Rules and Recommendations for Hat Etiquette


Men’s hat etiquette:

  1. It is traditionally considered an act of charming courtesy and respect for men to remove their hats in the presence of a woman.
  2. Men should remove their hats while on an elevator, especially if a lady is present.
  3. Men typically remove their hats when entering a building or upon arrival to their destination.
  4. Men shall not wear their hat inside a church; it is appropriate for women to wear dress hats, however.
  5. Traditionally, a gentleman will tip his hat to a lady in passing. He may replace it after she has passed or as they begin to walk/talk together.
  6. It is very poor manners and could be taken as an insult if a man were to tip his hat to another man.

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Hat Size Chart

Use this hat size chart to find your perfect fit. It includes conversions to numeric or specific fitted hat sizes and general hat sizes. Keep in mind, different hat manufacturers may size their hats differently.

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Men’s Hat Sizes

When you shop for hats for men, you will typically find them listed as one size only. Sunday hats, fedoras, caps, and others fall between 21 and 24 inches for men. It can be difficult to find the right hat for a larger head size, which is why custom sizing matters. Carefully measuring your head is much better than using a hat sizing chart, however you can use both methods to determine your size.