September 9, 2010

easy on the wallet

Investing in good clothes is something I wholeheartedly support. I’m always on the lookout for clothes that will last me years and years instead of just a season or two. There’s no doubt that quality clothing is more expensive and often our budgets don’t allow for those types of purchases. I also prefer to pay (a lot) less for trendy items because they come and go far too fast.

I’ve found it’s hard to support local boutiques when I’m pinching pennies because the sales and deals tend to be at department stores and big chains. Luckily a couple of new boutiques have opened up in the neighborhood where you can buy local, stay on trend, and spend less.

Dun Up Boutique

Dun Up Boutique is on 22nd at Guerrero It’s right around the corner from my house so I’ve stopped in many times since it opened. Bernadette, the owner, has a great eye for trends at affordable prices. Right now she has some fab going out tops, like the tanks above, and cool leather earrings made by a local artist. The best part: nothing in the store is over $75!


Sway Boutique opened up on 24th Street in Noe Valley a few months ago. When I saw the sign I feared it was the sister of the teeny-bopper boutique on Telegraph Avenue where my sisters and I shopped in high school. I think it is the same owner, but thankfully the buyer knows its audience and the selection is much more appropriate for Mission/Noe Valley twenty and thirty somethings. This will now be my first stop when I’m looking for an inexpensive accessory or summer dress.

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