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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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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 Nina McLemore recently opened a flagship shop in Chevy Chase. [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, Saks Jandel also carries high-end designers like Cushnie et Ochs. [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. Nana/Bits of Thread

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1794 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, DC 20009
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]

9. 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]

10. 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]

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. 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 unique, high-end options. [Photo]

14. 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

15. 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]

16. 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]

17. Jaryam

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1531 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-6886
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Find fancy European lingerie brands like La Perla and Huit at this girly hideaway. [Photo]

18. 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]

19. 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]

20. 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]

21. 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. [Photo]

22. 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]

23. 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 options. [Photo]

24. 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]

25. 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.

26. 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]

27. 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]

28. denim bar

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1101 S Joyce St
Arlington, VA 22202
(703) 414-8202
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Denim Bar takes the pain out of jean shopping with options for both men and women. [Photo]

29. Zoe Boutique

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130 S Union St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(571) 970-6324
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Alexandria's friendly neighborhood boutique Zoe carries designers like Velvet and Trina Turk. [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. 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]

32. Gossypia

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325 Cameron St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 836-6969
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Everything from casual wedding dresses to Day of the Dead decorations can be found in this Alexandria shop. [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]

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 Nina McLemore recently opened a flagship shop in Chevy Chase. [Photo]
5310 Western Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

4. Saks Jandel

5510 Wisconsin Ave, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Known for their exclusive bridal boutique, Saks Jandel also carries high-end designers like Cushnie et Ochs. [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. Nana/Bits of Thread

1794 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009
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]
1794 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, DC 20009

9. Lou Lou Clothing

1623 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20009