1. Such an interesting history — I wasn’t aware how this tradition started, but I’m thankful you addressed this. I can’t tell you how often I’m in church and a young man fails to remove his cap. It’s distractingly disrespectful.

  2. Chapeau or hats off to you for this posting!
    Sadly so many gestures of respect seem to be lost in today’s society. But I must admit that when doing consulting work in South America, hats (even caps) got always removed when entering a restaurant or office! Big plus for our southern neighbors on that.
    Keep it your classic etiquette and everyday manners coming!
    Mariette’s Back to Basics

  3. Mike

    I have always hated this particular rule, I’m a guy by the way. You see, I began balding at a young age, and was able to hide it more or less until high school when it began to get worse, so I started wearing hats. If baldness were my only problem I would have just shaved my head, however It was just the beginning of a medical condition the left my head obviously disfigured and scared. I wear hats to hide this, and to preserve a little dignity. As you can imagine, going through this as such a young age is quite crippling to ones self-esteem.

    I try to wear hats tailored to each occasion, but still encounter people that take offense to it. I now avoid situations in which etiquette would require I remove my hat rather than go through the embarrassment of taking it off, and the awkward confrontation. I should not have to detail my personal medical history to every person that finds my hats disrespectful. Is there no etiquette rule about minding ones own business?

    I am curious what advice you have for someone in my situation?

    • Alicia

      Yes you should take off your hats indoors. That said people should not comment or give your odd looks over your appearance.

    • Jonota

      I totally agree with you. I think this is a cult like belief to take it so seriously. there are people who don’t take their creator, the God so seriously, but come to take a tradition so seriously that comes from some imaginary history! Also there are people who are NOT used to with this hat etiquette/ tradition. we cannot simply impose this onto to them! or say that they have bad manner/ don’t have etiquette?

  4. JJ

    This rule actually has its origin in religious tenets. The church is the only proper place for this silly, illogical etiquette. It is no more logical to be offended by a ball cap than a shirt. Many of the other reasons for this “etiquette” have been greatly diminished by changes in style. No sound, logical basis for offense to an unobstructive cap can be made and I would challenge anyone to conceive of such an argument against it that is not as simplistic as saying it is merely etiquette per se. In any public or governmental setting it os actually a violation of one’s right not engage in religious customs. Mike is correct as well. For many men it is an issue of preserving dignity and it is far more rude to impose a silly custom on a man who is not bothering anyone. When asked to remove his hat he should also remove his pants to highlight the point that it makes absolutely no sense.

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