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08/22/2012 11:10 am ET | Updated Oct 22, 2012

Take It From the Top -- A Lady's Guide to Wearing Hats This Fall

Perhaps Sinatra said it best, "cock your hat -- angles are attitudes".

Fall's fashions are trickling into stores and it appears that hats are back -- salvation from bad hair days in the form of gorgeous felts and wools. As women borrow a page from the men's styling book this season, should we also take a page from men's hat etiquette?

The gentleman's code of where (or not to) wear his hat hasn't changed -- by way of a quick refresher, he takes his hat off in elevators, restaurants, someone's home, during meals, for the national anthem (seemingly his hat would be off of his head more often than it is on it).

Women, luckily for us, get to keep our hats on for the most part.

If we flip through old photos of our grandmothers, we can spot them looking chic in daytime cloche or Panama hats, or wearing dainty feathered or veiled cocktail hats for evening. And when our grandfathers undoubtedly would have removed their caps, our grandmother's hat would have stayed perched on her head. Though it is worth noting that our grandmothers were not accompanying our grandfathers to baseball games, wearing the same ball caps and drinking the same overpriced beer. At sporting events, when the national anthem strikes, everyone should remove their hat.

Women's hats, if worn as part of the outfit rather than to fend off the weather, stay on. Fashion versus function, though if anyone really wanted to wear their fur lined aviator hat at their desk, I doubt anyone would stop them. So if you are wearing a hat for a day of shopping and lunch with your friends, your hat can stay on, all day.

If a woman's hat could obstruct someone's view of say, a movie, or anything happening on a stage, she should remove it before anyone has to ask her to.

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