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Although the summer sun feels great after a cold winter and rainy spring, none of Pittsburgh’s residents are immune to the dangers of the sun’s rays. Too much sun exposure can cause sunburn, wrinkles and even skin cancer. It’s important to shield your face from too many damaging rays. But never fear; you don’t need to stay indoors all summer; just get a hat. A summer hat will help you keep harmful rays off of your face and keep you looking stylish too. Here are some places in Pittsburgh to look for this year’s go-to hat.

The Head Gear
312 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 261-5755

The Head Gear, located on Forbes Avenue in Pittsburgh, is the perfect place to find a designer hat for your outdoor adventures. The store carries brands such as Reebok, Mitchell & Ness, Biltmore and New Era. Try a sporty baseball cap, straw fedora or beach worthy bucket hat. Whichever one you choose, you are sure to find just the perfect hat to sport at the beach at The Head Gear.

447 Beaver St.
Sewickley, PA 15143
(412) 356-5115

Bellwether in Sewickley offers beautiful and stylish boutique fashions for women. Among the breezy dresses and must-have hand bags, you can also find the perfect hat to complete your look. Bellwether features a line of hats from Hat Attack. Take a look at the perky fringed fedora or the romantic chunky crochet continental hat. You will feel like you’re on the French Riviera, even if you’re on the shores of Lake Erie.

The Pittsburgh Fan
206 Federal St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
(412) 697-2461

If you are, in fact, a Pittsburgh fan, The Pittsburgh Fan will have a hat you will want to wear. Since it is baseball season, you will want to take a look at their wide selection of Pittsburgh Pirate hats. Go sporty with a baseball hat or visor or get a little more coverage with a bucket hat. Hats are available for men, women and children. You’ll be tossing around that beach ball in style.

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The Clothes Line
4804 Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
(412) 621-2498

If you are looking for a stylish summer hat on a budget, take a look at The Clothes Line. This resale shop features gently used clothing and accessories for women and children. Products change frequently, but you never know what treasures you will find. The Clothes Line is also a great place to donate your gently worn beach hats from summers past.

University Store On Fifth
4000 Fifth Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 648-1455

If you are a fan of the University of Pittsburgh or the Pitt Panthers, the University Store On Fifth is a great place to find all things Pitt. The store features stylish caps especially for mom and dad to support their students, and the store has plenty of options for students and fans. So before you hit the beach this summer, get a hat for yourself and pick up a gift for a friend or family member to show your support for the University of Pittsburgh.

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Jennifer Stockdale is a native of the greater Pittsburgh, PA area. She is a restaurant marketer and wine enthusiast and one of the hosts of the East Coast Wine Geeks Podcast. Her work can be found at