Best Local Boutiques For Back To School Clothes Shopping In Washington DC

July 30, 2013 8:00 AM

Photo Credit: Thinkstock

Photo Credit: Thinkstock

Photo Credit: Thinkstock

With July winding down and lazy August days on the horizon, it is almost that time of year to start thinking about back-to-school shopping again. The DC area has lots of great places to shop for back-to-school gear to keep your kids looking fashionable throughout the year. Here are some of the best places to buy all of your back-to-school needs and avoid the massive lines and chaos at some of the larger chain stores.

Violet Boutique
2439 18th St.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 621-9225

Pulling your hair out trying to find a local store that has some great style finds for that hard-to-please tween age bracket? Look no further than Violet Boutique. Carrying a variety of clothing, shoes and accessories, Violet Boutique operates under the mantra that “fashion should be fun” and it aims to provide a fun and flirty environment where shoppers are encouraged to experiment and try that latest look they are in love with in the pages of Teen Vogue or Elle. Geared more toward the teen audience, Violet is the perfect stop for finding those unique pieces that will help your back-to-school shopper find their own unique sense of personal style.

Urban Chic
1626 Wisconsin Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 338-5398

Tailored to the stylish teen in the family, Urban Chic is a clothing store that carries trendy styles that are bound to make a statement come the first day back to school. Carrying a variety of brands, including Vince, Tibi, Free People and Rebecca Minkoff, and regularly recognized as a favorite clothing boutique by both DC and Baltimore publications, everyone will undoubtedly find something for that first day back.

Full of Beans
3813 Livingston St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20015
(202) 362-8566

Targeted at the younger crowd, Full of Beans is your best choice if your kids are looking for something fun and funky to wear on their first day back. Well worth a visit, the unique boutique carries a wide selection of designer clothing including Cakewalk, Baby Lulu and Cherrytree outerwear. Named by Daily Candy as one of its “favorite kids shops” in 2012, Full of Beans offers a refreshing break from the more mainstream children’s chain stores, with clothing selections hand-picked for their individuality, comfort and quality. And if the back-to-school frenzy has you scrambling, the owner is normally on hand and more than happy to give her expert advice. Bonus: if the kids are being extremely well behaved, the store also carries a variety of old-fashioned and creative toys.

My Best Friend’s Closet
9735 Traville Gateway Drive
Rockville, MD 20850
(301) 340-3233

A trendy resale boutique for tweens, teens, juniors and young adults, My Best Friend’s Closet has a wide variety of new and gently used brand name clothing, dresses, shoes, purses, jewelry and accessories. A stop at this unique boutique is a must for the back-to-school shopper that is looking to get a bang for their buck and score some of the most current labels without any guilt. For the savvy back-to-school shopper, paying a visit to My Best Friend’s Closet can also have you walking out with cash in your own pocket for a change. While shopping for your own back-to-school style needs, shoppers can also cash in on selling their back-to-school threads from previous years. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.

Related: Frugal Fashion: Back To School On A Budget

Matthew Scott is a freelance writer covering all things Washington DC. His work can be found on

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