Each month, Coast Monthly peeks into the closets of some of the most fashionable people on the upper Texas Coast.
Occupation: Senior staff cardiologist, chief health policy officer, Baylor Scott & White Health (Temple/Dallas); Courtney Centennial Endowed Chair in Medical Humanities and professor of Medicine and Humanities, Texas A&M University.
Style icon: Sean Connery.
Favorite designers: Tori Richard, shirts; Ralph Lauren, suits; Jerry Garcia, ties.
Favorite place to shop locally: Cruz Cortez Clothiers.
Best place to snap up a fashion
bargain: Cruz Cortez Clothiers.
Favorite online fashion store: “Being 6-foot-4 with a size 15 shoe, I have to try everything on.”
Favorite place to shop in the world: Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile in Chicago.
Dream fashion purchase: “A suit that costs the price of an ounce of gold.”
Fashion crime: Wearing black socks with open-toe sandals.
Favorite trends this season: Fedora hats and vests.
Celebrity wardrobe you’d love to raid: “John Cleese. He is tall enough and may still have some of his Monty Python attire.”
Tan straw-brimmed hat by Bailey of Hollywood: “This is very lightweight —good for wearing on the coast as it gives lots of protection from the sun, much more so than ball caps.”
Tori Richard “Boat Day Aloha” Hawaiian shirt: “This is a great tropical shirt with colorful island scenes, including a large lei on the back. Cotton Lawn is a weave that Tori Richard uses to give it a lighter feel.”
Black elephant handmade boots by Rodney Ammons in Dallas: “These were given to me as a gift by the Texas Medical Association staff in recognition of when I was president of the American Medical Association 2009-10. The year I was president of the Texas Medical Association, 2000-01, is on the right boot and the year I was AMA president is on the left. When they gave me the boots, they said, ‘We always want you to remember that the TMA will always be on your right.’”
Jerry Garcia ties: From left: Dawn at the Ritz-Carlton Collection Eight; Birdland Collection 62; and Duckworm Alarm Collection 58. “I wore the horizontal striped tie at the White House in 2009 when I met President Obama. I was president-elect of the American Medical Association and represented them as the physician component to interact with the President about what we could do to lower health care costs. I have about 40 Jerry Garcia ties; even though I was not a Grateful Dead fan — I just love the vibrant colors and patterns.”
Pink flamingo and green turtle socks: “Since I wear a size 15 shoe, it’s hard to find socks that fit. I found these at the ‘big and tall’ department at Nordstrom in Chicago.”