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Yeah, yeah, we all know that San Francisco doesn't have the most summery of summers. But in no way does this mean we eschew the season's signature accessory: sunglasses. Au contraire, SF-ers love their shades, whether oversized and glam or retro-cool. Along with the fog-induced glare, we do have some a few bright days plus lots of sunshine-y getaways to look forward to. So as the July 4th holiday nears (can you believe it?), it's time to shop for some new frames—a feat made easy with this guide to the top spots for sunnies in the city. (Note: Stores are listed from north to south.)

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1. Veo Optics Marina

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1799 Union St
San Francisco, CA
(415) 921-2020
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People rave about the customer service here, and that's what you want when you're dropping serious dough on sunnies. The store carries Oliver Peoples, Paul Smith, Mosley Tribes, Gucci, and tons more. Also check out its other store locations in the Mission and Union Square.

2. Barneys New York

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77 Ofarrell St
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 268-3500
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For some seriously fancy eye protection, Barneys in Union Square is your go-to. Lanvin, Tom Ford, Oliver Peoples, Thom Browne—they're all there, plus Barneys own line of sunglasses is super stylish.

3. Solstice Sunglass Boutique

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845 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(818) 313-8806
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Calling all label lovers: Head to the Westfield Centre when designer shades by Alexander McQueen, Gucci, Fendi, Cavalli, Saint Laurent, etc. are on your shopping list. Right now the store is offering a special deal on polarized sunglasses: the more you spend, the more you save—starting with $25 off shades of $150 or more.

4. Brownie and Madam

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Brownie and Madam will come to your home or office, or meet you at a cafe or wherever you like. An associate will bring a case full of sunglasses and let you try on every style until you find the perfect pair. (Same goes for prescription frames if you're in the market.)

5. Acrimony

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333 Hayes St, #100
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 861-1025
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This Hayes Valley boutique has the best and latest styles from Super, Karen Walker and Grey Ant. Plus while you're picking up a fresh pair of shades, chances are in your favor that you'll find a sunny-chic outfit to match.

6. Fine Arts Optical

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888 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 913-7414
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FAO has the most amazing collection of dead-stock vintage sunglasses you've ever seen. From the '40s all the way through the '90s, you'll find never-worn vintage sunglasses in mint condition. Photo

7. After Life

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988 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110
After Life, a member of last year's top 38 list of vintage clothing stores, serves up a sunglass selection ideal for style-conscious peeps who tend to lose or sit on their sunnies (you know who you are). Prices on Cheap Monday and Mister sunglasses hover in the $20 range.

8. Mollusk Surf Shop

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4500 Irving St
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 564-6300
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This has got to be SF's coolest surf shop. Look for hard-to-find sunglass brands including Han Kjobenhavn, Costalots, Steven Alan and more. And maybe consider buying a new board while you're at it.

9. Optical Underground

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280 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 982-5106
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Walk down the stairs to this basement-level discount eyewear shop and let the games begin. The fun and funky space features designer brands—Face A Face, Oliver Peoples, Paul Smith, etc.—for at least 40 percent off. The longer the sunglasses (and regular frames) stay on the shelves, the steeper the discount. Yes, please. Photo

10. 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 sunglass frames come with polarized lenses and sell for $95. Another good reason to shop: a pair of glasses is donated to someone in need with every pair sold. Photo

1. Veo Optics Marina

1799 Union St, San Francisco, CA
People rave about the customer service here, and that's what you want when you're dropping serious dough on sunnies. The store carries Oliver Peoples, Paul Smith, Mosley Tribes, Gucci, and tons more. Also check out its other store locations in the Mission and Union Square.
1799 Union St
San Francisco, CA

2. Barneys New York

77 Ofarrell St, San Francisco, CA 94108
For some seriously fancy eye protection, Barneys in Union Square is your go-to. Lanvin, Tom Ford, Oliver Peoples, Thom Browne—they're all there, plus Barneys own line of sunglasses is super stylish.
77 Ofarrell St
San Francisco, CA 94108

3. Solstice Sunglass Boutique

845 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Calling all label lovers: Head to the Westfield Centre when designer shades by Alexander McQueen, Gucci, Fendi, Cavalli, Saint Laurent, etc. are on your shopping list. Right now the store is offering a special deal on polarized sunglasses: the more you spend, the more you save—starting with $25 off shades of $150 or more.
845 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94103

4. Brownie and Madam

San Francisco, CA
Brownie and Madam will come to your home or office, or meet you at a cafe or wherever you like. An associate will bring a case full of sunglasses and let you try on every style until you find the perfect pair. (Same goes for prescription frames if you're in the market.)

5. Acrimony

333 Hayes St, #100, San Francisco, CA 94102
This Hayes Valley boutique has the best and latest styles from Super, Karen Walker and Grey Ant. Plus while you're picking up a fresh pair of shades, chances are in your favor that you'll find a sunny-chic outfit to match.
333 Hayes St, #100
San Francisco, CA 94102

6. Fine Arts Optical

888 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
FAO has the most amazing collection of dead-stock vintage sunglasses you've ever seen. From the '40s all the way through the '90s, you'll find never-worn vintage sunglasses in mint condition. Photo
888 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

7. After Life

988 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
After Life, a member of last year's top 38 list of vintage clothing stores, serves up a sunglass selection ideal for style-conscious peeps who tend to lose or sit on their sunnies (you know who you are). Prices on Cheap Monday and Mister sunglasses hover in the $20 range.
988 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

8. Mollusk Surf Shop

4500 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122
This has got to be SF's coolest surf shop. Look for hard-to-find sunglass brands including Han Kjobenhavn, Costalots, Steven Alan and more. And maybe consider buying a new board while you're at it.
4500 Irving St
San Francisco, CA 94122

9. Optical Underground

280 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94108
Walk down the stairs to this basement-level discount eyewear shop and let the games begin. The fun and funky space features designer brands—Face A Face, Oliver Peoples, Paul Smith, etc.—for at least 40 percent off. The longer the sunglasses (and regular frames) stay on the shelves, the steeper the discount. Yes, please. Photo
280 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94108

10. 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 sunglass frames come with polarized lenses and 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