Why Do Men Remove Hats Indoors?


Why Do Men Remove Hats Indoors?

Hats are important wear for most men. To some it is a collection. To some it is a fashion statement. It can also be a comfort wear. In whatever way it is useful; one thing men commonly practice is not wearing them indoors. What is the reason for this?

Men remove hats indoors for obvious and important reason. Obviously, hats are not needed indoors. There is no need for men to wear a hat when they are under a roof. Hats are protection to the heat, rain or sometimes debris when it is for functional use. Then, if you are inside a building wearing a hat is unnecessary. This reason may sound silly, but it is definitely sillier for a man to wear one indoors.

The important reason would be courtesy. Hats are usually worn by men and more commonly by young ones. Also, hats represent being sporty. It is more of a street wise fashion. Considering that, wearing a hat indoors shows a form of disrespect. It is a childish manner that men need to avoid.

Men also remove hats indoors due to traditional or cultural practice. By tradition men wear hats. But, even from way back in time, our ancestor takes their hats off when inside a building. If you notice on movies, men take their hats off and bow down to a person of significance. It is a sign of respect and honoring someone of a higher position.

In cultural reasons, there are existing conservative cultures. In this case, older people dislike wearing of hats when inside the house, especially when someone older is around. Men’s act of taking the hats off indoor, is a way of honoring the culture his elders practice for a long time. Men can wear a hat all they want, but they have to remember the golden rule of the hat.

Author: maureen

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20 Responses

  1. HANS

    April 24, 2012 7:30 pm

    I enjoyed your article, however, the grammar was very disconcerting to me. Perhaps this article was translated from another language. That would explain the improper syntax. If not, then I find the fact that this website seeks to give advice and explain things while using improper rules of English grammar to be very ironic.

  2. Jacob

    July 21, 2012 7:03 am

    Except I wear my hat for a functional purpose. My hair is very disobedient, and I can’t look down to at a paper or anything without it falling into my face and obstructing by field of vision. That’s where my hat comes in, it keeps my hair back and neat. I’ve been doing this for so long it makes me uncomfortable to not wear a hat, so it I get pissed and have to hold back my anger so I don’t scream in their face for following this outdated and unnecessary practice. Why the hell should I not wear my hat, besides “it’s the rule.” What are the reasons behind that rule? If I can’t get a legitimate reason from somebody why I should not wear a hat, I will continue to wear my hat and they will have to deal with it.

    • Alabaster Dragon

      October 31, 2012 10:57 pm


      You must have missed “It is a childish manner that men need to avoid.” I’m sorry, but the tone of your response comes off as childish and rebellious. I agree that the reason “because it’s the rule” is lame and I wish people would be bothered to know their history, then they could give you a more intelligent answer, much like the one above.

      I’m not trying to pour gas on a fire, and I’m apologize if you are offended by my response. I just thought that maybe you should consider that your response was no more well thought out than the “it’s the rule” answer is.

      • KEVIN flaco

        July 29, 2013 5:02 pm

        Even though wearing hats indoors is childish in society’s eye’s it’s also very very bothersome for a person to approach you and tell you to take your hat off when inside a building. something as little as this is so tangible. Our ancestors could have changed their minds just as easy and said “oh let’s where hats inside too!” and although that’s not what they did it’s still so unimportant.

    • Ken

      November 13, 2012 10:54 am

      Jacob: It seems obvious from your expressions that you, as a person do not care to conform to simple “Rules of etiquette” within our society. I can only imagine this would prove true with other matters beyond “The Hat Thing.” Disrespect must be part of your NORMAL behavior and the heck with everybody else, so exhibited by your comment “They will just have to deal with it.” AND if your hair is that unruly maybe, just maybe it should be properly trimmed or trained. Not the owner of the hair, just the hair. KEN

      • Mike

        January 6, 2013 7:25 am

        Hat Nazi, all of you. Hypocrites will always be stuck on one thing
        but let the others have a pass. Women are suppose to don a hat in church but they for the most part dont- what about your wife? Now we are talking about God . You people are rude, you don’t think before you talk.If your going to go back to the old days,how far do you go?

        Anti Nazi Everything

    • Bill

      December 21, 2012 11:04 pm

      I agree with you 100%.

      Alabaster Dragon and Ken,
      You need to mind your own business. This “take your hat off” crap needs to stop. Go reinact the civil war or something and stop bothering the normal people, you clowns. I know the history, and it is just that, history. I wear a hat when my hair is a mess and my work makes my hair a mess, if my hat offends you then you are the one who is childish. How somebody trims or trains their hair is none of your business and what is on their head is also none of you business. You are being disrespectful mentioning long-dead rules to people. Both of you are talking down to Jacob BECAUSE HE WANTS TO WEAR HIS HAT! His response was a thousand times more thought out than anything any hat rule inforcement agent ever said. He should smack both your heads together.

      • Van

        May 18, 2013 12:09 pm

        Grow up. How’s that for “thought out”?

        It’s called etiquette. If your hair is constantly irritating and frustrating you, cut it. Common sense, it seems, is not so common anymore.

