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David R. Jablonowski, Real Estate Consultant, @properties

by Chicago Agent

Number of years in real estate: 6 full time

Describe your look: “The Preppy Handbook” come to life. Casual but polished. A Shetland crewneck sweater with an oxford button down. Nice mix of high and low – like J.Crew khakis and Gucci loafers. Lots of navy, hunter green, khaki and a healthy dose of plaid. Top it all off with a camo monogrammed L.L. Bean tote!

What is a fashion crime you have committed in the past? OVERSIZED EVERYTHING! Somewhere around 1985, I snuck out of my parents’ house and took a bus to NYC to do some thrift shopping – I stopped in Chinatown at an army/navy store and asked for the biggest black blazer they had. I wore it religiously, with the sleeves cuffed, and pins of my favorite bands all down the lapels.

Where are your favorite clothing stores or brands? I’m a big fan of preppy classics – Lacoste, L.L. Bean, Gucci, Barbour, Polo and I also love a few smaller specialty brands like Harley of Scotland, Mr. Turk and Todd Snyder.

What, besides your wardrobe, completes your look? My monogram — on everything. Shirts, pants, bags, belts, inside lining of blazers, bathrobes, dress shirts, polo shirts — even pajamas and boxer shorts. Anything that isn’t nailed down. Above all, your personal brand is the most important.

What fashion accessory do you feel naked without? My late father’s U.S. Army dogtags. I wear them every day so I can keep him close to my heart.

Who is your style icon? So many – I love old Hollywood stars like Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, Rock Hudson and Montgomery Clift. I love 1970s Studio 54 icons like Halston, David Bowie and Yves St. Laurent. Even Kurt Cobain is a style icon (I wore a lot of flannel and mohair sweaters in the 90s!)

What decade or time period had the best fashion in your opinion? The fashion of the American, British and Italian 1960s was without question the most beautiful time period for clothing.

What’s the most expensive or meaningful accessory or piece of clothing you’ve ever acquired? Do you still have it? My vintage Omega Speedmaster, purchased by myself for my 39th birthday. It was the first watch worn on the moon (in 1969 – year of my birth). And if it’s good enough for James Bond . . .

Leather Moto Jacket – Polo by Ralph Lauren, Sweater – J. Crew, Pants – Mr. Turk, Belt – Gucci, Shoes – Gucci, Eyeglasses – Tom Ford, Socks – Stance, Watch – Rolex Submariner

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