Australian mens style

We’ve noticed at MSICOLLEGE that Australian men’s fashion is in an extremely good place right now, with some of the best dressed men in the world living in this region.

In order to honor this, we asked 7 of the biggest names in Australian men’s fashion to give us some advice and tips on men’s style in Australia and globally.

 

Australian mens fashion

 

Australian Men’s Fashion Influencers Share Their Advice On Men’s Style

 

Featuring:

 

Steve Tilbrook | @stevetillystyle

Sam Wines | @samwines_

The Cardinal Man | @the.cardinal.man

Jared Acquaro | @apmmillions

Brian | @thefilteredfit

Larry Lim | @thesimplegentleman

 


 

Australia is of course a country that sees dramatic changes in temperatures. How do you manage to find a balance between style and being comfortable all year-round?

 

Steve Tilbrook:

Right now its summer in Australia (41 degrees yesterday) so my focus is on light weight suiting which is mainly linen based. I change it up a bit sometimes going open neck shirt, rather than tie. On very hot days I will go with a short sleeve shirt rather than long sleeve for added comfort. Shoe wise I’m big on loafers with hidden socks in summer.

Our winter is not as cold as Europe or America but it still requires layering up at times. This is when I like to use three piece suits or an overcoat to add an element of sophistication. On particularly cold days a scarf is also a great way to stay warm. My shoe options are much more varied in winter using loafers, but with socks, and boots as well.

Whether winter or summer or in between it’s easy to be both stylish and comfortable using the right clothes that fit you best.

 

Sam Wines:

It truly is an art form trying to figure out what to wear in Australia, 23 years later and I’m still constantly surprised by our 4 seasons in 1 day weather!

One morning you’ll wake up and it will be rainy and overcast and you put on the appropriate clothing, then by lunchtime you’ll be wishing you were wearing shorts!

I find that the easiest way to dress for Australia is by wearing lightweight cotton or linen shirts then layer up with a jacket. My entire wardrobe is trans-seasonal and nothing is ever put in storage so I have access to everything I could need all year-round.

 

The Cardinal Man:

Living in Australia especially in Melbourne we can experience 4 seasons in one day so, I’ll always be sure to wear fabrics made from natural fibers such as wool, linen, cotton etc.

No matter the climate that I’m faced with, natural fibers will be comfortable, as they breathe more than synthetic materials. This way I can assure I’ll have maximum comfort in my day to day life.

 

Jared Acquaro:

The way I learnt to deal with the weather changes without taking away from my personal style was learning about fabrics and garment construction. Wools are a great all year rounder depending on the weight of the wool, heavy for winter and light for summer.

Cashmere is a great lightweight alternative to keeping warm in winter too. In summer or hotter seasons light linens and cottons are perfect. Everything I wear is practical and has a purpose, I leave the “fashion” element to the “cool” kids.

 

Brian:

Australia is definitely a lucky place to be able to wear all sorts of clothing, from singlets to winter coats. I am in love with winter, as it is a lot easier to suit up without any worries. Summer, on the other hand, is a bit tricky. I opt for linen shirts without a doubt – as its comfortable and breathable and still has a hint of dapperness to it. You can then pair the linen shirt with a pair of chinos/shorts and loafers.

 

Larry Lim:

It’s all about styling for the season and having a diverse wardrobe. Make sure to select the right fabrics, patterns and styles to mix and match throughout the year. Having a few hero pieces for each season will help with variety e.g. for summer – linen shirts in multiple pastel shades, for winter – classic coats in black, camel and navy.
Always dress for the occasion. I see too many people suiting up for rooftop drinks in summer, when everyone else is in linen shirts and swim shorts. Adapting and knowing what is in season helps with styling, so do your research and be ahead of the pack.

 

australian mens fashion

 


 

With Australia being located away from the other big fashion related countries, do you believe it’s developed its own uniqueness, and if so can you describe what that is?

 

Steve Tilbrook:

Definitely, I think Australian style has some key differences to other styles around the world. We enjoy suiting that is slim fit from the jacket down to the pants. Our suiting style has an Italian influence we like large lapels. Double breasted suits are increasing in popularity as well as more bold sports blazers. I like to add colour to my look through bold accessories such as ties, pocket squares and lapel pins.

