STYLE FILE: Michael Mahoney

NAME: Michael Mahoney

AGE: 53

OCCUPATION: ACT/SAT prep instructor, Archbishop Rummel High School, Metairie

Tell us about what you’re wearing. “A Zegna navy blazer, Ralph Lauren shirt and bow tie — all from Rubenstein Brothers; white seersucker trousers, also Ralph Lauren, that I picked up cheaply at K&G; Allen Edmonds loafers with Psycho Bunny socks; and a NOLA Couture pocket square. The cuff links are from New Orleans Knots.”

What’s the best fashion advice you’ve ever gotten? “No one piece of advice stands out, but here’s what I’ve managed to figure out: Always let a girl pick out your clothes. The very best looking things I’ve got were all chosen by girls. My wife has far better taste in men’s clothing than I do. Also, there’s no reason to go around looking like a slob when it’s so easy not to, and you don’t have to be super rich to do it, either. As much as I like Rubenstein Brothers, I buy way more stuff at Italy Direct and K&G.”

What’s your favorite fashion trend right now? “The trend toward more trimly cut, more properly fit dress wear.”

Finish these sentences. I splurge on … “Dry cleaning. If you’re clean and pressed, you’re going to look OK.”

I skimp on … “Casual wear. If I can’t wear it to work, I don’t buy it.”

What’s your favorite accessory? “Pocket squares and socks.”

Name a celebrity whose closet you’d like to raid. “Irvin Mayfield. That guy is smooth. Or maybe Len Goodman on ‘Dancing with the Stars.’ Laugh if you want, but he’s a sharp dresser, and he’s unafraid of color.”

What’s the one grooming product you can’t live without? “Paul Mitchell Straight Works smoothing gel. Without it, my hair looks like a silver whisk broom.”

What was your worst fashion mistake? “I’ve made many of those. Just recently I got rid of a cream-colored, shadow-striped suit that I just loved, but that my wife rightly pointed out looked more like a costume than it did professional wear.”

Your house is on fire and you can only grab one thing out of your closet. What would it be? “This blazer. And, I would definitely try to run out the door in these loafers.”

Pam Bordelon

Advocate staff writer