It’s Kingsday today. Besides visits to the local flea markets and being amazed by the orange stuff people dare to wear on a day like this, one of the fun parts to me is always The Hat.
The Hat – of course, Maxima’s. Next to Prinsjesdag here in the Netherlands, and the Royal Ascot event in the UK, I don’t really know of a Hat Event besides the occasionally spring or summertime wedding. Frankly, I am a little bit jealous. Wearing a hat is something that I really like to do. Although, finding the actual event for it is really hard.
So… when cán you wear a hat? I am the proud owner of a Fedora, a Beret, a Cloche, a Panama, a Fur hat. I even used to own a white cowboy hat with swarovski stones. (Which seemed like a good idea when I was 16 and in London. Threw it away when back in Holland and Dutch people started to ask questions about the Naked Cowboy.) But the Sun hat is actually the only one I do wear.
Why? Well… my main problem is what to do with the hat once you’re inside! Ofcourse, when you visit the race tracks in Ascot, you remain outside. Same for Maxima during Kings day, I presume. But what happens when she goes inside? Does she take off her hat? Can her hair handle that? Can you go to work, wearing a hat and leave it on during your meetings?
I decided to do some research…
- A hat used to identify social standing;
- Taking ones hat off is a sign of respect;
- Women need to remove their fashion hat indoors, according to Emily Posts’ Etiquette ;
- But, unless they hamper someones view, they can stay on, says Advanced Etiquette.com
- Which only applies for female fashion hats, so not Fedora’s;
- A large brimmed hat – such as a sunhat – is worn before sunset. Afterwards, the face doesn’t need the protection anymore so this makes them inappropriate for restaurants;
- A hat can be worn in a restaurant if the lady is wearing ‘street wear’, not formal attire such as a gown says Boomerina
- And… no hats in the office. Too bad
Okay, so basically I’ll need to find the right occasions for my collection. Or organise the right types of events. I’ll keep an eye on Maxima for inspiration. Or perhaps, will try to make the Royal Ascot race this year?