Intermix’s designer selection may feel edgy and luxe—because it is. This is the store for something fierce and high-fashion, including Helmut Lang and Diane von Furstenberg. If those labels aren’t for you, you’ll find more comfortable staples from Rag & Bone and J Brand. 3300 M St., NW; 202-298-8080.
As the name suggests, this clubby Pentagon City boutique is all about jeans. You’ll find women’s and men’s options by such designers as Fidelity Denim, Habitual, and James Jeans as well as more standard fare from AG Adriano Goldschmied, Paige, and Joe’s Jeans. The store offers original hemming for $23. 1101 S. Joyce St., Arlington; 703-414-8202.
Rag & Bone
We liked Rag & Bone jeans the minute we tried on the super-soft, perfectly proportioned styles. The mildly distressed Warren comes in a cool dark-blue rinse, while the Wembly “boyfriend” is a faded, vintage true blue. We’re partial to the Rally for its side zipper pockets and modern leg seams—a hot-off-the-runway feel. 3067 M St., NW; 202-295-9072.
7 for All Mankind
Looking for a brand with a lot of fit options? Dozens of styles line the shelves here, and the display of different washes makes things easy to find. Whether you’re thinking jegging (don’t, please) or boot-leg (great choice), 7s are for those who take a one-of-each approach to trendy cuts and rinses. Tysons Galleria; 703-734-1730.
For a dressier look, we love this new American spinoff of the fabled European brand (and the higher-end complement to sister chain Zara). Prices are approachable—a dark-blue crop comes in under $70, while a casual-Friday-friendly boot-leg trouser is $89.50—and the styles have an effortless chic. 1220 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-944-8780.
A hot spot for casual but hip looks, Madewell recently upgraded its denim fit and fabric. The Skinny Skinny High Riser’s raised waistband makes legs look lean; the Legging Jean is tight but not unbearably so. Embrace the denim-on-denim look popular for spring by pairing jeans with a Madewell chambray shirt. Georgetown, Bethesda, McLean; madewell.com.
This boutique stocks shelf after shelf with impressive labels such as DL1961, Citizens of Humanity, J Brand, Genetic Denim, AG Adriano Goldschmied, Mother, Hudson, Joe’s Jeans, and 7 for All Mankind. Here’s the spot for those dark-washed, boot-cut, low-rise “going out” jeans you’ve been searching for. 7232 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda; 301-656-1111.
Want to try that new denim trend but worried it will be out of vogue next season? You can get a bargain on cutting-edge European styles here. During a recent visit, we found a super-skinny look in several washes for $29.95. Colored denim rang up at $19.95, and a baggy boyfriend was $39.95. Multiple area locations; hm.com.
This quaint Old Town shop is the brainchild of Susan Lilly Gerock, who fills her racks with accessible, American-made labels. Although sometimes light on denim options, the inventory she does carry is nicely curated and includes sought-after brands such as Red Engine and Mother. 130 S. Union St., Alexandria; 571-970-6324.
Read our complete guide to jeans, Denim: The Perfect Fit.