Saks Jandel, the longtime luxury destination on Wisconsin Avenue, sits near the intersection with Park Avenue in Chevy Chase, an apt location for a spot that sells big-ticket American and European designers such as Oscar de la Renta and Peter Pilotto. The family-run mini-department store deals in dazzling evening styles that accommodate a variety of body types (and large budgets). Wow-worthy numbers on a recent visit included a fashion-forward midnight-blue Grecian gown with brass and rope accents by Lanvin ($2,895), and a feather-trimmed cocktail sheath by Canadian designer Catherine Regehr ($1,580). The staff helps with on-site tailoring, and there’s an array of accessories, such as glittery shoes and shoulder-dusting earrings.
Saks Jandel, 5510 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Chevy Chase; (301) 652-2250; www.thebridalsalonatsaksjandel.com