Where do you find Gwyneth Paltrow's beloved Blue Cult jeans and that staple of the red carpet, Sevens? Nordstrom (several Maryland and Virginia locations; nordstrom.com) has the area's widest selection of of-the-moment jeans plus salespeople who know which styles flatter what bodies (stretch is more forgiving). If they don't have your size, they'll order it. For shoppers not blessed with the legs of a glamazon, Nordstrom does free alterations; a technique that keeps the original hems costs $12.
Washingtonian staff contributing to this section were Chuck Conconi, Sherri Dalphonse, Susan Davidson, Mary Clare Fleury, Cynthia Hacinli, Thomas Head, Stephanie Jones, Ann Limpert, Drew Lindsay, Chad Lorenz, Leslie Milk, William O'Sullivan, Cindy Rich, and Jeremy Stahl. Also contributing were writers Cathy Alter, Ann Cochran, and Jenny Sullivan.