Thursday, May 24, 2012

Where to Shop: Turquoise, Violet, and Tangerine

This post is mostly for the ladies, because I have no idea where men in D.C. can find nice but inexpensive clothing and accessories.  Sorry, gents.  But hey, if you need a gift for your gal pal, I've got you covered.  

One of the things I love about living in D.C. is being able to forgo a car or the Metro and walk home from work.  On nice days, anyway -- I'd rather light my hair on fire than walk three miles home in 100 degree humidity.

Such walks have led to the discovery of some surprisingly affordable boutiques in Adams Morgan and Woodley Park.  This area tends to be known more for late night debauchery than trendy shopping, but next time you find yourself nearby and remember your need for new earrings or a sundress, check out the finds below.  It's probably best if you're sober while doing so, as drunken shopping can lead to things like trying on dresses backwards or purchasing neon jeggings.  These are hypothetical examples, okay?  I mean, I'm asking for a friend.    

Turquoise - 2118 18th Street NW   

On the southern end of the bar strip on18th Street, you'll find a treasure trove of accessories at Turquoise.  

This gem of a shop (ugh, puns!) is wonderfully organized and fun to browse.  All the necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings are laid out on tables and boards by color, making them easy to sort through and reach (I'm not a tall person -- this is a legitimate concern).  The styles range from classic to trendy and prices are generally in the $15-50 range.  The staff is friendly but leaves you to do your own thing, which is especially nice on days when you are sleep deprived and feeling a little murdery.  But most importantly, the jewelry is beautiful -- I challenge any accessory loving lady to visit and walk out empty handed.  

Violet Boutique - 2439 18th Street NW

A few blocks north you'll find Violet Boutique, which features trendy clothing and accessories at extremely reasonable prices.  

Call me crazy, but I get overwhelmed by the rows and rows of rompers and sweaters crammed into Forever 21 and H&M.  Here, you'll find a carefully edited selection of trendy pieces, from drapey tank tops to maxi dresses to jaunty hats I would never even attempt to pull off.  Lucky Magazine featured Violet in a recent issue, and with good reason -- few other places enable you to look on trend with so little effort and strain on your wallet.             

Tangerine Boutique - 2643 Connecticut Avenue

Further north, across from the Woodley Park metro, is the newest addition to the area boutiques.  Unfortunately I don't have any pictures of Tangerine to show you, as my plans to stop by yesterday were derailed by a sudden downpour and lack of umbrella, but just imagine long rows of colorful clothing in a spacious room with a hot blond lady manning the register.

Tangerine has a similar set of offerings as Violet, with a larger selection of more classic pieces, a nice display of shoes, and a handful of accessories.  I slightly prefer Tangerine, whereas Violet is Samantha's go-to shop.  The clothes here seem to run ever so slightly more expensive than those at Violet, but are still quite affordable.            

Happy shopping!      



  1. I'm impressed with your ability to find three cute stores with color names :)

  2. Haha, thanks! So random, right? Must be in the "Opening a Boutique 101" handbook.

  3. I absolutely love Violet! I'm really interested in checking out Tangerine! Thanks for the recommendations!

  4. I LOVE Violet and thanks to you now i'm going to have to visit Tangerine!!!!! I haven't heard of Turquoise though, it definitely looks worth visiting, and $14-50 isn't too favorite recent discovery is, I haven't seen anywhere else with accessories as affordable (and good quality), I've ordered twice already (they have free shipping for facebook fans just go to their page for the code). Anyways thanks for the share, i much prefer to shop at small boutiques :D

    1. Thanks for the recommendation, Melissa! I'll check it out. And I totally agree that small boutiques are the way to go :)

  5. i love Tangerine, i love everything i got from the store and it seems like they have amazing prices and some unique pieces. I stumbled into Tangerine when i was on my way to the zoo, i got cought by rustic look of the store and the set up it is so easy to go through all the stuff without feeling overwelmed.

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