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Here Are Washington, D.C.'s 38 Best Independent Boutiques

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It's time to update our list of the top 38 indie shops in Washington, D.C., in which we celebrate the independent, local boutiques that make shopping in D.C. special. For the Indie 38, we're focusing on places to shop for clothing and accessories, and to keep the numbers more manageable, we've excluded consignment and vintage shops. For this edition, we're bidding a fond farewell to soon-to-close Zoe Boutique and hello to the new ANTHOM shop, which just opened at Mosaic District. Read Wall, EmporiumDNA, and Caramel are also newbies to the Indie 38 this time around.

Click through to check out our list of 38 boutiques, listed in order from north to south. Is there a shop you'd like to see on the Indie 38? Let us know in the comments and we'll consider it for the next update. You can also email us at dc@racked.com.


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1. Style Etoille

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1701 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 770-4218
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Edgy, totally on-trend women's clothing and accessories from designers like IRO, Whit, and Lovers + Friends make this Maryland shop a destination. [Photo]

2. Ginger

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7114 Bethesda Lane
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 664-9242
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In Bethesda, Ginger's selection of au courant clothing and accessories covers shoppers from the workday to cocktail hour. Bonus: find perfect hostess gifts too. [Photo]

3. Nina McLemore

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5310 Western Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
(301) 951-1111
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Georgetown-based designer Nina McLemore opened a flagship shop to call her own in Chevy Chase last year. [Photo]

4. Saks Jandel

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5510 Wisconsin Ave
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
(301) 652-2650
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Known for their exclusive bridal boutique, the very elegant Saks Jandel also carries high-end designers like Cushnie et Ochs, Reed Krakoff, and Valentino. This is the place D.C. goes to get seriously dressed up. [Photo]

5. Julia Farr, LLC Boutique

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44th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20015
(202) 364-3277
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Designers like Alice + Olivia, Black Halo, Kara Ross, and Julia Farr's own collection can all be found in this luxurious boutique. [Photo]

6. Sassanova Shoes & Accessories

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7134 Bethesda Ln
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 654-7403
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Sassanova specializes in attention-getting shoes, selling designer options from Bettye Muller, Sophia Webster, and more. [Photo]

7. Violet Boutique

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2439 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 621-9225
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There are so many cute tops — and dresses, and pants, and bags— at Violet Boutique, with prices that are gentle on your wallet. [Photo]

8. Lou Lou Clothing

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1623 Connecticut Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 817-3089
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Earlier this year, local accessories chain Lou Lou expanded into clothing in Washington, D.C., offering boho and glam pieces at the new Dupont Circle shop. [Photo]

9. Lou Lou

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1601 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 588-0027
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It seems like there is a Lou Lou on every corner lately, perhaps because their formula of budget-friendly jewelry and accessories organized by color really caught on with shoppers. [Photo]

10. emporiumDNA

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1666 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20009
Rebecca Minkoff and so many other brands found a home in Dupont with the opening of EmporiumDNA this year. [Image: R. Lopez]

11. Proper Topper

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1350 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 842-3055
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A shopping mainstay in Washington since 1990, Proper Topper offers more than just hats, selling gifts, clothing, and accessories. [Photo]

12. Redeem

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1810 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 332-7447
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Tough urban streetwear has a gorgeous home in Redeem, which just moved a few doors down to a giant space on 14th Street. Find brands like Modern Vice, Oak, Religion, Funktional, and options from local D.C. designers. [Photo]

13. Caramel Boutique

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1603 U St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20009
(202) 265-1930
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After a brief hiatus, Caramel is back on U Street. But it's only open on the weekends, so plan a Saturday of shopping for affordable and ethical frocks from unique brands like Dear Creatures and Three Stones Clothing. [Image]

14. Muleh

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1831 14th St NW
Washington, DC
(202) 667-3440
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14th Street veteran Muleh offers high design for both fashion and furniture, with a gallery-like approach. [Photo]

15. Lettie Gooch Boutique

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1517 U St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 332-4242
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On U Street, Lettie Gooch boutique keeps things fun and funky with pony hair oxfords and tough moto jackets. [Photo

16. Mutiny

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52 O St NW
Washington, DC
Email to make an appointment at the cool and cozy workshop of D.C.-based e-tailer Mutiny, which sells carefully crafted menswear pieces, apothecary items, and paper goods. [Photo: R. Lopez]

17. Read Wall

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3143 N St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20007
(866) 798-3655
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Make an appointment with this D.C.-based menswear brand, and you'll get a one-on-one shopping experience, and they'll pour you a stiff drink too. Custom shirting and trousers are a great bet here. [Image courtesy of Read Wall]

18. Britt Ryan

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1625 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 808-2408
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Designer Britt Ryan moved from Boston to Washington, and opened up an eponymous boutique in upper Georgetown stocked with clothing in chevrons and bright colors. [Photo]

19. Duo

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1624 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington
DC, DC 20007
(202) 652-0837
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Stop in this Book Hill boutique for clothing and jewelry at a variety of price points. [Photo]

20. Urban Chic

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1626 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 338-5398
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Trendy, long-running boutique Urban Chic on Wisconsin Avenue sells everything from Hunter boots to cocktail party dresses. Find established brands and emerging designers. [Photo]

21. M29 Lifestyle

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2800 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 295-2829
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At M29 Lifestyle's lofty space near the Four Seasons, shop pieces from hard-to-find-in-D.C. designers like accessories by Chan Luu and clothing by INHABIT, White + Warren, and Antik Batik. [Image: R. Lopez]

