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.
It's easy to get confused when trying to work out your hat size.
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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All much-loved hats need a bit of TLC. Especially if they are being worn day in and day out, they will need proper maintenance to ensure a long life. To rid a fur or wool hat of any lint or dirt it has accrued, use a soft bristled brush and steam, such as that from a kettle (be careful!). Using medium length strokes, go with the grain of hair (for fur hats) using a medium pressure and repeat until clean. Most of Christys' Wool and fur hats are accompanied by a ribbon band and bow - these can get creased and the easiest way to rid any crease is, again, with a little steam.
A gentleman’s hat was often treated much like a proper recommendation and introduction into a social circle. His character and manners would be judged according to the quality, the condition and the origins of the hat he was sporting at that crucial moment.
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