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James Dawson wears a blue houndstooth jacket and pink and blue glen plaid shirt from Brooks Brothers; white pocket square; and John Varvatos brown chukka boots.(Photo: Jennifer Corbett, The News Journal)WHY: He was nominated by News Journal reporter Scott Goss, who writes: “In an industry filled with ink stained wretches in ill fitting attire, Jimmy Dawson stands head and shoulders above the competition. WDDE listeners who know Dawson only for his buttery voice are missing out on the earthly delight of seeing this 6 foot 6 inch redhead in the finest styles known to Legislative Hall. Dawson sets an example for young professionals everywhere of the refined joie de vive that marks a true, 21st century working man.”

HIS STYLE: Classic tailored, with a bit of western flair. “I am looking into bolo ties. I have to get my Idaho roots in there somewhere.”

WEARING at out and about on The Green in Dover:

FIRST OUTFIT Grey suit, purple vertical stripedspread collar shirt and purple and blue plaid pocket square from Brooks Brothers; pink tie of unknown origins/ pig belt buckle from The Great American Buckle Co.; John Varvatos grey chukka boots Fossil watch with black leather strap; camel brown leather shoulder bag received as a Christmas present years ago.

SECOND OUTFIT Blue houndstooth jacket and pink and blue glen plaid shirt from Brooks Brothers; white pocket square of unknown origin; Lewiston, Idaho, belt buckle, from his hometown; John Varvatos brown chukka boots.

THIRD OUTFIT Aquamarine linen/cotton blend shirt and charcoal gray shorts from Old Navy;
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belt with buckle from 1981 HestonNational Finals Rodeo; Rugged Coastal wear boat shoes.

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WHERE HE SHOPS: “For business clothes, I go to Brooks Brothers. For jeans, I go to the Gap. I am 6 foot 6 and they have a tall section online. For the rest, I like thrift shops. The Goodwill in Greenville is good. But I get my best stuff on trips back home.”

HOW HE SHOPS: “My friends and I make a day of it when I am thrift shopping. Otherwise, I am on my own.”

FASHION ICON: George Clooney. “There’s nothing that man can’t wear.”

FAVORITE DESIGNERS: John Varvatos for shoes.

BEST CELEBRITY HAIR: Ryan Gosling. “The slicked back look.”

James Dawson wears a gray suit and purple striped spread collar shirt and purple and blue plaid pocket square from Brooks Brothers; pink silk tie; and gray John Varvatos grey chukka boot. (Photo: Jennifer Corbett, The News Journal)

MOST RECENT PURCHASE: “I just picked up a couple Brooks Brothers suits.”

OLDEST ITEM IN HIS CLOSET: “A belt buckle from 1979 that says ‘Hogs Are Beautiful,’ with a wonderful portrait of two pigs.”

GROOMING TIPS: “A good daily moisturizer helps me a lot. I also recommend a sandalwood beard oil and a bit of bee’s wax in my hair.”

BEST FOOT FORWARD: “I invest in shoes. Love them. I have shoes that are 10 years old that I have had resoled a couple of times. Totally worth it. I have knee high Sorel boots that I wear in the woods when I am helping my grandpa with his firewood for the season.”

FAVORITE COLOR: Royal purple. “A good aquamarine is hard to beat, too.”

FAVORITE FRAGRANCE: D (for Derring Do) from the Alphabetical Collection of Ineke Perfumer of San Francisco.

James Dawson wears an aquamarine linen/cotton blend shirt and charcoal grey shorts from Old Navy; belt with buckle from 1981 Heston National Finals Rodeo; and Rugged Coastalwear boat shoes. (Photo: Jennifer Corbett, The News Journal)

WORTH THE SPLURGE: Good quality shoes.

NOT WORTH THE SPLURGE: Anything trendy, “like the wide lapels of the ’80s. I like classic and timeless.”

WISH I HADN’T BOUGHT IT: “A hat I bought in New Orleans. Also, a pair of shoes I bought online. They ran small and did not have a good return policy. I wound up selling them on eBay.”

GO TO OUTFIT ON SATURDAY NIGHT: “Throw on some dark wash jeans, cuff the bottoms, and pair with a nice white dress shirt. I have a blue herringbone jacket from Brooks Brothers that is really great. Don’t forget the pocket square. And pointy toed chukka boots.”

FAVORITE FASHION RESOURCE: “When I am Legislative Hall I pick and choose pieces of the outfits I see other people wearing for inspiration.”
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