Survival Style

Don't gain the world and lose your soul; wisdom is better than silver or gold
Bob Marley

I get a lot of people asking me for advice on what to wear and I always struggle to think of a creative way to answer the question. Not because it isn't easy to suggest dressing by the fashion 'rules', but because I genuinely think people need to dress to suit their personalities, as opposed to what's considered sartorially 'right' or 'wrong'.

The one thing I can suggest is developing your style in the same manor that I developed mine and for me, the number one key was to remember that it's not always about dropping tones of money. Cash is a small guideline when buying, but knowledge and education is really what gives this poor man his "millions".

You also need to try things on. It's so important to test clothes and accessories against your skin tone to determine a flattering colour palette. Discovering style 'icons' who have similar features to you will also help you find suitable colours and patterns to experiment with. 

Looking in the mirror and working out your proportions and is another massive must do. It doesn't matter whether you're wearing pair of jeans and a t-shirt or a suit, correct size and fit is the basic foundation of style.

The final thing I suggest is to forget brand names. Wearing a certain label doesn't necessarily make you look better and a $200 suit can look more expensive than a $10,000 one if the fit and fabric is correct. 

Remember to start subtle and go slow, developing your personal style will take time.

Top images by Kim Donggwan from Looongblack
Bottom image by Kirsty Umback



Growing a beard is a habit most natural, scriptural, manly and beneficial  
- C.H.Spurgeon

Beard on or beard off? It's generally a pretty tough choice for this Melbourne guy, but when it's all for a good cause growing out or shaving off my facial hair becomes a total no brainer. 

Decembeard, a charity dedicated to fighting bowel cancer, has asked me to get behind their great organisation by putting down my razor for the month of December and growing out my beard in the hope of raising some much need funds.

Like so many men's health charities these days, the main reason behind growing a beard or moustache is to help guys feel comfortable enough to talk about their problems or even symptoms, which in this case may relate to possible bowel cancer. 

It's not a hard task at all and I'm happy to be involved and do my bit to help in the fight cancer. 

For more information head over to  www.decembeard.org.au 

Or to support Decembeard follow the link here

And to check out and donate towards my Decembeard campaign click here


Sunday Social

I drink to make other people more interesting.
― Ernest Hemingway

There's nothing better than kicking back with some friends on a rooftop bar in the city on a sunny afternoon. It's almost a 'must do' for Melbournian's at this time of year; whether it's on a day off or after work, rooftop bars and balconies are everywhere in this town. I often get asked what I wear when I go out to clubs and bars, and in the hopes of answering that question I caught up with a few friends (including an amateur photographer) for some drinks a couple of nights ago.

As you guys probably know by now, I'm a big advocate for dressing in a way that makes you feel comfortable and confident, I honestly think they're the only 'fashion' rules that everyone should follow. 

Taking my own advice, I chose this outfit after considering the temperature and the place that I was going. The end result is what I would consider to be smart/casual. Trousers, a polo, linen shirt jacket and loafers -  This is generally how I dress when I'm going out casually to a bar, cafe, restaurant or the cinema. 

If this was a more formal occasion, or I was heading out to a club where I thought that something may get spilled on me (or my loafers stepped on) I would have chosen a more practical outfit. But this ensemble was great for kicking back with some great company over a couple of drinks.

All photos by Dylan Nie

Jacket by Uniqlo
Sunglasses by Bailey Nelson
Loafers by Sutor Mantellassi


Rock Fuel

For successful living  
- Renzo Rosso (Diesel)

Last friday night Patron tequila invited me to the launch of the new Diesel store on Flinders Lane. I know that some of you may think that Diesel's a little bit too edgy for your tastes,  but I really believe that it's always good to keep your options open, otherwise you just may miss out on something great!

The fit-out of the store is modern industrial - It's not an overly large space, which I believe makes the shopping experience a little more personal. 

Over the course of the launch party I had the opportunity to catch up with Sanjay Jain, the managing director of Diesel Australia. Sanjay has been following A Poor Man's Millions on Facebook for quite some time and as a result, was happy to give me the lowdown on the store. 

As some of you may know, Diesel was created in 1978 by Renzo Rosso, who's main goal was to innovate denim and become the best in the business by doing so. 
During the oil crisis of the late 70s,  diesel was being used a lot as an alternative fuel and Renzo figured that the name was the perfect fit for his 'alternative' brand of denim. 

Sanjay told me that Diesel are bringing the focus back to their classic roots in their next few collections,  with lots of denim and leather jackets (with a classic rock and roll twist) and all made in Italy. I personally think it's a great move, bringing back classic elements to modernise the brand.


Bonjour Paris, First Stop

To live without loving is to not really live.

- Molière

I was recently looking back on my European posts and realised that I never wrote about my time in France. Better late than never, I thought I'd fill you all in on my adventures in Paris.

I departed Melbourne and flew direct to Abu Dhabi, a13 hour flight + short layover, then from Abu Dhabi to Paris (another 6 hours) so needless to say by the time I landed in the City of Light I was ready to get off the plane. Getting out of de Gaulle was easy, thank god, and there was an abundance of "taxi" drivers awaiting unsuspecting tourists at the arrivals gate. I was pretty jet lagged and, as you can imagine, just wanted to get to the hotel for a shower and proper sleep. Our taxi driver was crazy, we were darting all over the road, tail gating, horns were beeping. But I got to the hotel very quickly and for that I'm very grateful.

Paris reminded me of the time I spent in Germany; lots of small winding roads, an abundance of greenery, beautiful old buildings and cafes everywhere. Unlike most other European cities, Paris doesn't close during the day and then re-open, although some mid-afternoon downtime have probably helped me with my jet lag.

On my first full day in Paris I decided to take the metro into the heart of the city, exchange some dollars and checkout "Galeries Lafayette", a massive shopping mall comprising of several amazing buildings, one for women and another for men; both with multiple levels dedicated to different accessories. There was a whole floor for men's shoes, it was amazing but I resisted the urge to buy anything as I had arrived in Paris with just one thing on my mind - Carmina Shoes. 

With my goal in sight, I journeyed down to avenue de l'Opera, where the Carmina store is located. The store itself is a beautiful rich burgundy with a simple and elegant fit out. Unfortunately they didn't have the exact shoe that I wanted, but I ended up purchasing an amazing oxford toecap full brogue in a cognac calf leather in the Inca last.

If anyone wants advice on the best places to shop for menswear in Paris, I strongly recommend starting on one end of avenue de l'Opera and wandering all the way to the end of the street before walking across to Rue Saint Honore, where a majority of the high end shops are located. Don't forget to explore the side streets as they hold a lot of treasures, including John Lobb (located at 32 Rue de Mogador).