Most stylish New Yorkers: Tom Forget

The graphic designer and illustrator has an artist's eye for mixing colors, patterns and pop-culture references.

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    Forget layers a Brooks Brothers sport coat over a J.Crew sweater and a Burberry shirt (scored from the Saks Fifth Avenue Off Fifth outlet in Wrentham, MA), paired with Dunderdon chinos. "This outfit was really me trying to look like one of the clueless American academics that get into deep trouble in Rome in a Dario Argento film, only not so '70s," he says.

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    Forget swiped this vintage Anderson-Little (andersonlittle.com) tie from his father's closet. "It's one of many wonderful ties in wool or wool blends that I discovered in a cardboard box," he notes. "They're all from the early '80s and are cut nice and slim."

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    Forget picked up this striped scarf in Copenhagen. "My then-girlfriend and I stopped into a cute gift shop for souvenirs and saw these cool scarves in great color combinations," he recalls. "I'm a sucker for teal and orange."

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    "These Brooks Brothers gloves were a recent Christmas gift from my parents," says Forget. "They're kind of 'blue-blood murderer,' which I'm into."

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    The Gap striped socks were a well-received stocking stuffer. "My mother will claim credit for getting me started on dressing well, and I can't really dispute that," admits Forget. "She's got an excellent sense of style and rarely missteps when she buys me clothes."

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    Forget's Red Wing boots were literally a lucky find: "They were just sitting on the sidewalk on my street," he gloats. "I was mulling over getting some Red Wings, and lo and behold, here was a pair of them, gently worn and in my size."

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    "This totally came out of a recent trip to Tokyo," Forget says of this outfit. "I arrived there keen to buy some stuff that I couldn't get in the U.S. and noticed that all the cool Harajuku dudes were in flannels and either fedoras or New Era fitted hats." Forget already owned the pieces---a flannel shirt by Dave's Quality Meat and Acne jeans---but began to style them accordingly. His shawl-collared cardigan is by J.Crew.

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    Forget bought this hat from CA4LA (ca4la.com) in Tokyo's trendy Daikanyama neighborhood. "In America, people tend to say you look like Run-D.M.C.," he says. "But what's bad about that?"

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    "I wear contacts most days," says Forget. When he doesn't, he dons these vintage specs, which he bought from Fabulous Fanny's (335 E 9th St between First and Second Aves; 212-533-0637, fabulousfannys.com) and had them fitted with prescription lenses. "I've gotten 'Martin Scorsese,' 'Uncle Junior,' 'The guy in the Six Flags commercials' and 'Elliott Gould in Ocean's Eleven' from people when I've worn them," he admits.

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    "In Tokyo, my goal was to find the coolest, most unique, futuristic-but-not-flashy sneakers I could," says Forget. He sleuthed out these Nike Terminators, an exclusive Nike/Atmos collaboration, at the Atmos store in Harajuku. "The salesman was really excited I was buying them. He kept saying in his thick Japanese accent, 'Only 300 made in world!' and 'Sole glow in dark!'"

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    Forget raided his dad's closet again for this Anderson-Little blazer, which he matches with vintage pants snagged at Foreign Affair Warehouse in Providence, RI, a Banana Republic shirt and an American Apparel belt. "It's just my attempt at looking like some guy whose dad had to pull some strings to get him into Yale."

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    "I can't remember my dad wearing these great, narrow wool ties, but he's got a bunch of them," says Forget about yet another hand-me-down. "I was actually just about to  uy a new one at J. Press when he reminded me I should look in his closet. It was like finding the Ark of the Covenant!" He spices up his ensemble with a bright pink pocket square, another bargain from the Wrentham Saks Fifth Avenue Off Fifth outlet.

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    Forget splurged on these black Brixton boots by Alden for Epaulet. "They are too expensive for me to wear without being intolerably nervous that they'll be destroyed, but I'll just have to get over that."

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    SPIN HIS STYLE

    American Apparel flannel long-sleeved button-up shirt, $62, at American Apparel, locations throughout the city; visit americanapparel.net

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    American Eagle Outfitters Sailor webbed belt, $16, at American Eagle Outfitters, locations throughout the city; visit ae.com

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    Amongst Friends work boots, $138, at amongstfriendsnyc.com

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    Ben Sherman plaid computer bag, $109, at Ben Sherman, 96 Spring St between Broadway and Mercer St (212-680-0160)

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    Boden Everyday jacket, $128, at bodenusa.com

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    Bonobos Braacken Brown shoes, $110, at bonobos.com

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    Brooklyn Industries seersucker blazer, $128, at Brooklyn Industries, locations throughout the city; visit brooklynindustries.com

