Wearing a hat in Tampa is a must. Not only are you going to look stylish, you will also be protected from the Florida sun, especially in the summer months. In Tampa, a lot of events are outdoors, so wearing a hat has become a wardrobe staple. From wearing a baseball cap to a ballgame to wearing pirate hats for Gasparilla, hats have become an important part of our wardrobe. Whether you are a casual dresser or a more formal one, you can always find a hat in Tampa that can better define your style for any occasion.
Prices: Vintage Hats from $20 to $200 dollars
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri to Sat – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sun 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
A Tampa staple, this store is conveniently located in the Ybor City strip. The store has been open for 38 years and owner Jill Wax opened the stored straight out of high school. La France carries a variety of hats–mostly vintage hats from the 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s–for men and women. Apart from hats, you can find vintage jewelry, shoes, dresses and more at this locale.
Spencer’s Western World
Hours: Mon to Sat – 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sun – 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
This family owned and operated business has been open since 1963. You can buy some of the best quality cowboy hats in town at Spencer’s. The staff is knowledgeable and can help choose the right fit and size, while also teaching you about the differences in quality. In addition to the hats, the store has a variety of western wear clothing for men, women and children. This includes boots, belts, jeans, shirts and more.
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Karen’s Krew Closet
Prices: Costume hats from $20 to $150
Hours: Tues to Wed, Fri to Sat – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thurs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
At Karen’s Krew Closet, customers can find hats for costumes such as pirate hats, renaissance fairs and more. Owner Karen can give you personalized service and help you with your costume. You must visit this store if you are looking for your pirate costume for the Gasparilla Parade (Tampa’s version of Mardi Gras) or the Renaissance fair.
Prices: Hats from $10 to $100
Hours: Wed to Thurs, Sun – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fri and Sat – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
This is one of the most complete hat stores in Tampa because of its big inventory and variety, including leather fedoras, baseball hats, newsboy hats, straw hats, beanies, visors and more. Located in the Florida Mall, City Hats can also do wholesale and custom embroidery on the hats.
I & M Classy Hats Plus More
Prices: Hats from $20 to $200
Hours: Thurs – 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Fri – 11 a.m to 6 p.m., Sat – 10 a.m to 6 p.m., Closed Sun to Wed (open by appointment only)
I & M Classy Hats Plus more carries men’s and women’s hats, but specializes in church hats, Kentucky Derby hats, funeral hats, men’s gangster hats, fedoras and more. The store also carries accessories and clothing. Owner Michelle is always available in the store to give you personalized service.
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