by Lauren Sloat - 260 Reviews - 86 List
The shops in Washington, D.C., have grown trendier with the city's national social status--D.C. having now been featured on such venerable TV shows as "The Real World" and "The Real Housewives.? From unique, locally owned stores and boutiques to best-selling national chains, there are now more new shops and stores in the district than ever before. (Pictured: Charm)
Updated: September 08, 2010
This Georgetown jewelry, gifts and accessories boutique carries a carefully edited selection of the most classic and on-trend accoutrements for the stylish. Owner Jaclyn Mason hand-selects every piece the shop sells, which range from $18 costume jewelry to gems worth thousands.
It's been a long-awaited addition to the Wisconsin Avenue shops, but Georgetown's Apple store has finally arrived. In addition to selling computers, iPods and other Apple gear, there's the genius bar for troubleshooting, plus workshops that teach you how to use Apple hardware and software.
Adding to the 14th Street design district, Room & Board brings modern, chic furniture--from desk chairs to patio gear--to the historic R.L. Taylor Building, which has a history of housing American-made goods, dating back to 1919 when it was a Ford Motors showroom.
Replacing West Elm in the historic Woodies building in downtown D.C. (Woodward & Lothrop was D.C.'s first department store), Forever 21 joins neighboring shop H&M as one of the area's premier spots for affordable, mass-produced trendy clothing.
This upscale women's clothing boutique in Friendship Heights carries labels such as ADAM, Alice + Olivia, Milly, Tibi and Catherine Malandrino. At the helm is the store's namesake, a former corporate securities attorney and sixth-generation Washingtonian from Chevy Chase, a town that knows a thing or two about designer labels.
A much-anticipated addition to the Potomac Mills outlet mall, this discounted version of the upscale department store is the first in the country. The 22,000-square-foot space sells excess merchandise and clearance items from the regular stores at 40 to 60 percent off.
Another new stop for fashionistas on the lookout for a good deal, the Arlington location of Nordstrom's discount shop is yet another destination for Pentagon City shoppers. Find surplus and sale items from the upscale retailer at big markdowns.