The Etsy Stylist

Day-to-night dresses for summer.

Handmade dresses by Larkenne and Fink are unique alternatives to chain store purchases.

For Washington women yearning to find unique pieces on a budget,—which sells handmade and vintage items ranging from T-shirts and hair accessories to bespoke suits and ball gowns—is a great option if you know where to look. Every week, Amber Taylor finds Etsy’s best, whether you’re dressing for an A-list event or brightening up a trusty dress.

This custom-made wrap dress in a summery seersucker will never gape at inopportune times and leave you grasping for the safety pin at the back of your desk drawer. oneaviandemon, $140.

Crisp cotton and a vintage-inspired screenprint will keep you looking sharp despite the heat, and the detachable ruffle allows you to opt for a touch of frilly femininity. makemeadress, $145.

Pleat details call attention to your figure, but the prim neckline on this black-and-white number maintains office decorum. larkenne, $75.

Jersey becomes cool and forgiving in colorful original prints by iheartfink, and custom sizes are available. $115.

Myblackdress offers custom cuts in retro and modern styles—-get a work-friendly Lucy or a more summery Alice. Henry Ford this designer is not: Other colors are also on offer. $110 and $115.

Subscribe to Washingtonian
Follow Washingtonian on Twitter

More>> Shop Around Blog | Style | Find a Spa

Keep Up on DC’s Latest Fashions with Our Shopping Newsletter

Fashion finds and deals, and the latest trends for you and your home.

Or, see all of our newsletters. By signing up, you agree to our terms.