How would you describe your taste in clothing?Ecletic...

CANDID CLOSET

September 26, 1990

How would you describe your taste in clothing?

Ecletic, fashionably conservative, a mixed bag. For example, I love European style clothing, the no-vent look with pleated pants. But I also love the cowboys boots and hat that I recently bought in Phoenix. I'll wear the boots in Baltimore, but not the hat.

What's the newest thing in your closet?

I just returned from Toronto where I bought five vintage ties. These old ties are colorful and wide ties and making a comeback. Companies are now making copies of the 1940s patterned ties -- Format and Modules is one brand. Men should try them before they say they won't wear them. They look great with conservative suits.

What's the oldest thing in your closet?

My two oldest things I've kept for sentimental reasons. My 1958 City College jacket and my bar mitzvah tie.

Do you have a true "standby" that you wear to feel good?

Sure. It's also the most expensive item of clothing in my closet, a conservative brown pin-stripe suit, that I wear with a white shirt and one of my more subdued ties. This is my banker's type outfit.

If you had a chance to have dinner with the person you'd most like to meet, who would that be and what would you wear?

Since I'm a musician and I love jazz, it would be Frank Sinatra or Mel Torme. I would wear an unconstructed sports coat, shirt buttoned to the top with no tie, baggy pleated pants and comfortable shoes.

What is your wardrobe weakness?

Ties and shirts are my weakness. I have more than I will ever wear -- probably 150 ties. I can't resist ties. I bought a really funky hand painted tie recently in New York. One of my daughters is an artist and she got me interested in vintage clothing.

I have about 80 all cotton, solids or striped fitted shirts. I like to wear a collar bar and many have French cuffs. I even wear button-downs occasionally .

What's the least expensive item in your closet?

I got a good buy on several sport coats at SYNS discount store. They were about $125 each.

What's the wildest outfit you've ever bought?

Wild is relative. I wear a lot of unconstructed things -- jackets with T-shirts or collarless shirts. It's my semi-sloppy look, but I don't consider them wild.

What are your favorite accessories?

I like braces. I have a collection of braces and a collection of pocket patches that are coordinated with my ties.

Do you have any shopping tips you'd like to share?

I like buying discount, because when it's no longer in style, it's not too expensive to bolster your wardrobe again. You can always dress conservatively and you rarely have to replace your clothing. But it's not as much fun.

If you could have anything you wanted, what would it be?

I would start having my shirts and suits custom made.

Do you know some special dressers? Tell Sylvia Badger what makes them special. Write to Candid Closet, Evening Sun Fashion, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21278.

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