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Posted at 2:39 PM ET, 05/ 4/2005

The Mix on M

By washingtonpost.com

I'm not sure whether the Duchess of Windsor had anything particular in mind when she mouthed her famous "You can never be too rich or too thin" mantra. However, if you're planning on shopping at Intermix, the newest women's clothing boutique along the ever more fashionable drag of upper M Street in Georgetown, you'd better be rich, and thin; young would help, too. Otherwise, you're sure to experience sticker shock at the store, which blithely sells Sonia Rykiel handbags for more than $1,000 alongside Stella McCartney espadrilles for some $500. What's deceiving is that instead of the hushed, plush atmosphere you expect with such high-price merchandise, the music blares and the racks of clothes are as squashed together as they are at Filene's Basement. So, when I came across a seersucker pant suit from Chloe for some stratsospheric price, I gasped. To be fair, though, along with the very expensive, there are just the ordinary expensive choices from the expected names: Theory, Seven, Citizens of Humanity and C&C, as well as the more difficult to find in D.C. Catherine Malandrino True Religion jeans and Chloe's bridge line, See by Chloe. Since I was there on Intermix's first day, I intend to go back. In the meantime, I was very impressed with the classic styles, prices and attitude of the salespeople across the street at Club Monaco. I fell in like with a large striped canvas tote bag for $98 and a Prada-esque looking black suit on sale for $200. I made a brief dash into the new Sisley store, where I was underwhelmed and then ducked into Coach, where I found a number of patterned flats that were on sale. A word to the wise about this Coach store: They have frequent sales on shoes, and the discounts are well worth it.

--Janet Bennett

By washingtonpost.com  | May 4, 2005; 2:39 PM ET
 
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You mentioned being thin, but didn't talk about it in the blurb. Why can't the not thin get nice clothes either? I AM SO FRUSTRATED! Dang, just make the clothes in all sizes...WHAT THE BIG DEAL!?!?!?!? ARGH!

Posted by: ChickieBaby | May 5, 2005 1:13 PM | Report abuse

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