5 Tips for Dressing Well According to Sid Washburn

by Dara Klatt

One of the nation’s finest (and perhaps kindest) menswear designers and retailers – with shops in Georgetown, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas and Los Angeles – shares enduring style sense for the modern man. 

The man himself; owner of Sid Mashburn, designer of menswear and proprietor of third-party retailers with stores in Georgetown, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles and pop-ups in New York City.

CLEAN & PRESS Do not overlook the basics. Keep your shoes shined, your clothes pressed, your breath fresh, your mouth clean and smile. It’s usually the first thing people notice even before what you’re wearing.

Santoni Men’s Ribona Lace-Up Dress Shoes ($2,500), Neiman Marcus, Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW, neimanmarcus.com


TAILOR Find the best tailor you like and trust. Wearing clothes that fit you properly makes all the difference.*

Paul Smith Men’s Slim-Fit Navy Loro Piana Wool Pants ($775), paulsmith.com



RESTRAIN Your outfit only needs one lead singer…restraint is a virtue.

Sid Mashburn Kincaid No.3 Ticket Pocket Jacket in Navy Cashmere Hopsack ($2,250), Sid Mashburn, 3206 N St. NW, www.sidmashburn.com

OVERDRESS For any occasion, lean overdressed rather than underdressed. It shows courtesy and respect to the people you’re with. And with a jacket, always include a pocket square, otherwise that space looks empty.

The Tie Bar Dusty Rose Native Herringbone Pocket Square ($10), The Tie Bar, 1431 P St. NW, thetiebar.com


TUCK Tuck your shirt in. Even on the weekend. It’s a simple way to make your appearance just a little crisper.

Charles Tyrwhitt Slim Fit White Non-Iron Poplin Shirt ($110), Tysons Corner Center, 1961 Chain Bridge Rd., ctshirts.com


 *WL BONUS TIP Step up the sizzle for a special occasion with a statement piece, such as a handcrafted couture lapel pin.

Mindy Lam Sky and Denim Nostalgia Lapel Pin with Signature Swarovski Crystal Blooms ($458), mindylam.com


*Need a master tailor or a wardrobe update? Head to the Sid Mashburn store in Georgetown at 3206 N St. NW.

Published in our September 2019 issue. 

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