Jim Clair

Jim Clair

Photo by CHRIS HUMPHREYS | The Voice-Tribune

What is your fashion view? 

Fashion goes beyond the clothes that one puts on each morning. It’s something that is instinctively part of a person, akin to having class or being a leader. It’s hard to point out why a person is any of these things, but when you see it, you know.

How do you describe your style? 

Classic, through and through. I wear jeans and a blazer to cover as many social situations as possible and will put on at least a collar any time I leave the house. I sport a full Windsor knot, a pocket square at all times and can tie my own bow tie. I also own two tuxedos – just in case.

What are your favorite pieces?  

My newest favorite piece is Roger, my fiancée Katie’s and my year-old Boxer. If you (know) my thoughts on fashion, he’s got it. You’d be hard pressed to find me without him. Article of clothing-wise, I rarely leave the house without a pocket square – and folded straight across – I can’t keep up with all those crazy designs Coach Pitino keeps putting out there.

Where is your favorite place to shop?  

I think this is where I’m supposed to name a slew of Louisville Bardstown Road boutiques and high-end men’s clothing stores, but I’d venture to say that 95 percent of my closet is from Stein Mart.

Who is your fashion icon, and why? 

It’s a tie between Scott Disick because he dresses like a 1890s oil baron – I mean he wears a 3-piece suit just to brush his teeth – and Justin Timberlake, the smoothest white man on the planet.

What’s your favorite fashion occasion?

My favorite days to dress for are Oaks and Derby. It is becoming humorous how much of my closet is being consumed by clothes I can wear four days a year, but that’s part of what makes Louisville so great. How many other cities in the world (have a day when) people put on their finest suits and dresses, just to go stomp around in the mud and cheer on tall horses being ridden by short men?