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When Do I Take My Hat Off? When Can I Keep My Hat On?

We’ve written about hats a few times here at SuitUpp. What we haven’t done is tell you when you should take off your hat and when you can leave it on. The most interesting aspect to point out about hats is that they mean very different things to younger audiences than they do more traditional fashion lovers. In this blog post, we’ll explore some details about wearing hats and give you some excellent tips.

Traditionally, hats were not meant to be worn in front of an audience in a closed space – put differently, they weren’t meant to be worn inside. For example, if you were to walk into a department store, it would be best if you would take your hat off. Similarly, if you walked into an elevator, it would have been polite to take your hat off. However, times have since changed. This type of hat-wearing behavior is considered to be quite formal. Nowadays, younger men/women may keep their hats on for the entire day as it may be part of their outfit. In the past, out of respect for an individual you were talking to (especially ladies), you would take off your hat. If you ever passed by an individual that you knew, it would also be polite to tip your hat or take it off briefly to say your greetings and then put it back on as you walked away.

If we were to give you some tips on hat wearing behavior, we would divide up hats into two categories: as part of a traditional look or as part of a non-traditional look.

If you are going for the non-traditional look,

1) Ensure that the hat integrates into your outfit seamlessly.

2) Make sure the audience, in front of whom this style is portrayed, is accepting of non-traditional attire (i.e. don’t go to a black-tie event with a winter hat and claim that it is stylish).

If you are going for the traditional look,

1) Take your hat off when you are indoors & in closed spaces.

2) Take you hat off briefly when you greet other individuals.

Final Tip: Hats tend to destroy your hair. We call this hat-hair. If you are going to wear a hat often, it may be beneficial to you to have shorter hair to avoid the hat-hair look.

If you’re interested in reading more about hats, check out the articles below:

> The Different Parts/Components of a Hat (Hat Nomenclature)

> Different Types of Hats

> What type of Hat Looks Best on You?

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What type of Hat Looks Best on You? (Part III of Hat Series)

Previously, we talked about Hat Nomenclature (different parts of a hat) and also different types of hats. This time around we can focus on what type of a hat would look best on you.

Before saying anything further, though, we should mention that Miller Hats does a very good job of explaining what type of hat to wear here: http://millerhats.com/hatcare_index/hatfaces.html

We will attempt to offer a summary of some of the tips for wearing a hat here:

The main idea here is that the hat is like an extension of your head. Therefore, depending on the general shape of your head, you will want to balance certain features out by picking and choosing what type of hat to wear. Let’s see some examples:

Let’s say you have a short and full face as demonstrated in the picture below:

With this type of a face, you will want to wear a medium crown so that the hat does not look like it is squatting down your face. Also notice in the picture that when the hat band does not have the same color as the hat itself, the hat does not look as tall ( a good thing if you have a short and full face).

Now, let’s look at another example. Let’s say you have a long and slender face like the picture below:

In this case, you will want to wear a hat with a smaller crown so that the hat looks like it is a part of the face and does not make it look even more long. Furthermore, you want to avoid a small-width brim as that will make the hat look taller as well.

In short, you must take a look at your own facial features and see how you can balance or even emphasize certain features by using a hat. If you do want more information, you can check out the Miller Hats website.

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