Welcome to "How to Dress", a Buck & Breck series in which I pick out a D.C. neighborhood and based on its local culture, vibe, and aesthetics, try to come up with a way to optimally dress for that area. In addition to giving the feel of the neighborhood, I also provide my top three picks for mens fashion and grooming spots that are worth a visit. Feel free to provide any input on anything I missed or other places I should check out in the comments section.
Outside of the White House, Capitol Building, or Washington Monument, Georgetown is probably one of the most iconic places associated with the nation’s capital.
Georgetown is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city and you can certainly feel it from its historic architecture, winding brick sidewalks, and cobblestone streets. For the past few decades, this particular part of the city has grown to attract only the most affluent segment of the city’s denizens, often described as one of the most preppy places on the east coast (likely due to the proximity of Georgetown University, one of the oldest and more expensive private universities in the US).
Taking into account the sort of crowd that hangs there, Georgetown has a lot of hyped up fashion expectations – it's not the type of neighborhood to just roll out of bed and take a stroll in without feeling a little self-conscious. To appropriately mesh into the crowds, it takes a bit more curation of your wardrobe to really make the “Georgetown look” click.
Now you don’t have to go the whole nine yards of rocking docksiders, salmon shorts, and a popped polo – in fact, there’s a way to create a great look with a hint of preppy without going overboard on the J Crew or Vineyard Vines.
Here is what I picked out to what to wear in Georgetown –
Wax Canvas Jacket - Taylor Stitch
I absolutely love the rugged, high-quality aesthetics of Taylor Stitch. Their latest addition to their outerwear collection, The Rover Jacket, is stunning and a great example of how to break out of the Barbour jacket blackhole that is D.C. fashion (nothing but love for Barbour, I do love their jackets.) This jacket is beautiful and pragmatic (it actually will hold up to the elements) - and at the price point, it's not a bad deal for a very high-quality outerwear shell for the fall.
Walland Shirt Button Down - Billy Reid
This shirt is fantastic - comfy, keeps in line with the rugged yet preppy aesthetic of the outfit. Billy Reid shirts are of the best quality you can find and tend to last a while if you take care of them. They also have a location in Georgetown - but I'll get into that later in the article.
Merino Wool-Cashmere Sweater - Ralph Lauren
Okay, so you'll have to forgive the rest of the model's outfit in this photo (that belt and wrist jewelry are painful to look at), but the sweater itself is perfect for the Georgetown look. The material texture is different enough from the rest of the outfit to give it eye-catching variety, while the color of the sweater blends perfectly with the gray tones of the shirt. RL has a lot of pieces that tip toe that line of preppy yet accessible - which is perfect for what we're putting together.
Solid Black Wool Tie - Tie Bar
To complete the look for the top part of this outfit, I'm throwing in a wool tie which completes the prep look - the colors differ enough from the sweater yet matches the dark accents of the Billy Reid button down. The material and style is enough to give the feel of preppiness for the whole outfit without throwing it in your face with a vineyard vines hat or a tie covered in dudes on horses.
Selvedge Jeans - Taylor Stitch
I keep dipping back in their well in terms of items for this outfit, but I can't help it - these guys make great rugged, workwear-esque pieces that maintain a very nice prep look. Their jeans are no different - great quality, solid stitching, and goes well with any and all outfits.
Suede Jones Boots - Frye
Nothing wraps up the casual yet dressy Georgetown look with a pair of nice boots to go along with your selvedge jeans - a pair of suede boots from Frye. I know this brand can be pricey, but you pay for the quality. A pair of Fryes that are well-taken care of can last a very long time. These boots look amazing and pair nicely with everything else (particularly the earth tones in the jacket and shirt) in your outfit.
With regards to shopping and places to check out for men’s fashion/grooming, here are a few places in the neighborhood that are worth checking out.
Billy Reid - 3211 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007
In keeping with the ‘high-class southern vibes’ of D.C., there’s no better place to shop than Billy Reid. Albeit their clothes do err on the side of being more expensive (this is an article about Georgetown after all), there’s no denying that everything they make is made with very high-quality material and really stand out in terms of aesthetics to the normal fare of what you see in the city.
Barbour - 3221 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007
You can’t talk prep fashion without mentioning Barbour. The store is on the smaller side compared to other cities, but their jackets are (as always) out-of-control awesome. Barbour jackets are notoriously expensive, but you can’t deny their durability and quality – as my friend once told me, if you take care of a Barbour jacket appropriately, you can pass it on to your son/daughter and so on for his kids.
Tuckernuck - 1052 Potomac St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Last but certainly not least, is Tuckernuck – an iconic Georgetown-based retailer that has grown from an exclusively digital retailer to their first Brick & Mortar on Potomac St. To say the least, this place is pretty much the definition of G-Town prep – and people love it. They’re pretty good on price, and if you enjoy that east coast chic aesthetic, this place is totally your jam.