So without further adieu ... Gossip on 23rd.
To give credit where credit is due, of course, I first heard about Gossip on 23rd from reading DateMeDC's blog. She often mentioned dashing over to Gossip to outfit herself for a new suitor, always seeming to find great pieces. At the time I first discovered her blog, I was prepping for a move from Clarendon to Crystal City, and filed knowledge of this little boutique away in the back of my head under "something to explore in my new neighborhood." Time just got away from me, I suppose, because I didn't make it over to Gossip for my first time until around May this year. And when I finally did, I was kicking myself for not getting there sooner!
This place is most certainly a Fab Find. It's a small (though recently expanded) boutique along the busy section of 23rd Street in Crystal City. When you first walk in, you find yourself in a very thoughtful and well-styled accessories section. I usually save this section for the end, and proceed down two small steps to the back of the store, where the clothing and shoes are housed.
The store owner, Katherine, has the clothing organized by type (i.e., tops, dresses, rompers) and by color (wouldn't have it any other way)! The pieces she chooses are thoughtful - typically very feminine, feel-good items. While there are definitely pieces here that can be work-appropriate, I tend to think of every single item I see in Gossip to be absolutely date-worthy.
For the curvier ladies out there, I think it's important to note that Gossip has something for you, too! Boutique clothing tends to run on the small side, anyway, but Katherine has recently added a self-styled "Curvaceous" section to Gossip, with lovely dresses, tops and skirts for curvier women.
In addition, Gossip has several other sections. There's a small shoe section, a little corner of vintage finds, some menswear, baby clothes, and housewares and kitschy items.
And finally, the aforementioned accessories section, which is by far my favorite area of the store. Filled with colorful, happy scarves, classy clutches, unique leather belts, and lots and lots of fun jewelry, I dare you to peruse this section for just ten minutes and not find something you're dying to take home.
So if you're in the Crystal City area, be sure to stop in soon to check out Gossip. Even if you don't live in the area, it's worth a trip for weekend brunch and shopping.
P.S. - Be sure to "like" Gossip on Facebook, where they post pictures of items that will be appearing in the store soon!