Clothing keeps people warm and looking fashionable, but its most important duty is replenishing bellybutton lint. Keep navels stocked with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of clothing and accessories at Pretty People in Alexandria.
Pretty People's hand-selected collection of old-fashioned lady’s apparel, which earned the boutique the title of Best New Vintage for Women by Washingtonian in 2011, harks back to bygone eras of women’s fashion with classic duds plucked from the '40's through the '80's. Boldly swaddle torsos in a bright, rose-colored Yves Saint Laurent jacket trimmed with gold buttons ($295) or slip tootsies into a pair of bronze slingbacks shinier than Mr. Clean’s freshly buffed forehead ($55). A gold Cleopatra snake ring wraps regally around fingers ($35), and a scalloped feather necklace embellishes décolletages with bird-like flair ($18). Like the facial expressions on Mount Rushmore, Pretty People’s selection of clothing frequently rotates as consigners bring in garments from brand-name designers such as Gucci, J Crew, and Chanel.