Friday, April 16, 2010


Ahhh, The Marina! Home to beautiful, young and fit 20-30-somethings, and also the spot to head to in SF for excellent restaurants and shopping. The main areas to visit for both are Union Street and Chestnut Street. So for this Fashion Friday post, I want to fill you in on some of the best shops and boutiques to check out in this area.

Y & I Clothing Boutique- Lots of cute dresses, tops and jeans to choose from! The prices here are also pretty reasonable, which doesn't seem to be the case for the other boutiques in this neighborhood.

De Novo- They carry the latest in fashionable women's apparel and accessories at great prices.
Dress- This small women's clothing boutique carries great brands, such as Citizens of Humanity, Seven, and Diane Von Furstenberg. Most of the items are casual wear. This place has great stuff, but it is pricey!
Other Shopping:
Abigail Morgan: Abigail carries everything from T-shirts and jeans to high-end dresses, featuring mostly small, independent designers.
Ambiance: (Yes, there's also one in The Marina!) It's easy to lose yourself amidst all this urban chic. At The Marina Ambiance location, you can find such things as Free People Angora shirts, formal Laundry dresses, wool jackets, Hot Kiss pants, and tons of accessories including Steve Madden shoes, handbags, jewelry, and knit hats.
B.B. Gear: This shop focuses on women's contemporary designs, you can also find Michael Stars tank tops and shirts, as well as some shoes and accessories.
Bianca Luna: Here you'll find things like vintage Mickey Mouse tank tops and Yanuk jeans. The shop is big on big jewelry, as well as Venetian glass ashtrays, soaps, and other gift items.
The Blues Jean Bar: No ID is required at this Marina bar. Only denim is served -- over 20 styles of jeans for women and a dozen for men. Some of the designers include Bartack, AG, Future Vintage, True Religion, and Von Dutch. Aside from jeans, the bar sells shirts, belts, and purses by Sobella made with a strap that doubles as a necklace.
Cara Mia: Cara Mia's claim to fame is its large stock of Jack Rogers sandals, the favorite shoe of none other than Jackie Kennedy. Aside from sandals, Cara Mia carries luxury brands, such as Max Mara, Marc Jacobs, and Cynthia Rowley.
Dantone: Almost every inch of this store is packed with clothes, bags, shoes, and sunglasses.
Girlfriends: How can you not love it's name?!? Started more than 11 years ago by two college girlfriends, this boutique appeals to an eclectic mix. The merchandise varies from a sexy camisole and thong set to French-designed baby clothes. Girlfriends also boasts its own label, with its name emblazoned on shirts, hats, baseball caps, and tote bags.
House of Cashmere: One of, if not, the oldest cashmere shop in San Francisco. House of Cashmere opened in 1972. If you love cashmere, this is the place for you. They also carry Irish wool, Angora and Alpaca sweaters.
LF: Chock full of colors, LF supports creative, independent designers. This women's clothing shop carries mostly casual wear, including basics like T-shirts and jeans, and the not-so-basics, such as butterfly embroidered denim skirts. LF will appeal to those willing to take a few risks with their wardrobe.
Mezzanine: This shop offers the same hip Marina women's wear as a lot of other small boutiques in the same neighborhood do, only the prices here are a little lower.
Mimi's on Union: Packed with wearable art, such as embroidered jackets and hand painted silk tops, Mimi's makes for an entertaining visit. Unique accessories include colorful cell phone cases, beaded purses, and an assortment of costume jewelry.
Mingle: Clothing, accessories, jewelry, lingerie and art from emerging designers, all handmade and many one-of-a-kind!
Rin: Predominantly a woman's clothing boutique, Rin mainly carries independent lines of clothes from New York and L.A.
Trendy Moda: Trendy is the key word, as this boutique caters to women under 30.
Twenty One Tango: Tango features designer labels at discount prices! A good spot for filling in on the basics.

1 comment:

  1. I just love little markets like this. You can find the most unique clothes, usually for a pretty good price. I get most of my shirts from places like this.