Hats are the evolvement of warrior helmets, and hat etiquette was established by nonverbal communication. Helmets, now hats, were removed as a sign of courtesy and friendship, not battle.
The lifting or tipping of the hat is similar to a salute or acknowledgement of friendship and respect.
Europe at one time was very unsanitary; (coal dust) therefore, the donning of a hat or bonnet helped keep the dust off. No one during that era ventured outside without a head covering.
If one wants to cover their head, there are many styles of hats to choose from. The baseball hat and or the “toque” have become almost compulsory. A statement of fashion?
Baseball hats were designed for baseball players, to shield their eyes from the glare of sunshine. We find them everywhere, advertising everything from sports to any form of business political rallies; they can be fun in a form of support for one’s cause.
Now they appear at church, at weddings, fine dining establishments, literally everywhere. Personally, they are not my favourite headdress and have found very few people that look really good in a baseball hat. Most of the hats fit too large coming down to close to the ears which is not the best look for a lot of men. The rim is rather large, not like the smaller “cricket hat” that is more form fitting to the scalp…
Baseball hats seem to have added benefits besides shade for the eyes; it keeps hair out of the face when in need of a haircut. It can be worn backward with the rim protecting one from sunstroke. The hat can also be worn sideways to be cute and worn on a bad hair days. Without a doubt they can be handy.
Headgear, worn by men, not just baseball hats, should be removed when indoors, and at the singing of the national anthem and where old fashioned manners are concerned, removed or tipping of the hat when in the presence of the female gender, but now I go too far.
An acknowledgement of appreciation that baseball players to this day, still remove their hats during the national anthem and still lift their hats, when responding to the the fans as a form of courtesy and respect.
I tip my hat to those of you who remember “hat etiquette”.