Picking a tie: Not a knotty problem for David Lowry

CANDID CLOSET

January 06, 1994|By Mary Corey | Mary Corey,Staff Writer

If you're looking for David Lowry at Heartfest next Saturday, he'll be the one in the navy blazer, gabardine trousers and maroon tie.

OK, so maybe that won't set him apart from other well-dressed men at the benefit for Johns Hopkins Hospital's Henry Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease. But no matter, says Mr. Lowry, the center's senior clinical program coordinator.

When it comes to clothes, he sticks with the classics, letting the bold dressers break in the trends.

Mr. Lowry, 32, credits his wife Helene with perfecting his taste, though. If he's struggling with a decision in the morning, he has no qualms about waking her to ask for advice.

"She answers, grunts a little and rolls over," he says.

How would you describe your style?

Ninety-five percent comes from Britches of Georgetown. I wear pleated slacks with cuffs and button-down shirts. My ties probably set me apart. I have 35 different ties. My wife considers me to be conservative, but Hopkins is a very conservative environment. Here my ties aren't conservative.

What do you consider too conservative?

Lace-up dress shoes, paisley or striped ties and seersucker suits.

What takes the most time shopping?

I spend the most time selecting ties. Ties can change an entire wardrobe. I had my paisley phase, a few years of stripes, the florals a year or two ago and geometrics last spring. Now I'm into power ties -- reds and maroons with abstract designs.

What would you consider your boldest garment?

A tuxedo I bought a year ago for a formal event at the Baltimore Museum of Art. I'm the most uncomfortable when wearing it. With the cummerbund, cuff links and bow tie, it's taken me 30 minutes to get into it.

How does your weekend style differ?

I wear pleated blue jeans, button-down shirts and cardigan sweaters. If I'm not in that, I'm wearing sweats.

What one thing would you most like to change about your wardrobe?

I'd like to throw in more Italian style, clothing by Hugo Boss, Giorgio Armani.

What keeps you from doing that?

Cost. They're very expensive.

When it comes to clothes, what's your price limit?

For ties, $50 and suits $450.

Does your 2 1/2 -year-old son Christopher share your taste?

My wife has seen to it that he's following in my fashion footsteps. He wears little cardigan sweaters, pleated pants, blue jeans and tennis shoes.

If you could take someone along on a shopping trip, who would you most like to invite?

Richard Gere. I remember thinking the suits he wore in "Pretty Woman" were striking.

What's the worst holiday present you received?

A pair of plaid shorts. I looked at them once and realized I'd never find myself in them.

Do you know some dressers? Let us know. Write to Mary Corey, The Baltimore Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278.

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