Michael E. Ward is a self-employed CPA and a golfing bachelor who finds the end of tax season and the beginning of golf weather a blessed time of year. He is a devout Irishman and is currently the president of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Baltimore.
How would you describe your taste in clothing?
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I like bow ties with pin-stripe suits and button-down shirts for basics. For shock effect on friends, I'll wear a blue blazer and bow tie with Bermuda shorts to the Hunt Cup races whenever I think I can get away with it.
What's the newest thing in your closet?
A yellow cotton sweater from Pine Lakes Country Club in Myrtle Beach which I won for being the best dressed evening golfer.
What's the oldest thing in your closet?
It's a herringbone sport coat I bought when I was a junior at Loyola College. It looks like hell, but it feels great. It's an old friend with a long memory.
What have you kept for sentimental reasons?
I have old orange corduroy slacks that have been lucky for me. I bought a replacement pair last year, but they don't feel the same. A very good friend hates them and I wear them to agitate him as much as anything.
What is your wardrobe weakness?
Ties. I like the very same striped ties now that I liked 20 years ago. It's a weakness by current trendy standards but not by mine. I passed on the leisure suit with the sideburns and now I'm passing on the overdone tie patterns.
What's the most expensive thing in your closet?
They're exotic skin cowboy boots I borrowed from a friend.
What's the least expensive?
An over-sized flannel sport coat which was a present from a disgruntled former fiancee.
What is the wildest outfit you've ever worn?
Pale purple Bermuda shorts printed with iridescent sharks. I wore them with a navy sport coat in the night spots at Myrtle Beach. They now reside in a hazardous waste site in a small town in North Carolina. Guess it was the iridescence.
Do you have shopping tips to share?
At the risk of offending my friends in the retail business I recommend shopping from catalogs when possible. Men's sizes are pretty standard and I am not hard to fit. Catalog shopping saves time, aggravation and sales tax. My favorites are L. L. Bean, Lands' End and Patagonia.
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