Daddy & Son
This Italian chain moved from DC’s Dupont Circle to Bethesda earlier this year; it’s the only Daddy & Son store in the United States. The men’s shop stocks house-brand classic and European-fit dress shirts, including extra-slim cuts. Ties—all standard width—come in a wide array of colors and patterns; they’re displayed on wall-mounted racks for easy browsing. And if you need help tying a European knot, owners Roberto and Francesca Inferrera happily give tutorials. 4836 Bethesda Ave.; 301-652-0595.
The stylish clothes at this women’s boutique can go easily from work to date night. Look for basic dresses, blouses, and slacks plus all the accessories you could need to dress them up. If your wallet’s feeling light, check out the consignment corner—a recent visit turned up a Tory Burch jacket for $150 and a Nanette Lepore strapless dress for $120. 4940 St. Elmo Ave.; 301-656-2280.
With more than 40 designer brands for men and women, this boutique caters to serious denim lovers. The prices aren’t cheap—you could pay $300 for a pair of jeans—but the helpful staff will work with you to find the right brand, size, wash, and style. Denim Bar offers alteration services, but for an even more custom look, try a pair made from raw denim ($150 to $300), an unwashed fabric that molds to your shape after about six months of unlaundered wear. 4939 Cordell Ave.; 301-986-5260.
Cute cocktail dresses and stylish office-ready ensembles are the draws at this Bethesda Row women’s boutique. Eco-friendly touches show up in everything from bamboo hangers to clothes made with organic fabrics. Owner Gretchen Hitchner carries pieces from established and up-and-coming designers. Look for jackets, tops, shoes, and accessories from Wendy Mink, Calypso St. Barth, White & Warren, and more. 7114 Bethesda La.; 301-664-9242.
Prepsters like the madras and gingham prints, ribbon belts, and pastel accents at this cheery storefront. But you can also find more updated looks: We like the pencil skirts and slim-cut trench coats for women and the hipster-style button-downs for men. A sale rack downstairs has basics from this season at a discount. 4851 Bethesda Ave.; 301-951-5272.
Trade those shapeless sweats and tees for more stylish workout clothes from Lucy. This activewear retailer has clothes and accessories for all kinds of movers, from yogis to runners to outdoor types. Fans love the store’s “compression” pants, which pull the legs in and smooth problem areas. 7112 Bethesda La.; 301-656-3106.
Yoga addicts flock to this chain for well-made, durable sportswear. The secret is Lulu’s preshrunk fabric, called luon, which stretches without becoming misshapen. Pants, which start around $75, come in lots of cuts and colors. Lululemon also has goods for men, including T-shirts, hoodies, running shorts, and bags. The Bethesda Row location hosts a free yoga class on Sunday, group runs on Wednesday, and Pilates on Saturday. 4856 Bethesda Ave.; 301-652-0574.
BCBG, Trina Turk, French Connection, and Citizens of Humanity are just some of the nearly 40 labels you’ll find at this small, well-stocked shop. Designer denim generally runs between $150 and $250, and a wide selection of pretty jewelry starts around $20. Sign up for the e-mail list and you’ll receive alerts about Luna’s quarterly customer-appreciation sales, when everything is 20 percent off. 7232 Woodmont Ave.; 301-656-1111.
Well-dressed women swear by Pirjo Jaffe’s collection of classic separates. She stocks lots of European labels, including designers from her native Finland. Clothes and accessories are unique and feel art-inspired. Stylish women of any age will like Jaffe’s leather handbags and glitzy costume jewelry. 4821 Bethesda Ave.; 301-986-1870.
A local chain that started in Georgetown, Urban Chic carries high-end designers such as Alice & Olivia, Juicy Couture, and Diane von Furstenberg. Displays show shoppers creative ways to pair designer separates, and racks are well maintained by helpful staff. Looking for wallet-friendly options? Head to the sale rack. A recent visit turned up in-season Nanette Lepore and Milly dresses for 30 to 50 percent off. 7126 Bethesda La.; 301-657-0290.
Wear It Well
This tiny women’s boutique is brimming with sophisticated separates. The style appeals to a fashionable 35-and-over set, with jackets, slacks, and casual weekend wear by Gerard Darel, Babette, and more. Check out the jewelry, handbags, and gloves for an easy way to glam up an outfit. 4816 Bethesda Ave.; 301-652-3713.
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