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

Nina McLemore

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Georgetown-based designer Nina McLemore opened a flagship shop to call her own in Chevy Chase last year. [Photo]

Saks Jandel

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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]

Julia Farr, LLC Boutique

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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]

Sassanova Shoes & Accessories

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

Violet Boutique

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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]

Lou Lou Clothing

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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]

Lou Lou

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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]

emporiumDNA

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Rebecca Minkoff and so many other brands found a home in Dupont with the opening of EmporiumDNA this year. [Image: R. Lopez]

Proper Topper

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A shopping mainstay in Washington since 1990, Proper Topper offers more than just hats, selling gifts, clothing, and accessories. [Photo]
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]

Caramel Boutique

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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]
14th Street veteran Muleh offers high design for both fashion and furniture, with a gallery-like approach. [Photo]

Lettie Gooch Boutique

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On U Street, Lettie Gooch boutique keeps things fun and funky with pony hair oxfords and tough moto jackets. [Photo
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]

Read Wall

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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]

Britt Ryan

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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]
Stop in this Book Hill boutique for clothing and jewelry at a variety of price points. [Photo]

Urban Chic

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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]

M29 Lifestyle

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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]
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]

Hu's Shoes

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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]

Hu's Wear

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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]
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]
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.

Hugh & Crye Shirtmakers

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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]

South Moon Under

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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]

denim bar

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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]

Gossip on 23rd

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Since 2007, Gossip on 23rd Street has stocked affordable women's clothing in Arlington. [Photo]
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]

Periwinkle

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Periwinkle is a place to shop for happy, colorful threads from designers like Nanette Lepore and Cynthia Steffe. [Photo]

Bloomers

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The focus at Bloomers is fun basics and loungewear, not lingerie. [Photo]

Hysteria

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Sweaters, shoes, hostess gifts, and more can all be found at Alexandria's Hysteria boutique. [Photo]

She's Unique

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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]

Bishop Boutique

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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]

The Lucky Knot

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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]

The Shoe Hive

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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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Style Etoille

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

Ginger

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]

Nina McLemore

Georgetown-based designer Nina McLemore opened a flagship shop to call her own in Chevy Chase last year. [Photo]

Saks Jandel