinion of the understanding of one who appreciates their excellence so much as to respect it. Such is the irresistible effect of an habitual display of this kind of manner, that perseverance in it will often conquer enmity and obliterate contempt.


~ Source: DECORUM: A practical treatise on Etiquette & Dress of the Best American Society 1879, published by Westvaco [1979]. p 143

Men greeting one another. Source .

Men greeting one another. Source.

The hat is gracefully lifted from the head, brought to the level of the chest, and the body inclined forward, and then replaced in passing. [emphasis added]


Men do not raise hats to one another, save out of deference to an elderly person, a person of note, or a clergyman. (Quoted from A Dictionary of Etiquette by Walter Cox Green, 1904)


~Manners and Morals of Victorian America by Wayne Erbsen, page 56



Elaborate hat-flourishing is o



Elaborate hat-flourishing is often erroneously supposed to indicate “good manners” (Charles Dickens, All Year Round, 1884)


~Manners and Morals of Victorian America by Wayne Erbsen



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