Dons & Doffs

Upon hearing “dons” or “doffs” in some occasions, their actions could be described by two phrases “do on” meaning “to do”. In the Middle English, “doffen” became “don off” meaning “to do off”. When you are going to say “Thank you, excuse me, hello or goodbye” to anyone, no matter male or female, slightly lift the hat off your head. In tradition, tipping of hats is regarded as a gesture of politeness. Such etiquette is similar to that of military saluting, medieval knights will raise face visors to unleash a friendly attitude. Regardless of reducing times of hat wearing, all adults rocked hats when they went out during the transitional period between the 20th century and the 21st century. It’s also a matter involving personal hygiene, because hats could keep your head away from dirt.

In general, hats should be removed for the National Anthem, national flag, as well as in some special cases like Christian churches, outdoor weddings, dedications or photographs. Then hold hat in hand and keep the outside out. Turing to worship places, men should take off hats all the time in Christian churches; on the contrary, it’s necessary to cover heads in Muslim mosques, no matter men and women. When entering into Jewish synagogues, men need cover their heads and married women combines hats or scarves to show modesty towards men rather than their husbands.

“Kippah” refers to men’s head covering or skullcap, and it also means “dome” or “cupola”. “Yarmulke” is the name of cap in the Yiddish. Wearing a Yarmulke reminds them to be humble before God and be respectful in a congregation. In addition, it’s also a symbol of recognition of grateful matters. This is also the reason why almost every Jews male will top a head covering when they are awake. Certainly, there are some exceptions like bathing or swimming. After long-term evolution, at present, wearing hats in Christian churches for women is acceptable; such requirements having been required, but now they have disappeared.

For ordinary people, hats are often removed when you stay in inside like akin-to-street lobbies, corridors or crowded elevators. One public building featuring no apartments is a public area, so such an elevator is also taken as a public area by and large. Perhaps one will choose to remove your hat in a public lift; in a lady’s presence, hat removing is a necessary gesture to show politeness. Hat removing is also necessary in a lift. One public corridor is just like a street; however, an elevator in a hotel is just similar to a room in a house. So, a gentleman should remove hat in the presence of ladies.

Removing them risks messing up their hairstyles. Above hat etiquette involving gentlemen also applies to other hats like fedoras, panama hats, as well as casual hats like a bucket hat.¬†Why hat etiquettes for men and women are different? The most important reason may lie in intricate and complicated decorations on women’s hats. From time to time, women’s hats may be anchored by hat pins.

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