Cowboy Hat Etiquette - Take It Off or Tip It?
Cowboy hat etiquette, when you are wearing your hat, can make
school impression on a new world. Let's face it...times have changed.
But, what happens when someone decides to tip their hat to you out of
respect and kindness?
Cowboy Hat Manners
There are certain rules about tipping
your hat, or taking off your cowboy hat. The etiquette associated with
cowboy hats really depends on where you are and what you are doing.
Here are the rules to make it easy.
you are indoors, proper cowboy hat etiquette says that you should take
your hat off except in public places like a town hall or post office.
This is acceptable to strangers and they will not find it
However, if you were wearing one that was large
and difficult to see around, you might take it off just to be polite to
others about their vision. Always take it off in movie theaters, public
sporting events, and other events where seeing around the hat would be
an issue. People will appreciate the fact that you took it off and they
did not have to ask you to do it.
are outdoors, the real question is do you tip your hat to acknowledge
something, or do you take it off? Believe it or not, it has nothing to
do with whether you are on a horse or not.
Tipping A Hat
your hat is where you would partially remove it and then put it right
back on. It is mostly done as a sign of respect and politeness. You
would tip your hat if you:
- When you meet or leave a woman that is a stranger.
- When someone has shown you any kind of courtesy.
- When asking something of an elderly person.
- As a general acknowledgment. Think of it as saying "hi" to
Removing A Hat
You would remove your hat if you are dealing with people that you have
a relationship with.
you meet someone you know, or you are saying goodbye to them, it is
appropriate to remove your hat as a way of showing respect for them.
passing someone you know if the street, it would be acceptable cowboy
hat etiquette to remove your hat showing that you know them and have a
relationship with them.
It is also a good gesture to remove
your hat during the Pledge of Allegiance, the national anthem, or
during a prayer. This shows that you are acknowledging these important
events and shows respect for these symbols.
society, so few people have proper manners or etiquette. What would
happen if you were to tip your hat to a stranger that you met for the
first time? I assure you it would make quite the impression because
that is something that is so far removed from our culture.
though our website is all about modern manners, sometimes going a
little "retro" will provide a huge impression on people. Tip your hat
and see how people react. They will likely never forget you...