I promise that this is not coming from a jealous, “I have a big head…can’t wear most sun hats” place, but just because your sun hat is great, and flow-y, and summer-y, doesn’t mean you need to keep it on all day long, indoors, the day you wear it.
It is a SUN hat, therefore… sans sun… the hat isn’t necessary.
This frustration branches from brunch yesterday at the new Brio | Tuscan Grille for mom’s going away festivites and Father’s Day (since… you know… single moms are Father’s too.) Three people seated with a party of 8 close to us all kept their hats on, as well as a random girl with a larger party on our other side.
I don’t care about your hat-hair, you should have considered that when you put the hat on in the morning. Your waiter shouldn’t need to watch out for the brim your flow-y white sun hat as they’re serving you; get real.
I think it is SO RUDE to keep a hat on at a table…besides, breach of etiquette much? According to etiquette expert @LisaGrotts, it should be removed indoors, always.
Here are the basic rules of hat etiquette via Lisa on HuffPost Style:
Hat Etiquette for Men
• Removing your hat is considered to be a gesture of respect for certain occasions and in certain places. Keeping your hat on during these occasions and in these places (see below) is a gesture of disrespect.
• All hats, including baseball caps and knit caps, should be removed when the wearer is indoors, including in private homes and restaurants, however informal, except for public places such as lobbies, corridors, and elevators. (!!!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU!)
• Hats should be removed during the singing of the National Anthem, the passing of the American flag and funeral processions, and during formal outdoor occasions such as weddings and dedications.
• After removing your hat, hold it so that the inside of the hat is toward you and not visible to others.
• Some people believe that it’s bad luck to put a hat on a bed, so when you take your hat off in someone’s home, look for a hat rack or some other place to put it.
Hat Etiquette for Women
• If you’re wearing what is traditionally thought of as a man’s hat, such as a baseball cap or a Panama hat, you should follow all the rules for men, above.
• Hats traditionally thought of as “women’s hats,” with ribbons, bows, feathers, flowers, or other ornamentation, or in delicate colors and materials, including the small hats worn on the front of the head and known as fascinators, may be kept on indoors for all occasions, except when you’re wearing a large hat at the movies, the theater, or any other kind of performance event. In this case, remove it and place it on your lap so that people behind you can see the stage. (who even wears these? Other than the Queen of England and her rich family/friends– stick to the first bullet… you should follow all rules for men, above!)