Nothing beats the look of delight when someone opens that just-right gift you picked out for them. But getting a major deal on something you want for yourself is pretty delightful, too. Now that the majority of shopping for others is out of the way, you can focus on the new task at hand: prowling the post-holiday clearances for steals that will keep you stocked until spring. Some of our favorite local shops and boutiques are offering serious markdowns right now, and whether you're one of the lucky folks still enjoying vacation days or more of a surreptitious workday online shopper, there are plenty of discounts to grab. Here are our top picks:
AdMo favorite Violet is offering up to 50% off an assortment of dresses, sweaters, and other finds — but get to the shop soon, as it will be shuttered for some New Year remodeling starting January 1 (reopening on the 14th).
Where: 2439 18th Street NW; 202-621-9225.
Walk into Georgetown staple Wink this week and say "naughty or nice" to the cashier for a post-holiday treat: 20% off everything storewide.
Where:3109 M Street NW; 202-338-9465.
South Moon Under
South Moon Under has taken up to 70% off prices of hundreds of items for men and women — expect a mix of wear-right-now goods and things you'll want come spring. Sequin-coated peplum tops seem apropos for NYE, but the cozy boots and sweaters look pretty good, too.
Where: 10247 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda; 301-564-0995.
The discounted gems at C. Wonder include picks that are bright and cheery enough to chase away any gray skies — think cobalt blue pencil skirts, hot pink printed dresses, orange overcoats, and resort-ready sandals and shorts. Yes, please!
Where: 1961 Chain Bridge Road, Tysons Corner; 703-761-3970.
The Shoe Hive
Need footwear for an inaugural shindig, a warm tropical getaway, or an upcoming wedding? The Shoe Hive has deals on styles from Kate Spade, Vera Wang, Diane von Furstenberg, and more, all just right for any occasion.
Where: 127 South Fairfax Street, Alexandria; 703-548-7105.
Super-cute Mount Pleasant boutique Nana is offering 20% off all online purchases this week, making it the perfect time to snag some of the store's in-house collection of smart, modern office wear, designed right here in the District.
Where: 3068 Mount Pleasant Street NW; 202-667-6955.
Does your home need a little refresh after the holidays? Some perky Jonathan Adler decor items could provide the necessary pop to get through the winter days ahead — and at 30% to 70% off, you can afford to pick up a few.
Where: 1267 Wisconsin Avenue NW; 202-965-1416.
Photos: Courtesy of Violet Boutique and C. Wonder