Washington is probably the Dress Shirt Capital of the World, but amid the sea of billowing oversize Oxford shirts and blousy-sleeved buttondowns on the Metro every morning, the well-fitting silhouette of a Hugh and Crye dress shirt stands out.
The secret? Nine cuts for every style, based on height and body type, instead of the generic neck-size shirts at department stores. Until last month Hugh and Crye didn't have a retail location, which meant you had to guess at your correct size or wait for the occasional pop-up store. Now, however, finding the perfect fit is a lot easier. The new Hugh and Crye office/studio space on O Street is a minimalist spot with skylights and exposed beams, with the shirts hanging on simple rolling racks. If something catches your eye, it's easy to try on, and the staff is good about judging whether you should be wearing a short-slim or an average-slim.
The shop is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, and sometimes even later. (Call ahead if you want to drop by after 7.) The only caveat: Customers are asked to call ahead before stopping in on weekends.
-- Fritz Hahn (July 22, 2011)