Etiquette and formality have always played a part in hat wearing. At the turn of the 20th century, ladies would not consider venturing out without a hat and gloves, and would often change their hats several times a day. Gentlemen would wear a hat appropriate to each activity. In the Edwardian age, everyone, rich or poor, would wear a hat. During World War II, hats were not rationed as they were considered a morale booster and Christys' supported the war efforts within its family run company, effectively running it like an extended family. After the World Wars, men returning from Allied Forces were obliged to wear a hat for a certain time as part of their demob process, from six weeks to a few months; so hatting continued to thrive.

What is my hat size?

It's easy to get confused when trying to work out your hat size.

Is it rude to wear a hat indoors?

For men, yes. For women, no. Men have always removed it as a sign of respect to their host. If deemed to be in an indoor 'public' place such as lobbies, corridors or elevators hats would be kept on for the sake of personal hygiene. If a gentleman was in a public lift and a lady entered, he must take off his hat as a matter of courtesy and respect, but if he was riding with other gentlemen, this would not be necessary.

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