Hat Etiquette

Hat etiquette is good to know whether fashion hats are a staple accessory in your everyday attire, or you look to add the finishing touches to your stylish outfits for special occasions. Both men and women alike need to know hat manners in order take their sophisticated trends to the next level.

At Hats in the Belfry, we understand some of you are new to hat fashions, so we've made it easy for you to learn common hat etiquette. Take a look through our collection of etiquette rules as you learn hat etiquette for yourself.

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.

Women's hat etiquette:

  1. Women may only wear a fashionable hat into a theatre if it does not cause those behind to move in order to see around the hat.
    Hat etiquette for Men and Women:
  2. Both men and women should remove their hats during the National Anthem. The only exception to this rule is when a woman is wearing a very proper hat.
  3. Once your hat has been removed, you should hold your hat in your hand such a way that only the outside is visible. Never reveal the inside lining of your hat.