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When it comes to Virginia towns, it’s hard to find a place that embodies hunt country chic better than Middleburg. The area is surrounded by rolling hills and horse farms, so to say that Middleburg is equine-centric is somewhat of an understatement. But you don’t have to be an equestrian to appreciate what this charming town has to offer. Just an hour outside of DC, it’s a short jaunt from the city and lined with unique shops holding beautiful treasures you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere else.
I’ll start with one of my favorite spots – an antique furniture store called The Outpost. If you could sum the aesthetic up in three words, it would easily be “Hemingway on Safari.” The owner, Keith Foster, has curated an incredible collection of British campaign furniture. I have an antique bamboo desk chair from here that I know I’ll treasure for many years to come. Currently I have my eyes on their custom-made leather field event seats that fold and sling over your shoulder for easy transport.
Crème de la Crème is an adorable little shop well-stocked with a variety of European dishware, serving pieces, and linens. I often come here to pick up gifts for friends and family members. They also have a great selection of cards and stationary.
Definitely check out the beautiful artwork and antiques at The Shaggy Ram. They carry paintings by one of my favorite artists, Mark Miller (seen above), whose hand-painted frames are just as interesting as the paintings themselves. My mother gave me one of his paintings a couple of years ago and it now hangs in our bedroom. I also love the sight hound sculptures by Kathleen Hedges – they remind me so much of my own greyhound at home! Next door, The Christmas Sleigh is filled with all kinds of European Christmas treasures, like handmade wooden ornaments from Germany and intricate, hand-painted eggs from Austria.
But let’s get down to business – you want to know about the clothes shopping, am I right? C. & D. Rigden and Son has a mouthwatering array of hunt country classic tweed, colorful button-downs, scarves, and ties. I picked up a beautiful wide check French cuff shirt here on sale and have been wearing it constantly (see how I styled it). Loulou’s (seen above) is a local chain familiar to many of us in the DC area, but what DC shoppers may not know is that Loulou’s originated here in Middleburg and the original shop still stands. Here you’ll find a great assortment of affordable, trendy clothes and accessories. Tully Rector carries higher end labels like Rag & Bone, Frame, and Tory Burch just to a name a few. If you stop in during sale season, there are major deals to be had!
For this little outing, I wore a Ralph Lauren neck scarf, Natasha Grasso necklace, Project Social top, Zara blazer, Textile Elizabeth & James jeans, Proenza Schouler pumps (old, try these), and Bally bag (similar).
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