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Welcome to our inaugural list of the top 38 indie shops in Washington, D.C. Big brands are moving into the Washington area constantly, but today we are showcasing our town's creativity and celebrating the independent, local boutiques that make shopping in D.C. so much fun. 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.

Click through to check out our list of 38 boutiques, and we want to hear your thoughts. 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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Style Etoille

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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 Nina McLemore recently opened a flagship shop in Chevy Chase. [Photo]

Saks Jandel

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Known for their exclusive bridal boutique, Saks Jandel also carries high-end designers like Cushnie et Ochs. [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]

Nana/Bits of Thread

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After almost 10 years, designer Jackie Flanagan closed her D.C. shop Nana, but the brand's sweet and easy-to-wear clothes are on sale online, with regular trunk shows and events at Bits of Thread. [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]

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]
14th Street veteran Muleh offers high design for both fashion and furniture, with unique, high-end options. [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]

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]
Find fancy European lingerie brands like La Perla and Huit at this girly hideaway. [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. [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 options. [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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Denim Bar takes the pain out of jean shopping with options for both men and women. [Photo]

Zoe Boutique

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Alexandria's friendly neighborhood boutique Zoe carries designers like Velvet and Trina Turk. [Photo

Gossip on 23rd

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

Periwinkle

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

Gossypia

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Everything from casual wedding dresses to Day of the Dead decorations can be found in this Alexandria shop. [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]

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 Nina McLemore recently opened a flagship shop in Chevy Chase. [Photo]

Saks Jandel

Known for their exclusive bridal boutique, Saks Jandel also carries high-end designers like Cushnie et Ochs. [Photo]

Julia Farr, LLC Boutique

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

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