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What I Wear to Work: John Day of Rooks Advertising

This London native likes his style to stand out.

By Alicia King Robinson May 17, 2016

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You wouldn’t know by looking at him, but this creative chap speaks with a charming English accent, and his definitive fashion sense packs a precise and powerful punch.

WHO: London native John Day, 25, creative director at Lakewood-Ranch based Rooks Advertising

WHAT I DO: I got my degree in environmental science from Florida State University, but I did graphic design and did some freelance work through school.

Today, I meet with clients like the Meadows Country Club and talk about their creative needs. As a team we strategize the marketing for a client – whether it's monthly or a one-time plan to see what mediums best fit their requests. We do everything from websites, videography, social media and all kinds of advertising.

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MY STYLE: I would say my style is unique and has a high-quality European flair.

I look for things that not everyone owns. I try to stand out from the norm. And I never wear socks except with sneakers. It’s just a personal style choice.

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HOW HAS YOUR STYLE EVOLVED? It’s changed so much. I was a disaster in high school. I wore Dickies that you had to pull up every 15 seconds then I went through a preppy phase. In my early 20s, I started dressing to fit my personality. Now, I think I’ve finally figured it out.

FAVORITE DESIGNERS: Northskull, Cole Haan shoes, ASOS, MVMT watches, Aldo, Topman, ZARA, Tom Ford and Ted Baker (most favorite).

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MY GO-TO ITEMS: Always a watch and a blazer or jacket.

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FAVORITE ITEM I OWN: A brown leather weekend bag by Sandast I got from Refinery. The interior of the bag is plaid and has metal hardware. I also have a matching bison leather toiletry bag to go inside it.

FOR A NIGHT OUT ON THE TOWN: I would wear something similar to what I’m wearing now – a long-sleeve button down with the sleeves rolled up, navy or khaki pants and fun shoes.

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John is wearing a camouflage blazer and gold lapel pin from ASOS, shoes from Aldo, MVMT watch, Ted Baker belt, Topman chambray button-down shirt and khakis, Shwood sunglasses from Shore and Northskull bracelet. Tattoos were inked at Oddity by Kim Albers.

Similar Styles | Blazer: here or here | Belt: here, here or here | Lapel pin: here | Shoes: here | Chambray button-down shirt: here, here or here | Khakis: here or here | Sunglasses: here | Bracelet: here | Watch: here

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 A Florida native, Alicia King Robinson is the director of public relations at Sarasota-based ThreeSixOh Public Relations and the blogger behind New Version of You. Her love of fashion and eye for stylish living began at an early age. Meant to inspire, she explores fashion and the evolution and ever-changing versions of ourselves with style-inspired content.

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