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Slick Summer Styles in Your Own Backyard

It's June, and if you're in your thirties like me, you've been invited to at least one wedding this summer. You have absolutely nothing to wear, not a lot of time to trudge all over San Francisco, and you're on a budget. Don't be enticed by the easy way out; steer clear of department stores. It's not worth the risk of showing up at the wedding to find your new hard-earned sundress walking around on another woman. Trust me on this one, ladies. It has happened to me. San Francisco is full of unique boutiques for women's wear and if you know where to go, you won't have to spend a fortune.

First, start at Sugarpoppy. This corner store on Polk and California features plenty of fresh summer fashions. New retro inspired designs and a small, but impressive vintage section appeal to tastes both funky and tame. The strapless dress is in this summer and you'll find it here, mid-length and floral with a flattering sash. Add flare to your outfit with Tarina Tarantino's colorfully sassy line of jewelry. If you're in for a more casual summer, Sugarpoppy proudly houses designs by Juicy Couture, Custo, and Blue Cult Jeans. You'll find friendly service and nothing in the store is over $150.

Then head to Hayes Valley, San Francisco's boutique Mecca. More daring shoppers should skip the Hayes Street routine and make a beeline for Residents Apparel Gallery (RAG). This clothing store/gallery offers collections on consignment solely by local designers. An informative bio of each artist is displayed with each clothing rack. Have you been wondering what happened to Penelope Starr on Fillmore Street? Susan Robinson, the maven behind the label, now sells her line exclusively here at RAG. Check out her sweet new line of dresses. You won't be able to resist these soft pastels perfect for any stylish summer occasion.

Jeremy's in SOMA is a destination for those in search of a sleek, sexy look. This high-end discount store that receives new fashions every week is not to be missed. Currently, their dress rack in the back has loads by Laundry for a steal. If shopping alone and in need of advice, the helpful saleswomen gladly offer genuine opinions and will outfit you with a clutch to match. You can easily accessorize yourself here with shoes, jewelry, purses, sunglasses, and scarves. Does your date need help with his attire? Jeremy's has a full line of men's clothing, too.

Still out of luck? Ambiance in the Haight or Dema in the Mission will not let you down (Go to SF Station's clothing index for more information). The moral of the story is: don't let your worst fear come true. Avoid Macy's. Spending a little more time and maybe a little more money will be a small price to pay for originality.

1552 Polk Street
(Polk @ Sacramento)
San Francisco, CA 94109
Phone: 415.775.4979
Hours: Monday - Friday (11 am - 8 pm), Saturday (11 am - 7 pm), Sunday (12 - 6 pm)

541 Octavia Street
(Octavia @ Grove)
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415.621.7718
Hours: Wednesday - Monday (12 am - 7 pm), closed Tuesdays

2 South Park
(Off 2nd, between Bryant & Brannan)
San Francisco, CA 94107
Phone: 415.882.4929
Hours: Monday - Saturday (11 am - 6 pm), Sunday (11 am - 5 pm)