Sure, history's happening here tomorrow. But seriously, what are you gonna do, stand around in the cold with a runny nose, getting your toes trampled and straining to see over the shoulders of the 40,000 people in front of you? Pshaw.
Just in case that's not your thing, head on down to Old Town and bask in the glory of consignment goodies. Diva (116 S. Pitt St., Alexandria, Va.) is dishing out 75% discounts on all fall and winter merch. The shop's open today AND tomorrow, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
So if you're still ISO the perfect inaugural get-up (seriously, what have you been WAITING for?), check out brands such as Tory Burch, Marc Jacobs, Prada, Chanel and Diane von Furstenburg. Women's clothing, shoes and accessories are new or nearly new, and no one at the balls will be any the wiser re: your incredible bargain-hunting skills.
And since all the tourists are gonna be on the Mall anyway, you'll be safe to shop in relative seclusion.