Kery Hummel is director of Health Systems Development of the Maryland Health Resources Planning Commission. He's a Texan who moved to Western Maryland 13 years ago. He dresses to suit his personality and active lifestyle -- sturdy denim jackets, boots, unique jewelry and smart hats.
How would you describe your taste in clothing?
My tastes are complex and emotional. I dress not only for the job I am doing, but for my mood. I can wear a suit with a wild, funky tie when I feel extroverted, or a subtle, somber tie when I need to think or I feel low. My moods also show in the shoes and hats I wear.
What's the newest item in your closet?
My bed and breakfast guests just gave me a sweatshirt that has a replica of the Maryland skipjack postage stamp on it. They've stayed at my place in Cumberland several times, so they know I have a sailboat.
What's the oldest thing in your closet?
A pair of gold cuff links that belonged to my grandfather and an old pocket watch with the chain and fob that belonged to a great uncle.
Do you have a true standby that you wear to feel good?
My true standby is jeans, striped shirt, old navy blazer and boots. For work, a navy blue pinstripe three-piece suit with a red power tie. Both outfits make me feel good about me, my jobs or both.
What have you kept for sentimental reasons?
A green mohair sweater my parents bought for my 16th birthday. I still wear it and it makes me feel good.
What is your wardrobe weakness?
Hats and shoes. I have them for all occasions -- dress, casual, Western, beach, or sports. I even have a nightcap and bed socks for those cold winter nights in Cumberland.
What's the most expensive item in your closet?
I haven't bought it yet. There is always tomorrow when I may purchase an article of clothing that I cannot live without; one that would send my budget reeling, but not yet.
What's the least expensive item in your closet?
Probably one of the things that I bought at Goodwill, a garage sale or a surplus shop.
What's the wildest outfit you ever bought?
My great aunt went to Australia and bought me one of those leather hats that buttons on the side. So I went on a rampage to find one of the outback, oil-coated overcoats they wear in Australia and finally got one from Australia Outfitters. Recently a friend of mine was in New Zealand and brought me a kit that I
can use to re-oil the coat to keep it waterproof.
Do you have any shopping tips you'd like to share?
Buy what you want and shop til you drop.
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