Chris Wunder's style of dressing has some real snap

CANDID CLOSET

January 20, 1994|By Mary Corey | Mary Corey,Staff Writer

Chris Wunder's suspenders say it all. His 80 pairs -- featuring roosters, golfers, presidents and other patterns -- let him have fun with his clothes without appearing unprofessional.

On business trips, Mr. Wunder, co-owner of Receivables Management Corporation, a billing and collection company in Linthicum, says he's most often referred to as "the guy with the suspenders."

That suits him just fine.

"Look, I'm 6 foot 5," says Mr. Wunder, 35, who lives in Timonium. "I get a lot more comments about my suspenders than about being tall. That wasn't always the way."

How would you describe your style?

I consider myself a conservative dresser. The only thing out of the ordinary is that I own a lot of pairs of suspenders. I barely own a belt.

How did that start?

There's a prominent accountant in town who wore them a lot. I liked the look. Suspenders gave me the opportunity to take a basic gray suit and dress it up. In '87 or '88, I started buying some.

How do you choose them?

I have several different groups. I have eight or nine holiday pairs that

I wear from Thanksgiving to New Year's. I have shamrocks for St. Patrick's Day. I have bulls and bears, pictures of Abe Lincoln, St. Nicholas.

Do you ever feel silly wearing Abe Lincoln on your chest?

Not at all. It's a clean professional look. It's not a goofed-up look.

Which pair has elicited the strongest reaction?

Either Mona Lisa or George Washington. One day I was wearing the George Washington pair and a guy asked me, "Is that Barbara Bush?"

Where do you buy yours?

Right now the best assortment is at Nordstrom, but I buy some in Chicago, too. They usually run from $50 to $140.

Why do you wear them?

I think it dresses up what I wear. I like being a little different from the average businessman without looking out of the ordinary. A lot of times when I'm out of town I find that I'm referred to as the guy with the suspenders.

Does it complicate getting dressed in the morning?

One of the most difficult things is getting a tie that works. A tie with an exact pattern as the suspenders is a bad look. That's a no-no. I call it cheap.

What's your favorite look?

A dark charcoal gray suit, white shirt, a pair of black suspenders with a silver dollar pattern and a gray tie with red squares on it.

What about on the weekends?

I have one pair of clip-on suspenders. They're rubber with cartoon characters on them. I might wear those with jeans.

In this weather, how do you keep yourself looking good?

The one thing I swore I'd never do is wear galoshes. When I was a kid, my mother made me wear them and I thought they were dorky. Now I have a pair at the office and another pair at home. I'm never without 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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