Four years ago, Dr. Troy Scroggins came to Baltimore from Kansas as a fellow in radiation oncology at University of Maryland Hospital. He is obviously very popular, because several young women in his office recommended him for Candid Closet. He stays in shape playing basketball and working out at a gym. Troy is married to Lynne, the director of ambulatory care at the hospital.
How would you describe your taste in clothing?
Elegantly casual. I borrowed those words from my sister-in-law. I like to wear plaid shirts with paisley or plaid ties, or striped shirts with paisley ties. It's rare that I wear traditional shirts.
What's the newest thing in your closet?
A wool and cashmere olive colored sport coat that I bought at Saks.
What's the oldest thing in your closet?
I don't have too may old things, because I tend to purge clothes I don't wear. I think the oldest thing I have is a bow tie, the first one I bought after I learned how to tie them.
Do you have a true "standby" that you wear to feel good and look good when you're in doubt?
It's the most conservative thing I own, a worsted wool gray plaid suit. I guess I wear it when I want to blend in to the crowd.
What have you held on to for sentimental reasons?
A brown shirt with a white collar that my father gave me. It is so ugly that I've never worn it, but I hang on to it because my father gave it to me. I don't have that problem with presents anymore, now I tell people what I like and that way they don't have to guess.
If you had a chance to have a quiet little dinner with the person you'd most like to meet, who would that be and what would you wear?
Somebody entertaining like Wynton Marsalis, he was recently on the cover of Time. I love jazz and it's said that he's the best jazz trumpeter in the world. What to wear is tough, since he's also a sharp dresser. I'd probably wear my olive jacket that I just bought with a white linen sportshirt, a black tie with a gold print, black and white houndstooth pants and black suede slippers.
Do you have a special outfit that's just hanging around waiting for you to lose a few pounds?
I did, but working out at the gym has taken care of that. Now I can wear my suede leather pants.
What is your wardrobe weakness?
Ties. My taste in ties tends to be eccentric and I have developed a weakness for unusual print ties, some might say weird prints. I have about a dozen of those types of ties, so far.
What's the most expensive item in your closet?
A wool Armani topcoat.
What's the least expensive item in your closet?
A shirt that I bought at Hutzler's downtown when it was going out of business.
What's the wildest outfit you've ever bought?
In the late '70s, I bought a pair of bright red, polyester, bell-bottom pants with sequins on the pockets. Luckily, my parents had a small fire and the polyester pants went up in smoke.
Do you think doctors have good taste in clothing?
From what I've seen, internal medicine doctors seem to have the worst taste in clothes while surgeons seem to have the best taste.
Does your wife buy clothes for you?
My wife loves to shop, but she doesn't buy unless it's on sale. She'll buy me most anything, but ties.
Do you have any shopping tips to share?
I learned the Golden Rule of shopping from my wife -- everything eventually goes on sale, so wait. And try to have your own individual look, not a mannequin look.
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