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Posted at 09:31 AM ET, 11/08/2011

D.C., Arlington are tops for shopaholics in America


Shoppers in Columbia Heights in Northwest Washington. (Jahi Chikwendiu - WASHINGTON POST)
Washington may not have the best reputation when it comes to style-setting, but it’s not for a lack of trying, according to a new report.

D.C. tops the list of America’s most “shopaholic” cities, pushlished this week by consumer Web site Bundle.com.

Coming in second is Arlington County.

New York and Los Angeles didn’t even break the top 10.

According to Bundle, D.C. residents spend an average of $263 a month on clothes, shoes and other wear-able items while Arlington residents spend an average of $254.58 each month.

The national average is $142.08 a month.

Bundle analyzed spending data by residents of the the 100 largest U.S. cities from March 2010 to March 2011, using numbers from the U.S. government, Citi and third party data providers.

Following D.C. and Arlington on the list are: Nashville, Scottsdale, Dallas, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, Austin and Bakersfield.

Bundle explains D.C.’s high ranking by noting that it is “a metro area run by people in suits, and suits aren’t cheap, especially if they’re designer.” Also, “half of our leaders in Congress are millionaires.”


A chic shopper poses during Fashion Night Out D.C. See more photos from our D.C. Street Style gallery and share your own shots here. (Cara Kelly - The Washington Post)
Suits aside, the ranking seems to fit in with a general increase in style consciousness in Washington, which boasts its fair share of designer boutiques, vintage stores, fashion and shopping blogs, fashion shows, sartorially-inspired events, and street style.

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