When should women remove their hats?

Part 2 of this hat etiquette series discusses when women should remove their hats and when they can keep them on.

Women have worn hats for many years; however, the type of hats women are wearing have changed. Women have traditionally worn fashion hats, or hats thought of as “women’s hats.” These hats include ribbons, bows, feathers, flowers or other ornamentation, and come in delicate colors and materials. Fashion hats also include the small hats worn on the front of the head, also known as fascinators. Today, more women are wearing baseball-style caps and hats.

When a woman wears a fashion hat, different rules apply then when a women wears a baseball-style cap.

Women’s fashion hats (not baseball-style caps) can be left on:

  • In someone’s home
  • At luncheons, weddings, garden parties
  • At religious services
  • At a movie or any indoor performance
  • When the National Anthem is played
  • When the flag of the United States passes by, as in a parade

Women should take their fashion hat off:

  • Anytime it blocks someone’s view, such as at a wedding or in a theater
  • Indoors at work

Women should remove baseball-style caps:

  • In someone’s home
  • At mealtimes, at the table
  • While being introduced
  • In a house of worship, unless a hat or head covering is required
  • Indoors at work, unless required for the job
  • In public buildings such as a school, library, courthouse or town hall
  • In restaurants
  • At any indoor performance
  • When the National Anthem is played
  • When the flag of the United States passes by, as in a parade

Cancer patients are exempt from hat rules. They may keep their hats or caps on at all times if they wish.

For information on when men should remove their hats or keep them on, see “When should men remove their hats?”

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