 

Sam Wines:

The Australian fashion scene is an interesting one. As we truly are one of the most multicultural countries in the world (Melbourne especially) you really do see so many international influences on local fashion.

Australia’s casual fashion scene is very minimalist, not much branding or big logos and all the finer details are what truly stand out. Our sartorial scene is heavily influenced by Italian and British designers, however Japanese tailoring has also been on the rise.

The beauty of Australia is that we don’t truly have one unique ‘style’ everyone has their own story to tell and dresses true to their personality and flair. That’s what I love about living in Melbourne, people aren’t afraid to wear whatever they want and to me that is so refreshing!

 

The Cardinal Man:

Most definitely, we have so many different cultures living in Australia and with having such diversity we have a mix of styles from all over the world. I’d like to say we have a cross between Milan business and a New York street style which makes it uniquely Melbourne.

 

Jared Acquaro:

With the internet everything is accessible to Australians, in saying that, we don’t have the culture nor have we grown up with a particular style sense compared to other countries. We don’t have a unique style as such, but we always see what other people are doing around the world through the internet and this has inspired Australian styles.

 

Brian:

Australia has developed its own uniqueness. We’ve taken a little bit of fashion from everywhere – combined it and formed our own. Everyone has their own sense of fashion, and styles their outfits differently. It is what makes fashion in Australia so admirable and magnificent! You just don’t know what to expect.

 

Larry Lim:

Australia definitely has its own style, however I do find the main hub for fashion is in Melbourne. The diverse mix of cultures create a unique style infusion not seen anywhere else. Here there is more of an acceptance of mixing and matching and this is why fashion in Australia is so exciting, you can express your personality and find your niche.
One of the biggest trends we’re seeing is non-branded thrift shopping, finding ‘one of the kind’ items at a great price point. It’s all about how you wear the items that demonstrates your unique style more than the brand itself.

 

australia fashion

 


 

In a more global sense, can you give your top three tips to men all around the world so that they can improve their general day-day style?

 

Steve Tilbrook:

Be true to you, wear what makes you feel comfortable and confident.

Fit is key, tailored is best but can be pricey. Seek an opinion from a shop assistant to make sure the fit is right for your body type for any garment from underwear to T-shirts to jeans to suits.

Get a strong watch game whether for a casual or formal look. A nice watch is always a top style item and I’m not suggesting that you need to spend $10K on a Rolex. There are plenty of watch companies out there who offer great designs and craftsmanship for around $200.

 

Sam Wines:

Firstly, guys really need to have a skincare routine. So many men out there don’t look after their skin properly and I can’t stress how important it is to look after yourself. The men’s grooming scene has exploded in the past few years with many boutique brands out there catering exclusively to men’s needs. So do yourself a favour and jump on the bandwagon already!

Secondly, don’t dress for anyone else but yourself. What you wear should be a reflection of your personality, not you wearing something because everyone else thinks it’s ‘cool’. Stay true to yourself and your own style.

Finally, if you are into your suiting, go and visit a good tailor. There is nothing better than a well-tailored suit, and in recent years the cost of tailoring has dropped significantly making it much more easily accessible than ever before. Trust me, you’ll look and feel a million bucks!

 

The Cardinal Man:

It’s always better to be overdressed rather than underdressed
(dress like you’re about to bump into your ex-girlfriend)

Always have your male grooming on point
(whether it’s a fresh haircut or beard in check)

Shine your shoes
(women will always look at them and judge, I can almost do my hair in the reflection of mine)

 

Jared Acquaro: 

My first tip would be don’t copy anyone, if you like something that 1000 people have make it your own!

Spending money on expensive brands won’t make you look good, but something that fits you properly can make you look a millions dollars!

Social media is a great source of inspiration but is also full of smoke and mirrors. So make your own decisions on what you think is best for you and your style.

 

Brian:

Don’t be afraid to try something new. Look around for inspiration – check on Instagram. I always look at other people’s Instagram for ideas.

Sometimes less is more, cliche as it sounds. But some days, I would rather no tie than tie. It depends on how I feel and what event I am going to.

Fashion is not the only component of style – attitude, mindset and grooming are other components in my opinion.

 

Larry Lim:

I’ve said it once, but I’ll say it again – style for the occasion!

Diversify your wardrobe seasonally (research online for inspiration).

Learn about colour and pattern matching; this will dramatically help with styling an outfit.

