Washington, D.C.

Charm Georgetown

Georgetown’s latest jewelry destination has a really well-balanced mix of black-tie and everyday pieces—and the twinkling array of colorful crystal statement earrings and delicate stone pendants include many under-$100 options.

2910 M St. NW, 202-298-0420, charmgeorgetown.com


Whether or not you can afford Nancy Pearlstein's assemblage of cutting-edge European fashion, her gorgeously uncluttered Cady's Alley store is a must-hit—the suspended bamboo racks dangling with Marni and Balenciaga are just that stunning.

3312 Cady's Alley NW, 202-333-5343, relishdc.com


At this new addition to the vintage promenade that is U Street, Yvette Freeman sells lovingly refurbished, reasonably priced 20th-century estate-sale furniture and industrial signage. Recently spotted: a pair of cowhide-covered director’s chairs for $525.

1522 U St. NW, 571-277-5245, foundrybyfreeman.com

Ginger Root Design

Recycling-minded seamstresses Kristen Swensen and Erin Derge transform secondhand ties and fabrics into profoundly cute ascot-esque accents and bloomer shorts. They'll also redesign your most unflattering garments (yes, heinous bridesmaid dresses, this means you).

1530 U St. NW. , 202-567-7668, gingerrootdesign.com

Good Wood

Clever vignettes—'50s tables piled with books, antique vanities strewn with distressed mirrored trays—at this vintage furniture mainstay make you feel like you’ve scored an invitation to somebody’s very cool loft.

1428 U St. NW, 202-986-3640, goodwooddc.com

Hu's Wear

Marlene Hu Aldaba, who also owns designer footwear spot Hu's Shoes across the street, has created here a gorgeously spare spot filled with the designer pieces to match: Proenza Schouler striped peplum jackets, hot pink Alexander McQueen minis—it's the perfect mix of youthful and classic.

2906 M St. NW, 202-
342-2020, husonline.com

Legendary Beast

It's only open on weekends, so plan accordingly; this vintage jewelry trove is worth it. What looks like chaos—jumbles of necklaces, piles of rings—is actually an amazing gallery carefully organized by style and era. Find everything from '20s emerald earrings to ornate Renaissance-revival cuffs to '70s disco bling.

1520 U St. NW, 202-797-1234, legendarybeast.com

Lettie Gooch

Hip non-profiteers and budget-minded GW students stock up on printed Harlyn dresses, slouchy tops by The Podolls and 49 Square Miles leather satchels at this cozy shop, where owner Theresa Watts provides both thoughtful fashion counsel and cookies.

1517 U St. NW, 202-332-4242, lettiegooch.com

M29 Lifestyle

Yes, it's a hotel gift shop (owned by the neighboring Four Seasons), but M29 offers way more than postcards: ethnic-print duffels, colorful wrap bracelets and punchy coffee-table books.

2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202-295-2829, facebook.com/M29lifestyle


A weird hybrid that's worked for years, this showroom-esque space offers both sleek South Asian furniture and high-end contemporary wear from 3.1 Phillip Lim and Vivienne Westwood.

14th St. NW, 202-667-3440, muleh.com


All rocker, all the time: With racks of sleeveless tunics, slinky slit-knee cigarette trousers and a soundtrack blaring the latest from bands like Bombay Bicycle Club and Gauntlet Hair, ex-DJ/owner Lori Parkerson will have you updating your wardrobe and iPod simultaneously.

1810 14th St. NW, 202-332-7447, redeemus.com

Rue 14

Our favorite D.C. denim outpost stocks Kasil and J Brand jeans and the Eryn Brinié tops and Sol Angeles blazers we like to wear with them. Faded American flags and antique sewing machines enhance the laid-back Americana-ness of it all.

1803 14th St. NW, 202-462-6200, rue14.com


If Elle Woods were a store she would be Sassanova, an all-pink shoe boutique where cheery crystal chandeliers illuminate shelves of Kate Spade bow pumps and jeweled Oscar de la Renta sandals.

1641 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-471-4400, sassanova.com


There are '70s Chanel jackets for the luxury collector, funky button-downs for the vintage-savvy twentysomething and a wall of gently worn YSL boots and Tory Burch flats that appeals to all.

1525 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-621-7500, taridc.com


This brick-walled shop pulls off the "vintage fused with new stuff" concept with a mix of thrifted sweater coats, R.P. Miller striped T-shirts and art deco rings from Lithics—and the fastidiously organized lineup offers a pleasant reprieve from the cluttered feel of neighboring vintage shops.

1843 14th St. NW, Second Fl., 202-506-6908, shoptreasury.com


A trip to this purple-walled Adams Morgan boutique yields a complete night-out ensemble—on a Capitol Hill intern’s budget. Party attire like paneled miniskirts, slick envelope clutches and drapey tops rolls in at well under $100.

2439 18th St. NW, 202-621-9225, violetdc.com