Steve Sobelman is a clinical psychologist in private...

CANDID CLOSET

May 08, 1991

Steve Sobelman is a clinical psychologist in private practice and an associate professor of psychology at Loyola College. His interests are listening to music and playing the guitar, sax and piano, reading anything that stimulates his imagination, dabbling with computers and traveling.

How would you describe your taste in clothing?

It's a bit eclectic. My taste ranges from wearing Hugo Boss to cut-offs and bare feet. However, I don't mix and match clothes.

What's the newest thing in your closet?

A Nicole Miller tie. I have about five and they're like paintings. My favorite one is covered with all the things you'd find in a medicine cabinet.

What's the oldest thing in your closet?

When I don't wear clothes for a while, I give them away. So the oldest things in my closet are probably jeans cut-offs.

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

It's almost like I have uniforms -- for my office I wear ties, braces, slacks, shirts, no jacket; when I teach I wear sweaters and slacks; at home whatever suits the mood or purpose. I feel most comfortable wearing a shirt with tie and matching braces and socks.

I have trouble buying off-the-rack clothes, so I have to have all my suits, sportcoats and shirts made.

What's the most expensive item in your closet?

Watches. I don't know how many I have, but it's definitely too many.

What's the least expensive item in your closet?

Socks.

What's the wildest outfit you ever bought?

The wildest thing I ever wore was a gorilla suit. But the wildest things I ever bought were Nehru suits, doubleknits and polyester shirts.

I also used to have hair half way down my back and wore head bands and tie-dyes. I was scary looking.

What are your favorite accessories?

Ties, socks and braces. (Suspenders snap, braces button.) I can wear a white shirt and change it into different outfits by switching matching socks, braces and ties. It's a poor man's way of having lots of outfits.

I probably own 75 braces, 100 ties and 50 pairs of socks. I like to wear my Trafalgar braces (covered with statues of naked women) with pink and black socks and a black and white squiggly tie.

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

I'd like to meet Stephen Hawkins, because I think he's the most brilliant man in the world, the Einstein of today. As a matter of fact, I'd like to have a dinner party with Hawkins, Einstein, Isaac Asimov, Buckminster Fuller, Steven Spielberg and my wife, Sloane Brown. I'd wear something casual and just listen to what they had to say.

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

Only that you get what you pay for.

If you could buy anything in the world that you wanted, what would that be?

A retirement villa on the Mediterranean where my friends could come and visit.

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