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You'll rarely encounter a day that warrants a summer dress in San Francisco, so it's not as if you can justify a closet full of warm weather frocks. If you're baring arms, you want the outfit you're wearing to be just as memorable as the weather that compelled you to shed that last layer. From crazy-affordable to crazy-splurgable, we've mapped 17 stores —organized roughly north to south— where you'll find inspiring dresses to see you through warm days. Think our readers should know about another spot? Share your tips in the comments!

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1. Bloomingdale's

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845 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 856-5300
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Bloomie's has seriously stepped up its dress game lately. Shop the many, many designer offerings, or save some money by making a beeline to the in-house Aqua label. [Photo]

2. BellJar

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3187 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 626-1749
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This Mission boutique filled with "gorgeous little things" also has gorgeous little dresses to get you through your summer. While you're there, don't be surprised if you find yourself stocking up on the prettiest bath products ever. [Photo]

3. mira mira

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3292 22nd St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 648-6513
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If you're looking for Mara Hoffman dresses, this is your spot. Mira Mira always has a great selection of the pattern-heavy brand, as well as a range of other conversation-worthy frocks. The shop is dog friendly, and typically stocked with treats, so bring Fido for your shopping venture. [Photo]

4. Covet Boutique

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548 Irving St
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 731-1577
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While this Inner Sunset spot is more reliable for bags and accessories than dresses, there are a few, inexpensive options that you can dress up in a pinch. Additional locations on Union and Arguello. [Photo]

5. Torrid

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3251 20th Ave #248
San Francisco, CA 94132
(415) 665-1165
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For plus-size dresses on a budget, head to Torrid in Stonestown Galleria. Bay Area blogger Chastity Valentine frequently relies on the brand for her headline-grabbing looks, so they're definitely doing something right. [Photo]

6. My Roommate's Closet

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3044 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 447-7703
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From Parker and Haute Hippie to budget-friendly options from Eight Sixty, this boutique outlet is worth the trip. Just budget for time to dig through the racks. [Photo]

7. Ambiance

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1864 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 923-9797
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The Union Street Ambiance seems to have more budget-friendly party dress options than this chain's other locations around town. If you only have time to stop at one store for a bachelorette party ensemble (or your wedding guest oufit), this is your best bet. Additional locations in Noe Valley, Upper Haight, and Inner Sunset. [Photo]

8. Alice and Olivia

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2259 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 813-2805
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When you're in a dress emergency situation, head straight to Alice and Olivia. The selection skews more toward party and formalwear, but you'll find totally office-appropriate work dresses as well. [Photo]

9. Heidi Says Collections

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2426 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 749-0655
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The variety of dresses at Heidi Says is simply outstanding. Imagine a highly-curated selection of your favorite labels from the contemporary floor at Saks or Neiman's or Barney's: that's what Heidi Says has achieved in its newly-renovated space, cutting through the department store noise with a selection of each season's greatest hits. [Photo]

10. Zara

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250 Post St
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 399-6930
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Zara has a reputation for copying runway looks as soon they walk at fashion week. Depending on how you feel about that, you can scoop up the latest trends at a fraction of the price. (Especially during the epic summer sale!) If you only have time for one Zara stop in Union Square, opt for the Post Street location; it's larger and usually has a better selection. [Photo]

11. Banana Republic

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256 Grant Ave
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 788-3087
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Banana Republic is looking a lot cooler in the Marissa Webb era, and the brand's easy summer dresses can be your way to bring home a bit of that Webb magic that you've spotted countless bloggers sporting on Instagram. To ensure that your size is waiting when you arrive, try the reserve in store option on the website. [Photo]

12. H&M

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150 Powell St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(855) 466-7467
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You're going to a festival. You want a fringe dress, but you don't want to spend a lot. H&M should be your first stop. Though there are three Union Square locations, the Powell flagship generally has the best selection. Make the Post Street store your second stop if you can't find your size at Powell. [Photo]

13. Azalea Boutique

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411 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 861-9888
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Azalea has a fancy new(er) location in the Mission, but the Hayes Valley original holds a special place in our hearts. Most of the dresses trend toward the more casual side, perfect for a weekend brunching in wine country. [Photo]

14. Cary Lane

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560 Laguna St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(715) 896-4210
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Cary Lane is another great discount option in the city. The store offers deals on designer apparel at up to 80% off the regular retail price, specializing in samples and past season apparel. You'll need an hour or so to peruse the racks and try on options, but there's always something fun waiting for you at the shop. Additional locations in the Inner Sunset and Mission. [Photo]

15. LE POINT

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301 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94103
A new concept store in the Mission, Le Point stocks lovely finds from brands like Opening Ceremony, Tibi, and SF-favorite Ryan Roche. Visit for everything you ever wanted to add to your cool-girl uniform. [Photo]

16. Amour Vert

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437 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA
With an eco-style mission and celebrity fans, Amour Vert has become a formidable force in the San Francisco fashion scene. Dresses from the label aren't particularly fashion-forward, but they're excellent, Earth-friendly alternative to the fast fashion pieces you might otherwise purchase. [Photo]

17. The Podolls SF

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3985 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 529-1196
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Now that the Podolls have landed in the city with their Noe Valley store, you can head to 24th Street to find the duo's laidback pieces. The lightweight dresses and loose silhouettes for spring/summer are begging to be part of your vacation wardrobe. [Photo]

