Hats Off To You!

Once upon a time in a land far, far away, men removed their hats in buildings. Regardless of the man’s age, this no longer seems to occur like it should, so I’d like to explain why it would be wonderful if we brought this back.

I’m sure many of you have heard the expression, “hats off to you.” The removal of one’s hat is a gesture of respect, which is the core reasoning behind men removing their hats inside of a building. It is respectful to those around you. A man’s hat, unlike a lady’s hat, is generally utilitarian in nature. It serves a purpose, whereas a lady’s hat is often a part of her outfit. That being said, if a lady is wearing a baseball cap or a utilitarian-style cap, she, too, should remove it when indoors.

Back when gloves were common, gloves were considered a slightly utilitarian part of the woman’s outfit, which is why she would remove her gloves prior to eating. Many things that are considered “fancy” now, such as an inner envelope of a wedding invitation had a “work” purpose when they first came into practice. In that case, the exterior envelope was a protectant layer to the actual envelope of the invitation and would be removed prior to delivery. Similarly, a man’s hat protects his head from the cold and/or sun. A lady’s hat most often does not. A lady’s hat is meant to be part of her outfit, which is why hers may remain on.

When we embrace differences, we create culture.

I understand that it’s popular in today’s world to think that men and women should be treated absolutely the same regardless of what differences may be there. However, I’ve yet to see a hat a man has worn that would be considered part of his outfit. Something I think is important to keep is mind that different does not mean one must be superior to the other.

I hope this post has explained the “why” behind a man removing his hat inside, and I hope it will encourage the men readers to do so going forward. Thank you for reading!

For The Love Of The Glove

I was recently gifted a bag of beautiful, vintage gloves from my mother. She inherited them from my grandmother who passed them down from her mother. I was beyond ecstatic to inherit such beautiful works of art. Aside from their beauty, I am, apparently, my great-grandmother made over, and the gloves fit me, well, like a glove. 🙂

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This is especially exciting for me because I, like many Americans who do not have to deal with the day-to-day aspects of being royal, am a major Royal Family fan. HRH Duchess Catherine is the epitome of grace and glamour, and the world is at a point we could use a little more of both. Honestly, it makes me a little sad to hear that people think etiquette is antiquated. She’s doing quite a lot to counter that thought process. I much prefer this to the oh-so-popular pajama pants in public trend…I digress.

Here are my “new” gloves. Aren’t they amazing??!

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Gloves, while still worn, are primarily now used for warm and protection. My husband wears gloves weekly….to work on his jeep and the yard. I am actually going to start wearing my great-grandmother’s gloves to church on Sunday. We have relaxed so much in our way of living, which can be a good thing. It can have its cons, too, though. Please allow me to clear up a common misconception: Taking care of your appearance isn’t for you. It’s about respect for those around you. Many of you may disagree with me on this, but please allow me to explain. It is not about doing better than the person next to you but about being your best you. Clean hair, clean teeth, etc. all make a big impact on others.

When I was active in my sorority, we had a few “appearance” rules. They’re probably very different than what you’d expect. In general, the rules consisted of (1) wear clean clothes, (2) no pajama pants in public and (3) no wet hair in public.

Pajama pants may be easy, but a good blazer garners respect and credibility. It may not be fun to hear, but first impressions mean a lot. Gloves help make it an even better impression. I’ll let you know the results. 🙂

A few etiquette rules about gloves:

Don’ts:

  1. Wearing gloves while eating or drinking at a table; remove one glove (the one you will eat with) at a cocktail party,
  2. Wearing gloves after you arrive at an inside informal meal or luncheon,
  3. Wearing jewelry over the gloves, other than bracelets
  4. Wearing short gloves to a formal occasion.

Dos:

  1. Wear gloves to church or a place of worship; It’s a sign of respect.
  2. Wear gloves while dancing.
  3. Wear gloves to outdoor parties, such as a garden party.
  4. Wear gloves! 🙂

That’s it, folks! I hope you enjoyed this post. Please let me know if you have any questions. I’d be happy to answer them. Thank you for reading!