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With the increase of sunshine comes the need for summer essentials. When heading to the beach, you will need more than just a bathing suit, sunglasses and sunscreen. Get a beach hat that is stylish and functional to provide extra protection for your sun-filled outings. Here are some of the best places to buy beach hats in the Bay Area.

Goorin Bros.
1446 Haight St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 436-9450

Goorin Bros. is a vintage style hat shop located at Haight and Ashbury. This is the type of store where you can literally walk away with a feather in your hat. It carries everything from fedoras to a new summer collection. These summer hats are made for men and women, and they have organic textures and bright colors. Styles range from the Sunny Slim with a wider brim to leisure Panama inspired hats. The hats here have both a retro and contemporary vibe and will make you a very stylish beach goer.

Berkeley Hat Company
2510 Telegraph Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 549-2955

Berkeley Hat Company has an extensive selection of hats, from Kentucky Derby styles to Burning Man gear for both men and women. For women, there are extra wide brim sun hats in various colors and textures that scream beach ready. the store also carries skimmer, fedora and ribbon sun hats for those who don’t want to stand out so much on the beach. For men, there is a variety of Panama and straw hats that will provide stylish protection from the sun.

Hats On Post
210 Post St.
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 392-3737

This hat boutique focuses on specialty hats for women. It carries hats for all occasions, from garden parties to California casual. This boutique is in Union Square on the sixth floor of the Shreve Jewelry building. The staff offers a personal shopper kind of experience that will have you walking away with the perfect beach hat.The goal is to have the customer leave with a hat that is easy to wear that suits his or her individual style.

Hats Of The Fillmore
1539 Fillmore St.
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 447-7606

Hats of the Fillmore carries a good variety of hats from caps to fedoras. The store is conveniently located in the heart of the Fillmore district. The staff is friendly and will let you try on different hats at your leisure until you find the perfect one. Selection is limited on beach hats, but the store does have straw hats, Panama hats and baseball caps that will keep you protected and casual on your next beach outing.

3979 24th St.
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 647-5800

Ambiance is a girly boutique that carries clothing and all the accessories you need to pull together a beach outfit. This boutique is conveniently located in Noe Valley. It provides one stop shopping where you can walk out with a sun dress, sunglasses, sandals and a beach hat. The staff is helpful and ready to help you pull the whole look together even if you feel challenged with fashion. The beach hats will shield your skin and will pull the whole outfit together.

This article was written via Examiner.com for CBS Local Media