As the weather slowly gets warmer, spring clean your closet. An updated and full wardrobe is essential and makes life less complicated. Learn to dress for your body type – find the silhouette and style that works for you and buy one in every color. Visit these local DC boutiques for exclusive spring-line shopping. Allow the helpful sales teams to act as your personal wardrobe consultants and guide you through 2013’s hottest fashions. It won’t hurt to do a little research prior to shopping to get a feel of what you’re looking for and what you need. Take risks and think outside the box with your choices – after all, clothing choices reflect personality.
1224 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Betsy Fisher specializes in office-appropriate, contemporary clothing for the women of Washington, DC. “I quickly found that it wasn’t just women my age who were interested in something besides severe suits with broad shoulders and silk blouses with floppy bow ties; women across the age spectrum found fashions by Nicole Miller, Anna Sui, Nanette Lepore and Jenne Maag a stylish answer to what to wear to the office,” said namesake store owner Betsy Fisher. This spring, the store is happy to welcome well-known European designer Save The Queen. Also, keep an eye out for quirky accessories at Betsy Fisher like colorful shoes from Australian brand Rollie. Fisher divulged what she is excited for this spring, “The best word for spring is crisp. Stretch cotton predominates in suiting, and shorter one-button jackets are the most common silhouettes. Strong bold blues take us from last fall through this spring and all the way into next fall, too.
2160 Crystal Drive
Arlington, VA 22202
Crystal Boutique opened over four decades ago and has catered to the workingwomen of DC ever since. “Crystal Boutique has evolved from a tiny shop to become a full-line specialty shop with the feeling of a small boutique,” said owner Joel Cohen. The top-selling brands at Crystal Boutique are Lafayette 148 New York, Joseph Ribkoff and J’envie. Those names may sound unfamiliar, as the boutique houses designers unique to the area. Gerry Weber is a new designer Crystal Boutique will carry this spring. His collection of sportswear and dresses are available in an array of chic styles and colors. The employees at Crystal Boutique work as personal shoppers to every customer and understand what it takes to build a comprehensive wardrobe. “Our market is a stylish and youthful-thinking woman from 35 and up,” Cohen said of his customers. “This is a completely ignored demographic. This is a customer with a definite need for clothes that fit and have the color and the edge that she is looking for.” The Crystal Boutique slogan to live by: your clothes, your style, your color, your way.
1803A 14th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
Jeans are a wardrobe staple because they are wearable and suitable year round. Rue 14, located in the hip and up-and-coming U Street corridor, has a superior denim collection for both men and women. Women’s brands include the iconic J. Brand and H by Hudson, while men’s brands include Gant and Nudie Jeans.
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1647 Wisconsin Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
Later this year, Sherman Pickey will celebrate a decade of dressing the classic yet modern men and women of DC. The average garment at Sherman Pickey costs $100 and the store prides itself on having a selection that can appeal to a shopping family. “Our greatest success is when a mother, daughter and grandmother shop and all find something that they love,” said manager Kristin Fitzgerald. The newest designer addition to Sherman Pickey is flirty, feminine designer Nanette Lepore. Saint James, a nautical French company, is another fitting addition to the ever-growing selection. “We are very excited about the sailor stripe phenomenon. Classic French navy and white stripes will be available in dresses, tops and skirts. The beauty is the way our designers have modernized this ultra classic look and made it very current,” said Fitzgerald. Stayed tuned to the Sherman Pickey website, as it is launching online shopping this spring.
1626 Wisconsin Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
Another Georgetown destination, Urban Chic is located across the street from Sherman Pickey. The store’s new arrivals for spring boast beloved designers like dressy Cynthia Steffe and casual Splendid. Visit Urban Chic for both men’s and women’s clothing and accessories.