A Guide to Proper Cowboy Hat Etiquette

A Guide to Proper Cowboy Hat Etiquette

The cowboy hat. It's more than just a fashion statement; it's a symbol of the Wild West and a timeless symbol of resilience. But with such a rich history comes a certain unspoken code of manners – cowboy hat etiquette. Here at Gone Country Hats, we not only want you to look sharp, but to wear your hat with confidence and respect for tradition.

Respect the Hat, Respect the Head

A cowboy's hat is a personal item, often shaped and cared for over time. Here's the golden rule: Never touch another person's hat without their permission. It's not just impolite, it can be seen as disrespectful. Think of it like borrowing someone's favorite pair of boots – it's just not cool, partner.

Remove Your Lid: A Sign of Courtesy

Just like knights of old tipping their helmets, cowboys traditionally remove their hats when entering a building, such as a store, restaurant, or house of worship. It's a simple gesture that shows respect for the space and those inside.

The Great Indoors vs. The Wild Frontier

While removing your hat indoors is customary, there's more leeway outdoors. In open spaces and at outdoor events, feel free to keep your hat on. However, if you find yourself at a formal gathering or ceremony outdoors, consider removing your hat during speeches or presentations as a sign of respect.

A Tip of the Brim: A Friendly Greeting

While a handshake is always welcome, tipping your hat brim slightly upwards can be a courteous greeting, particularly for someone you don't know well. It's a subtle yet friendly way to acknowledge someone's presence.

Hat on the Table? You Might Be Staying Awhile

If you're at a social gathering and place your hat on the table, it might be interpreted as you're planning to stay for a while. Conversely, keeping your hat on your head suggests you might not be there long. It's not a hard and fast rule, but a bit of social awareness can go a long way.

Set Your Hat Down Brim-Side Up

When you're not wearing your hat, store it upside down on its crown. This will help prevent the brim from flattening out over time.  Some cowboys believe that setting your hat brim-side down can bring bad luck!

The Bottom Line: Wear Your Hat with Pride

Cowboy hat etiquette might seem a bit daunting, but it all boils down to respect – respect for the hat, respect for tradition, and respect for those around you. At Gone Country Hats, we want you to feel confident and comfortable in your new lid. So, wear it with pride, partners, and remember, a courteous tip of the brim goes a long way in the Wild West (or wherever your hat takes you)!

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