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Where to Buy a New Year's Eve Outfit in San Francisco (It's Not Too Late)

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It happened: You peered at your calendar, opened your closet and decided you have nothing to wear to ring in 2016. Have no fear, partygoers, as you still have three days to rectify the situation. And now you're armed with our shopping guide to the best San Francisco boutiques (plus one Oakland spot) for finding splash-making NYE outfits.

From sequins and lace to maxis and LBDs, scooping up the perfect look—whatever the celebration—is virtually guaranteed. All you'll have left to do? Work on your makeup, hair and securing the perfect arm candy. (Note: Stores are listed alphabetically.)

Have a favorite to add to the list? Let us know in the comments below.

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Acrimony

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The minimalist Hayes Valley boutique stocks attire for Europhiles, aka practical pieces that are polished and refined with a unique edge. Black jumpsuits and delicate gold jewelry make for perfect party looks, but we like this hip-hugging cocktail dress with bold cutouts and hints of mesh. Pair with statement earrings and a dramatic cat eye. Heads. Will. Turn.

Ali Golden

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We promise it’s worth your while to travel to Oaktown for this must-shop shop that's filled with bold colors, layering pieces and timeless treasures. Show you’re way on top of the trends by arriving to the soirée in this wow! block-printed frock that oozes style. We suggest black pumps and chunky (or no) jewelry to complete the Mondrian-esque look.

Aritzia

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Aritzia is more chain than indie boutique, but it stocks day-to-night pieces at affordable prices. This vampy dress, with a sexy open back and slinky silhouette, is a surefire crowd-pleaser that won’t break the bank. The off-the-shoulder neckline and fitted shape are sophisticated enough for a night with the rents, while the provocative back makes it sexy enough for midnight smooching.
While we have equal love for Azalea’s newer Valencia Street outpost, the original Hayes shop is the more dress-y. We’re partial to this long-sleeved number, perfect for chilly San Francisco nights. With a retro-chic block pattern and sexy double-V neckline, it's designed to attract all the right kinds of attention on New Year’s. Or any eve.

BellJar

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What’s a holiday party without a little sparkle? Kick off 2016 with a bang, and this slim sequin romper. One of our fave Mission boutiques has endless party options, but you’ll be the belle of the ball in this standout green one-piece, with a low-cut back. Talk about perfectly suited for dancing the night away. Keep in mind, this baby is reserved for party girls who take no prisoners. Let the countdown begin.

Les Méchantes

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Don’t shy away from this buzzy boutique’s tourist-central destination in Ghirardelli Square. With a clothing collection made in-house, plus a curated selection of local brands, Les Méchantes has plenty of options. And who says party-wear has to be all glitter and gold? Dress up this sweet bohemian maxi with strappy heels, mod jewelry and smoky makeup for a celebratory look that’s full-on ethereal.

Mira Mira

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This tiny storefront, tucked away next to Boogaloos, is an unexpected haven for holiday gems. From hip jumpsuits to barely-there slip dresses, you can’t go wrong at Mira Mira. Try this red crochet dress for a look that stands on its own. The only accessories needed? A matching crimson pucker and festive pumps. Lady in Red, the spotlight will be yours.

The Voyager Shop

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Voyager is all about street style a la unfussy wardrobe staples, work-appropriate trousers, patent oxfords and sophisticated accessories. But this minimalist slip dress is divine and December 31st-ready. (That low back gives us all the feels.) However, it's begging for some fun extras. Perhaps a dramatic necklace, earrings or stacks of bangles—pick one, maybe two. Add chunky shoes, a cool leather jacket and greet 2016 like a badass.
The Voyager Shop. Slip Dress by Hai

Acrimony

The minimalist Hayes Valley boutique stocks attire for Europhiles, aka practical pieces that are polished and refined with a unique edge. Black jumpsuits and delicate gold jewelry make for perfect party looks, but we like this hip-hugging cocktail dress with bold cutouts and hints of mesh. Pair with statement earrings and a dramatic cat eye. Heads. Will. Turn.

Ali Golden

We promise it’s worth your while to travel to Oaktown for this must-shop shop that's filled with bold colors, layering pieces and timeless treasures. Show you’re way on top of the trends by arriving to the soirée in this wow! block-printed frock that oozes style. We suggest black pumps and chunky (or no) jewelry to complete the Mondrian-esque look.

Aritzia

Aritzia is more chain than indie boutique, but it stocks day-to-night pieces at affordable prices. This vampy dress, with a sexy open back and slinky silhouette, is a surefire crowd-pleaser that won’t break the bank. The off-the-shoulder neckline and fitted shape are sophisticated enough for a night with the rents, while the provocative back makes it sexy enough for midnight smooching.

Azalea

While we have equal love for Azalea’s newer Valencia Street outpost, the original Hayes shop is the more dress-y. We’re partial to this long-sleeved number, perfect for chilly San Francisco nights. With a retro-chic block pattern and sexy double-V neckline, it's designed to attract all the right kinds of attention on New Year’s. Or any eve.

BellJar

What’s a holiday party without a little sparkle? Kick off 2016 with a bang, and this slim sequin romper. One of our fave Mission boutiques has endless party options, but you’ll be the belle of the ball in this standout green one-piece, with a low-cut back. Talk about perfectly suited for dancing the night away. Keep in mind, this baby is reserved for party girls who take no prisoners. Let the countdown begin.

Les Méchantes

Don’t shy away from this buzzy boutique’s tourist-central destination in Ghirardelli Square. With a clothing collection made in-house, plus a curated selection of local brands, Les Méchantes has plenty of options. And who says party-wear has to be all glitter and gold? Dress up this sweet bohemian maxi with strappy heels, mod jewelry and smoky makeup for a celebratory look that’s full-on ethereal.

Mira Mira

This tiny storefront, tucked away next to Boogaloos, is an unexpected haven for holiday gems. From hip jumpsuits to barely-there slip dresses, you can’t go wrong at Mira Mira. Try this red crochet dress for a look that stands on its own. The only accessories needed? A matching crimson pucker and festive pumps. Lady in Red, the spotlight will be yours.

The Voyager Shop

Voyager is all about street style a la unfussy wardrobe staples, work-appropriate trousers, patent oxfords and sophisticated accessories. But this minimalist slip dress is divine and December 31st-ready. (That low back gives us all the feels.) However, it's begging for some fun extras. Perhaps a dramatic necklace, earrings or stacks of bangles—pick one, maybe two. Add chunky shoes, a cool leather jacket and greet 2016 like a badass.
The Voyager Shop. Slip Dress by Hai