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Looking to update your wardrobe this fall? Look no further than Philly’s one-of-a-kind, independently owned boutiques. The city boasts several retail districts, each with a unique flavor and fabulous finds for the cooler months ahead. Read on for highlights.

The stretch of Walnut Street from Broad to 20th streets and the surrounding blocks is home to some of Philadelphia’s most swanky boutiques.

Sophy Curson
A destination for Philly’s stylish ladies since 1929, Sophy Curson is known for timelessly chic style and personalized service. According to David A. Schwartz, vice president of Sophy Curson, “This season we’ll have Blumarine’s animal prints with a twist, like fringe accents; Ivko sweaters that are a mash-up of colors and patterns; and Krizia’s ‘Milan chic’ looks like asymmetrical coats and sleek pants.” 19th and Sansom sts., 215-567-4662.

Joan Shepp
At the city’s legendary couture destination Joan Shepp, browse of-the-moment fashions by Comme des Garçons, Rick Owens and Opening Ceremony. 1616 Walnut St., 215-735-2666.

Kiki Hughes
Stepping into Kiki Hughes’ inviting, earthy shop is like stepping into a whimsical dream closet, brimming with effortlessly chic, wearable apparel in sizes from 0 to 20. Score one of Sympli’s fall designs, which, explains Hughes, “are glamorous, but you’ll feel like you’re wearing PJs.” 259 S. 21st St., 215-546-1534.

Independence is celebrated in the historic, artistic Old City district. Walk a few blocks south to find the eclectic and edgy shops on South Street.

Art in the Age
This rustic-meetsurban store offers hip, hard-to-find indie designers. For men, expect outerwear from NSF and shirts by Gitman Brothers. For women, look for Wren dresses and rompers from Popomomo. 116 N. Third St., 215-922- 2600.

Vintage and contemporary looks blend seamlessly at Sugarcube. Co-owner Elisa Buratto (a former vintage buyer for Urban Outfitters) has created a minimalist-yet-welcoming space. Expect Pendleton leather goods, Tracy Reese dresses and denim by Levi’s Vintage Clothing. 124 N. Third St., 215-238-0825.