8 Local Boutiques Tell Us What to Wear This Season

From shackets to wool capes—and don’t forget ankle boots!—there are lots of looks to love as the weather gets chilly. 🧥

bloomies shacket

A.L.C. Cambrie faux shearling shirt jacket, $495 at Bloomie’s (courtesy photo)

Grab your capes and scarves—it’s that time of year when early fall transitions to full-on frosty, and the cropped pants and cardigans aren’t cutting it anymore. So how does one stay fashionable as the layers start piling on? We asked these local shop owners and fashion directors, who shared scores of tips to keep you stylish all season long.



GANNI mid Chelsea Boots at Bloomie’s (courtesy photo)


Bloomie’s, the “stylish and tech-savvy little sister” to high-end apparel destination Bloomingdale’s, opened at the Mosaic District in August and carries many designers not found at the department store. When it comes to dressing for fall and the holidays, Marissa Galante Frank, Bloomingdale’s fashion director for accessories and beauty, says the shop has a curated selection of just the right stuff. “Whether you’re looking for functional lug sole boots, cozy shearling pieces or styles that embrace the ‘new prep,’ ” Bloomie’s can hook you up with some of the best names in fashion. // 2920 District Ave., Fairfax (Mosaic District)

Shiraleah gal cape

Shiraleah gal cape, $42, at Covet (courtesy photo)


Covet owner Autumn Clayton doesn’t wear a ton of jewelry, which is a bit of a shock, considering the number of adorable metal adornments you can find in her shop. Among her accessory picks is a five-piece set of ombre baguette earrings “perfect for fall” that are great to mix and match for a “modern twist.” Another must-have is the Shiraleah gal cape; worn atop a pair of leggings, it provides “an instant pulled-together look,” Clayton says. Her go-to tips for the season? “Embrace warm layers and pieces with patterns or gem tones. Simple gold jewelry with a slight retro vibe always looks chic.” // 5140 Wilson Blvd., Arlington (Bluemont)

Missoni Orange Asymmetrical Fringe Knit Skirt

Missoni asymmetrical fringe knit skirt, $136.99, at Current Boutique (courtesy photo)


You’ll find pre-owned designer duds at a fraction of the original cost at this consignment shop, which counts a Clarendon storefront among its four D.C.-area locations. Owner and founder Carmen Lopez prioritizes contemporary looks, such as the present focus on midi hems. “This season’s  skirts and dresses have hems that end between the knee and the ankle, creating a graceful and timeless look,” she says. Of course, old-school styles often come back around, and right now that includes trends from the turn of the millennium. “If Y2K was a pivotal style moment in your life, you’ll be glad to hear that it is coming back on the scene,” Lopez says. Think head-to-toe denim, butterfly clips and baguette bags. “Even the shimmer, sequin, and skin-exposing cut-out silhouettes from the early 2000s have worked their way back into the mainstream.” Not quite ready for a full-on dive back into the aughts? Try subtler nods to the era, she suggests, such as fur-trimmed cardigans and flared jeans. // 5140 Wilson Blvd., Arlington (Clarendon)

The shacket

The shacket (prices vary) at Gossip (courtesy photo)


Katherine Glorioso Dress introduced Arlington to Gossip in 2007. She moved her boutique from Crystal City’s 23rd Street to Ballston Quarter a couple of years ago, but the merch retains its L.A. ethos. One of Dress’s favorite looks right now is the boho-style wrinkle bag—what she calls the “it” bag of the season. In addition to furry bucket hats and sweater vests, another must-buy is the “shacket,” a portmanteau of shirt and jacket that comes in corduroy. For fall and early winter, Dress says layering is key. “I love layering [a sweater vest] over a button-down dress. Throw your shacket layer over, add a bucket hat and grab your wrinkle bag and you are set.” // 4238 Wilson Blvd., Unit 2250, Arlington (Ballston)

White Warren Star Cashmere Sweater

White & Warren sweater, $368; Spanx leggings, $98; Spartina earrings, $19; scrunchie, $9; Ink + Alloy clutch, $75; at Lemoncello (courtesy photo)


Ever since it changed hands (and changed its name) in 2017, this Arlington boutique has doled out apparel and accessories from Scout, Nancy Rose Performance and Trina Turk, as well as whimsical gift items. With the holidays fast approaching, Lemoncello co-owner Nicole Kahle has some recommendations as locals start making plans for the onslaught of social events this time of year. “It is a great time to refresh your wardrobe with elevated classics that are casual but stylish,” Kahle says. “We are loving tunics with faux suede or leather leggings, paired with booties and statement earrings. And cute dresses that pair well with sneakers and cross-body bags.” // 4518 Langston Blvd., Arlington

J. Crew "Schoolboy"

J. Crew “Schoolboy” blazer, $40; Karen Millen sweater, $66; scarf, $20; at New to You (courtesy photo)


Tucked into a strip of shops and eateries on the Little City’s main drag, Falls Church consignment store New to You has clothed style-conscious locals since 1992, with finds ranging from classic Christian Dior and Diane von Furstenburg dresses to Jimmy Choo pumps. Owner Christina Novak says one of her go-to looks this season is a somewhat oversized blazer paired with a sweater and scarf. But let’s not forget footwear: “I cannot make it through the fall and winter without a good basic boot,” she says. // 108 W. Broad St., Falls Church

Redemption sequin jacket

Redemption sequin jacket, $662.50; Redemption pants, $395; at Sheyla Vie Collections (courtesy photo)


An Arlington resource for high-end clothes for years (some may recall her fashion truck), Sheyla Difo Voye opened a storefront in D.C.’s Friendship Heights neighborhood in October. There, you’ll find designer clothing and personalized service, as well as a lounge and art gallery featuring the work of Arlington painter David Amoroso. Voye’s advice this season? Your summer and early fall duds are more transitional than you might think. “You can continue using lighter clothing by adding something warm (for example, add a blouse or sweater under a sleeveless dress) or by adding a leather jacket or furry vest. Invest in a great leather jacket and tall pair of boots.” // 5333 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

Pressed wool cape

Pressed wool cape, $498, at Threadleaf (courtesy photo)


This Old Town boutique founded by a former White House attorney opened in 2018 and moved to a more expansive location on Fayette Street the following year. With the motto “Good. Clean. Fashion,” the shop carries only items that are ethically made. Owner Nicole McGrew is big on layers this season. “Instead of one big heavy sweater or coat, think about layering lighter and mid-weight pieces. You’ll get more use of your wardrobe and be able to keep up with variable weather,” she says. // 102 N. Fayette St., Alexandria

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