Hats and other headgear or headpieces are great fashion accessories. They can either really complete an outfit or be the perfect statement piece to what you’re wearing. These days, however, many women aren’t too familiar with basic hat etiquette. Since leaving hair exposed has also become fashionable, many women have forgotten some of the rules.
There was a time when ladies never left the house with donning something on their heads. Most of the hat etiquette we know of and maintain comes from this time. Ladies will be happy to know that it is actually quite easy to stay polite and be fashionable with you headwear as it rarely requires that you take it off!
1) Women may wear hats all day
Because hats were often pinned to a lady’s hairstyle, which is usually done up, women are allowed to keep their hats in all the time. It was seen as improper for a woman to be “fussing with her toilet,” which basically means fixing herself up, so once the hat was on, it stayed on. This is why most old fashioned milliners already fit hats to specific heads. Men, on the other hand must take their hats off when entering a home, when sitting down to a meal, and when saying hello.
2) Women may wear hats at tea, unless the woman is hosting
Following the first rule of basic hat etiquette, women are allowed to keep their hats on when visiting a friend for tea. Since she won’t be staying in the home long, and will be going out into the world again, then she may keep her hat on. The hostess, however, doesn’t need to wear a hat. Usually, hostesses wear a different headpiece.
3) Women should not wear hats in the evening
Hats are never worn in the evening. If there is a party or an event, women can wear headpieces like feather fascinators or other jeweled decorative headgear, but not hats. Ideally, your headpiece should match or complement what you are wearing. Before, women used to have the headpiece made to match their gowns. These days, so long as it isn’t a total clash, you should be fine.
If you are a woman who loves wearing hats of all sorts, keep basic hat etiquette in mind. Remember, it isn’t very fashionable to be impolite. If you find it strange keeping your hat on, invest in hats that are easy to take off. These days, though many women still follow these rules, breaking them once in a while is forgivable!