By Skylar Korby
The Lucky Knot [101 King St., Alexandria; 703-549-1797; facebook.com/TheLuckyKnot]
You can’t miss this charming store if shopping in Old Town; it’s on King Street, not far from the marina.
BREAD & BUTTER:
The store’s specialty is a modern twist on classic American clothing from Lilly Pulitzer, Vineyard Vines, High Cotton, etc. In other words, it’s a prepster paradise.
The boutique’s brick walls and stained concrete floors highlight the fun, bright colors of its clothing and accessories offered. Be sure to say hi to Stuart, the well-dressed giant stuffed bear and mascot for Collared Greens, an American-made and eco-friendly clothing company well represented here.
There’s no loss for vibrant women’s clothing, but the amount of men’s clothing and accessories—especially the store’s quirky bowtie selection—is an unexpected bonus for the dapper dudes in your life. Peek upstairs for an exquisite collection of formal dresses, as well as the Mecca for Vera Bradley enthusiasts.
The Lucky Knot sees droves of mother-daughter duos craving timeless silhouettes in bold patterns. “Our average customer is not average,” Co-owner Athina Ploutis Kohila says. “Customers of any age can use our pieces to express their own personal style. There’s something unique for everyone to love.”
BLOWS TO THE BUDGET:
Expect to pay $20-$50 for jewelry, with clothing items ranging from $150-$400.