The inked-up, bearded blogger behind apoormansmillions.com, Australian menswear aficionado Jared Acquaro takes a different approach to the majority of men’s style commentators.
Instead of behaving like price is no object (which, let me tell you, is far from the case for most style journalists — excepting those irksome heiress princess ‘influencers’ and Birkin-toting interns born with a silver spoon… and easy access to daddy’s Black Amex), Acquaro sets out to demonstrate that a man needn’t bust the bank to look ‘the money’.
Emphasising intelligent choices based on a precise knowledge of fit, colour, pattern and proportion, and investing in the perennials, his philosophy is one of dollars and sense. These are Acquaro’s central style tenets.
10. “Never try to be anyone bar yourself — this is the only person you can be. Think this way when you dress.”
9. “Focus on ‘your’ fit. Once you know how something should fit you, shopping will become a lot easier.”
8. “Find a good barber and tailor, they will be your best friends for life!”
7. “You can buy quality at an affordable price. The affordable price is what you pay for something that you will get the most use out of over a number of years, not the actual price tag.”
6. “Proportions are key to an outfit looking its best on you. If a jacket is too short is will visually make you look like you have a small torso and vice-versa with pants.”
5. “There’s truth is the saying that less is more. If you wear too many accessories it will take the focus off them and things start to look cluttered and not visually pleasing.”
4. “Don’t be afraid to experiment with multiple styles — why just wear suits or streetwear? Why not wear everything you like?”
3. “Having style icons isn’t meant for you to just copy them, they are meant to inspire you and help you learn pattern and colour combinations.”
2. “Buy a few good pairs of shoes and rotate them. You will thank me later and so will your bank account while you’re on holiday.”
1. “Spend big on your basics and sparingly on your seasonal. Your basics will be with you for life, while the seasons will always change.”