Men’s hat etiquette guide part 1

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Men’s hat etiquette guide part 1

Just as the gentleman should have a variety of hats for different seasons and occasions, he should also be aware of the rules for when to have his hat on and when to take it off.

Wear your hat in public and take it off in closed space, number 1:

Stated simply, private space is any place where people live, work, or pay a fee to enter. Anything else is generally going to be considered public. Here then are some more specific examples of this philosophy in practice.

Wear your hat in public and take it off in closed space, number 2:

A house is a private space but the foyer or entryway just inside the door can be considered a public space. This goes back to the era when a butler would typically greet guests at the door and take their hats and coats. Similarly, an apartment is a private space but their surrounding hallways, as well as the lobby, are public.

Wear your hat in public and take it off in closed space, number 3:

This same general rule is typically true for hotels with the added caveat that spaces reserved specifically for hotel guests such as the pool or lounge are also considered private spaces.

Wear your hat in public and take it off in closed space, number 4:

One unique distinction for apartment buildings, hotels, and other such multi florid spaces, an elevator is considered a private space. This goes back to the days when most elevators still had human operators. As such, you would consider the elevator the operator’s office.

Wear your hat in public and take it off in closed space, number 5:

Related to the concept of entry fees are membership dues. As such, any club with specific members is also considered to be a private space.

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