Trend Report: Best buys in Arlington

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By Holly E. Thomas
Sunday, August 1, 2010

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South moon under

Whether you're taking a vacation or just daydreaming about one, the mid-Atlantic chain's breezy dresses, stylish sandals and bohemian-chic jewelry are enough to transport you to a tropical resort. The buzzword here is trendy, evidenced by floaty silk rompers and studded leather clutches, but classicists will appreciate the simple cotton tunics and premium denim options. The menswear offerings include summer staples such as light button-up shirts, board shorts and Peter Grimm's "Depp" straw fedora. ($29.50). 2700 Clarendon Blvd., 703-807-4083, www.southmoonunder.com.

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The papery

This family-run business, which has a second store in Bethesda, has supplied discerning shoppers with letterpress cards, photo albums, decorative wrapping paper and more for the last five years. The back room is devoted to custom invitations and stationery, while the front is full of wedding and baby gifts, such as Tiny Two's set of three wall hooks ($19) and greeting cards from cheeky to charming. 2871 Clarendon Blvd., 703-875-0391, www.thepaperyinc.com.

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sisters 3

Owned by siblings Arlie Morgan, Abby Hayes and Alexandra Helms, this three-year-old outpost comprises a lingerie and sleepwear boutique as well as a waxing salon. The trio keeps the space decked out with pretty underpinnings from the likes of Elle Macpherson, Mary Green and Fleur't, as well as shapewear from Spanx and a selection of bridal offerings. Our pick? These playful waterlily-print pj's from The Cat's Pajamas ($86). 2729 Wilson Blvd., 703-525-3333, www.shopsisters3.com.

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shoefly

With additional locations in the District and Bethesda, this offbeat retail brand keeps shoppers satisfied on both sides of the river. The shop specializes in functional yet fashionable footwear for men and women -- think Camper, Kelsi Dagger, Seychelles and Jeffrey Campbell -- but there's also a wide variety of affordable jewelry, hats, scarves and handbags. For an office-appropriate pump that won't torture your tootsies, try on Miz Mooz's "Quinn" leather peep-toe option ($89). 2727 Wilson Blvd., 703-243-6490, www.shoeflyonline.com.


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