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Top Destinations for Fashionistas in Washington, D.C.

The stylish have plenty to look forward to while visiting Washington. After all, the nation’s capital is where first ladies from Dolley Madison to Michelle Obama have left their sartorial marks. Where else can you find their outfits and those of past presidential wives preserved for generations at Smithsonian’s American History Museum?

But in this city of movers and shakers, fashion extends to the general populace, too. Washingtonians may have a reputation for power suiting, but their wardrobes extend far beyond the halls of government. The city’s vibrant nightlife and social scenes provide ample reason to don chic ensembles. And shopping centers in the greater Metro area—from the District to Maryland and Northern Virginia—oblige with fertile ground from which to mine au courant treasures.

Luxury brand seekers gravitate to hubs of high fashion like CityCenterDC in downtown, The Collection in Chevy Chase and Tysons Galleria in Northern Virginia. Those looking for hip trends find the latest looks at Tysons Corner Center (one of the largest malls in the area). Shoppers interested in local flavor hit up boutiques in happening zones throughout the District.

Whatever your particular style, find deals, high-end attire and even some inspiration at these (well-dressed) top spots.

CityCenterDC

Luxury complex for coveted labels including Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Dior and Vince, plus restaurants including Daniel Boulud's DBGB Kitchen and Bar, Momofuku, Centrolina and Fig & Olive. Also find a Tesla dealership. Hours vary.

Potomac Mills

Largest outlet mall in Virginia with more than 200 stores including Nordstrom Rack, H&M, Bloomingdale’s-The Outlet Store. IMAX theater, 25-eatery food court. M-Sa 10 am-9 pm, Su 11 am-6 pm. Interstate 495 to I-95 south about 20 miles to Exit 158B.

Tysons Corner Center

The largest mall in the metropolitan area has 300-plus shops and restaurants plus a cineplex. Find stores such as Bloomingdale's, Nordstrom, L.L. Bean, Lego and Zara. M-Sa 10 am-9:30 pm, Su 11 am-7 pm.

Ike Behar

Family-owned company producing high-end menswear and known for outfitting stars in films and TV shows. Dress shirts, sport shirts, ties, sport coats, suits, handkerchiefs. M-F 10 am-7 pm, Sa till 6 pm, Su noon-5 pm.

Fig & Olive

California cool meets the South of France at chic CityCenterDC. Two-story space (plus two bars) serving dishes like crostini, housemade pasta, grilled scallop bouillabaisse, whole branzino, beef carpaccio. L (M-F), D (daily), Br (Sa-Su).

Secondi

Sunny upstairs shop reselling contemporary labels (Diane von Furstenberg, Burberry, Theory, Milly and Chloe) with items arriving daily (discounts vary by tag dates). M-Tu, Sa 11 am-6 pm, W-F 11 am-7 pm, Su 1-5 pm.

Liljenquist & Beckstead

Since 1979, this shop has offered high end watches by Cartier, Rolex, Chopard and more, plus engagement rings and jewlery of all kinds from brands such as David Yurman. Hours vary by location.

Alden

Family-owned manufacturer since 1884. Men’s styles from tassel moccasins to dress Oxfords and Indiana Jones-style work boots, belts, fine leather goods. Open M-Sa.

American History Museum

With five million visitors annually, this museum is one of the Smithsonian’s most popular. As a repository for the country’s cultural, scientific and technological heritage, it holds a collection of more than three million fascinating artifacts, including Thomas Jefferson’s desk, Kermit the Frog, Julia Child's kitchen, a piec

Fashion Centre at Pentagon City

This airy, light-filled mall is anchored by Nordstrom and Macy's with 170-plus shops such as Kate Spade, Apple, Coach and Aveda. Also find a large food court. Su-Th 10 am-11 pm, Fri-Sa 11 am-1 am.

Hu's Wear

Airy boutique (by owners of Hu’s Shoes) with clothing and accessories by designers like Megan Park, Bruno Grizzo, Salvor and Guilty Brotherhood. M-Sa 10 am-7 pm, Su noon-5 pm.

POV

Glamorous hot spot with a rooftop terrace atop the W Hotel draws chic crowds. Panoramic views of White House, Washington Monument and beyond. All-natural drinks topped off with hand-sculpted ice. Full menu of global cuisine, plus late-night bar food. M-Th 3 pm-midnight, F till 2 am, Sa 11 am-2 am, Su 11 am-midnight.

Sarar

High-quality menswear from a Turkish brand that began as a tailor shop in 1944. Suits, accessories and casual wear. Hours vary by location.

Hillwood Estate, Museum and Garden

Cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post’s mansion and gardens, her czarist treasures, jewelry, portraits. Cafe and gift shop. Tu-Su 10 am-5 pm. $18 suggested donation, seniors $15, college students $10, children (6-18) $5, under 6 free. Park on site, or take a cab.

Tysons Galleria

Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue plus upscale shops Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Tory Burch, restaurants and upscale food court (third level). M-Sa 10 am-9 pm, Su noon-6 pm.

Suitsupply

Dutch-based supplier of dapper jackets, subtle tweeds and rich-hued trousers made with Italian fabrics plus a full wall of multi-colored ties. Personal tailoring department. M-Sa 10 am-9 pm, Su 11 am-7 pm.

Billy Reid

Renowned designer’s collection with a Southern touch. Rugged button-ups, derby-ready suits and loose-fitting linens paired with accessories like K Swiss shoes and distressed leather handbags. M-Th 11 am-7 pm, F-Sa 11 am-8 pm, Su noon-6 pm.

Hu's Shoes

Marlene Hu Aldaba stocks her boutique with coveted footwear from New York, Paris and Milan. Chloe, Jimmy Choo, Proenza Schouler, Roksanda. M-Sa 10 am-7 pm, Su noon-5 pm.

Bloom

By Turkish-born owners, husband-and-wife team Mazar and Cigdem Ertekin, intimate boutique carrying sterling silver pendants, hand-made necklaces, earrings and “evil eyes” plus home decor (wall tiles, mirrors) and D.C. souvenirs. Some pieces by local artists. Open daily.