22. Charm

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2910 M St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 298-0420
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Shop for statement-making jewelry in a gorgeous space, right on M Street. Charm now has a shop-in-shop within Reddz Trading in Bethesda too. [Photo]

23. Hu's Shoes

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3005 M St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 342-0202
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If you want to obsess over unique designer shoes, Hu's Shoes is the place. Find shoes from the likes of Givenchy, Isabel Marant, Charlotte Olympia, and more. [Photo]

24. Hu's Wear

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2906 M St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 342-2020
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Across the street from Hu's Shoes, Hu's Wear is just as exclusive, with gorgeous designer handbags and wardrobe-making clothing from cool new designers and fashion royalty. It's a spendy fashion dream here, with Proenza Schouler bags and Yigal Azrouel dresses, for example. [Photo]

25. Wink

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3109 M Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 338-9465
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Don't miss this basement shop on M Street. If you've seen it on a fashion blogger, it's probably at Wink, which boasts brands like Clover Canyon, Rebecca Taylor, Dolce Vita, and many more. [Photo]

26. Relish

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3312 Cady's Alley Northwest
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-5343
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The airy, sprawling boutique Relish is designer paradise in Washington, with a stunning selection of clothing and accessories from the likes of Dries Van Noten, Marc Jacobs, Yōji Yamamoto, and Jil Sander.

27. Hugh & Crye Shirtmakers

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3212 O St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 250-3807
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Make an appointment at the showroom of online-based menswear outfitter Hugh & Crye, and you can shop their selection of perfectly-fitted dress shirts and more. [Photo]

28. South Moon Under

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2700 Clarendon Blvd, #R440
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 807-4083
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This regional chain's Clarendon location offers on-trend options for men and women at a variety of price points. [Photo]

29. denim bar

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1101 S Joyce St
Arlington, VA 22202
(703) 414-8202
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Arlington's Denim Bar has a new perspective, focusing on heritage and cool menswear brands like Nudie jeans and Imogene + Willie. [Photo]

30. Gossip on 23rd

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566 23rd St S
Arlington, VA 22202
(703) 920-1498
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Since 2007, Gossip on 23rd Street has stocked affordable women's clothing in Arlington. [Photo]

31. ANTHOM

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2910 District Ave #150
Fairfax, VA 22031
In very exciting news for Mosaic District, online brand ANTHOM opened their first shop earlier this month. The team constructed the interiors themselves, and it fits perfectly with their pared-down, artistic aesthetic. Find designers on the cutting edge here. [Image]

32. Periwinkle

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1557 Potomac Greens Dr
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 519-5242
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Periwinkle is a place to shop for happy, colorful threads from designers like Nanette Lepore and Cynthia Steffe. [Photo]

33. Bloomers

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924 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(571) 312-0852
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The focus at Bloomers is fun basics and loungewear, not lingerie. [Photo]

34. Hysteria

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125 South Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 548-1615
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Sweaters, shoes, hostess gifts, and more can all be found at Alexandria's Hysteria boutique. [Photo]

35. She's Unique

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205 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 836-8863
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Find dainty jewelry that makes an impact at She's Unique. Think geometric shapes, mid-finger rings, and stackable rings. [Photo]

36. Bishop Boutique

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815 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(571) 312-0042
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For those who obsess over bags and accessories, Bishop Boutique is a must-shop. Liven up your closet with options from Loeffler Randall, Milly, and LK Bennett. [Photo: Courtesy of Bishop Boutique]

37. The Lucky Knot

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101 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-1797
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For the proudly preppy, head to Lucky Knot on King Street, which offers clothing and accessories for both men and women. [Photo: Adele Chapin]

38. The Shoe Hive

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127 South Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 548-7105
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Fill your closet with classic styles from Kate Spade, Tory Burch, and more at this accessories hub. [Photo]

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1. Style Etoille

1701 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852
Edgy, totally on-trend women's clothing and accessories from designers like IRO, Whit, and Lovers + Friends make this Maryland shop a destination. [Photo]
1701 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852

2. Ginger

7114 Bethesda Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814
In Bethesda, Ginger's selection of au courant clothing and accessories covers shoppers from the workday to cocktail hour. Bonus: find perfect hostess gifts too. [Photo]
7114 Bethesda Lane
Bethesda, MD 20814

3. Nina McLemore

5310 Western Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Georgetown-based designer Nina McLemore opened a flagship shop to call her own in Chevy Chase last year. [Photo]
5310 Western Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

4. Saks Jandel

5510 Wisconsin Ave, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Known for their exclusive bridal boutique, the very elegant Saks Jandel also carries high-end designers like Cushnie et Ochs, Reed Krakoff, and Valentino. This is the place D.C. goes to get seriously dressed up. [Photo]
5510 Wisconsin Ave
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

5. Julia Farr, LLC Boutique

44th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20015
Designers like Alice + Olivia, Black Halo, Kara Ross, and Julia Farr's own collection can all be found in this luxurious boutique. [Photo]
44th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20015

6. Sassanova Shoes & Accessories

7134 Bethesda Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Sassanova specializes in attention-getting shoes, selling designer options from Bettye Muller, Sophia Webster, and more. [Photo]
7134 Bethesda Ln
Bethesda, MD 20814

7. Violet Boutique

2439 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
There are so many cute tops — and dresses, and pants, and bags— at Violet Boutique, with prices that are gentle on your wallet. [Photo]
2439 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

8. Lou Lou Clothing

1623 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20009