The holidays are right around the corner, meaning it’s time to prepare for those holiday get togethers. Office cocktails, family dinners and friendly extravaganzas call for special attire – because holiday parties only come once a year. Party outfits often include a certain aspect of celebratory sparkle: glitter, sequins and metallics are in order. Remember, it’s always stylish to be frugal when shopping. Start by saving a little money this season by purchasing accessories that are neutral and can be worn with multiple outfits.
2529 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201
Upscale consignment boutiques often get overlooked by shoppers. There are hidden gems in consignment shops. Although clothing is technically second hand, items are only slightly worn and thoroughly inspected by employees before reselling. Clothing and accessories for sale include both men’s and women’s attire. Visit the store with time to spare, as merchandise is abundant and a great find requires extra picking. Current Boutique has four locations: Bethesda, Arlington, Alexandria and Logan Circle.
1802 Wisconsin Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
Located in the booming neighborhood of Georgetown, Everard’s is an ideal store for those who are in need of a sophisticated, tailored ensemble. Women can browse fun, well-constructed evening dresses while men sift through fitted shirts and luxurious ties. Available designers are unique to the area, meaning clothing purchased will be rather exclusive. Everard’s is known for the perfect fit, as a tailor is on site. Staff is extra knowledgable and helpful.
3005 M St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
Hu’s is the ultimate stop for those who appreciate designer duds and enjoy extravagance. There is a Hu’s Wear location in Georgetown, mainly clothing, and Hu’s Shoes just down the street, which is an ideal accessories destination. Pumps and evening shoes are quite expensive, but definitely make a statement and are guaranteed to be long-lasting. Quality over quantity is the mindset to have when walking int Hu’s Shoes. The Hu’s Shoes space is welcoming and the store resembles a hip showroom.
1510 U St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
Vintage clothing has never been so chic. Owners of the quaint U Street store Junction search far and wide to assemble the curated collection of vintage and contemporary clothing and accessories. Men can find suits like no other – think velvet or plaid. The women’s assortment has something for all styles. Price points are reasonable and inventory changes each week. If vintage is not your thing, give it a try because the items are truly one of a kind, guaranteeing no one else at your work function will be donning the same printed pants.
1350 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
This Dupont boutique is eclectic and absolutely delightful. In preparation of a jam-packed holiday party schedule, pop into Proper Topper for noteworthy jewelry – handmade and delicate artisan jewelry is mixed with trendy and classic pieces. Consider mixing jewelry that is not too formal with your party outfit, so you can wear it for more casual events all year long. Between browsing, men and women can find quirky hats and handbags.
Kelly Johnston is a freelance writer living in D.C. She graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Fashion Retail and Merchandising and a minor in Journalism. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.