Your Style: John Nimke
“With all the titles I’ve had over the years, my most favorite is that of husband and dad,” John Nimke says.
Born and raised in Wisconsin, Nimke says, he and his wife, Lorena, married and lived in Arizona for five years.
“We moved to Rochester to be closer to family,” Nimke explains. “And my wife got her job at Mayo.” This is also where the couple raised their two now-grown sons, Tanner and Scott.
Today, Nimke says, “I currently work at Macy’s, in fine jewelry. I enjoy helping people find that perfect gift.”
In addition to visual coordinator and salesman at Macy’s, Nimke’s other titles over the years have included owner/manager of his own business, Chocolate Time. “And I was also the oven master at a local bakery,” he adds.
Please introduce us to your style.
An unexpected blend of today’s modern style with the sophistication of old England.
Where did your style originate?
Back when Macy’s was Dayton’s, I was really introduced to style by working in the men’s Polo department. The mixing of patterns and fabrics really came easily to me.
Sources of inspiration?
Oddly enough, I do get some inspiration for what-am-I-going-to-wear-to-work tomorrow from national news shows. Either from the house or from the guests — especially colors for ties.
How has your style changed with your life?
By being able to change. And by letting some looks go. I’ve learned to listen to my two sons when I ask them. You have to be ready for the answer, even if it’s a no.
What did you try to teach your sons about style?
That they can wear what they want. Having them know that clothing enhances your personality and speaks to your taste level. Knowing how to use an iron and when you absolutely need to use one. How to know when clothing is ill-fitting and how clothing should fit as they grow. But, most importantly, style is about your personality, integrity and lifestyle. Also just have fun with your clothing, which is a part of your overall style.
What do you hope your style communicates?
Being a caring and compassionate person. Most of communicating is listening. And then choosing your words carefully. Like my words, I choose my clothing carefully. As much as looking a certain way is important, even more important is how one carries oneself. Our actions speak volumes and communicate to others even more than clothing.
What do you wear when working at the store? And then in other settings?
At work, usually a tie and jacket. I don’t wear suits. If I do get to wear a suit, I always break it up. A suit is too easy. Outside of work and aside from summer, I usually dress in layers.
What are the most essential components in your wardrobe?
Patterned ties and patterned shirts. There’s not a patterned shirt that I could not put a tie on. Adding a jacket and a separate pants, that’s unexpected, more interesting and exciting. Also being well-groomed. Men need to take care of those extra hairs. Keeping nose hairs in your nose. Tame your brows... It’s all about the total package.
What should every well-dressed man have in his wardrobe?
A bow tie. And not one that’s already made for you. The difference between hand tied and ready-made is astounding.
Preferred season for clothing?
Autumn, by far. Fabrics like corduroy and herringbone tweed and a plaid shirt and you’re all set. So looking forward to it.
Do you have a priceless sentimental item?
More sentimental than priceless is my Journey (American rock band formed in the early 1970s) T-shirt. I saw them back in the day and then took my son to a more recent Journey concert. The more I talk about it, I guess it is priceless too.
Anything surprising in your wardrobe?
Graphic tees. Not that I have a lot of them. But there are some worth hanging on to.
Something your family or friends joke about?
My love of flannel. I always say flannel is your friend! I wear it year round. One year, I got a flannel scented candle for Christmas. I didn’t know flannel had a scent!
You can dress and wear whatever you want. However, it’s more important how you treat other people — by both your actions and words. It should be about how you want to be remembered. That’s how you change lives, not by what you wear.