 

australian mens fashion

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We’ve noticed at MSICOLLEGE that Australian men’s fashion is in an extremely good place right now, with some of the best dressed men in the world living in this region.

In order to honor this, we asked 7 of the biggest names in Australian men’s fashion to give us some advice and tips on men’s style in Australia and globally.

 

Australian mens fashion

 

Australian Men’s Fashion Influencers Share Their Advice On Men’s Style

 

Featuring:

 

Steve Tilbrook | @stevetillystyle

Sam Wines | @samwines_

The Cardinal Man | @the.cardinal.man

Jared Acquaro | @apmmillions

Brian | @thefilteredfit

Larry Lim | @thesimplegentleman

 


 

Australia is of course a country that sees dramatic changes in temperatures. How do you manage to find a balance between style and being comfortable all year-round?

 

Steve Tilbrook:

Right now its summer in Australia (41 degrees yesterday) so my focus is on light weight suiting which is mainly linen based. I change it up a bit sometimes going open neck shirt, rather than tie. On very hot days I will go with a short sleeve shirt rather than long sleeve for added comfort. Shoe wise I’m big on loafers with hidden socks in summer.

Our winter is not as cold as Europe or America but it still requires layering up at times. This is when I like to use three piece suits or an overcoat to add an element of sophistication. On particularly cold days a scarf is also a great way to stay warm. My shoe options are much more varied in winter using loafers, but with socks, and boots as well.

Whether winter or summer or in between it’s easy to be both stylish and comfortable using the right clothes that fit you best.

 

Sam Wines:

It truly is an art form trying to figure out what to wear in Australia, 23 years later and I’m still constantly surprised by our 4 seasons in 1 day weather!

One morning you’ll wake up and it will be rainy and overcast and you put on the appropriate clothing, then by lunchtime you’ll be wishing you were wearing shorts!

I find that the easiest way to dress for Australia is by wearing lightweight cotton or linen shirts then layer up with a jacket. My entire wardrobe is trans-seasonal and nothing is ever put in storage so I have access to everything I could need all year-round.

 

The Cardinal Man:

Living in Australia especially in Melbourne we can experience 4 seasons in one day so, I’ll always be sure to wear fabrics made from natural fibers such as wool, linen, cotton etc.

No matter the climate that I’m faced with, natural fibers will be comfortable, as they breathe more than synthetic materials. This way I can assure I’ll have maximum comfort in my day to day life.

 

Jared Acquaro:

The way I learnt to deal with the weather changes without taking away from my personal style was learning about fabrics and garment construction. Wools are a great all year rounder depending on the weight of the wool, heavy for winter and light for summer.

Cashmere is a great lightweight alternative to keeping warm in winter too. In summer or hotter seasons light linens and cottons are perfect. Everything I wear is practical and has a purpose, I leave the “fashion” element to the “cool” kids.

 

Brian:

Australia is definitely a lucky place to be able to wear all sorts of clothing, from singlets to winter coats. I am in love with winter, as it is a lot easier to suit up without any worries. Summer, on the other hand, is a bit tricky. I opt for linen shirts without a doubt – as its comfortable and breathable and still has a hint of dapperness to it. You can then pair the linen shirt with a pair of chinos/shorts and loafers.

 

Larry Lim:

It’s all about styling for the season and having a diverse wardrobe. Make sure to select the right fabrics, patterns and styles to mix and match throughout the year. Having a few hero pieces for each season will help with variety e.g. for summer – linen shirts in multiple pastel shades, for winter – classic coats in black, camel and navy.
Always dress for the occasion. I see too many people suiting up for rooftop drinks in summer, when everyone else is in linen shirts and swim shorts. Adapting and knowing what is in season helps with styling, so do your research and be ahead of the pack.

 

australian mens fashion

 


 

With Australia being located away from the other big fashion related countries, do you believe it’s developed its own uniqueness, and if so can you describe what that is?

 

Steve Tilbrook:

Definitely, I think Australian style has some key differences to other styles around the world. We enjoy suiting that is slim fit from the jacket down to the pants. Our suiting style has an Italian influence we like large lapels. Double breasted suits are increasing in popularity as well as more bold sports blazers. I like to add colour to my look through bold accessories such as ties, pocket squares and lapel pins.

