Dress For Success: Best Places In Washington DC For Office Wear

March 5, 2013 8:00 AM

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Your Monday through Friday wardrobe deserves attention. Dressing for the office can prove difficult, as being comfortable is the most important concern and anything too revealing, too short or too tight is frowned upon in the workplace. Take a little extra time to get ready in the morning, particularly focusing on clothing choices, and it will make a world of difference — it sets the tone for your day.

D7 For Men
4238 Wilson Blvd., Suite 2220
Arlington, VA 22203
(703) 888-1905
D7 is an ideal store for men who require a suit and tie for work. Browse the fine Italian garments: suits, sport coats, pants, shirts, ties and shoes. D7 specializes in custom alterations to make men look and feel their best, a reason behind their exclusive clientele and lasting relationships. Professional clothier and owner, Karim Sefraoui, is on site daily to aid in the shopping process. D7 is easily accessible, located on the second floor of Ballston Common Mall in Arlington — just a few blocks from the Ballston Metro Station.
Davelle Clothiers
11904 Market St.
Reston, VA 20190
(703) 904-0011
www.davelleclothiers.comDavelle Clothiers, a custom clothing store for men, will celebrate a decade in business this year. The store is located in the heart of Reston Town Center. David Eisele is the brain behind Davelle Clothier. He graduated with a degree in men’s designs and has worked in the fashion industry ever since. Eisele considers himself — and employees at his store — image consultants. If you need help from all angles, Davelle Clothiers is there to provide any and all of their extensive dressing knowledge. Uncomfortable shoes or clothing make it impossible to concentrate, ultimately affecting your workday. With Davelle’s custom options, clothing will always fit like a glove. Consider scheduling a wardrobe consulting appointment to optimize your money spent.Related: Best Fashion Fix(es) In The DC Area

Hugh & Crye
3212 O St. N.W. #5
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 550-3807

Men in dire need of durable dress shirts can rely on Hugh & Crye, a booming new company that has perfected the anatomy of the shirt. The brains behind Hugh & Crye are in the business of fit and quality, making it their mission to bring a solution to the ill-fitting shirt. While Hugh & Crye is largely an online business, perspective buyers can visit Hugh & Crye in Georgetown for an intimate personal shopping experience where employees are hands on and completely dedicated to helping men find the right fit for their body. Ties and pockets squares are also available. Shirts start at $85 and ties are $45. Wear a Hugh & Crye shirt to the office, a no-brainer, and it’s hard not to look sharp.

Hu’s Wear
2906 M St. N.W.
Washington, DC 2007
(202) 342-2020
www.husonline.comHu’s Wear is a one-stop-shop for the areas largest collection of designer attire. While the clothing is definitely fashion-forward, much of the selection is also office-appropriate. The noteworthy runway looks are sure to start conversation at the water cooler. Hu’s has an assortment of button-down silk and printed blouses and tunics that cover enough skin yet remain super stylish. Knee-length, body-hugging dresses are an excellent addition to your closet because they make a simple statement and require little planning. The dresses at Hu’s may cost a pretty penny, but they are one-of-a-kind pieces that are guaranteed to last a lifetime. While you are already in Georgetown, be sure to stop by Hu’s Shoes for footwear that complements your new outfits.

Urban Chic
1626 Wisconsin Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 338-5398

A Georgetown secret, Urban Chic is off the beaten path but worth the venture off M Street. Urban Chic caters to the hip Washingtonians, with apparel for both men and women. Women can expect to find lifelong classics like an oxford shirt or trendier pieces like a colored blazer. One trip to Urban Chic is all one needs to find head-to-toe office wear — shoes and accessories included. The men’s assortment is comprised of durable dress shirts from loved brands such as Vineyard Vines. Urban Chic is ideal for casual Friday, for both men and women, because the jeans assortment is stellar — think 7 for all Mankind, Joe’s Jeans, Citizens of Humanity and more. The employees at Urban Chic are expert stylists and at every shopper’s disposal. There are also locations in both Bethesda and Baltimore.

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Kelly Johnston is a freelance writer living in D.C. She graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Fashion Retail and Merchandising and a minor in Journalism. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.