This boutique specializes in activewear and lifestyle brands for the woman on the go. Find clothing from Stella McCartney for Adidas, swimwear from Letarte, accessories from Twistband, and more. The owner, a DC native, focuses on woman-owned, American-made labels. 5502 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202-686-4258.
Not to be confused with Saks Fifth Avenue, Saks Jandel has been a favorite among congressional wives and ladies who lunch for more than 40 years. In the plush formalwear boutique, customers work with seasoned sale-s-people to find the perfect multilayered Zac Posen chiffon or Oscar de la Renta skirt-and-shirt combo. The store is home to the only Vera Wang Bridal, Saint Laurent, and J. Mendel boutiques in town; other options include separates from brands such as Donna Karan and Valentino, Armani and Rena Lange skirt suits, and Lanvin dresses. 5510 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase; 301-652-2250
Whether you’re searching for lace-and–satin seduction tools, sturdy shapewear, or a -simple cotton robe, you can count on Sylene. Brands include Oscar de la Renta, Elle Macpherson, and Hanky Panky; bathing suit options—sold year-round—range from the luxe French line Eres to Karla Colletto. 4407 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase; 301-654-4200.
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