1. Bloomingdale's

845 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Bloomie's has seriously stepped up its dress game lately. Shop the many, many designer offerings, or save some money by making a beeline to the in-house Aqua label. [Photo]
845 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94103

2. BellJar

3187 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
This Mission boutique filled with "gorgeous little things" also has gorgeous little dresses to get you through your summer. While you're there, don't be surprised if you find yourself stocking up on the prettiest bath products ever. [Photo]
3187 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

3. mira mira

3292 22nd St, San Francisco, CA 94110
If you're looking for Mara Hoffman dresses, this is your spot. Mira Mira always has a great selection of the pattern-heavy brand, as well as a range of other conversation-worthy frocks. The shop is dog friendly, and typically stocked with treats, so bring Fido for your shopping venture. [Photo]
3292 22nd St
San Francisco, CA 94110

4. Covet Boutique

548 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122
While this Inner Sunset spot is more reliable for bags and accessories than dresses, there are a few, inexpensive options that you can dress up in a pinch. Additional locations on Union and Arguello. [Photo]
548 Irving St
San Francisco, CA 94122

5. Torrid

3251 20th Ave #248, San Francisco, CA 94132
For plus-size dresses on a budget, head to Torrid in Stonestown Galleria. Bay Area blogger Chastity Valentine frequently relies on the brand for her headline-grabbing looks, so they're definitely doing something right. [Photo]
3251 20th Ave #248
San Francisco, CA 94132

6. My Roommate's Closet

3044 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94123
From Parker and Haute Hippie to budget-friendly options from Eight Sixty, this boutique outlet is worth the trip. Just budget for time to dig through the racks. [Photo]
3044 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94123

7. Ambiance

1864 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123
The Union Street Ambiance seems to have more budget-friendly party dress options than this chain's other locations around town. If you only have time to stop at one store for a bachelorette party ensemble (or your wedding guest oufit), this is your best bet. Additional locations in Noe Valley, Upper Haight, and Inner Sunset. [Photo]
1864 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123

8. Alice and Olivia

2259 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
When you're in a dress emergency situation, head straight to Alice and Olivia. The selection skews more toward party and formalwear, but you'll find totally office-appropriate work dresses as well. [Photo]
2259 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA 94115

9. Heidi Says Collections

2426 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115
The variety of dresses at Heidi Says is simply outstanding. Imagine a highly-curated selection of your favorite labels from the contemporary floor at Saks or Neiman's or Barney's: that's what Heidi Says has achieved in its newly-renovated space, cutting through the department store noise with a selection of each season's greatest hits. [Photo]
2426 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115

10. Zara

250 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94108
Zara has a reputation for copying runway looks as soon they walk at fashion week. Depending on how you feel about that, you can scoop up the latest trends at a fraction of the price. (Especially during the epic summer sale!) If you only have time for one Zara stop in Union Square, opt for the Post Street location; it's larger and usually has a better selection. [Photo]
250 Post St
San Francisco, CA 94108

11. Banana Republic

256 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94108
Banana Republic is looking a lot cooler in the Marissa Webb era, and the brand's easy summer dresses can be your way to bring home a bit of that Webb magic that you've spotted countless bloggers sporting on Instagram. To ensure that your size is waiting when you arrive, try the reserve in store option on the website. [Photo]
256 Grant Ave
San Francisco, CA 94108

12. H&M

150 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94102
You're going to a festival. You want a fringe dress, but you don't want to spend a lot. H&M should be your first stop. Though there are three Union Square locations, the Powell flagship generally has the best selection. Make the Post Street store your second stop if you can't find your size at Powell. [Photo]
150 Powell St
San Francisco, CA 94102

13. Azalea Boutique

411 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Azalea has a fancy new(er) location in the Mission, but the Hayes Valley original holds a special place in our hearts. Most of the dresses trend toward the more casual side, perfect for a weekend brunching in wine country. [Photo]
411 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102

14. Cary Lane

560 Laguna St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Cary Lane is another great discount option in the city. The store offers deals on designer apparel at up to 80% off the regular retail price, specializing in samples and past season apparel. You'll need an hour or so to peruse the racks and try on options, but there's always something fun waiting for you at the shop. Additional locations in the Inner Sunset and Mission. [Photo]
560 Laguna St
San Francisco, CA 94102

15. LE POINT

301 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103
A new concept store in the Mission, Le Point stocks lovely finds from brands like Opening Ceremony, Tibi, and SF-favorite Ryan Roche. Visit for everything you ever wanted to add to your cool-girl uniform. [Photo]
301 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94103

16. Amour Vert

437 Hayes Street, San Francisco, CA
With an eco-style mission and celebrity fans, Amour Vert has become a formidable force in the San Francisco fashion scene. Dresses from the label aren't particularly fashion-forward, but they're excellent, Earth-friendly alternative to the fast fashion pieces you might otherwise purchase. [Photo]
437 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA

17. The Podolls SF

3985 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94114
Now that the Podolls have landed in the city with their Noe Valley store, you can head to 24th Street to find the duo's laidback pieces. The lightweight dresses and loose silhouettes for spring/summer are begging to be part of your vacation wardrobe. [Photo]
3985 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94114