Before you hit the beach this summer, whether it be down on Galveston Island or further along the Gulf Coast towards Louisiana or South Padre, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got the right beach gear. In addition to grabbing your towel and sunglasses, you’ll need to have a great beach hat to shade yourself from the sun’s rays. Lucky for you, Houston’s home to a number of great stores that can help you find the perfect beach hat to go with your outfit. Make sure to check out these top spots to buy beach hats in Houston before your next trip to the shore.
Accessory Plaza
8000 Harwin Drive, Suite 410
Houston, TX 77036

Harwin is known for its great shopping, and the fabulous finds at the Accessory Plaza are no exception. While you’ll certainly be able to find a great hat to keep the sun out of your eyes, you’ll also find yourself immersed in accessories of all kinds. You may even find a matching beach tote for your hat, or some sunglasses that look like they came off of a designer line. Whether you want a visor or straw boater hat, you’ll find something to go with any outfit at the Accessory Plaza.

Harwin Outlet Mall
9507 Harwin Drive
Houston, TX 77036

The Harwin Outlet Mall isn’t just one store — it’s multiple stores all under one giant roof! Check out the various accessories and clothing stores to find the perfect hat for your beach trip. With so many options, and at such low prices, you won’t have to worry about choosing just one! Don’t forget to grab something for the little ones while you’re here.

Wolf’s Department Store
2701 Dowling St.
Houston, TX 77004

A Houston staple for many years, Wolf’s Department Store is known for its large section of hats. While many people may think of Wolf’s for fedoras and other wool hats, they have a large selection of straw hats and boaters perfect for summer sun protection. Of course, as long as you’re here, you can pick out the perfect hat for several different occassions. The man in your life will thank you for such a great choice of headgear!

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Miller Hats
11110 Bammel N. Houston Road Unit G
Houston TX 77066
(281) 587-2295

No shopping trip for hats is complete without a visit to Miller Hats. Look for their large selection of straw hats. These are perfect for keeping cool and in the shade while outside in the hot Houston summer. Put some spice into your outfit by choosing one with a fancy patterned hat band.

Buffalo Exchange
1618 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 523-8701

This favorite Houston thrift store features designer pieces and accessories to match nearly every style imaginable. Since they’re always buying new items from local fashion lovers, there’s something new every day for you to check out. Grab a floppy, fashionable beach hat on your way out of Montrose and on your way to Galveston, and enjoy the savings!

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