In general, men’s hats are considered to be outdoor use only. Women’s non-utilitarian hats are considered appropriate for inside use, provided they are in the way of someone’s view (a movie, etc). This past week I witnesses many men wearing their cowboy hats inside (I was in San Antonio). However, here’s a caveat many don’t know about: if there is no room to place the hat, the man or woman may continue to wear it. I overheard conversations about how rude these men were. But we were packed in like sardines, and it would have been truly rude to take up a seat with their hat. Two exceptions to the ‘it’s ok to leave a hat on inside when there’s no room rule.’ One is during the pledge and national anthem. The other is during a prayer. During the pledge and/or national anthem, you may remove the hat and place it over your heart. During a prayer, simply remove it and hold it in front of you.
All of that said, men, IF there is a place (even your knee is fine) to place your hat, please make all efforts to do so. Women, if it’s not part of your outfit, please do the same. However, this is one area we will have to find a little more grace, as hat racks aren’t as prevalent as they once were. Maybe if we bring back hats, though, the racks will follow suit! 😉