        • BILL

          July 2, 2013 1:42 pm

          Van, you ignorant douchebag!

          Calling it “Etiquette” doesn’t cut it anymore. There is no legitimate reason to take my hat off inside. It’s the opposite of “Common sense”; it makes no sense, so your use of that cliché makes you sound like a moron.

          My hair is very short and thinning. After wearing a hardhat all day it looks terrible, so I wear a jeff hat home. It is nobodies God damned business what is on my head, inside or outside. Obviously being a grown-up to you means thoughtlessly doing what you were told as a child. Maybe the internet isn’t for you.

          It’s called etiquette. If your hair is constantly irritating and frustrating you, cut it. Common sense, it seems, is not so common anymore.

        • Matt

          March 10, 2014 4:24 am

          How is how he deals with his hair your business. The reasoning is as outdated as owning people and giving a dowry. Should we go back to that??? Its stupid and none of anyone else’s business who wears a hat where. If it offends you then you GROW UP. You need to learn what’s important and what’s not

    • pepper

      September 4, 2016 5:02 pm

      Goes back to the Biblical times. It was a shame for men to cover their head and a shame for women not to cover their heads….he hair was given to her as a covering and was to her glory…think many still like to see long hair on a woman

  3. Joseph Dennis

    May 22, 2013 6:28 am

    This is really helpful but it’s not cool for the kids this is a very good idea to hats but it has no meaning its stupid

  4. Mark

    June 13, 2013 7:55 pm

    The reality of it is that there is no reason other than an outdated form of etiquette. There is nothing rude or offensive about a man wearing a hat indoors; nor does it reflect a poor upbringing. Like everything, hat etiquette has evolved over time, unfortunately some people haven’t. What IS rude and offensive is confronting someone about their hat and trying to force your personal self-righteous beliefs onto them.

    In this day & age a mans hat can be every bit a part of his attire as a woman’s. Of course he should wear one appropriate to the occasion. A ball cap would be inappropriate for a formal occasion, but a nice fedora would suit perfectly.

    If you want to get biblical, men are not supposed to wear hats in a church, however women are. So why is the men’s rule enforced, but not the women’s? Hypocritical. Double Standard. I’ve been in church’s where the pastor wears a cowboy hat.

    Hats can be for protection against heat, ran and debris as stated, however this also applies to women. Unless they have some kind of magical shield around their hats, they are every bit as exposed as a mans. Considering the only time one really touch’s their hat is to put it on, it is probably the cleanest article of clothing on anyone’s body.

    Also consider that perhaps the person is wearing their hat for reasons other than fashion. Maybe there is a legitimate medical reason for it. A cancer patient covering their hair loss from chemo treatments. Maybe an accident or condition has left the person with a deformed head. These people are wearing their hats to avoid the uncomfortable and embarrassing stares; to maintain just a little dignity and self-worth. To now single them out and force them to remove their hat is a humiliation – like demanding that someone undress in public.

    One takes their shoes off when entering a house so as not to track in dirt and debris. That is a practical and legitimate reason. There is no real reason to takes ones hat off aside from – ‘you are supposed to’. There are many other forms of etiquette that are no longer observed or have changed with the times, but this one still appears to be a sticky subject with some.

    • Thomas

      January 8, 2014 6:44 am

      Bravo, thats common sense. the article is illogical to the point of being nothing but the biased OPINION of the writer.

    • Dave

      February 12, 2014 1:03 pm

      The bottom line is it is just good manners to remove one’s hat in certain situations. For those without the upbringing to understand this no argument supporting the custom will be valid. However, they had better understand that if they show up for a job interview, admissions interview, etc., and fail to abide by this custom, their success may be limited. Most of us in the position of hiring do NOT consider hat removal an “outdated form of etiquette.”

      • Matt

        March 10, 2014 4:11 am

        No ones talking about job interveiws or formal occasions… don’t be stupid. Hes simply stating inside PERIOD. Nowhere in his statement did he refer to a formal occasion. This rule is stupid and old fashioned, just like wearing a hat with a suit… why a grown man would do that is beyond me

  5. Adam

    January 14, 2014 9:56 am

    It is actually part of Christian tradition. Man needs a hat to keep the sun off his head in the summer, and to keep his head warm in the winter, but when he is inside he might pray or prophesy so he removes his hat in honor to God. (1 Corinthians 11:4) It is easier to keep the hat off since it is no longer needed than to accidently start praying and dishonor God. It is a custom for those that love and have real fear and faith in God. This custom has fallen out of use because Western society has forgotten God and has little faith.

  6. Jason

    April 8, 2014 8:16 am

    Tolerance and respect is paramount when in a forum of voiced opinions. Name calling….how about you learn intelligent debate…then voice an opinion…over hat etiquette off all topics to resort to insults.

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    January 29, 2015 6:36 pm

    so its wrong for a man to wear head gear inside………………yet ok for a woman. id put money on it, that a womens behind this antiquated, even archaic ritual.


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