A Hat: To Wear or Not to Wear?

Where should you hang your hat? Or rather, to wear or not to wear a hat?

two hats

Many women look elegant in hats, but many more of us don’t know how or when to wear them. Today I’m sharing a post by Susan Street, who writes a popular women’s blog.
Yes, a hat is a fashion statement. And yes, hats can keep you warm, or cool, and can protect your skin from the sun, thus avoiding skin cancer. A hat can make a fashion statement, keep you warm, keep you cool and help you avoid skin cancer.


Here are some basic rules for hat wearing:

1. Never wear a hat on the back of your head or you’ll look like Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. Your hat should rest on your forehead so that you can look someone straight in the eye without tilting your head back.

2. A lady never removes her hat. (For one thing, no one wants to advertise her “hat head.” Only gentlemen should remove their hats indoors.


3. The brim of your hat should not be wider than your shoulders.

4. Do not wear a large hat to the theater or any other event where it might block someone’s view. (Common sense and a courtesy to others.)

5. If you face is round, the crown of your hat should be higher. A cloche style will make your face look round.

6. If you wear a hat in the evening it should have a veil.

7. A hat makes a statement on its own so large earrings, glasses and a necklace is too much going on at once. Keep the rest of your outfit simple.

straw hat
Try on hats in front of a full-length mirror to make sure the shape complements your face shape and also that the fit and proportion is correct for your body. A hat should rest comfortably on your head, not on the tops of your ears.

Have fun with the color. Use an accent color or blend in the color with what you’re wearing.

Straw or other light weight material is perfect for summer. Wear felt or wool in the winter.

Do you wear hats often? If so, what style do you prefer?


About Josie

Josie Riviera is a USA TODAY Bestselling Author of contemporary, inspirational, and historical sweet romances that read like Hallmark movies. She lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with her wonderfully supportive husband. They share their home with an adorable Shih Tzu who constantly needs grooming and live in an old house forever needing renovations. Send her an email at: josieriviera@aol.com
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8 Responses to A Hat: To Wear or Not to Wear?

  1. gfields2015 says:

    For me it’s no hat. I say this for two reasons, the first being I can never pull it off. The second, I really hate sitting behind someone at a performance and all I can see is their huge hat. I realize etiquette states that woman do not have to remove their hats inside. But, when you pay big bucks to see Jersey Boys, and all you see is someone’s peacock feathers, yeah. Not fun. So, for me…no hat. And, yes. . .I did ask nicely if she would remove her hat. I will keep this post G-rated, and not list her reply.

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  2. nitethyme says:

    I just joined the Red Hats and bought a beautiful red felt hat with a purple boa hugging the top. It’s fun and looks good on me, but it’s a bit too big. I have to find some the tape that you can use to adjust the fit. I also have a lovely black hat with a wide brim that I wear for dressy occasions but not often. Linda

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  3. Josie says:

    gfield–I cannot believe that woman wouldn’t remove her hat. (See #4–common courtesy to others.)


    • gfields2015 says:

      She didn’t and during intermission I asked an usher to speak to her. He just rolled his eyes and Informed me there was on dress code preventing hats. He did however move us to seats farther back. At least I was able to SEE the rest of the performance. Next time, I’ll just kick the seat with the beat of the music.

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  4. Josie says:

    The Red Hats sounds super fun. I agree with MM–I’m sure you’re very elegant looking in your hat.


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