“Putting clothes on shouldn’t be as difficult as a Rubik’s Cube.”
Jared Acquaro is undoubtedly the king of good-ol’ classic and manly tailored style here in Melbourne, and is often mentioned on a global scale with his blog “A Poor Mans Millions” (Instagram @apmmillions) which is full of sartorial content and menswear golden nuggets for those in search of inspiration. He also keeps telling me he makes a mean Gnocchi.
Today, I’m taking Jared back in time to his pre-sartorial self, so that we may all take a glimpse of how a true maestro would build his wardrobe as a beginner!
If you were starting from scratch as young Jared, but knowing what you know now, what are the first handful of items you’d focus on?
Well first of all, if I was young Jared again I’d be focused on becoming a tailor and in doing so I’d find out what works for me and be able to make myself everything I need. Anyway, that is only a dream, so as young Jared I’d start with two basic Navy and Charcoal solids for suiting, a couple of subtle pattern sports jackets, white and blue shirts and your typical black and brown quality shoe. Now in saying that, you said if “I knew what I know now,” it’s a completely different ball game. I would need to slowly build up a wardrobe; I’d already know what works for me through my previous trial-and-error, how something should fit me and why and how to take care of all my clothing too. It’s not always suits and smart wear either, I love to mix casual elements into it too such as t-shirts, cotton pants and polos.
Where would young aspiring menswear Jared shop in Melbourne?
I would get my suits, shirts, trousers and jackets made for me from a made to measure tailor here in Melbourne – there are many around these days. It’s best to create your own long-term relationship with one, rather than go to who’s trending each season. I really don’t want to name drop just one brand because I get specific things from all sorts of random places. I think that’s the key to further your own style; For example, you could buy your nice suits and jackets from Oscar Hunt, get your accessories (ties, socks, cufflinks, skincare) from Henry Bucks, buy some seasonal one off’s from MJ Bale, spend a bit on shoes from Double Monk and for those extra special suits or jackets maybe see Joe from The Finery Company when he’s in town. Broadening your horizons will broaden your style. Just try not to jump on too many “band wagons” and “illusions,” focus on quality over quantity.
Who are your current style inspirations? How would you do your research?
I don’t really have any right now. Back in the day I used to take inspiration from a lot of guys from around the world, the Internet, people in streets and stylish friends. But now I just know what I’m after and like to design or create my own thing. Now I look at not the person per-se, I pay more attention to the colour combinations they choose against the person’s natural tones. Whenever I need some inspiration, my research starts with an idea or colour and typing www.google.com.
What popular fashion trends would you personally steer clear of?
High fashion or runway doesn’t suit my personality, either does Avant Guarde/Couture. I like more practical and simple constructions. Putting clothes on shouldn’t be as difficult as a rubik’s cube.
Finally, any life tips you might give young Jared?
Put your clothes on and walk out the door and never look in a mirror more than once. Confusing yourself takes away your comfortability. Buy for yourself, and nobody else.
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