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What I Wear to Work: Selby Gardens' Roger Capote

Roger Capote, senior director of special projects at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, shares his style secrets.

By Alicia King Robinson September 15, 2016

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This Miami native and fellow Gator alumni sports his signature style, a fix of business casual with Roger’s go-to items for an unexpected and edgy twist. He divulges his current favorite trends and the fashion-forward people who inspire him.

WHO: Roger Capote, 33, senior director of special projects for Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

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WHAT I DO: The quick answer is, "I create experiences."  I oversee and manage the organization's revenue initiatives, whether it is one of our 87 philanthropic and community events, a private event rental, the Michael's on East partnership, our auxiliary committee "The Selby Associates" or our retail store. Selby Gardens has been able to create events for everyone; whether you are looking for a family night out, an intimate date night, an elegant gala or just a rockin’ music concert. I'm proud to be part of an incredible team.

FAVORITE FLOWER: I actually have two favorites. One is the oh-so-popular peony. It is so sexy and lush. Peonies embody romance and prosperity and are regarded as an omen of good fortune and a happy marriage. My other is the calla lilly. It is very modern and sleek. The cone-line flowers have become symbols of youth and rebirth.

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FAVORITE PLACE AT MARIE SELBY GARDENS? There is no right answer for this question. There are too many places one could tell a story or have a favorite moment.

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MY STYLE:  It varies. Most days, I would consider it business casual with an edgy twist. I try to stand out from the norm. My favorite combo is a great pair of jeans with a jacket and a classic oxford shirt. Wearing jeans with a jacket is one of those high-risk, high-reward moves. It’s easy to make it look disjointed, but if you nail it, it can be a very suave look that can take you just about anywhere. It’s the perfect example of an outfit that is appropriate for a wide variety of occasions, day or night.

HOW HAS YOUR STYLE EVOLVED? Something I have learned is that business attire doesn’t always mean having to wear a full three-piece suit. You can vary your wardrobe and still have a stylish and smart, office-ready pieces at your fingertips.

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WHOSE STYLE INSPIRES YOU? Aside from some of my favorite fashion designers like Tom Ford, I am always inspired by women with a strong personal style who aren’t afraid to make bold fashion choices.

FAVORITE DESIGNERS: Hands down, Tom Ford. Classic, modern and sexy.

MY GO-TO ITEMS: Pocket squares and lapel pins.

FAVORITE TREND RIGHT NOW: The nod to the '70s that is happening in fashion is exciting. Color has begun to creep back into the men's fashion for winter months. Apart from the expected wintry dark greens and blues, the most popular shade to hit the catwalks was copper. That rusty, brown-orange is a supremely stylish way to add a color to your cold-season wardrobe.

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FAVORITE ITEM I OWN: My Coach briefcase. It was a special gift from my fiancé, Tony, after I had seen in on a trip. He surprised me with it for the holidays.

FOR A NIGHT OUT ON THE TOWN: I would probably end up with one of many pairs of jeans and either an Oxford shirt or one of my favorite Burberry polos.

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ONE STYLE TIP FOR MEN: Every man should have a well-cut dark suit, a classic pair of black lace-up shoes, black loafers, a blazer, a perfect pair of dark denim jeans and lots of crisp, white cotton shirts. It is also important to always have the perfect scent, which can become a signature.

Roger is wearing a blazer by Ralph Lauren, an Express shirt, jeans by GAP, Florsheim shoes, a pocket square and lapel pin by Lovely Lapels, an iWatch, Elysian Fields bracelets, glasses by Michael Kors, Happy Socks and Tungsten ring.

Similar Styles | Blazer: here, here, here or here | Shoes: here | Button-up shirt: here, here or here | Pocket square: here | Lapel pin: here | Socks: here | Jeans: here, here or here | Leather briefcase: 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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