Best of Washington 2012: Cheap and Chic

Illustration by Scotty Reifsnyder
Best of Washington 2012

1. Best for Kids and Moms-to-Be

Neither pregnancy nor toddlerhood lasts forever, so why spend a lot of money on clothes? Two boutiques, 529 Kids Consign and Wiggle Room, carry a range of brands and prices—from 7 For All Mankind to Lilly Pulitzer to the Gap—for both tots and moms. 529 Kids Consign, 112-A S. Royal St., Alexandria; 703-567-4518. Wiggle Room, 4924 Del Ray Ave., Bethesda; 301-656-5995.

2. For Power Moms

Current Boutique’s three area locations are frequented by stylish, successful working mothers. Stocked with high-end clothing and accessories by designers such as Trina Turk and Milly, Current sells trendy pieces without the couture price. Current Boutique, 2529 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, 703-528-3079; 1009 King St., Alexandria, 703-549-2272; 1809 14th St., NW, 202-588-7311.

3. For Vintage-Loving Teens

With its stylish, bohemian, Anthropologie-like selection, Mustard Seed is especially popular among budget-focused teens. The shop stocks some vintage pieces, a range of denim brands, and a seasonally focused inventory for men and women that changes regularly. Mustard Seed, 7349 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda; 301-907-4699.