Are you still supposed to remove your hat when you enter a building? Sometimes I see people doing it, and sometimes I don’t. What are the rules?
Wearing and removing a hat was originally a necessity. If folks walked around dusty roads or in industrial cities where there was a lot of soot, it would be necessary, first, to wear a hat to protect oneself from the elements, and then, to remove it once indoors to protect the furniture from the dirt it had collected. It was also seen as a sign of respect, and for many, it continues to be a sign of respect. The rules are definitely changing though as our society has changed, and I’d say it also depends on the type of hat you are wearing. Here are some rules you can hang your hat on: First, always remove your hat during the national anthem. Second, remove your hat when it will obstruct someone’s view, like in a church, theatre, or concert setting. Third, if you are going to your mother’s or grandmother’s house, I would suggest removing your hat, as she will probably consider it rude if you don’t. Beyond that, use your best judgment, taking into account the type of hat, the setting, and the company. And if you’re not sure, I’d recommend removing your hat so you do not offend.