The perfect accessory can make all the difference in making your outfit a success or miss. And while the summer heat may have you wanting to take off all your clothes, these five DC stores have the summer accessories that you’ll want to leave on. We have found five great local shopping options where you are bound to find the right accessory – from sunglasses to bangles – that will elevate your summer ensembles.
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1350 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
First opening its doors in 1990, this whimsical little hat-centered shop has quickly risen in the ranks on the DC boutique scene. Not limiting itself to newsboys and berets, you’ll be able to find both men’s and women’s hats and a quirky selection of women’s and men’s accessories. Proper Topper also has an excellent jewelry selection, where you are bound to find a unique piece to spruce up your summer outfit.
2910 M St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
Located in one of the best shopping areas in the District, Charm is a perfect addition to the Georgetown shopping scene. Owner Jaclyn Mason has filled Charm with an eclectic selection of jewelry, a reflection of her own personal style combining the laid-back flair of LA with the trendiness of New York City, but tailored to DC’s conservative take on style and fashion. At Charm, you will be able to find everything from a tribal bib necklace to the ideal statement bangle to pair with your summer maxi. A few standout brands Charm carries are Alexis Bittar and Kendra Scott.
1831 14th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
Muléh is one of the District’s more unique boutiques and a quickly rising favorite for fashion-forward shoppers. At Muléh, furniture fuses with fashion in one of the most sophisticated and unique retail experiences in Washington. Don’t let the statement sofas and chairs in the front fool you, Muléh has a variety of accessory picks that will have you breaking the bank before you leave. It tucks away the clothing and accessory racks in back, where you can find edgy Vivienne Westwood dresses and 3.1 Phillip Lim separates, but the real treat is the mix of statement necklaces and one-of-a-kind bags that you can find. Lizzie Fortunato Jewels statement necklaces and Mulberry bags are just a few of the lines that Muléh carries and you will end up carrying out.
3312 Cady’s Alley N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
Tucked away in the heart of Cady’s Alley, Relish offers two floors of beautifully outfitted stylish yet refined pieces, a must for any man or woman with a sophisticated taste. The vision of owner Nancy Pearlstein, the shoes and accessories she features have been handpicked from cities such as Milan, London, Paris and Tokyo, all adhering to Relish’s clean lines, unique color palette and sexy nonchalant aesthetic. Shoppers at Relish will not be disappointed and will undoubtedly find the perfect piece to enhance their summer ensembles.
Stella & Dot
Sarah Field, Independent Stylist
If the summer heat has you parked in front of the nearest air conditioner, then this next pick may be perfect for you. Stella & Dot may not have a storefront, but what it does offer is convenience and a vast selection of boutique-style jewelry and accessories available exclusively through in-home trunk shows by Independent Stylist. If you are in need of an accessory reboot for the summer, waste no time in reaching out to the District’s stylist Sarah Field, who will be able to put together a dazzling trunk show for you and your friends to shop for some of the hottest summer accessory trends from the comfort of your air-conditioned home. A few great pieces Stella & Dot offers include the “Getaway” bag ideal for any summer trip to the beach or pool and the coral-hued Olivia bib necklace, perfect for sprucing up any day or night summer outfit. You can also contact Sarah on Facebook.
Matthew Scott is a freelance writer covering all things Washington DC. His work can be found on Examiner.com.