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    FB Italian vest, $20, at Daffy's, 125 E 57th St between Park and Lexington Aves (212-376-4477, daffys.com)

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    Etnies Cold One button-down shirt, $49, at skatewarehouse.com

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    American Apparel acrylic mohair-blend striped scarf, $39, at American Apparel, locations throughout the city; visit americanapparel.net

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    Gant Paisely pocket square, $90, at us.asos.com

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    A.P.C. Rugby striped tie, $90, at Scoop NYC, 873 Washington St at 14th St (212-633-6535, scoopnyc.com)

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    American Eagle Outfitters straw fedora, $16, at American Eagle Outfitters, locations throughout the city; visit ae.com

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    Amongst Friends button-down shirts, $75 each, at Atrium, 644 Broadway between Bleecker and Bond Sts (212-473-3980, atriumnyc.com)

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    Acheri Denim U.K. Super jeans, $98, at French Connection, 435 West Broadway at Prince St (212-219-1197, frenchconnection.com)

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    Vince Baby bell cotton-and-lycra trouser pants, $195, at Vince, 833 Washington St at Little W 12th St (212-924-0370, vince.com)

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    Etnies Bakersfield button-down shirt, $50, at etnies.com

Photograph: Zenith Richards

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Forget layers a Brooks Brothers sport coat over a J.Crew sweater and a Burberry shirt (scored from the Saks Fifth Avenue Off Fifth outlet in Wrentham, MA), paired with Dunderdon chinos. "This outfit was really me trying to look like one of the clueless American academics that get into deep trouble in Rome in a Dario Argento film, only not so '70s," he says.

Tom Forget, 33; graphic designer, illustrator (tomforget.com); Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn

His personal style: "Clean, preppy and classic, but with some risk-taking in regard to color and pattern. I try to dress like a wealthy, arrogant jerk despite the fact that I work in publishing and make a decent-but-not-extravagant wage."

His inspirations: "European film stars from the '60s and '70s like Marcello Mastroianni, Jean-Paul Belmondo and Alain Delon. I'm also influenced by classic '80s WASP preppy-villain looks la early Tom Cruise and James Spader; U.K. musicians like the Smiths, Jarvis Cocker and Scott Walker; plus hip-hop guys like Kanye and Andr 3000—all confident guys who aren't afraid to use color and patterns."

Favorite stores: "Dave's Quality Meat (7 E 3rd St between Bowery and Second Ave; 212-505-7551, dqmnewyork.com) is definitely my favorite sneaker store in the city. They always have the coolest stuff, and their own brand of apparel looks good. Dunderdon (25 Howard St at Crosby St; 212-226-4040, dunderdon.com), a Swedish work-wear--inspired store, has really solid craftsmanship and great fits. I never have to get anything I buy there tailored. Epaulet (231 Smith St between Butler and Douglass Sts, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn; 718-522-3800, epauletshop.com) in Brooklyn has a very friendly staff and carries classic, old American labels like Pendleton and Alden, plus handsome stuff in their own label. J. Press (380 Madison Ave between 46th and 47th Sts; 212-687-7642, jpressonline.com) may have a clientele of fiftysomething investment bankers, but so much of that 'stodgy' Ivy League stuff actually takes big risks with color and pattern. They have shetland wool sweaters in weird colors like Cookie Monster--blue and hot pink."

His signature accessory: "A pair of Red Wing boots I found on the sidewalk. Since I found them, they've morphed into my everyday shoes. I have to force myself to wear other shoes. They go with everything except black pants."

Favorite designers: "I mostly just pick stuff up when I'm walking around, and when I find a brand I like in the course of my travels, I revisit it. I usually like Thom Browne when the hems aren't too jacked up."

How his style has evolved through the years: "In high school, I was really into hardcore and wore oversize pants and a big chain wallet. My clothes gradually shrunk to fit. One of the biggest style earthquakes for me was when Outkast came out with Speakerboxxx/The Love Below; I really latched onto what Andr 3000 was saying and doing regarding his outfits. That confidence and boldness radically changed the game for me. Another huge shift happened when I realized there were so many tailors around and they could make your clothes fit you for reasonable prices. I'm kind of a small guy and most American clothes are too big, so getting everything tailored became standard for me. It can make a simple shirt from Old Navy look like it's custom."

How his professional aesthetic influences his personal style: "It's integral to how I dress, particularly when it comes to which colors will go together and which patterns and proportion of pattern will work. One time, I saw some moldy bread that had these amazing teal and orange patches on it, which went directly into a book cover I was working on. That same color combination is present in one of my outfits."

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