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.
Shaw is one of the hottest places to be in D.C. at the moment, being the biggest “boom” areas within the city. Of the many neighborhoods within the District, this particular area has seen a recent surge in the past five years of new restaurants, bars, and retail. Chrome, Frank & Oak, Steven Alan, La Lebo, Ministry of Supply, and the Barber of Hell’s Bottom are just a few of the latest men’s fashion and grooming places to crop up in this particular area.
Since Shaw is still on the rise, it’s a neighborhood that embraces experimentation – trying out new wardrobe combinations, au currant looks, and items that lean towards the edgier side of your closet.
As to what to wear in Shaw, I put the following outfit combination together –
Glasses have seen a big shift to the classic 60's looks, and I'm a big fan of the old-school round metal Ray Bans. They have a classic look to them without coming across as over-the-top or ostentatious, and they usually complement most faces.
Leather Bomber Jacket
Bomber jackets are a timeless look and a piece of outerwear that will never really go out of style - especially if you get creative on how to wear it. These jackets can be dressed up or dressed down depending on the rest of your outfit. I picked out this beautiful leather bomber from GANT, which is actually half-priced at the moment so if you're in the market for a high quality bomber jacket - check it out.
Short Sleeve Button Down
Denim and brown leather is a match made in heaven, and with the weather cooling down I picked out another great selection from GANT - a half button down pull-over that gives you a lot of wiggle room for pairing with muted crew shirts. It's also on sale at 50% off, so check it out via the button below.
I love autumn-themed chinos, and burgundy is a great color that goes with pretty much anything. It adds a great splash of color to any outfit, so I chose this pair from ASOS which are marked down to $19.50 from $33.00. ASOS has funny sizing sometimes but they're great about returns and finding the right fit - you can't argue with the price-point either.
Canvas High Tops
With the fall weather kicking in, this look will be complete that classic canvas high-tops look with the added touch of a more earth-toned green. I love PF Flyers, and they are of notoriously high quality and great design. It's a nice break from the typical Converses you see everywhere, and they are a very comfy pair of sneakers for your bar crawl in Shaw.
In terms of hot places to shop, here are a few stores that just arrived in the neighborhood that are worth checking out to up your wardrobe.
Frank & Oak - 1924 8th St NW #145, Washington, DC 20001
I’m a self-professed fan of these guys. Their clothing is incredibly well-priced for the quality you get, and all of their looks embrace a modern minimalist aesthetic. Their physical shop in Shaw is on the smaller side and doesn’t hold a ton of clothing, but their sales are fantastic and their online options are more than enough to keep you satiated.
Read Wall - 1921 8th St NW #105, Washington, DC 20001
If you have the proper funds, then I would recommend checking out Read Wall. It does err on what I would personally consider the pricier side; with that said, the price translates into pretty high quality clothing. This place defines that classic, American style cut and their polished outfits can make the grungiest guy look like a Kennedy. The added option for tailoring also ensures everything fits like a glove.
Warby Parker - 1924 8th St NW #105, Washington, DC 20001
As a guy who recently had to start wearing glasses in his late 20’s, I can’t help but feel like I’m in heaven when I walk into this store. Not only does it have some amazing styles for frames, but it’s relatively cheap ($99) compared to shelling out $150 for a pair of high-end designer frames. The process of ordering is also quite easy – you just have to wait for them to arrive in the mail. As an added kicker, there’s an optometrist on site who can give you an eye exam if you need a check-up.