Since humans have adorned animal skins, they have been covering their heads with items to withstand the elements, celebrate holidays and make fashion statements. Fortunately, in Seattle, residents have a few choice shops that offer quality toppers to fit the tastes of locals. As a result, whatever your style or quirk, you can find a hat that suits you.

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Hours: Mon to Fri – appointment only, Sat – 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Don’t let the name of this retailer fool you. Hats produced by owner Alexander Conley III are custom-made for the buyer. A native of Tennessee, Conley studied under the grand ol’ hatters of the South. He brought this skill to the Northwest to fill a gap. For lovers of meticulously coifed headgear, especially cowboy hats, schedule an appointment with Mr. Conley. He is the guy who can satisfy you.

Hours: Mon to Thurs – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fri to Sat – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sun – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

If the length of years a business remains open is any indication of excellence, Goorin Bro’s Hat Shop is a bright and shining star. Since 1895, Goorin Bro’s has been selling locals a variety of stylish hats. Patronize this store for a fedora, wool beret or leather cap to accentuate a high-end piece of clothing. Also be sure to review the selection of lids for children if you have a boy or girl who likes this type of accessory.

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Hours: Mon to Sat – 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

For industry classics like derbies, hombergs and porkpies, visit Byrnie Utz Hats. The knowledgeable staff caters to men who want the very best. Byrnies offers a large assortment of hats cut in a wide-range of patterns and materials. Expect your purchase to last for years and give you an air of macho-elegance.

Hours: Mon to Thurs – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fri  – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

If you need a conversation piece for an upcoming party, visit The Hat Shop. This funky little joint is located one block away from Pike Place Market. Although the store sells traditional hats, the strong point here is the colorful, funny options. This factor is what draws the public into the store. After all, where else can you find a perfect replica of a can of Spam you can wear on your head?

Hours: Mon to Fri – 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Sat 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Sun 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

This list would not be complete without mentioning the Sports Den. This seller of goods offers customers athletic caps from every major league. So as you root for the Mariners and Seahawks, you can flaunt hats from each team. In addition, you can pick up jerseys, key chains, trading cards, posters and other memorabilia that reflect your enthusiasm.

Ready to go cruising for a new hat? Tour one of these shops. On your journey, also stop by one of Seattle’s best spas or cupcake boutiques in the area to spice up your trip.

Stephanie Modkins is a freelance writer living in Seattle. Her work can be found at