From The Hill newspaper: THE FASHION CRITIC The fashion god The best-dressed men are the ones who look as though they haven't tried too hard even if they have. One such specimen is Rep. David Dreier (R-Calif.). For years, whenever the subject of men's fashion arose on the Hill, I was told by his male colleagues, "Talk to David Dreier." So I caught up with him on a recent morning in the Speaker's Lobby. He was walking briskly down the carpeted hallway in a very clean and crisp light-beige suit. I had to run a little to catch him. Finally, he stopped for a few moments on a cream-colored marble staircase to discuss the origins of his fashion sense, which, by the way, he doesn't think he has. Perfectly gracious about his own attire, he said he doesn't particularly think he's well-dressed. "It's a sad commentary," he said, if he's the basis of a fashion piece. But what else would you expect to hear from a man whose choice of attire is understated and proper? Certainly no declaration that, yes, he looks ravishing in beige and gray pinstripes. Others, however, think Dreier is a snappy dresser. He was among Washingtonian's best-dressed lawmakers in 2002, as were fashion goddess Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the never camera-shy Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.). "He's quite the fashion plate," said a Capitol Police officer who sees him often in the hallways. Said another, "I would say it's the proximity to Rodeo Drive." But really, how foolish. His dress has nothing to do with his association to movie stars such as Bo Derek, whom he once dated, and everything to do with how he was raised. "My father always thought I dressed slovenly," said Dreier. "He was a drill sergeant in the Marines. He instilled in me the notion of being neat and clean." And neat and clean he is, although he speaks about his clothing as though he doesn't care where he buys it. His favorite places to shop include Brooks Brothers, Nordstrom's and tailors "wherever I can find them." I'm not buying his carefree attitude.