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Do All the New Stores Downtown Mean the End of the Retail Recession?

If the recent surge of new stores in Union Square is any indication, the retail recession may finally be on its way out. Once empty storefronts are quickly filling up, and might we say, looking better than ever. In fact, there's so much happening as of late that it's been hard (even for us!) to keep track, so we decided to do a quick recap of the new and notable around SF's shopping mecca:

Harputs Market, 140 Geary St, open now: We're beyond thrilled this local favorite decided to move their avant-garde wares from Lower Fillmore, and even more so that they're inhabiting the gorgeous old Prada space.

Our Favorite SF Shops for Summer Frocks

 

Since summer has decided to visit San Francisco for the week, there's no better time to get out and enjoy the sunshine and few better ways to do that than with a little shopping. We put on our walking heels today and hit the sidewalk to track down the best airy sundresses the city has to offer. And since most of us are stuck in front of a computer all day, we made sure they also have websites.

 

 

 

1. See by Chloé Daisy Rosette Dress at Azalea, $402.50:

We've been lusting after this vibrant floral number since first laying eyes on it and though it's still a bit pricey on sale, we think it makes an eye-catching investment piece.

 

Convertible Clothing: Fast Fashion's Worst Nightmare?

Though every season we vow to invest in quality over quantity, a tightened shopping budget and the desire for instant gratification always lead us back through the doors of H&M.

Luckily we now have another alternative: convertible clothing and accessories. While this idea isn’t new by any means, it’s become a full-on trend as of late and we only see it getting bigger as these tough economic times continue.

Less can be more--we, for one, are looking forward to finally purchasing better quality garments, getting creative with styling and freeing up some much needed closet space. Now we turn it over to you to give some of our favorite innovative pieces a try and bid adieu to fast fashion.

Sidewalk Chic: In the Mix in Pacific Heights

Name: Melody Nazarian

Age: 25

Occupation: Associate editor for Fabsugar.com and personal stylist (snappystyle@gmail.com)

Wearing: Old Navy olive green shirtdress, Mossimo for Target faux leather jacket, purple scarf from the Gift Center in San Francisco, DKNY tights, Colonial Madness tan gladiator sandals, Derek Lam bag, Banana Republic layered gold necklace

Sidewalk Chic: Inspiration Strikes in SoMa

Name: Kirsten Knick

Age: 20

Occupation: Personal Stylist/Wardrobe Stylist, Sales Associate at Jeremy's and Sephora

Spotted: Jeremy's Department Store, SoMa, 3:22 p.m.

Wearing: Black oversized cardigan from a thrift store in Half Moon Bay, vintage Joy Division tee, vintage fur stole, altered leather skirt, Vintage Onk necklace, Tibetan opium necklace, Doc Marten boots

Sidewalk Chic: High-low Mix in Union Square

Name: Slo Casasola

Age: 22

Occupation: Fashion Merchandiser at Shotwell

Spotted: Shotwell and Harputs Market Party at Shotwell boutique, 7:12 P.M.

Wearing:
YSL rolling sneaker, vintage bow-tie, H&M denim, Zara cardigan, YSL button down. "I just threw this outfit on because I was in a hurry to get to the party. I always want to stand out but at the same time look simple."

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