Wikipedia, the free, on-line encyclopedia, says:
A hat is a head covering. It may be worn for protection against the elements, for religious reasons(such as the Papal tiara), for safety, or as a fashion accessory. In the past, hats were an indicator of social status. In the military, they denote rank and regiment.Regarding hat-wearing customs,
The general rule with removing hats in Western culture is that men do so frequently, while women do not, because they traditionally wore much more complex headgear, often requiring hatpins to hold down, making removal hard. Men remove their hats when entering a Christian church, for example, and women do not.Will of course does not take off his hat when he is indoors, a habit which marks him as challenging convention a little.
An older custom in fact requires women to cover their heads in church, often with a scarf, which is still followed in some places, such as Germany or southern America. Similarly, when being introduced or talking to a woman, a man would always remove his hat, and "tip" it (a brief touch to the brim) when briefly acknowledging a lady but not conversing or meeting another man.
Hats are removed by men when indoors, except in public or open places, such as stations, stairwells, lobbies or shops. Removing a hat can also be a sign of respect, so it was traditionally required in various other situations, such as public speaking outdoors.
In Eastern Orthodox cultures, it is customary to remove one's hat in the presence of a religious icon. Traditionalist Catholic women wear a headscarf or veil when entering a church or, more generally, during prayer. Religious Jews wear a head covering at all times, indoors and out. When entering a synagogue, men and married women must cover their heads. Upon entering an Islamic place of worship or religious learning, headscarves are required for women.
Because of changing associations of hats, for example their use as gang indicators, they may now be forbidden in certain contexts, such as schools.
I've done some informal counts, and except in Winter when it is cold, the small minority, perhaps 10%, of men wear hats at all.
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