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You know those times, like now with the scent of back-to-school in the air, when you have a visceral need to S-H-O-P? The fact that you haven't sat in homeroom or baked cookies for study group in a decade or two is beside the point. Truth is, you do need some wardrobe refreshers and transitional pieces to give your closet a jolt. And while we're always proponents of investment items, sometimes the budget just needs a break. With that, here are 10 of our favorite SF stores—indies to re-sellers—for wallet-friendly fashions.

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1. Weston Wear

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569 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110
Julie Weston is a San Francisco designer whose super-comfy, sometimes psychedelic-print dresses and skirts go from work to cocktails with ease. She's been designing, making and selling clothes in SF for a few decades now, and it all just keeps getting better. The prices are beyond reasonable, and the sale racks are unparalleled.

2. Crossroads Trading

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1901 Fillmore St, San Francisco
CA, 94115
Although there are Crossroads locations all over the Bay, the flagship Pac Heights store has always been our favorite. In our HO, it has the best selection of contemporary and designer labels, as well some new items—all of which are in-season, on-trend and priced just right. (Who doesn't love guilt-free shopping?). You can save even more if you bring in your own clothing haul and use your 50 percent trade toward your new loot.

3. Ver Unica

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526 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
The vintage clothing here is upscale, but the prices are accessible. Also, it carries contemporary indie jewelry from Sweet Bird, Metal Smith, and 1228, fragrances from Sebastian Signs, and vintage-inspired new clothing from Kit Kit Dodge and more.

4. Azalea Boutique

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411 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102
Azalea has a newer location in the Mission, but the Hayes Valley original holds a special place in our hearts. Most of the tees, sweaters, denim, dresses and accessories are made for SF living—chic enough for work and cool enough for play. Plus, most prices are easy on the wallet. Check out the sales racks in the back (watch your step), often filled with stylin' scores.

5. Brandy Melville

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2085 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123
It's kinda funny that this hotter-than-hot Italian retailer has Cali-girl style down to a tee with its very own tees, tops, skirts, dresses and jeans, most of which come in one size. Sure, the affordable clothing (a top and bottom for less than $50 is the norm) skews to teens and twentysomethings. But done right, there may be a few pieces for those who skew a bit older.

6. De Novo

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2230 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123
415-563-5937
This Marina boutique and big sis on Fillmore are go-tos for affordable, cute and sassy dresses, tops and skirts. The charming shops are home to a particularly excellent jewelry selection. Offerings are colorful and tend toward girly—so if this is your aesthetic, consider yourself hooked.

7. Saks OFF 5TH Avenue

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901 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Opened in May, the 40,500-square foot shopping mecca, is a boon for those who love the hunt—and saving mucho dinero. Find lots of designer names for guys and girls at steep discounts. We're particularly smitten with the accessories (sunglasses and handbags) on the first floor. Shoes on the lower level ain't nothing to sneeze at either. Guys, two words: awesome suits. [Photo]

8. Warby Parker

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357 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 906-5313
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Warby Parker's wide selection of eyewear at reasonable prices is the main reason hipsters and socialites alike flock to the airy Hayes Valley shop. The majority of frames (with prescription lenses) and sunglasses sell for $95. Another good reason to shop: a pair of glasses is donated to someone in need with every pair sold. [Photo]

9. Jest Jewels

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1869 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123
Despite the name, Jest Jewels carries some seriously cute jewelry. Most of it is of the costume variety, but you'll find enough Swarovski crystal and semi-precious stones to help you get your fancy on right. Lots of options for lots of tastes at really palatable prices. [Photo]

10. Marmalade

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1843 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123
Any shop founded by a former Kiss wardrobe stylist cannot be bad. And Hope Colling's Cow Hollow shop is very good indeed, with plenty of versatile, wearable fashions at affordable prices: almost everything in the store is well under $100.

1. Weston Wear

569 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Julie Weston is a San Francisco designer whose super-comfy, sometimes psychedelic-print dresses and skirts go from work to cocktails with ease. She's been designing, making and selling clothes in SF for a few decades now, and it all just keeps getting better. The prices are beyond reasonable, and the sale racks are unparalleled.
569 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

2. Crossroads Trading

1901 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA, 94115
Although there are Crossroads locations all over the Bay, the flagship Pac Heights store has always been our favorite. In our HO, it has the best selection of contemporary and designer labels, as well some new items—all of which are in-season, on-trend and priced just right. (Who doesn't love guilt-free shopping?). You can save even more if you bring in your own clothing haul and use your 50 percent trade toward your new loot.
1901 Fillmore St, San Francisco
CA, 94115

3. Ver Unica

526 Hayes Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
The vintage clothing here is upscale, but the prices are accessible. Also, it carries contemporary indie jewelry from Sweet Bird, Metal Smith, and 1228, fragrances from Sebastian Signs, and vintage-inspired new clothing from Kit Kit Dodge and more.
526 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

4. Azalea Boutique

411 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Azalea has a newer location in the Mission, but the Hayes Valley original holds a special place in our hearts. Most of the tees, sweaters, denim, dresses and accessories are made for SF living—chic enough for work and cool enough for play. Plus, most prices are easy on the wallet. Check out the sales racks in the back (watch your step), often filled with stylin' scores.
411 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102

5. Brandy Melville

2085 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123
It's kinda funny that this hotter-than-hot Italian retailer has Cali-girl style down to a tee with its very own tees, tops, skirts, dresses and jeans, most of which come in one size. Sure, the affordable clothing (a top and bottom for less than $50 is the norm) skews to teens and twentysomethings. But done right, there may be a few pieces for those who skew a bit older.
2085 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123

6. De Novo

2230 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123
This Marina boutique and big sis on Fillmore are go-tos for affordable, cute and sassy dresses, tops and skirts. The charming shops are home to a particularly excellent jewelry selection. Offerings are colorful and tend toward girly—so if this is your aesthetic, consider yourself hooked.
2230 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123

7. Saks OFF 5TH Avenue

901 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Opened in May, the 40,500-square foot shopping mecca, is a boon for those who love the hunt—and saving mucho dinero. Find lots of designer names for guys and girls at steep discounts. We're particularly smitten with the accessories (sunglasses and handbags) on the first floor. Shoes on the lower level ain't nothing to sneeze at either. Guys, two words: awesome suits. [Photo]
901 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

8. Warby Parker

357 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Warby Parker's wide selection of eyewear at reasonable prices is the main reason hipsters and socialites alike flock to the airy Hayes Valley shop. The majority of frames (with prescription lenses) and sunglasses sell for $95. Another good reason to shop: a pair of glasses is donated to someone in need with every pair sold. [Photo]
357 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102

9. Jest Jewels

1869 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123
Despite the name, Jest Jewels carries some seriously cute jewelry. Most of it is of the costume variety, but you'll find enough Swarovski crystal and semi-precious stones to help you get your fancy on right. Lots of options for lots of tastes at really palatable prices. [Photo]
1869 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123

10. Marmalade

1843 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123
Any shop founded by a former Kiss wardrobe stylist cannot be bad. And Hope Colling's Cow Hollow shop is very good indeed, with plenty of versatile, wearable fashions at affordable prices: almost everything in the store is well under $100.
1843 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123