The District has its own sense of style, influenced by professionals that come from all over the world. DC’s style reflects metropolitan sensibilities with inspirations similar to those of other East Coast cities like New York as well as those from the West Coast like Los Angeles. That style sits alongside and more often than not is infused with traditional clothing aesthetics and classic americana. And DC’s hyper international and cosmopolitan nature ensures vibrancy with stylistic components inspired by and imported from Europe, Africa, South America, Asia and nearly every other point on the globe. As a first introduction to DC’s fashion scene, check out our list of seven DC area women’s clothing boutiques that you won’t find anywhere else.
14th st / u street cooridor / logan circle
Minimalist takes on a new meaning with Redeem. Comparable to brands like All Saints and Rag & Bone in terms of style, Redeem stocks a selection of refreshingly dark colors, clean lines and “vintage” metal jewelry. You won’t find anything remotely preppy or Lilly Pulitzer-esque here, but if black on black with a touch of gold (jewelry) is your thing, Redeem is a definite can’t-miss. Check out pieces from their latest collection.
It’s all about comfort, patterns and femininity with Willow. Founded by sisters Julie and Jill Wineinger, Willow is a lot like Francesca in the geometric patterns, large cardigans, floral flared dresses and chunky statement necklaces that make up much of its inventory. The clothes are meant to flatter and enhance the feminine form without sacrificing the working women’s comfort, hence the pastel blazers and patterned dresses. The bright colors and skirts favored by Willow are perfect for spring, so make sure to stock up! Take a look at some of their recent stock.
Georgetown (formerly adams morgan)
“With Violet, shopping in DC is colorful again.”
You don’t make such a bold statement without bold clothes to back it up. Fortunately for Violet, its clothes are bright and eye-catching, sometimes even daring. The boutique plays around with texture, color, patterns and cut in a way other clothing boutiques don’t. Interestingly, Violet Boutique also has a personal styling service as a way for women to try out the newest styles of the season. See more of Violet Boutique’s clothing.
There’s no single word that can describe the style at Lettie Gooch, and that’s exactly how the independent boutique wants it. Lettie Gooch is proud to carry independent clothes from emerging local designers that are both wearable and stylish. You can find everything from gray jumpsuits to loud peasant blouses to jean jackets – the one thing they all have in common is that all the clothes sold are designed for maximum comfort. See what they have to offer.
Nubian Hueman is a different sort of store that puts an ethnic twist on all their clothes. African prints and traditional materials are used to create their look . Although Nubian Hueman is primarily a clothing boutique, they also carry lines of skin products – lotions, cremes, cleansers – and scents. Take a look at some of their most recent clothing goods.
Easily the priciest boutique on this list, Hu’s Wear carries designer brands like Chloé, Alexander McQueen, Céline, Junya Watanabe, DSquared2, among others. Owner Marlene Hu Aldaba travels the globe, handpicking creative designs from luxury lines to sell in Hu’s Wear. Every item in the boutique is one-of-a-kind, and at the prices she asks you’re sure to be guaranteed quality too. And if you’re looking for that killer pair of heels, Hu’s Shoes is located within one block of Hu’s Wear. Check out Hu’s Wear’s latest clothing selection.
Take 5 is what you get after you add the “five essential looks of woman” – stylish, chic, elegant, modern and sexy – or that’s what Take 5 aims to embody. True to its motto, Take 5 carries a mature selection of styles, although their color palette tends to stay within the black, gray, white and beige range. The clothes are loose and modern, with deep vs and culottes dominating most of their spring line. These are definitely clothes you can wear both at home and to work. Browse their inventory.