Whether you want to refresh your wardrobe for the upcoming year or want to find the perfect gift for your fashionable friend, shop local at these trendy boutiques.
By Megan Herr, Kate Oczypok, and Kristen Schott
Any shop filled with Hunter Bell’s “grandmillennial” patchwork coats and prairie-luxe frocks, Clare V.’s poppy crossbodies, and Ulla Johnson’s ultra-sleek wide belts is a store worth shopping. Its airy aesthetic puts the spotlight on the style (even upscale sweatshirts, like a puff-sleeved purple version from Sea, look ready for their big moment), and the helpful staff will help you find your perfect fit. The same can be said for sister spot The Shoe Hive. It’s just down the block and keeps you well-heeled in everything from how-are-sneakers-this-expensive Golden Goose to affordable Sam Edelman pumps. 301 Cameron St. (The Hive); 127 S. Fairfax St. (The Shoe Hive), Alexandria —K.S.
This nautical store leans into its steps-from-the-water setting in Old Town Alexandria—preppy plaid picks anchor nearly every shelf—but that’s why you come here with your out-of-town guests in tow. The boutique, which also has a Leesburg location, features relaxed Gretchen Scott dresses (in black, navy, and that ubiquitous tartan), looks from designers Vineyard Vines and Lilly Pulitzer, and locally branded apparel. For the gents? Holebrook sweaters and K. Bell’s amusing printed socks. Pick up a pair of Rainbow flip-flops for long-lasting SoCal style and a Barbour vest to keep you warm from deck to hot toddies back on land. 101 & 103 King St., Alexandria; 9 N. King St., Leesburg —K.S.
This Mosaic District stop is more than just a shopping destination; it’s a self-proclaimed fashionista community. With an interior design that whispers “NYC loft meets runway chic,” this clothing shop oozes confidence that feels contagious. And you’re bound to find something you love among its racks, with brands like Veronica M, THML, Just Black, and Naked Zebra. With an average price point across the store of $66, what’s not to love? In addition to the shopping experience, Undeniable Boutique hosts monthly themed parties and free virtual or in-store styling appointments. 2920 District Ave., Ste. 140, Fairfax —M.H.
Glam, edgy, boho—it all comes together at this expertly edited Leesburg boutique. The perfect blend of fashion-forward and classic, Madisonbelle is here to bring you ensembles that you’ll feel confident in, from Johnny Was blouses to artisan jewelry to the perfect pair of jeans (AG and Paige are favorite labels). Professional styling services and a customized style box are also on offer from the friendly staff led by owner Shelley Scheerschmidt. 5 Loudoun St. SE, Leesburg —M.H.
This girly boutique on Middleburg’s main drag conjures the feeling of hanging out with your best pals on a Friday night. Whether you’re shopping for the perfect dress to wear to a winter wedding or just something casual yet cute to throw on for a Saturday afternoon (we like the embellished French-bulldog tees), Chloe’s is the perfect shop to help you find an outfit that makes you feel your best. From the fun prints and stylish accessories down to the home fragrances and bath bombs inspired by influential women such as Rosa Parks, Maya Angelou, and Amelia Earhart, you won’t leave here without something in your hands. 12 E. Washington St., Middleburg —M.H.
“This is our happy place” is screen-printed on the wall of this Ballston Quarter clothing store, and with the helpful employees at the shop eager to assist you in putting together the perfect outfit, it’ll soon be your happy place, too. The hip space offers lots of fun finds, from cheeky tees and flowy boho dresses to chic wrap blouses and corduroy “shackets” (shirt-jackets) in mustard, persimmon, or gray. 4238 Wilson Blvd., Unit 2250, Arlington —K.O.
Chrysalis, Henry Sage, Wiley Brothers, and Saxx are just a few of the posh labels you can find in this haberdashery that caters to both men and women. Take a look around this shop and you’ll see a beautiful blend of traditional merged with modern. In addition to ready-to-wear collections, the store also offers a custom clothing service meant to make any option a perfect fit for the wearer. And they don’t slack when it comes to accessories, either—from sock garters to collar bars to cuff links, Highcliffe has you covered for any occasion. 112 W. Washington St., Middleburg —M.H.
This story originally appeared in our December issue. For more stories like this, subscribe to our monthly magazine.