For menswear, it is a game of inches. How a jacket sits even off an 1/8 of an inch of your shoulder, makes a difference in a look.

How much of a shirt cuff are you showing in relation to your jacket and the sleeve. For a French cuff shirt or a button cuff shirt, it should reach to the root of the thumb at all times. The barrel of the cuff should wrap around your wrist in a comfortable and smooth horseshoe.

Check out the shirt/suit/tie contrast. This might be odd to hear, but your face should be the one drawing more attention than what you have on. When thinking about contract, you are basically replicating how your hair contrasts to your skin tone.

How much break you get in your pants. Have your pants be just long enough to sit on top of the shoe, creating a very minimal crease. Try a hemline that is approximately 3/8″ longer on the heel of your shoe.

All these little things, add up to be everything.

When you take that last look in the mirror before you leave your house, apartment, if it doesn’t improve your day, if it doesn’t say, “Bring it on, I’m ready,” then you’re not spending your money wisely, and it will effect your bottom line.


Since 2005, Dash’s of Old Town brings a knowledge-based approach to menswear. Specializing in made to measure Italian mens suits from Luigi Bianchi and custom made shirts, the King Street storefront also showcases Italian made off the rack suit creations as well as Made in the USA button down mens shirts. Opened by Victor Dash, a Washingtonian local armed with over 30 years in menswear retail experience, provides an exceptional, highly rated and recommended menswear experience.