Open Thread

by epi on June 26, 2013

Welcome to the Etiquette Daily

This open thread is your space to use as you like. We invite you to discuss current and traditional etiquette. Feel free to ask questions of each other and the community moderators here.

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Ernest Thayer June 30, 2013 at 7:42 pm

I was taught that a person should never wear the American flag either on, or as a part of, his or her clothing. Has that rule been abandoned?


Elizabeth July 1, 2013 at 10:16 am

There is apparently a legal code that regulates the use of the flag. It disallows wearing a flag as a part of a “costume or athletic uniform,” but that it may be used by the military, police, firefighters, etc, usually as a patch. However, you often see flags printed on t-shirts, and no one seems to mind too much. People often wear flag pins as well. It seems like, as long as it’s not disrespectful, these uses are fine.

The book, Emily Post’s Etiquette 18th Edition, does not have much to say on the subject, other than a lapel pin should be worn on the left side (close to the heart). It does not disallow other forms of wearing it.


becky July 1, 2013 at 12:47 pm

If you really want to get into the nitty gritty……US Flag Code:


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