ChatterBank2 mins ago
Poppies - what side do we wear them on?
I notice that more and more women are wearing their poppies on the left these days.
Is this feminism?
What are the rules for wearing poppies, with regards to which side to wear it?
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As far as I know there are no rules. Men traditionally wear poppies, any other flowers, medals, badges such as pilots' "wings" etc. on the left because the left lapel is the outer one and the decorations will not be squashed or hidden. The breast pocket of a suit may flaunt a handkerchief, and that too is on the left.
Ladies' clothing is more variable and it's up to the lady where she chooses to wear her poppy.
I'd far rather see a person wear a poppy on the "wrong" side than for them not to show they care at all.
Why should people "show" they care, Ewood27.
Many people don't wear poppies, but do donate money to the British Legion. I and my fiance always refuse stickers and badges from street collectors. We don't want sticky marks or pinholes in our clothes, nor do we have a use for paper tat. We arehappy to contribute to their cause without needing to receive something in return.
Why do you feel it is necessary to judge someone just by whether or not they *wear* a poppy?
The real reason for men wearing items on the left hand side is the same as ladies and gents having buttons on different sides.....In days of yore men would have been more likely to dress themselves and would at least have put the finishing touches to their attire themselves so right handed gentlemen (as ALL gents were as left-handedness was associated with the devil) would automatically put badges etc. on the left as this would be the easiest side to get to....Ladies would have had all their clothing put on for them and someone dressing them would put it on the other side....Simple