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.