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SF Street Style: Rockabilly Sweet at Bettie Page in the Haight

Last year, the retro rockabilly mecca, Bettie Page clothing, opened shop in the Haight. A little bird told me the girls there have some serious vintage swagger, so I thought I'd head over and check it out. I found (left to right) Jessica GossLiz IrelandMindy Gaines, and Hayley Griffin, done up in pin-up. These ladies are lucky enough to call their dress code a job perk.  

SF Street Style: The Man in The Red Bow-Tie, in The Mission

I caught up with visual designer Shawn Carrico, while standing in line at the SF Street Food Festival, last Saturday in the Mission. His red bow-tie and wicked-sharp glasses immediately caught my attention but, while he's incorporated great details, his outfit is still refreshingly casual -- and thus, street food appropriate. Shawn said his favorite eats at the festival were the Penang Curry Bomb Bun and Sharbat from Azalina's

Thrift Stores: Ground Zero for Halloween Gear

What are you going to be for Halloween this year? Please, Lady Gaga's bubbles costume is so 2009! How about her meat dress, Snooki, a group costume with your pals portraying Tiger Woods and his mistresses, or the BP logo? Whatever it may be for you in 2010, we called up our most trusted thrift shops to see what they have to offer your too-old-to-be-trick-or-treating self.

Clothes Contact, 473 Valencia St., (415) 621-3212

Starting today, this clothes-by-the-pound ($10 per pound!) store near 16th and Valencia is setting up their Halloween section full of every crazy item you could imagine. "Ruffly pirate shirts, crinolines and tutus are big sellers," sales associate Alex said. "We have a ton of Halloween dresses, like 50s Mad Men dresses, 70s disco dresses, sci-fi dresses if you want to be a sexy alien, vintage cheerleader costumes and vintage hoe-down dresses. We have lots of stuff that could be used for Lady Gaga outfits, which will be popular this year. I'm going to be Ke$ha!"

Sidewalk Chic: Modern Vintage in the Wharf

Name: Rahel Pearson

Age: 25

Occupation: Graduate student at the University of Amsterdam, studying Clinical Psychology

Spotted: 7x7 Best Of party at Ghirardelli Square, 7:58 p.m.

Wearing: Dress from Thrift Town, jacket from Painted Bird, Chanel shoes, Alexander Wang bag

Favorite fashion decade: "1920's meets minimalist 90's with some 80's glitter."

If you could have one thing this season, what would it be? "A Cartier tank francaise in rose gold."

Sidewalk Chic: Mix Master in SoMa

Name: Zorina Chen

Age: 23

Occupation:
Associate Brand Manager for bumble ink -- an environmentally friendly, locally owned, independent stationery company

Spotted: Vintage Fashion Expo at the Concourse Exhibition Center, 4:34 p.m.

Sidewalk Chic: The Dark Side of Civic Center

Name: Rachel Rondell

Age: 21

Occupation: Fashion Design student at Academy of Art University, whose major is Womens’ Ready to Wear

Spotted: Outside of Etiquette Lounge, 11:53 p.m.

Wearing: 5th & Row jacket (her own design/label), dress from Thrift Town (“a closet staple,” she says), and Dolce Vita heels

How would you describe your style? “Dark with a little bit of sunshine.”

Thrift Shopping Tips

Some people find shopping at thrift stores to be an arduous task. I’ll admit that several years ago I used to think the same. I would usually emerge from a Goodwill store empty handed, feeling defeated and worried that I had picked up the lingering scent of mothballs during my unsuccessful hunt. Soon I realized that the problem wasn’t the stores I was visiting—it was me! My theory is that in order to hit the thrift store jackpot, you need to be shopping with an open, creative mind, lots of free time and even more patience.

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