Best Places to Go Back-to-School Shopping in D.C.

August 26, 2014 8:00 AM

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While Christmas is often viewed as the most wonderful time of the year, the kids going back to school may come in as a close second for many parents. Help your kid get in the back-to-school spirit with the help of a wardrobe overhaul. Whether your child is a fashionista or an environmentally savvy student, check out these best places to go back-to-school shopping in D.C. and reinvent your child’s wardrobe today.

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

Trend setters will love Violet Boutique, a hip, popular downtown D.C. clothing store that features flirty and feminine clothing. Browse the latest styles in shirts, skirts, dresses, hats and pants. Violet Boutique also features a beautiful selection of accessories including necklaces, earrings, bags, bracelets and watches. All items available at the shop are priced below $100, perfect for families on a budget. Violet Boutique also offers complimentary styling sessions, perfect to help your child find the right clothes for the upcoming school year, fancy formal event or simply to reinvent their look.

1781 Florida Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 265-1155

Kick off the new school year with a new pair of kicks. Commonwealth offers a wide selection of cool sneakers that’s guaranteed to meet any kid’s style. Choose from a variety of popular brands including New Balance, Nike, Vans, Stussy and Asics. This hip shoe store also sells shirts, shorts, jeans, pants, hats, sweatshirts, jackets and accessories. Commonwealth is also known for its in-store events including exhibitions, artist promotions and parties. The shop has also garnered national attention, making it on Detail Magazine’s Best Stores in America list.

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Tangerine Concepts
2643 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 652-1461

At Tangerine Concepts, your pre-teen and teen daughter will find all the latest looks without breaking the bank. Shop cute dresses, shirts, pants and skirts. Trade in your dorky backpack for a gorgeous bag. Or, turn heads with a bright printed chiffon top. Tangerine Concepts also sells clutches and scarves. If you’re a real bargain hunter, head to the back of the shop and find outfits on sale for 30 to 50 percent off. With a style similar to Bloomingdale’s, Tangerine Concepts may even appeal to women in their 20s and 30s too.

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

Make sure your little one is ready for preschool with a trip to Full of Beans – a clothing, toys and accessories shop for infants through size 14. Shop adorable outfits, skirts, pajamas, shirts and pants. Pick up a trendy Polo shirt for the little boy in your life. Or snag a sweet tulle tutu for your little princess. Full of Beans also offers shoes, bibs, socks and kimonos as well as books, tea sets, stuffed animals and old school games.

Buffalo Exchange
1318 14th St. NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 299-9148

Shop for the environmentalist in your life by paying a visit to Buffalo Exchange, a clothing store that minimizes environmental pollution and exemplifies “being green” by selling recycled fashion. Much of the clothing available at the shop features designer brands as well as vintage and one-of-a-kind styles. While recycled fashion may bring up images of bell bottoms and tacky t-shirts, the clothing available at Buffalo Exchange is always in style. With a wide selection of shirts, pants, skirts, hats and accessories, both boys and girls can update their closet at Buffalo Exchange.

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Susan Diranian is a freelance writer living in Ashburn, VA. She is covering Travel & Outdoors. Her work can be found at

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