of our past newsletters, Journeywoman posted an interesting question
submitted by a member of our JW Network. It read:
|“I'm an inveterate hat
wearer; I wear one every day,
to work, to the laundromat,
when I travel. Is there ever
a time or place around the world
when it would not be appropriate
to wear a hat?”
Antonia in Philadelphia, USA
posting created quite a buzz. We learned about different scenarios
where it is not correct for a woman to wear a hat. We also read
delightful anecdotes from women who absolutely love to wear hats.
All this material has been compiled for everybody to enjoy but be
forewarned -- we've made no attempt to challenge any of the opinions
submitted. Are all the facts presented completely accurate? Culturally
correct? We really don't know for sure. If anybody reads a glaring
error please write to firstname.lastname@example.org
and we'll post new findings.
if you do find yourself in a situation where you're not sure whether
wearing a hat is correct, one of the emails we received offered
the perfect advice. "When travelling...the easy solution is simply
to ask with honesty and humility and most people will be only too
happy to tell you what is appropriate."
at the cinema...
Women, remember to wear a wide hat in
the sun, but please don't wear one in
the theatre, the cinema, the circus.
If you want to feel dressed make it
Anne, Zanzibar, Africa
at the yacht club...
This is a long standing tradition. It
is totally inappropriate to wear a hat
in the bar of a yacht club. You'll will
be asked to remove it or leave. Funny
thing is you can go in there looking
absolutely disgusting after sailing,
but that's fine. Go figure!
at the theatre...
Apart from the obvious one of women
not wearing a hat to the English theatre
(larger ones block the view of the person
sitting behind you), there are some
congregational churches that regard
hats with little enthusiasm. If in doubt,
ask beforehand. It does depend very
much on the nature of the individual
Chris, Hampshire, England
at the Vatican...
I know from past experience that when
you visit the Vatican, men and women
shouldn't be wearing their hats inside
St. Peter's Basilica. I hope this information
is of some help to you.
at the Vatican...
When I was visiting Europe a few years ago, I made sure I took a
hat with me. I wore it in the sun of course, but I also had it handy,
because I understood that some of the older churches still required
women to have their heads covered. At the very least, it would be
showing respect not insult to wear one. I come from a Catholic family,
and my mother tells me stories about when she was young and they
forgot their hat, they would cover their heads with a hankie! So
imagine my surprise when on my trip to Italy, I entered the Vatican
with my hat on and this Italian person, who had something to do
with the church, rushes over to me indicating that I should take
my hat off. I still don't know to this day, why it was an insult.
It wasn't a baseball cap, it was a ladies straw hat with a band
and a flower. Why in the seat of Catholicism is it bad to wear a
Ms. Leigh, Canada
to a sinus problem, wearing
a hat keeps the forehead warm and me in a better mood. Walking
on a London street, a voice behind said "Love your hat, darlin."
I turned to see a homeless man sitting on the sidewalk smiling
at me. I returned the smile and a big "thank you." My son
and I continued on with warmth in our hearts. A couple years
later, wearing the same hat (a favorite crocheted with brim
that keeps the sun off and stays on in wind) in Las Vegas,
a group of young men passed, one saying "Cute hat, kid". I
am 78. I refuse to go any place that has a "No hat" sign.
Carol (a traveling 'kid'), Oceanside, USA
and green hats...
China, never give a married man a green baseball cap. In this
part of the world, wearing a green hat suggests that your
wife or girlfriend has been unfaithful. Either this man will
become alarmed, shed a few tears or become very angry. I think
you'll agree that none of these options are particularly pleasant
Evelyn, Toronto, Canada
All about hats 2/3