Your Style: Charlie Moore

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Your Style. Charlie Moore.

Charlie L. Moore: Dignified teacher, traditional standard-bearer

Motto: Never be misrepresented by your clothing choices.

Moore, director of education and training in Mayo Clinic's Department of Development, was born in a small town, Belzoni, in the Mississippi Delta.

"I came to Rochester by way of La Crosse, Wis., where I was employed by Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center," Moore said. "As a child, I had always known of Mayo Clinic, so when the opportunity presented itself to be a part of the Mayo family, I jumped for it. I am married and we have one son, a college junior, who we are very proud of."

How do you view your style?


My style can best be described as classic, comfortable and in tune with the nature of the environments in which I work and live.

Where did this vision originate?

My style was born through understanding color match, my environment and having well-caring people who helped me to understand that my dress was also part of who I am. You will never find my clothing not to represent who I believe that I am.

Who in particular helped you establish your outlook on style?

Most of the men of my family in the generation before me where classic dressers and always provided advice to the younger men as to what was appropriate to wear. We were taught to carry ourselves with dignity.

Does your style reflect and support your professional role?

My style is reflective of how I feel comfortable in representing myself and my family. However it does support my professional role.

What is the most essential piece in your wardrobe?


The most important piece, in my opinion, is a good pair of shoes that are versatile and durable. Must have two pairs, brown and black.

What should every well-dressed man possess?

Awareness as to what may be the best design for their personality, physique and comfort.


A flair for individuality.

Does your style involve any extravagances?

I really don't believe in extravagance. My clothes aren't. I wear limited jewelry (watch, wedding band).

Is there something in your wardrobe people would find surprising?



Has your style changed over the years?

Not at all. I have learned to upgrade my classic approach but nothing beyond that.

Do you have a favorite color?

Blue in its many variations. It is the color that relaxes and excites me the most.

Is there a color that you do not like to wear?

Lime green.

On a personal note, if your household includes a pet, does that pet reflect your style?


No pets currently. I once had a goldfish that lived for nearly 15 years. If I had a pet now, it would be a small, family-friendly dog.

How would you describe your home decor?

Modern with hints on antiquity. Comfortable, clean and welcoming.

Would you like to offer any wardrobe advice?

Yes. Select clothing that is interchangeable in both color and style.

Do you hope your style is a model of sorts for young people or others?

No, I would suggest that they seek out modes of dress that reflect themselves but also realize what's appropriate for the environments in which they choose to live.

Parting thoughts on style?


We all should dress to impress ourselves, and by doing so we should be able to impress others. Be who you are!

Anne Murphy is a Rochester freelance writer who has been a professional journalist for more than 30 years.

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