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Ten Great Places to Buy Jeans

We round up a few of our favorite denim spots in the Washington area.

Photographs by Chris Leaman.

For the Girl Who Has Everything

Farinelli’s. Local denim whiz Mauro Farinelli has two new boutiques specializing in such upper-end, hard-to-find brands as Kasil and Nudie plus his own label. 11874 Market St., Reston, 571-926-9478; 2839 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington, 703-647-9856; farinellis.blogspot.com.

Denim Bar. You name it, DB’s got it. Premium brands such as Acne and Earnest Sewn are stocked alongside staples including 7 for All Mankind. 1101 S. Joyce St., Arlington, 703-414-8202; 4939 Cordell Ave., Bethesda, 301-986-5260; thedenimbar.net.

National Jean Company. This chain carries exclusive offerings by such names as J Brand plus city-savvy labels such as Current/Elliott. 7301 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, 301-907-0295; 1826 Library St., Reston, 703-689-2101; nationaljeancompany.com.

Best Boutiques

Barneys Co-Op. This is high-end denim heaven—brands such as Stella McCartney and Helmut Lang. You’ll find less-crowded shopping and friendlier sales help in Chevy Chase. 5471-C Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, 301-634-4061; 3040 M St., Georgetown, 202-350-5832.

South Moon Under. What started as a swimwear chain also has become a source for jeans that work on nearly any figure. Locations in Reston, Bethesda, Clarendon, Annapolis, and more; southmoonunder.com.

Luna. This boutique packs more than 1,000 pairs of high-quality denim into less than 900 square feet. Sales help is friendly, too. 7232 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda; 301-656-1111; shopluna.com.

Blues on a Budget

T.J.Maxx. Check out the Runway department at select stores; our favorite is in Alexandria, off I-395. 3451 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Alexandria; 703-519-9420.

Neiman Marcus Last Call and Saks Off 5th. These outlets have similar selections as the department stores but at a fraction of the price. The Potomac Mills Off 5th (Woodbridge; 703-497-2100) and Arundel Mills Last Call (Hanover; 410-579-6790) are our favorites.

Loehmann’s. If you’re new to the designer-denim scene, hit the Loehmann’s in Arlington for racks of jeans for less than $100. 7271 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church; 703-573-1510.

Filene’s Basement. You’ll find good deals: Brands such as Not Your Daughter’s Jeans can be $75 or less. The National Press Club store (529 14th St., NW; 202-638-4110) often has the best selection.

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