In case you are wondering whether people notice clothes (I myself used to wonder):
I was walking back to the office from the Metro station this morning, briefcase in hand, after a court appearance, and feeling a bit ratty. I was wearing
-an unremarkable charcoal JAB Executive suit
-this shirt in blue, with some brushed aluminum cufflinks from Filene's, but the sleeves have gotten too short and the colar too tight after a rather small number of trips to the cleaners
-a basic $20 "Burma Bibas" tie from Filene's--diagonal stripes in white, cream, blue, and navy
-a white pocket square
and a gentleman, in passing, said, "You look fantastic!"
It didn't quite make my day, but it sure helped.