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Style Profile: HR manager funks up classic styles

FARGO - Kurtis Karn is a shirt-and-tie man. The 36-year-old talent acquisitions manager for Discovery Benefits in Fargo models his look after classic icons and a personal style star - his dad. "My dad wore ties every day when I was growing up," K...

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FARGO - Kurtis Karn is a shirt-and-tie man.

The 36-year-old talent acquisitions manager for Discovery Benefits in Fargo models his look after classic icons and a personal style star - his dad.

"My dad wore ties every day when I was growing up," Karn says.

Choosing a shirt and tie on most days, Karn looks for fit over brand and keeps his closet stocked with black and white shirts.

I spotted him at the Holiday Inn in Fargo and liked his bold pants choice and oversized wayfarer glasses.

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Describe your style. Casual business professional. I typically wear a shirt and tie with jeans. I like Rat Pack-type stuff like thin ties, too.

What are you wearing today? I don't really know where I even bought everything. My pants are Target, I think.

Where do you shop? Online and locally at Straus, Halberstadt's and JCPenney.

Who are your style icons? George Clooney and Justin Timberlake - I like the classic black suit, black tie look with a splash of color. I like pairing complementary colors, too, like purple and teal or blue and maroon.

Any fashion pet-peeves? I'm kind of crushed that "dressy" sweatpants are in style.

What's your most sentimental fashion-related item? My old Timex watch with the stretchy band. My grandpa wore one just like it.

Whose closet do you covet? I'd trade closets with Frank Sinatra or Dean Martin. They were so put-together.

If you had an unlimited amount of money, what would you buy? Tailored suits. I usually do a European cut because I'm gangly.

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What's your fashion philosophy? If I like it, I buy it.

Do you have a fashion regret? I thought bell-bottoms were super cool when I was in college.

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