 

Sam Wines:

The Australian fashion scene is an interesting one. As we truly are one of the most multicultural countries in the world (Melbourne especially) you really do see so many international influences on local fashion.

Australia’s casual fashion scene is very minimalist, not much branding or big logos and all the finer details are what truly stand out. Our sartorial scene is heavily influenced by Italian and British designers, however Japanese tailoring has also been on the rise.

The beauty of Australia is that we don’t truly have one unique ‘style’ everyone has their own story to tell and dresses true to their personality and flair. That’s what I love about living in Melbourne, people aren’t afraid to wear whatever they want and to me that is so refreshing!

 

The Cardinal Man:

Most definitely, we have so many different cultures living in Australia and with having such diversity we have a mix of styles from all over the world. I’d like to say we have a cross between Milan business and a New York street style which makes it uniquely Melbourne.

 

Jared Acquaro:

With the internet everything is accessible to Australians, in saying that, we don’t have the culture nor have we grown up with a particular style sense compared to other countries. We don’t have a unique style as such, but we always see what other people are doing around the world through the internet and this has inspired Australian styles.

 

Brian:

Australia has developed its own uniqueness. We’ve taken a little bit of fashion from everywhere – combined it and formed our own. Everyone has their own sense of fashion, and styles their outfits differently. It is what makes fashion in Australia so admirable and magnificent! You just don’t know what to expect.

 

Larry Lim:

Australia definitely has its own style, however I do find the main hub for fashion is in Melbourne. The diverse mix of cultures create a unique style infusion not seen anywhere else. Here there is more of an acceptance of mixing and matching and this is why fashion in Australia is so exciting, you can express your personality and find your niche.
One of the biggest trends we’re seeing is non-branded thrift shopping, finding ‘one of the kind’ items at a great price point. It’s all about how you wear the items that demonstrates your unique style more than the brand itself.

 

australia fashion

 


 

In a more global sense, can you give your top three tips to men all around the world so that they can improve their general day-day style?

 

Steve Tilbrook:

Be true to you, wear what makes you feel comfortable and confident.

Fit is key, tailored is best but can be pricey. Seek an opinion from a shop assistant to make sure the fit is right for your body type for any garment from underwear to T-shirts to jeans to suits.

Get a strong watch game whether for a casual or formal look. A nice watch is always a top style item and I’m not suggesting that you need to spend $10K on a Rolex. There are plenty of watch companies out there who offer great designs and craftsmanship for around $200.

 

Sam Wines:

Firstly, guys really need to have a skincare routine. So many men out there don’t look after their skin properly and I can’t stress how important it is to look after yourself. The men’s grooming scene has exploded in the past few years with many boutique brands out there catering exclusively to men’s needs. So do yourself a favour and jump on the bandwagon already!

Secondly, don’t dress for anyone else but yourself. What you wear should be a reflection of your personality, not you wearing something because everyone else thinks it’s ‘cool’. Stay true to yourself and your own style.

Finally, if you are into your suiting, go and visit a good tailor. There is nothing better than a well-tailored suit, and in recent years the cost of tailoring has dropped significantly making it much more easily accessible than ever before. Trust me, you’ll look and feel a million bucks!

 

The Cardinal Man:

It’s always better to be overdressed rather than underdressed
(dress like you’re about to bump into your ex-girlfriend)

Always have your male grooming on point
(whether it’s a fresh haircut or beard in check)

Shine your shoes
(women will always look at them and judge, I can almost do my hair in the reflection of mine)

 

Jared Acquaro: 

My first tip would be don’t copy anyone, if you like something that 1000 people have make it your own!

Spending money on expensive brands won’t make you look good, but something that fits you properly can make you look a millions dollars!

Social media is a great source of inspiration but is also full of smoke and mirrors. So make your own decisions on what you think is best for you and your style.

 

Brian:

Don’t be afraid to try something new. Look around for inspiration – check on Instagram. I always look at other people’s Instagram for ideas.

Sometimes less is more, cliche as it sounds. But some days, I would rather no tie than tie. It depends on how I feel and what event I am going to.

Fashion is not the only component of style – attitude, mindset and grooming are other components in my opinion.

 

Larry Lim:

I’ve said it once, but I’ll say it again – style for the occasion!

Diversify your wardrobe seasonally (research online for inspiration).

Learn about colour and pattern matching; this will dramatically help with styling an outfit.

 

australian mens fashion