Why Is It Rude to Wear a Hat Indoors?


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In the United States and many other developed nations, it is rude to wear a hat indoors due to basic social etiquette. Hats are typically removed inside buildings, but they are also removed for Christian church events, weddings, funerals and other special occasions.

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Why Is It Rude to Wear a Hat Indoors?
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Hats were often worn for protection from the sun and industrial activities. Men generally "tipped" their hats, or temporarily removed them, in the presence of women as a sign of good manners and respect. This developed into removing one's hat when indoors as a sign of respect and trust. There were also valid safety reasons for wearing a hat most of the time when outdoors. While wearing hats often is not as common now, removing one's hat inside a home or building is still considered good etiquette.

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