Glimpsed: Baltimore

Michael `Shoeless' Phillips

March 25, 2007|By Tanika White | Tanika White,Sun Reporter

Many have hailed the merits of the Enoch Pratt Library, for all its academic and cultural attributes. But one of the best things about the grand building on Cathedral Street is its egalitarian magnetism.

The Pratt attracts any and all ages, races, classes, lifestyles - and, best of all, fashions.

From suits and briefcases to sneakers and backpacks, the daily dress code is come as you are.

On this day, we found an example of the Pratt's daily style soup in Michael Phillips, who showcased his own stylish take on business casual.

Michael "Shoeless" Phillips

Age: 32

Residence: Mount Vernon

Job: Painter

Self-described style: "I think I'm a rave kid who's matured into fatherhood and developed my style."

The look: Striped, short-sleeved button-up shirt. Patterned tie. Ultra-wide bell-bottom jeans by Kickwear. Down outer vest. Sneakers.

Where it came from: Shirt from Kohl's. Tie purchased "at a thrift store somewhere." Bell-bottoms found on eBay. Sneakers and vest, given to him by a friend.

How to grow a handlebar mustache: "You have to let the hair grow. So you have to have a little patience. And then you keep shaving above the lip and letting these [edges] grow out. And then, all-natural beeswax is the best thing to use [for shaping]. I used a product for dreadlocks because I don't like those Vaseline-type products."

From raves to responsibility: "As I've gotten older and become a father and a businessman, I've kept some elements of that old style, but added some mature elements, like a collared shirt and a tie."

Some things stay: "The handlebar mustache. That's one thing I kept. I make my own trousers, as well. So that's part of the old style."

Other things go: "I've done away with all my T-shirts at this point. I only wear collared shirts. That's just kind of one more big step toward maturity."

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