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Finding the perfect rehearsal dinner outfit can be just as stressful as finding the actual wedding dress for many blushing brides to be. Not only does this dress kick off your wedding weekend festivities, it's the last dress you'll wear as a single lady. If you'd prefer a dress that's less "off the rack" and more unique and tailored to you, forgo the chain stores and expensive malls and opt for a find at one of these vintage shops. Favorites for Georgetown students, the politico fashionistas of Capital Hill and even the First Lady, you're sure to find the perfect rehearsal dinner outfit that fits your style and your budget.
Polly Sues Vintage
Located in hip Takoma Park, Polly Sue's Vintage Shop is a haven for vintage finds from the 50s, 60's and 70's. Billowing jazz music plays as you sort through the racks of pristine items, ranging from big statement jewels for as little as $18 to Edwardian wedding gowns. in addition to cute clothes, you can also find rehearsal dinner props and accessories for cheap, like vintage greeting cards, lighters, and perfume bottles.
Adjacent to the National Zoo and the trendy bistros of Woodley Park sits Via Gypset, a favorite shop for young professionals and hip students. Offering a dreamy, Pinterest-perfect collection of consignment pieces and vintage outfits, there's no telling what you'll find in this cute boutique. With shoes and haute couture on the first floor and a treasure chest of sparkly, brightly patterned consignment pieces on the second, you're sure to score the perfect dress, skirt or retro pant suite you desire for your celebration.
Situated in neighboring Gaithersburg, MD — a trip to Lipstick Lounge is well worth the drive. Founded in 2009, this consignment store looks more like a high-end boutique, featuring an dazzling array of vintage and fairly new frocks to choose from. Plus, you'll find all the designers you love for a price you can afford, from Gucci, Louise Vuitton, Coach, Burberry and even Tory Burch!
Known DC area favorite (and winner of the Washington City Paper's Best Vintage Store for the past 3 years), Treasury Vintage is a clothing staple in the ultra-trendy 14th street neighborhood. The open, breezy space welcomes you with live music and tons of natural light and is filled with carefully edited and procured vintage finds, ranging from nautical inspired 50's dresses to flowy 70's maxi skirts and a collection of shoes and purses.
Gypsy De La Lune
Another 14th street must, Gypsy De La Lune is the ultimate stop for girly, glamorous tops, dresses, skirts and pants. Owner Ashley Duffy Grant is picky about her features, and choose vintage finds that fit her artistic vibe. Often home to art pop ups and the like, you never know who or what you'll find in the feminine hued shop. In addition to a perfect outfit, score bridesmaid's gifts (like parasols and fans) or cute jewels for your big day.