Lord & Taylor
Lord & Taylor: where the discounts are frequent, your size is usually in stock, and the brands get cooler every season. If you’ve been ignoring this department store during shopping trips to Friendship Heights, stop. The retail stalwart has been quietly upping its contemporary game over the last five years. On the floor, less-expensive lines from established brands such as DKNYC and Catherine by Catherine Malandrino sit beside racks of cool-girl staples such as BCBG, French Connection and Trina Turk. When it comes to stylish options for the office, Raoul and Pink Tartan pair nicely with Lord & Taylor’s most exciting recent debut: 424 Fifth, an in-house line of quality, wallet-friendly basics with edge—think wool capes for $250 and leather midis under $400.
Lord & Taylor, 5255 Western Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.; 202-362-9600; www.lordandtaylor.com