I wore the hand-me-downs from the three older boys who lived katycorner to our house. When I got older, my father took me to Brooks Brothers for a navy sportcoat and tan slacks. The tie was navy and red thick diagonal stripes. The shoes were penny loafers. The haircut was a bowl over the head and removal of any hair sticking out from under the lip. This approach to fashion prepared me for my twenties to travel abroad for extended periods, without leaving a phone number, so I could write, let my hair grow out, and dress in the simplest of rags.