Mon-Thu, noon-9pm; Fri-Sat, noon-11pm; Sun, noon-8pm
A, C, E at 14th St.; C, E at 23rd St.
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
A one-stop men's boutique for Chelsea day-wear and night-gear, The Starting Line's small, well-edited inventory of hand-picked designer goods can outfit discerning gents from head to toe, for the office and the club, with a visit to the gym in between. "Fitted" is the keyword here: Shirts, shorts, jeans, swimsuits and underwear by Buffalo, Hard 8, and NY Sporting Club are built for better bodies; hats, bags, belts, watches and wrist bands can be used to draw attention to a particularly appealing feature—or distract from any inadequacies of physique. A standard array of sneakers and sandals round out the full-body offerings; helpful staffers suggest mix-and-match. Not quite as big as Gerry's, not quite as fey as Universal Gear, The Starting Line fills in the gaps for the oft-stereotyped neighborhood.