Touching your Brim in Greeting.....

Discussion in 'The Front Parlor' started by Hapi, Dec 21, 2020.

  1. Hapi

    Hapi New in Town

    Hi All,

    When I wear my Western and am out and about, I have touched my brim when greeting a lady.

    So I have a few questions .......

    I recently started wearing my first fedora. Does one generally touch their brim in greeting a Lady (or gentleman for that matter) with a fedora, or is that just a Western hat thing? Do you ladies even like that? OK, ladies, do you touch your brim to the gentlemen when you are wearing a hat?
  2. Edward

    Edward Bartender

    London, UK
    I've never read about it being a thing ladies did. For men, it relates to the military salute (I have a half-remembered memory that the salute developed aping the tipping of the hat rather than the other way around, but I' sure someone better versed can correct me here). I will occasionally do it as a greeting myself, though a considered bow of the head as a sideways angle comes more naturally to me.
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  3. Frunobulax


    Funkytown, USA
    I always forget and just give the dorky nod I always have.

    We have a whole thread on hat etiquette around here somewhere. That might be it over there under that table...
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  4. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    It wasn't customary for women to tip hats -- they were usually pinned in place anyway -- so there was no need to touch the brim in any kind of salute, assuming the hat being worn even had a brim. Women also weren't expected to remove their hats in church or when saluting the flag or even when eating in a restaurant. You better take it off at the movies though, or some jerk behind you will start kicking your seat.
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  5. Fading Fast

    Fading Fast

    New York City
    Ditto at baseball games. In 1942's "Woman of the Year," an oblivious large-hat-wearing Katherine Hepburn is called out several times by the men sitting behind her.
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  6. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    Boy, that Frankie Germano gets around.
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