Dave McElroy is the owner of SilverShoe Graphics. He's a designer and illustrator, who is working on his next children's book about a little boy's fear of Little League baseball. He and his wife, Diana, own a horse breeding farm in Pennsylvania and they have a 7-year-old daughter, Sara.
How would you describe your taste in clothing?
Eclectic. What I wear depends on my mood. I think clothing is an attitude, so I need a wide range of clothes to fit all my attitudes. My clothes range from Armani suits to Gap jeans and I never buy anything that I can't mix with my other clothes. I cross everything.
What's the newest thing in your closet?
Gap polo shirts, I love the Gap because their clothing is 100 per cent wool, cotton or whatever.
What's the oldest thing in your closet?
Black gabardine Armani suit coats, which are the anchors to all my clothing.
Do you have a true standby that you wear to feel good?
My standbys are gabardine slacks, Perry Ellis white shirts and ties or jeans with white shirts and ties.
What have you held on to for sentimental reasons?
My shoes, I never let them go. If they rip, I have them stitched. My favorites are Cole Haan tasseled and shawled loafers. I wish I could find a nice pair of oxblood loafers. And I almost always wear shoes without socks.
What is your wardrobe weakness?
Khakis. I buy khakis all the time and often I don't wear them. It must be my Wally Cleaver thing, he wore khakis and short sleeve shirts. I hate short sleeved shirts, but I love khakis.
What's the most expensive item in your closet?
A silk wool-blend Hugo Boss suit. I never buy sportcoats, only solid colored suits, no patterns.
What's the least expensive item in your closet?
The socks I don't buy or polo shirts I get on sale.
What's the wildest outfit you ever bought?
I bought a shell white, black pin-stripe Yves St. Laurent, form fitting suit that I wore with a disco tie. I wore it once and had to live down being called Disco Dave. It definitely looked better on the rack than on me. Right after that I went to pleated pants.
What are your favorite accessories?
Ties. I probably have more than 100 and the wilder they are, the better I like them. No tie is too ugly to wear, except maybe regimental club ties. Basically my clothes are quiet, so my ties can be loud.
Do you have any shopping tips to share?
Don't buy the first thing you see. If you really like a certain suit or whatever, buy it, because if you think you look good, who cares. Buy for yourself and don't be trendy. I would never do a combo wardrobe, that I couldn't mix with all my other clothes. That's why I wear mostly white shirts, because most people cannot mix stripes and plaids.
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