How would you describe your taste in clothing?My taste is...

CANDID CLOSET

October 17, 1990

How would you describe your taste in clothing?

My taste is evolving from the very corporate, conservative look to something a little more casual. As a corporate executive, I wore mostly suits, but now that I'm a retailer, I'm changing, getting more hip. I'm definitely in transition and who knows what may happen?

What's the newest thing in your closet?

White sport coats, off-white suits, tan and beige slacks and white turtlenecks. I have to carry out my theme.

What's the oldest thing in your closet?

It's the flight jacket that I wore when I was a Marine Corps pilot

TC back in the late '60s, early '70s. My nephews have begged me for it, but I can't part with it.

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

I have a nice black and white checked silk jacket that I wear with crisp black or tan slacks. It looks good with a solid white shirt or a dark maroon shirt with a green and gold pattern. I wear the shirt buttoned up with no tie.

Do you have a special outfit that's just hanging around waiting for you to lose a few pounds?

I have a couple of pairs of pants that tell me I should be running a little more. I try to run about four times a week.

What is your wardrobe weakness?

Ties and sport coats. I own at least 75 ties and maybe 10 sport coats that I actually wear.

What's the most expensive item in your closet?

My new tuxedo.

What's the least expensive item in your closet?

A T-shirt.

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

I once owned a Ralph Lauren rainbow jacket that had vertical rainbow stripes of red, purple, yellow and green. It was a nicely tailored cotton jacket that was fun to wear. Someone once asked if I'd left the batteries home. It was wild and crazy and I wore it until it fell apart.

What are your favorite accessories?

Cuff links. I enjoy wearing French cuff shirts, which maybe 70 per cent of my shirts are.

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

The most important thing for men to do is to find a shop with an experienced sales staff -- someone who knows how to put the shirts, ties and jackets together. I work with one man who has great taste and good ideas on how to blend things. You might have to spend a little money, but you look much better.

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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